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26 November 2015 @ 05:39 am
What I'm thankful for  
1. nellorat

2. womzilla

3. Some of the smartest, nicest, most interesting friends & acquaintances in the world, specifically including those belonging to my dreamwidth/livejournal and Facebook reading lists, my electronic and postal mailing lists, and the two apas I am still in.

4. My body. It’s an evolved animal, the product of millions of years of fighting, breeding, and dying, with all the problems that would suggest, but as far as we know, the human body is the only vehicle mind has. (It's a ride.) I’m thankful for mine in particular because it’s a strong one. It has survived 70+ years of as little exercise and nutritional correctness as I could get away with giving it, and now requires only moderate amounts of both. It has survived much abuse of assorted substances (and the only one of those I wouldn’t do over again is tobacco) and now survives without them.

5. My nation. Like my body, not the ideal place to inhabit, but good as actually existing ones go. My predecessors stole a good land from the natives and gave it good laws, including a constitution that still does much to protect us. When my own forebears came here much later, the immigration laws were tougher, and there were opportunities for people like them, who combined ability with pigmentational correctness, and they thereby flourished.

6. All other minds, past and present: those who created computers to expand my mind and a Net to join it to others, medicines that allow me to survive the previously fatal weaknesses of my body, and words and pictures that have enriched my thoughts, and all those I have forgotten or taken for granted.
tx_cronopiotx_cronopio on November 26th, 2015 10:56 am (UTC)
Well said! Enjoy your day, amigo.
Hilshils on November 26th, 2015 11:25 am (UTC)
And I am thankful for you too even though my country doesn't do the thing. Never hurts to say it <3
Sherwood Smithsartorias on November 26th, 2015 12:53 pm (UTC)
Hear hear!
The Hebrew Hammercockhammercock on November 26th, 2015 02:54 pm (UTC)
Happy Thanksgiving!
BritHistorianbrithistorian on November 29th, 2015 12:20 am (UTC)
Happy (belated) Thanksgiving to you - and may off of these things continue to be true for you for as long as you wish them to be so.

ETA: What APAs are you still in?

Edited at 2015-11-29 12:21 am (UTC)
El Coyote Gordo: fandomsupergee on November 29th, 2015 12:49 am (UTC)
BritHistorianbrithistorian on December 1st, 2015 04:54 pm (UTC)
I suppose if I actually read my FAPA mailings, rather than letting them pile up around my desk, I'd have remembered that you're also a member there. I'm glad to see that some APAs are still around, though the number that haven't survived is kind of disheartening (I was particularly surprised when I learned that DAPA-Em had folded - I would have picked that one as a good candidate for a long continued life).
The Mystery of the Supranational Rabbit: Gynoid Porsupahporsupah on December 1st, 2015 03:08 pm (UTC)
I could do with greater ease of user configurability of my body, but, cybernetic replacements remain a frustratingly long distance away. Ah well - I may not be around for them, but they'll be an option for folk in the future. ^_^

It is indeed tremendously disappointing that the climate regarding immigration has so soured in the US, and elsewhere - particularly tragic in the US' case, bearing in mind the timeless words on the Statue of Liberty. We can hope that this will, again, change.

LJ is indeed quite a special place, and I'm very happy to be here. ^_^