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Thank you

Posted Monday, December 19, 2011, at 9:53 PM

Even during the craziest times, there is always something to be thankful for. Even in the sadness of loss, we can always be thankful for having known that person, even through the tears.

Even me. I am thankful for my life, for second chances, for do-overs and the chance to start over again.

I am thankful to my parents for bringing me into this world where I can find my purpose and for taking care of me and providing for me when I was growing up, for buying me those silly Halloween costumes with masks, for sending me to college, to my father for teaching me to drive while maintaining your calm and composure and for throwing me all those birthday parties.

I am thankful to Sister Barbara for listening to me and encouraging me, to Jack for helping me when I barely had a dime to my name, to Pam for offering to pick me up at the airport when I came to Chicago and for offering to help me on my flight back, if there wasn't a hidden motive there, to Karen for being my friend. I wish you were still here. To Mariel, my editor at the Los Angeles Daily News for asking me to blog for them a few years ago. It's been a fun ride, to Niki at the Area Wide News for supporting me and for her graciousness and humor and to many more.

Even though it's harder to say and much harder to see, in ways I am thankful to those who have been utter skanks to me and have thrown me curve balls in one way or another. Through them, I have learned that some things aren't a function of me; they are a function of them and that their snarkiness, ill will and general all-around lousy humor are a function of who they are rather than what I am. It's been a hard lesson, and in the end, I thank them.

We all have a list of things that we can gripe about, and if I could unveil mine, it would be longer than a phone book of these United States, but even though it is hard, life goes down more smoothly when we view it with an air of gratitude and thanks because things happen how they are supposed to and for the best even if it may not seem so at the time. Happy, Happy, Merry, Merry.


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"Now about the aerosol. I hadn't thought of that but I don't know if I will because I think they help poke holes in the ozone layer. Committee?"

No need for a committee, those aerosols are the already banned CFCs - check your canister - to be kind to the environment (not necessarily, your target) the propellant should be listed as some form of HFA-134a.

(But if it's a pitbull - even a grizzley you want to deter) go with a MIL-SPEC [just don't tell the cops I mentioned it] it should be nitrogen-based - any oxygenated propellant can be mitigated "fairly" easily.

-- Posted by HDucker on Tue, Dec 20, 2011, at 11:09 PM

I'm not abandoning this ship, H Ducker and thanks for the kind words. I was simply trying to show my gentker side. Now about the aerosol. I hadn't thought of that but I don't know if I will because I think they help poke holes in the ozone layer. Committee?

-- Posted by Gail-TzipporahSaunders on Tue, Dec 20, 2011, at 8:55 PM

What?

You're not gonna thank whoever it was discovered how to mix habanero and aerosolized propellant?

But surely this "...I have learned that some things aren't a function of me; they are a function of them and that their snarkiness, ill will and general all-around lousy humor are a function of who they are rather than what I am..." doesn't mean you're abandoning this blog-thing does it?

Snarkiness, ill will and general all-around lousy humor shouldn't be much of a call to "abandon ship" by a blogger.

Might should you decide to run for President. Even then so long as you've the good sense at the Iowa State Fair to exercise discretion on menu choices - but even then I suppose it'd come to whatever demographic bloc one was seeking votes from. To wit:

http://www.bartcop.com/batshit-eats-corn...

But Teacher, you've not declared for President. And receiving hostile fire due to a single "fairly innocuous" [perhaps ill-informed] blog-post should not be overly disheartening.

Besides, reading probably the most comments on any single thing that's ever appeared on this website - should give more hope for the Fourth Pillar of Democracy than anything else I've personally seen yet.

Keep in mind - while one person might see "something else" - most people have the good sense to recognize somebody simply having lunch.

Says more about the other rather than the author.

-- Posted by HDucker on Tue, Dec 20, 2011, at 5:14 PM


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