Thanksgiving 2008

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving here in the United States. I’ll be on the road, going to visit my dear old mum, so Dragonchasers will be silent for a couple days.

I really like the idea of Thanksgiving. It’s all about gathering with friends and family and sharing a feast. No over-the-top gift competitions, no crazy-loud partying. It’s my favorite winter holiday.

And stopping to give thanks probably isn’t something we should only do once a year, but life is so crazy hectic that it seems we need a reminder.

I’m generally a glass-half-empty person. I wish I owned a house instead of renting an apartment. I wish I made more money. I wish I had a nicer car. And on and on, blah blah blah, whinge whinge whinge.

But really, I’ve got a lot of be thankful for, and if you’re at your computer reading this, you probably do as well. I’m thankful I don’t go to bed hungry every night, and that I’m not living in fear. Fresh water is at hand at all times. We take stuff like this for granted, but a lot of the world doesn’t.

More topically, I’m thankful that I live in an age where I can reach out and make friends all across the world. I’m old enough that I didn’t grow up with computers or email. Who you knew was who lived nearby, for the most part. Having a ‘pen pal’ from a few states away was pretty exotic.

Now the only barrier to making friends, really, is language. Geography has become irrelevant in many ways. That’s pretty incredible.

And since this is a gaming blog…I’m thankful that there are virtual worlds to visit with these far-flung friends. We all bitch about our games, but when you step back and think about it…they’re all pretty awesome. If you plucked someone from as recently as the mid-1970’s and sat them down in front of WoW or EQ2 or LOTRO, it’d blow them away. LOTRO in particular… grab a flower child grooving on Middle Earth in 1969 and drop ’em into LOTRO and they’d think they’d gotten some very fine acid indeed.

It’s a good time to be alive, y’know?

And my final thing to be thankful for is that you’re reading my blog. I really appreciate you taking the time to listen to me yammer: it means the world to me.

Here’s wishing you and yours have a very Happy Thanksgiving. And for those of you in other parts of the world, well, I wish you a very happy Thursday. 🙂

4 thoughts on “Thanksgiving 2008

  1. Awesome post. We do take to much for granted. Hope your time with your Mom is enjoyable and relaxing. Drive safe!

  2. Happy Thanksgiving from Seattle, hon. [big squeezy hug and a smoochy kiss]

    You know where to go if you ever need gratitudes and glasses half-full… 😉

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