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Old November 22nd, 2018, 08:09 PM
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On this day of giving thanks, on behalf of COTI's staff, I'd like to thank all those who serve their countries with honor, dignity, and at risk of self. We are thankful for your service, be it in public safety, the military, or other public services.

And, on behalf of Marc, I'd also like to thank the boards members for their contributions, both intellectual and financial, that keep the board running.

I'd also ask you to think of the things which, and people whom, you are graced with, no matter where you are. I'd encourage any who care to do so to share what they are thankful for. For the people you're thankful for, let them know.

For those outside the US: the history is that of a festival celebration shared between the local indigenous persons and the European settlers of what would become the US, giving thanks for good harvests and each other.
In the US, it's a federal holiday, and for many non-retail and non-public service jobs, a 4 day weekend.
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On a personal note, I am thankful for:
  1. friends
  2. family, the board staff, whose efforts keep the board running.
  3. the userbase here, who keep it valuable.
  4. for the Woodsman restaurant for being open today, and being the best thai food I've found in the greater Corvallis area.
  5. My FLGS, Matt's Cavalcade of Comics.
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Only somewhat in order:

1. My faith: I've seen what happens when I'm in charge.
2. My wife. Getting close to 30 years. Not sure what'll happen if she ever sobers up. Especially since she doesn't drink.
3. The internet: Where I find most of the people I actually interact with.
4. People like Marc, EGG, Steve Jackson, etc, who followed their dreams so mine were given needed structure.
5. Being almost 80% done with this year's NaNo.
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I logged on hoping I'd find this exact thread, already here. I'm thankful for:

- A loving partner who indulges my quirks, is an active ally in helping me grow, recover, and forgive, who can teach me things.

- Lots of privilege, either granted at birth, earned, or stumbled into by luck. Mostly I get to pick my challenges or cause them myself, not have them thrust upon me.

- A series of experiences that have felt like the universe revealing itself to me, and the desire in the face of that to strive to do good in the world.

- Family and friends who see some major tragedy in my life, who rush in to help.

- An active imagination, such fertile places as RPG worlds to sow those fields, and the pioneers and peers there who encourage me in this.


…as an honorable mention: I’m thankful for Ha Coffee Bar in Lihue; sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows your name.
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Thankful for my partner of nearly 20 years, no matter what we face I know she has my back.

Thankful for the chance to do the work I love and for the unnamed heroes who make it possible, the unsung whose shoulders we so often stand upon.

Thankful for Traveller, and all of its heroes and creators, not just for the uncountable hours of adventure and fun but also for the inspiration and the push to learn and to explore and to never stop dreaming of far frontiers and the boundaries of possibility.
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I did not get this up yesterday, but I am still thankful for all of them

My wife, who has put up with me for over 43 years, and honored the phrase in the wedding vows, "in sickness and in health".

My family, even though we are a bit scattered.

My Church, and the fact that I spent Wednesday at the church distributing Thanksgiving Day meals to those in need.

That I am still walking, which for me is not a given.

The roof over my head, the food on the table, and the funds to heat the house.

The country that the above roof is located in, the U.S.A.

The men at church who I have gotten to know a lot better in the past year.

The forum and the members thereof.

CJ's Coffee House and Donut Shop. hopefully Chuck's donuts will be served in Heaven, along with his coffee.
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