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Counting My Blessings

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Happy Thanksgiving...ya Swine!

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Note: With this column Minyanville is proud to offer Billy Meehan's first contribution to the News & Views. Billy performs a great deal of work behind the scenes to help keep the 'Ville on track.

I'm not even sure where to begin with this column as I've got more things to be thankful for this past year than at any other time in my almost-24 years of life. First off, I must thank Todd Harrison for providing me with many opportunities, but specifically this platform today to express my gratitude to everyone who has reached out to my family and myself over the past few years.

I get to experience the family and community that is Minyanville everyday. I know many of you have followed Todd's writing from the time he was at TheStreet, along with my father, and I can't express to you how much every word of sympathy, strength, inspiration and kindness has meant to me over the course of the past few years since that fateful September morning, and specifically the last six months since I've been at Minyanville. I know for sure that my dad would be very proud of Todd and his mission and vision for Minyanville and would be proud of me for doing whatever I can to help attempt to further that mission and achieve the ultimate goal. That is just one of the reasons that I am able to come to work every day with a smile. I joked with Todd when I first got here that I knew my dad would've loved to be a Minyanville scribe and probably would've needed his own personal censor on the Buzz as he would've been constantly posting but I'm not sure his humor or sarcasm would've always been appropriate. For those of you who used to read his columns and may have had the opportunity to have a Budweiser with him, you surely know what I'm talking about. I am sincerely honored to be here and connected to as many intelligent and caring people as I am through Minyanville. Thank you to everyone for all that you have done and said.

Many of you have expressed concerns regarding my family and I feel now would be an appropriate juncture for me to let you know that all is well in the Meehan household. There have been a couple bumps in the road over the past five months, but everything has thus far turned out better than could be anticipated, probably what I am most thankful for this holiday season. I must wish my brother Dan a happy 20th birthday today. He is doing well and is in his sophomore year at the University of Kentucky where he too is a finance major and continues to develop the same vices shared by my father and myself, namely a love for horse racing (specifically Keeneland Race Track in Lexington, KY). My sister Katie has grown into a beautiful and intelligent young lady and will turn 14 in under a month. Something tells me she won't be following our footsteps to UK (though she loves the Cats also) as her smarts and work ethic will probably lead her somewhere a little more prestigious (not to say that the fine institution that turned out Depew, Roney and myself isn't prestigious).

I have found that Minyans truly are a rare breed of caring people. I have enjoyed forging relationships with many of you and I am grateful for the opportunity to do so. I very much look forward to meeting even more of you in the future. I hope each and every one of you enjoyed your Thanksgiving Day and have a safe and pleasant holiday season. I would like to leave a quick list of things I am thankful for in closing:

I am thankful...

  • That my mother is the strongest, most amazing woman in the world.

  • That Todd has given me the opportunity to work at Minyanville and given me access to the abundance of resources and knowledge that MV has to offer.

  • That Collins has taken me under his wing, so to speak, and taught me a lot about a lot.

  • That Dan Meehan (no relation that we know of) has helped me out in many ways over the past couple years and has always kinda been like a big brother to me.

  • That I know I can call Tony Dwyer any time for anything.

  • That I no longer have to take the train one hour each way into the city everyday.

  • That my sister seems to have her head on a little straighter than both my brother and I did.

  • That the Jets played the easiest schedule in the NFL this year.

  • For all of my friends and family.


  • For all of the brave men and women at home and overseas serving our country.

  • That I got to meet many Minyans and most of the professors in Crested Butte in August.

  • That the Cats will win the NCAA tourney this year! (you heard it here first).

  • That I get a good chuckle everytime I look at Boo and his tie-dyed t-shirt because it reminds me of the ridiculous collection of Grateful Dead t-shirts that I managed to inherit.

  • That today ends at 1pm.

  • That I get to watch my first Cats game of the season tonight thanks to ESPN Full Court.

  • That my father was with us for 49 years and managed to meet and surround himself with some of the best people in the world who will always care for my family and many others they come into contact with daily.

Thank you to anyone and everyone who I have forgotten to mention as I know I would not be in the situation I'm in were it not for the help of many and well-wishes of thousands, most of whom I've never had the pleasure of meeting in person. I hope everyone has a great weekend with their families and that this is only the beginning of a wonderful holiday season for all.

Happy Thanksgiving (one day belated)!

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