- That I am alive in 2014. Instead of being alive in, say, 1814... Or 1514... Or 614... (This covers but is not limited to: antibiotics, voting rights, the writ of habeas corpus, and air conditioning.)
- Sailboat racing.
- The natural history fact that wolf spiders have never successfully mated with deer ticks.
- Apples. They are not the only fruit*, but I believe they are the overlord of fruits.
- My favorite skipper, who took me on our first date to see Rudolph Nureyev in "The King and I," and has continued to surprise me ever since.
*Neither are oranges.