Tonight I am grateful for poker. It is a perfect game. It creates an environment in which a group of players attempt to extract money from one another by utilizing intelligence, observation, intimidation, daring, creativity, histrionics, experience, bravery and coercion. Yet the game is played in a social setting amongst people who genuinely like one another. It creates a unique context in which I can spend time with friends, chatting and laughing, even as I take their money.
There really is no better game.
The fact that I made about $60 last night increases my level of gratitude considerably.