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This year, I’m thankful for…

* The success of Susie’s and my move to Vancouver.  We took a chance that this city would be good for us, and it has been in many ways: friendly people, healthy living, good for business, and fun to boot!

* Family—my wife, my sister Virginia, my mom, my in-laws, and my various cousins.  You’ll note that my other two sisters and my dad aren’t listed.  It’s not that I’m not thankful for them—I mean, I’m glad they exist and all—I just haven’t talked to them in over a year, so I don’t really have anything to add.

Side note: Actually, my cousin Craig came from Calgary out to Vancouver recently, and we had a long and good conversation about family, and siblings specifically.  The way he talked about his brothers made me think that I was being an idiot for not trying to reach out again to my sisters, so I called Nicole last weekend.  Got her voice mail, left a message.  I’ll try again if I don’t hear from her.  I mean, no matter what else has happened, she’s still my sister, right?

* I’m thankful for Susie.  I know, you’re all, like, dude, Susie’s only #3?  Nuh, uh, I say.  She’s also family, and she’s the reason we’ve been so successful here, too—from helping to make the move happen, to making contacts to just generally being understanding.  I’m thankful for all that.

* I’m thankful for “The Rovers” aka “The Boys,” “The Scouts” or “The Usual Crowd.”  We’re a group of 7 guys I’ve known since I was about 12, and we’ve stayed in touch over the years—some years more than others.  I have breakfast with at least some of them every Sunday; the breakfast has been going on for about 7 years, with a few new faces.  There should be a picture of these guys in the dictionary next to “tradition” and also maybe “video game addicts.”

* Finally, I’m thankful for having not just one, but TWO Thanksgiving dinners this year—and the possibility of one more when U.S. Thanksgiving rolls around.  Anyone asks you the advantage of dual citizenship, this has got to be the number one benefit, hands down.

Overheard

“The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.”

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“Almost every American I know does trade large portions of his life for entertainment, hour by weeknight hour, binge by Saturday binge, Facebook check by Facebook check. I’m one of them. In the course of writing this I’ve watched all 13 episodes of House of Cards and who knows how many more West Wing episodes, and I’ve spent any number of blurred hours falling down internet rabbit holes. All instead of reading, or writing, or working, or spending real time with people I love.”

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“Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.”

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“I play with variables constantly.”

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“Only the person who has learned Continual Love coming from a heart of Gratitude/Worship can effectively deal with the problem of loneliness.”

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