Skip to main content

 title=

Guess who goes to Best Buy with ~$500, and walks out with a Vitamin Water and a Dasani?  Yeah.  Shut up.

This Vent-Hole (hereinafter known as IVH), if lost or stolen will not be replaced nor purchase price refunded.  Violation of IVH rules will result in expulsion without refund.  Admission to certain functions within the IVH may require additional innuendo; enter at your own risk. Frivolity and silliness are highly recommended for all riders. Flamewars are expressly forbidden and political ranting is strongly discouraged. Please consult your counselor, magistrate or religious functionary before usage. A copy of IVH rules can be obtained from one or more members wearing tie-dyed oxford shirts after written requests. Any transmission, rebroadcasting or any other pictures, descriptions or accounts of the IVH without expressed written consent is strictly prohibited.  Comment below if you agree with said terms.

A NOTE ABOUT RESILIENCE

Well, it’s Thanksgiving.  And for the first time ever, I’m spending it away from a home-cooked meal at my mother’s house.  I suppose that has to do with actually leaving that situation.  But it’s sort of weird.  I mean, right now, she’s probably prepping a turkey in the oven, baked a few pies, and I’m not there to sniff any of it.

I suppose that is what I get for moving.  Oh, well.

That leads me to what I’m thankful for this year: resilience.  Simply, resilience.  I take the example of people who I’ve known in life; people who I know, or knew, or used to know, or thought I did, and the impact of those people on my life.  Part of getting older is looking back at certain things that occurred, and asking, “How did I get through that?”

And I do ask:  how did I turn out so level-headed (or so others tell me) for a kid who went through two divorces, had his best friend murdered, changed addresses about 15 times, and attended special education all his life?  How did I manage to avoid pitfalls that doomed others, like having a kid at age 15, or drugs and alcohol?

Perhaps it was little things that mom did to keep me level.  The Toy Ban of 87-88.  The fact that she cultivated any of my interests—sports, movies, computers.  Or maybe, I just took each part of life, and made it into a lesson.  Man, I could write a book to my kid about the lessons I’ve learned.  But the key thing is, through each difficult period, I got through.  That’s resilience.

So, even though I’ll have no family to share Thanksgiving with this year, I’m going out to some restaurant where they’ll serve turkey and greens, mashed potatoes, corn, and maybe pie, and make what I can of it.  Resilience, my friends.

Happy Thanksgiving, and also…understand that the law on Holiday Music is now lifted.  If you have one of those stations that go automated, and play John Tesh clip-ins?  I feel sorry for you.  Okay, not really.  You choose to listen to that.

Former University of Miami defensive end Dwayne Johnson is on tonight, along with chef Paula Deen.

Okay.  You want clips.  Fine.

Originally posted to vcthree on Wed Nov 24, 2010 at 09:02 PM PST.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site