It’s that time of the year where you think about what things you are thankful for. And like every other year, when I get asked about it, I round up all the “usual suspects”: good health for me and the family, being able to provide for them, good friends and their support, etc. But where most of the people actually enjoy Thanksgiving, I always felt somehow strange right around it. This holiday, for me at least, marks the near passing of another year, and this always makes me remember my unfulfilled goals. And as I get older, it somehow gets stranger. Let me paint you a picture and explain what I’m talking about.
As I walked through the shopping mall, I saw this kid with his mom and dad, staring at a new video game. And just to stop you right there, I am not a grumpy old man that thinks kids these days are glued to computers and video games. You know the type: back in my days… No! Let me be completely honest here: I was just the same when I was a kid, except, I was glued to a TV. I watched hours and hours of television daily and seen thousands of different shows and programs. But none of them was quite like this one show: KNIGHT RIDER. For you, younger kids, google it and check it out. It might look silly to you now, but back in my day (OK maybe I am that guy), that was the best show on television. It had everything: A cool car, a lot of action, cool gadgets, and David Hasselhoff. I was fascinated by everything in that show, but most of all by the fact that there was a talking car in it! It was incredible, and for me personally, way better than James Bond or any other superhero in the world. KITT (that was the cars name) was my superhero.
Now comes the question: what is it about this story that makes me sad around Thanksgiving and Christmas? Well, it’s quite simple. Every time after I watched an episode of Knight Rider, I promised myself:
“One day I will have my own KITT.”
And when I got old enough to realize that the show has almost nothing to do with reality, I shifted that desire and rephrased that promise:
“I will own a Pontiac Firebird Trans Am.”
Ultimately, I grew up and realized that Trans Am is not a very good car. I stopped making promises to myself altogether and moved on. But every time around Thanksgiving and the holiday season in general, I remember the promises. This year I decided to act on it and did some research. It turns out, the Trans Am is still a bad car and the KITT hasn’t been invented yet. But I found the next best thing!
I fully understand that this is not even close to what KITT really was, at least to me, but then again, I honestly don’t care. I got myself this charger and guess what: I still smile every time I get behind the wheel of my car. And you know what, it is the best feeling in the world. I will guarantee you that if you were the fan of Knight Rider, you will find it amusing as well! It looks and sounds to par and you would think that I would get tired of pressing that button up top and hearing that voice, but you would be wrong. This is probably the best gift I could have got for myself, ever! The thing is, there are only a couple of these bad boys left in the storage and if I were you, I would hurry up before they run out.
This is truly something new to be thankful for this year!