Clarification on this post. I am all for thanking people who go above and beyond the call of duty to help you, or people who do their job well, or even people who do their job competently to your benefit. Therefore, I am perfectly comfortable thanking the Hotty Pediatrician for being kind to my kids, or for being patient with their sometimes hysterical mother, or for taking the time to answer all my questions and explain things to me several times it needed, or for seeming to genuinely care about his patients. (The Hotty Pediatrician is more than just pretty face, you see.) However, I am not in the habit of thanking people for bothering to show up for work, so thanking him for seeing us strikes me as ridiculous. That is all.