Today is Chusuk, one of the biggest holidays on the Korean calendar. A day of feasts, fancy gowns and thanksgiving. So, in the spirit of Chusuk, here are a few things for which I am thankful.- I'm thankful for the guards around here. Every day when I exit and enter the village I walk through two metal detectors and past four groups of green beret-clad guards. Most are baby-faced ectomorphs who resemble distance runners more than security forces. But one night, in broken English, one of the guards told me he and his buddies were fourth degree blackbelts in Taekwando. He then proceeded to give me an exhibition of flying kicks, spins and punches that would have made Bruce Lee envious. I've slept much better since that night.

- I'm thankful for a Korean shopkeeper's sense of humor. The owner of a brass shop found out I was a marathoner and asked for my autograph. Ever the frugal shopper (cheap), I asked him if he couldn't give me an extra discount in exchange for the signature. He said if I won the gold medal I could bring it in and exchange it for a brass bed.

- I'm thankful for VCRs and Seoul Temple President Spencer Palmer who lent us his BYU-Texas football tape. Head U.S. track coach Stan Huntsman, from the U. of Texas, declined our invitation to come watch. I guess he was busy.

- I'm thankful that I haven't been hit by any of the water balloons that have been tossed from our 13-story apartment.

- I'm thankful the Korean wind has blown us a little cooler weather. Africans run poorly in the cold so . . . let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

- I'm thankful for a wife who sews to alter the poorly made, ill-fitting Italian-made uniform that we're supposed to run in.

- I'm thankful for the Russian official who had his taxi do a U-turn and pick up my seamstress and her roommate. They had given up on ever catching a ride after trying for over an hour to catch a cab. Whether it was done in the spirit of Glasnost or the spirit of "pretty young American girlnicks," I'm grateful.

- I'm thankful I decided to run the marathon instead of the 10,000 meters after watching Brahim Boutaib of Morocco win in Olympic record time of 27:21.

- I'm thankful that the Armed Forces Network doesn't show reruns of "Moonlighting."

- I'm thankful for a soft pillow brought from home.

- I'm thankful for the LDS members in Seoul and for the fireside they had for us on Saturday.

- And most of all, I'm thankful for the family, friends, coaches and others who have helped me get here.