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My new favorite thing is Sirius Radio Limited Edition channel 18 - Road Trip Radio.

It is as though somebody compiled a list of every mainstream song I've ever mildly enjoyed at some point in my life, put it into one gigantic playlist, and then let a cat walk over a keyboard to select the order in which they are played.

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How about being grateful for easy access to clean water as well as fresh produce? By NO means is that a given for millions of folks these days.

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I agree but in a way that leans a little too much toward the Peeve side perhaps for this board since it ought to be true for everyone.

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A colleagues dislikes the taste of the filtered water in our office, so brings her own bottled water. I told her disliking the taste of clean, safe water is the epitome of a first world problem.

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1 hour ago, ratgirlagogo said:

I agree but in a way that leans a little too much toward the Peeve side perhaps for this board since it ought to be true for everyone.

So because they're folks who are completely unable to dance, does this mean I shouldn't be grateful for having that ability [to a certain extent]?  I have to admit that I have to work at 'being thankful in all circumstances' as per the New Testament injunction because IMO it IS a good exercise to try find some tiny sliver of hope that one may build upon in what may initially appear to be a completely hopeless or wretched situation -even though I'm more inclined to be Eeyore than Tigger.

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21 minutes ago, Blergh said:

So because they're folks who are completely unable to dance, does this mean I shouldn't be grateful for having that ability [to a certain extent]?

Not at all.  Just exactly what I said.  Kind of like Pollyanna being grateful she got a crutch for a Christmas present because it reminded her of how great it was not to need one - but also that your gratefulness can motivate you to do what you can to help improve what can be improved.  A better motivator than guilt really, at least as I remember my New Testament - your faith has saved you, go forth and sin no more.  You know, to not waste time on the guilt part,  since it's pointless.

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10 minutes ago, JTMacc99 said:

 

Did you guys know that feline AIDS is the number one killer of domestic cats?

 

Did you post this to the wrong board?  because I'm sure you don't expect us to be grateful for this....

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On 5/28/2016 at 4:38 PM, Blergh said:

How about being grateful for easy access to clean water as well as fresh produce? By NO means is that a given for millions of folks these days.

I used to have an Armenian friend/co-worker when I lived in So Cal.  She said that when they had visitors from home, the big deal was to take them to the grocery store.  The visitors just were floored by the multiple varieties of produce available and the sheer quantity.

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14 hours ago, ratgirlagogo said:

Did you post this to the wrong board?  because I'm sure you don't expect us to be grateful for this....

This is a Debbie Downer gag from SNL.

 

Back on topic, I had a friend drive me around yesterday and help me transport some items. There is nothing more appreciated, let me tell you. Moving stuff is stressful and having a friend helps big-time.

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3 hours ago, DisneyBoy said:

This is a Debbie Downer gag from SNL

Doh!  I know the character but only watch SNL sporadically.  As Emily Litella used to say, Never mind.

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23 hours ago, ratgirlagogo said:

Doh!  I know the character but only watch SNL sporadically.  As Emily Litella used to say, Never mind.

Here you go. I thought it was apt.  Plus, that one I linked is my favorite of the bunch.  The heat stroke line still makes me laugh out loud.

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On 5/29/2016 at 9:22 PM, Blergh said:

even though I'm more inclined to be Eeyore than Tigger.

I've got one for you, Blergh: Being thankful that there are people out there who prefer Eeyore to Tigger. Which I totally do. Might have married him, come to think of it... ;-)

So, topic, um, totally grateful for that Eeyore in my life. He really makes almost everything better. (Well, between him and the dog... ;-))

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Aw, now you're making me grateful for Winnie! I was mad for those books, maybe because my much-loved godfather read them to us as a child, using different voices for all the characters. My sister and I also had LP records of the stories that we played to death on our little portable player with the handle. Also Babar, so I'll extend my nostalgic appreciation to that series as well.  :)

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krimimi,

 

 I'm quite touched that you actually make a moving case for us Eeyores AND I like that there seems to be a Pooh affinity out there but since this isn't the book forum, I think I'll start one there.

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I've officially owned my car for ten years and never needed a repair more than routine maintenance.

I didn't know that cars like this existed.  The universe is making up for the one before this one.

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I'm not sure about gratefulness, but I saw something while driving home from work this evening that made me smile.  There is a used car lot that I pass by and I saw a sign out by the street that I first thought said 'Tirades welcome'.  I thought 'huh?' followed by 'why would they welcome those?'.  Then I realized that it actually said (of course) 'Trades welcome'.  Anyway, it was one of those little things that made me smile after a long day.

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How about fave restaurants and establishments where everyone knows your name [like "Cheers"]? That's one reason I'd hesitate leaving my hometown should my mother no longer be in this world.

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I was driving home from doing some errands yesterday afternoon when I saw a turtle on my side of the street, but he/she would not be able to get onto the grassy area because there is a curb there.  There is no shoulder on that side of the road so I kept going until I found a spot I could turn around.  The plan was I would park on the shoulder on the opposite side, brave traffic (it is only 1 lane each way) and get the turtle to safety.

By the time I had turned around, I saw a car that had been a couple of cars in front of me (going the other way) had managed to find someplace to turn around and was already parked on the shoulder of the road.  The kid - 18ish - had already darted out and moved the turtle to safety!  I was so happy he did and yelled Thank You to him. 

I am stuck wondering "why did the turtle cross the road?" now.

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I am stuck wondering "why did the turtle cross the road?" now.

To get to the other side.

<groan>

It's that time of year (at least in some places) -- early summer is nesting season for turtles, so they're heading for their familiar territory to lay their eggs.  Many states have issued motorist advisories to look out for turtles crossing the road.

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We just got a turtle crossing advisory tonight in Connecticut.

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I went to Iceland on vacation and had a wonderful time.  I'm glad I can afford to go to other countries and experience things we don't get here (like 24-hour daylight, and an elementary school class getting distracted by a young man with a banjo in a public square, leading to kids and their adults dancing all over the place for a while).

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Never been to Iceland but I agree that it IS a great thing to be able to travel around and see different parts of the world and experience people and sights one wouldn't be able to imagine in one's usual corner. As long as I have my health, enough spare income, and folks who will help care for my elderly mother while I'm not there, I will keep travelling! Let others blow their cash on new gadgets, fashions and parties, travel is what I crave.

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1 hour ago, bosawks said:

Benadryl!

Poison ivy is the devil....

Antihistamines are the bomb! I kind of love them, along with corticosteroids.

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A passing vehicle threw up a rock and chipped my windshield.  Boo. 

But my insurer waived the deductible for me to repair, rather than replace it.  So it cost me nothing.

The glass repair company sent a tech to my workplace, saving me a lot of hassle going to them.  While the repair was setting, he cleaned all of my windows.  And since he had time to spare, he vacuumed my car!  He is so getting a positive review on Yelp.

20 minutes of my day, 0 dollars, and a clean car.

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I am happy to learn today (as a librarian), that an actual librarian (gasp!) will be the next Librarian of Congress.  (and this LoC will also be the first woman and the first African-American to hold that post).  

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I got some welcome financial news yesterday with regards to exercising stock options at my former company, but what really touched me was that special bonuses were assigned to eligible staff by the former owner of the company. Mine was extremely generous and it turned out to be the highest amount given to anyone. I had such a wonderful relationship with my former boss and miss him and yes, I did work my ass off, so this tangible acknowledgement from him made me cry.

22 hours ago, BooksRule said:

I am happy to learn today (as a librarian), that an actual librarian (gasp!) will be the next Librarian of Congress.  (and this LoC will also be the first woman and the first African-American to hold that post).  

And good riddance to Billington!

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I'm happy I'm getting grey hair- because that means there are less and less folks who think I should follow the latest . .. whatever but with grey hair, I can openly enjoy my out-of-step likings.

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2 hours ago, Blergh said:

I'm happy I'm getting grey hair- because that means there are less and less folks who think I should follow the latest . .. whatever but with grey hair, I can openly enjoy my out-of-step likings.

Awesome!

I like that mine allows me to do that too. And I also like that it doesn't stop me from loading Pokemon Go on my phone and walking around town with my two kids saying things like "I caught some kind of bug thing" and having them get excited on my behalf. (And of course I'm totally faking it. I know exactly what the bug thing is, and why it was fun to undersell my enthusiasm to my kids because I'm the dad who isn't supposed to know that the bug thing was rare and a big deal.)

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Today I am grateful for my boss, who advocated for me with an overly by-the-book HR director and got me a new title and a 3% raise.  (I am now "Senior (Previous Title)", which I find slightly silly because I'm the only (Previous Title), so there's nobody I'm senior to, yet.)  But I'm still grateful that my boss was willing to do that for me.

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Big congratulations @EighteenTwelve!

I am also grateful for my boss today, a known tough judge when it comes to this stuff for doing something similar for me. I did tell him that we are all aware that he looks out for us, and that we're appreciative of it. 

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I had a crummy day, so when the kid at the ice cream parlor helped me create a tiramisu-type combo, it made my day. Half coffee/half Belgian chocolate ice cream with cinnamon and vanilla cookies. No mascarpone or even cream cheese, but pretty darn yummy.

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I'm grateful that my fave restaurant ALWAYS give me something yummy (extra food, money) should they accidentally delay/mess up my order.

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I just discovered this thread today, and it's awesome! I'm grateful for so many things, but this is the one I'm thinking about most right now - I'm grateful that school starts tomorrow! I teach 8th grade, but I got dropped down to 7th grade for one year (two years ago) and then back to 8th, which means that I had the same group of kids for two years in a row. I'm so excited to get back to a normal routine tomorrow and to have all new kids in my room! You know how when you're a little kid and you get so excited about your new folders and art box? That's how I feel when I look at my roster for the new year. And tomorrow I get to meet them all! 

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How fun for you, @HoosierJen! That sounds like a lovely new leaf every year.

If any of the nuns I had as teachers in elementary school were excited to meet their new classes, they hid it well. ;-)

I actually had the same experience from the student side since one particularly odious person taught 7th grade and was then moved to 8th during my year. I had never disliked a teacher before and getting stuck with her for 2 years was a sign, I was convinced, that the universe was out to get me. Being an emotional pre-adolescent had nothing to do with it.

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This video was posted by @s.anthony in the Stranger Things forum and it made me happy that this kid had the creativity and musicality to write his own song about a TV show. I was very impressed!

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OK, here's one. After I cleaned out  an old closet yesterday for my mother, my mother found the long-lost caches of condolence cards written after my sister's and grandmother's respective passings . Unbeknown to either us, these caches had been secreted in a small trunk that evidently my late father had put on the very top shelf of said closet. Considering that in the last two years my mother has lost my father and ,a very short time ago ,her sister's beloved longtime husband  as well as her getting close  to 90, I'm grateful that she was able to rediscover something she'd cherished so much while she's still around to appreciate it.

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My heart grew three sizes reading the New York Times this morning:  http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/09/02/us/photo-of-fsu-football-star-sitting-with-boy-eating-alone-at-florida-school-charms-internet.html

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Visiting a local school on a good-will visit with his teammates on Tuesday, [Travis Rudolph, a star football player at Florida State University in Tallahassee], saw a boy sitting alone in the cafeteria at Montford Middle School. 

Although Mr. Rudolph, 21, did not know it at the time, [sixth-grader Bo Paske] has autism and often eats lunch by himself. The image of the football star eating pizza while seated opposite Bo has became an example of how a small act of kindness can go big.

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Being a UF alumni, it is almost physically painful to applaud anything remotely related to FSU, especially FSU football...but Travis Rudolph is an all-star person for that.

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Grateful that my sister's patient lift is able to pick people up off the floor, since Mom fell this morning. Her feet slipped out from under her and she ended up sitting on the floor against the cabinets in our tiny kitchen. She wasn't in pain but she couldn't stand up -- she still has sacral fractures that are healing on their own. I got a sheet and a couple of pillows to support her head and lower back, and had her lie down so I could drag her to the middle of the den. I was able to put the lift's sling under her and then use the power lift to raise her off the floor and set her down in her chair. Thank the Lord I remembered that the sales rep told me about that feature when we got the lift three years ago.

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Thank you -- yes, after  she sat a bit, she was better. She hasn't done much walking since the middle of June because of the fractures. My sister and I keep asking if she's in pain and she says no more than usual. Bless her heart. As a friend of mine says, aging is not for the faint of heart.

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You know what's great? Someone mentioning or recommending a book and me being able to immediately get it into my grubby digital paws. Thank you, Kindle!

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Dear grocery store bakery,

How did you know it's been a crappy week and I would really need that piece of tiramisu that you marked down to only $1.49? THANK YOU!

Love, Forumfish

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Speaking of comforting sweets, I was in the drive through at Baskin Robbins for their special two-for-one ice cream quarts and the wait was really long. The dashboard clock was right there and I had nothing to do but stare at it so I know it was almost 10 minutes. When I finally got to the window, the clerk apologized for the wait and gave me my order at no charge. FREE ICE CREAM!

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Nielsen sent me a dollar in the mail as a pre-payment in hopes I'd answer their telephone survey.

I wonder how much money gets tossed unopened as junk mail each year.

I only opened as a knee jerk reaction to maybe one of my shows needs the ratings.

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