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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