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Giving Thanks

Tomorrow, in the U.S. at least, is Thanksgiving. It may be difficult to tell sometimes based on conventional observance and media coverage but there is a deeper meaning to this holiday than four day weekends, shopping and gorging oneself on roasted fowl. Thanksgiving is about reflecting on what you are thankful for; although given the economy, the two wars that we’re engaged in, and the deteriorating environment it may sometimes be difficult to find things to be thankful for.

In the true spirit of the holiday, I want to reflect a little bit on what I am thankful for. There are many things I could write here, but I won’t. It’s too easy to make a facile list of ways in which I may happen to be better off than the average chump. Instead, I want to focus on the one thing that I am truly and honestly thankful for.

I am thankful for the friends in my life.

That’s it. It’s the bonds that we form with people in this world that bind us in the world; and true friends are the purest form of those bonds. I am lucky to have a great set of friends; both in the real world and across the greater intertubes. So, to my friends I offer my sincere and deepest thanks.