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Thursday, 25.Nov.2004

23:52 - giving thanks // topical [thanksgiving]

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so, thinking on this national holiday I'm kinda stuck.. 'Thanksgiving' doesn't really have very many guidelines that apply to me. Some say "oh, you're supposed to look at what's good in your life and give thanks to the powers that be for all of it". Hokay, sure bub. Problem is, according to my religious faith (I am not, contrary to popular belief, atheist), any aspects of 'my life' that may happen to be 'good' are only that way because I choose at this moment to label them such (we'll ignore the fundamental problem with even acknowledging their existence in the first place and just assume that we are operating on the plane of existence and not below), they have no inherent value in themselves. Moreover, good or bad, if they are part of my life is fundamentally my fault. I have no entity which I should thank or blame for such. Sure, I acknowledge a whole slew of gods and such, but I don't directly pay homage to any of them and I am just as likely to argue with them as I am to compliment them.

So yeah, that standard answer just doesn't quite work here.

I could just let it slide without so much as a nod of the head (in keeping with my standing policy of not celebrating any specific day on the calendar for any reason), but I feel like being slightly different and felt I should do something for today (in keeping with the "moderation in all things" clause).

Hence my predicament. I've been thinking, though, and I think I've come up with an appropriate thanking ritual. You. While I'm sure I could find some way to fill just about every niche in my life without any of the recurring characters, it's a lot easier to do this with your help. Thus:

Thank you (and these are by no means complete lists),
6q, for helping me expand my musical appreciation, and for continuing to be a truly upstanding person to me.
arkainas, for playing Dip with us, and for helping me see some ways of kindness
artistic_chaos, for your art, wit, and opinions.
athenamarie, for what little time you care to share with me.
being_angyl, for your philosophies, tech rantings and reviews, and willingness to talk.
ben, (even though you'll never see this) for your insights on software and design.
bridgeweaver, for your insight and humor.
choasweasel, for your tidbits of trivia (though your jokes can sometimes get a touch obscure).
chunkbot, for the many grand adventures and good laughs.
classicbri, for one of the best damn webcomics I've ever read (though I'm not a GP fan, I'm looking forward to UF).
copper9lives, for your strong touch with humanity and passion for life.
damonakat, for your words and thoughts.
darkmoon, for the occasional gems of philosophy you've shared.
devafall, for the many late nights discussing people and society and how we fit in.
devey, uh.. er... thanks in advance for joining us!
eazycheeze, for the games and your unique view on life.
edgylesjr, for the fun talks, and even more for the supurb performances.
elentar, for having been there so often through the years.
elisandra, for telling me I'm wrong.
erisian_fields, for being so different from me, yet still being nice.
eternalyam, for many parties and good times
fmblng_twds_xtc, for allowing me a glimpse of the joys and trials of parenting.
forkylo, for growing into yourself in spite of everyone else.
futuregirl, for your insight into the world around us (you'll be missed)
g31g3r, for being a friend through so much.
geckoinpdx, for showing me there's more to life.
gethen, for being so kind and cool with someone like me.
graphxgrrl, for constantly keeping an open mind, and for letting me watch as you moved.
gravity_, for being such a keen person.
grumpy_sysadmin, for your somewhat humourous way of ranting about tech (and the users/makers thereof).
hariseldon, for your photographic insight.
hatefulsandwich, for being far more than just the typical.
ilk, for pointing the way to many grand ideas online, and for sharine a few of your own.
jimbo_the_gecko, (though I'm not 100% sure *who* you are) for being one of the few I could relate to (if you're who I think you are)
kalemachka, for the really keen journaling
kest, for the informative and thought-provoking ideas.
khanfused, for being right there for the geekier of topics.
la_vation, for your particular musical knowledge and a touch of mundanity
macklinr, for the chess, the beer, and the constant telling me to shut it
mahdi, for helping me see a few other angles, and also for telling me I'm wrong.
mamarhi, for teaching me so much about life.
merovingian, for the touches of surreality
mistersleepless, for the most amazing fiction -- you will be missed.
mommy_heather, er, for the gory details?
mr_destructo, for the good times and the laughs.
mslulu, for being the perfect person to not date. :)
namelessnobody, for the literary thoughts.
nina, for the way you approach life.
noisepimp, for being so damn patient with me.
noodlboy, for being your wonderful self.
ox_number_10, for showing me how to be my most childlike.
pleckos, for understanding the need for ranting
plucky, for helping me learn exactly what is needed
pnsm, for giving so much
princessjamey, for the knowledge and lessons, past and future.
samsamsamantha, for your opinions on life.
scottbateman, for the cartoons.
serenica69, for being so kind and tolerant.
sifueireman, for the guidance and tea.
sinboy, for the links, thoughts, and alerts.
sora3, for the discussions.
spindry, for the pictures, and the joy.
stroum, for the hamsters -- and pine.
superflow, for not giving up.
the_mysterons, for giving us just a little more time.
tiggrrl, for the terse insight through the crap.
tobin, for the patience.
tragerstreit, for going with your heart, and showing others the way.
tyrsalvia, for the links and updates.
urbeatle, for the music, and the years of random philosophy.
vampyrecat, for being serious and true.
voidheart, for the meditations and philosophy.
wickedserpent, for being your loveable self.
witchphaedra, for welcoming me.
with_gusto, for the comics -- you will be missed.
youthinazia, for the occasional thoughts and geeky links.
yozhik, for being the brilliant monkey you are.

damn, took an hour for that crap! I need to trim my friends list if I'm ever doing *that* again! :) well, at least it's still technically thanksgiving so this isn't a day late or anysuch..

hrrm.. they seem to have gotten a bit shorter near the end.. sorry 'bout that folk. it's no statement of the person, just of my being tired this late and after an hour it got more drawn-out than I had initially planned. :)

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Date:9:00 26.Nov.2004 (UTC)
Thank you for reminding me to use my camera more.
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Date:3:44 27.Nov.2004 (UTC)
alas, I've hit a dry spell myself recently as well.

hrmm.. perhaps tomorrow I should do some picture hunting..
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Date:21:40 26.Nov.2004 (UTC)
my god that was amazing...making you an amazing person
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Date:3:42 27.Nov.2004 (UTC)
appearances can be deceiving, there are many who would argue that claim with you.. :)

I was pretty sure you wouldn't even see it, didn't think you read my posts.. glad you liked it, though..
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[User Picture]
Date:23:20 26.Nov.2004 (UTC)
We're less different than you think, but I'm glad you think I'm nice anyway. :-)
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Date:3:39 27.Nov.2004 (UTC)
of course I think you're nice. lotsa people think so, too, I'm not the only one.
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Date:23:53 26.Nov.2004 (UTC)
Glad to see that I am still on the list. =)
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Date:3:37 27.Nov.2004 (UTC)
and why wouldn't you be? you may not post much anymore, but that doesn't mean I don't like them when they do happen.

we should do tea sometime..
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Date:5:50 27.Nov.2004 (UTC)
Dude! Don't even know how to respond. Awesome post! All I can say is, Thanks!
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Date:17:24 27.Nov.2004 (UTC)
no need to respond at all, but I'm glad you liked it. you're welcome.
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Date:1:19 28.Nov.2004 (UTC)
i'm sorry to hear such, you are certainly deserving of far more.
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Date:8:18 30.Nov.2004 (UTC)

Err, Someone actually reads what I write?

Thank you I am astonished that people actually read my scribblings and that they make an impact on anyone elses life. It is my way of sorting out things that confuse me. You are a braver sort however, revealing aspects of your immediate life, the daily things that impact and sway you. I am too secretive and paranoid and being me publically is prosecutable under UCMJ so I sheath my surface life and poke at my underguts. Again, you are the braver one standing and saying this is my life and I will toast you like a smore if you think its wrong. Happy Holidays...BOING!
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Date:16:58 30.Nov.2004 (UTC)

Re: Err, Someone actually reads what I write?

I only reveal some aspects, there is much I keep hidden. But I thank you all the same. :)
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Date:18:23 09.Dec.2004 (UTC)
macklinr, for the chess, the beer, and the constant telling me to shut it

Any time.

Speaking of which, I tell you to shut it more often than the first two. That balance needs to be restored.
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Date:17:16 16.Dec.2004 (UTC)
sounds like a plan, but let's not do so through subtraction.
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Date:18:06 16.Dec.2004 (UTC)

I live in Midtown now, so later nights aren't as a problem for me. They still are for you, but that means only one of us is the lowest-common denominator. Which aids planning.
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