As cynical as I can be over all the shit that has happened, I did find some things to be thankful for this year.
–The SF Giants. They’re one illicit affair short of being a full-blown soap opera (and if something like that does make the news, I’m wagering it will involve Hunter Pence, his girl, and Lou Seal, because it’s only fitting). But save for what happened earlier this week and most of the summer, they were the bright spot for the sporty spice in me, who saw her Lakers flop like hell and Penguins underwhelm in the postseason again this year. It was one thing seeing my erstwhile boo Tim Lincecum throw another no-hitter; it was beyond amazing (and nerve-wracking) seeing them make that run to yet another World Series win. They defied the odds and surprised many, including me, but maybe we shouldn’t be surprised. They’ve done this before, and they did it again; this is what they do in October, duh. (Well, as long as it’s an even year.) This orange-and-black 25-man band may not be as shock rock in the regular season as they are in the postseason, but once they make it to October, they put on an act that would make Marilyn Manson envious.
–Pro hockey. Thank you for existing, and keeping me warm in the cold months while baseball takes its vacation and
basketball the Lakers continue to be meh to me.
–Dlisted.com. There is no other place where you can get your daily entertainment dish served hot with a heaping side of unapologetic snark, free of ass-kissing. (The voices in my head, also known as the jury, is still out on whether I should start posting there. A part of me would like to refrain from it, since I’m busy with other things, and one stupid post from me and I can’t look at that place the same way again.)
–The Neti-Pot. For without it, my nose would be so full of snot, it would rival that of Madison Bumgarner’s nose. Except I’m not a snot-rocket blaster like he is.
–The cooking shows on PBS. Food Network can suck it, because it has nothing on “America’s Test Kitchen,” “Cook’s Country,” “Lidia’s Italy,” and even “Martha Bakes.” (I will say that Miss Stewart hams it up a little too much every now and then, but better her than, oh, Martha wannabe Gwyneth Paltrow.)
–Charlie Hunnam, for this. (Scroll down a bit to see what I’m talking about. You’ll thank me later.)
Now for the serious stuff…
I have to say that while some things haven’t gone my way this year, I should consider myself fortunate. My Prius of six years had to break down on me, a month before I took my birthday vacation, but I had another car to drive, and still have that car to drive, and while it may not be the best, it’s better than relying on others for transportation, and for that I am thankful for. And while I didn’t get to stay at the one place I really wanted to stay in LA for my birthday vacation, that I was still able to take a vacation (and stay some place just as nice) is something I’m also thankful for. I may be aching from all those massages I do from working five days a week (girlie’s got to raise some dough for a new car), but I’d rather my muscles ache than suffer from something far worse like a couple of my friends who went through cancer (and are, thankfully, currently in remission from it), and I’m thankful for that as well.
You know, for all the bitching I do, in the back of my head, a voice tells me to “quit it, bitch–you’re spoiled!” And she’s right, in a way. Yesterday at work, things took an unexpected turn for my good friend/co-therapist. I found out, after getting out of a session, that a friend of her daughter, whom she took in like she was one of her own children, suddenly passed away from pneumonia. For this to happen to her on Thanksgiving eve is both heartbreaking and undeserving, and more so given the shit she went through a year ago, when her son got shot (but not killed). And to think the financial woes I’m going through was drama. But yesterday showed me that there are some people that unfortunately have it worse than I do. And perhaps I should be thankful that that’s not my life.
May my good friend, her family, and the rest of you have a happy Thanksgiving holiday.