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Man on the street: Thanksgiving edition

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The short, brisk days and the warm, fall colors in the trees remind us that the holidays are fast approaching. With Thanksgiving upon us, The Sacramento Press went to the streets to ask, “What should Sacramento be thankful for?”

“All of the trees,” said Debbie Isley, 59, a retired real estate agent from Placerville. “And the water.”

Isley, originally from Southern California, said she appreciates how green the area is, especially after living in the desert for many years.

For those native to the area, the answers change a bit. Carolyn Gamble, a retired state employee from Carmichael, has lived in the Sacramento area her entire life.

“Sacramento supports everything here,” said Gamble, 65. “It’s a very supportive town."

Carolyn Gamble, 65, and Debbie Isley, 59

For Lisa Larimore, a teacher from Davis, it’s all about the food.

“Sacramento should be thankful for all of the really good restaurants,” said Larimore, 48. She listed Elephant Bar and The Cheesecake Factory among her favorites.

Lisa Larimore, 48, with daughter Caitlin

Randy Boyle, 59, is originally from Oklahoma, but moved here many years ago for work. Although he has lived in Hawaii, the Midwest and all over California, he said this part of the world is his favorite.

“The great weather and the proximity to all things outdoors,” said Boyle, a manager at UPS from Vacaville. “There are not many places where you can water ski and snow ski on the same day.”

Boyle also said the importance of being the state capital is a reason for Sacramento to be thankful.

Randy Boyle, 59

For Ericka Landero, 20, a retail associate from Antelope, Sacramento is a place for possibilities.

“I think Sacramento should be thankful for the many opportunities we have in life,” said Landero.

Ericka Landero, 20

What do you think Sacramento should be thankful for? Please let us know in the comment section below. 

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