Despite the passing of Jerry Bails today, I do have things to be thankful about.
I'm thankful for my wife, Jessi -- probably what I'm most thankful for of all. Because of her, I was able to find love and happiness again after losing my first wife, Barbara. Also because of her, I became a boxer person, which led to my getting Krypto.
I'm thankful for our dogs, KO and Krypto -- and for their continued good health (despite the recent surgery Krypto had to undergo) and for their affection and companionship.
I'm thankful for comic books and their long history, which have become my primary interest from an entertainment point of view. Comic books led to my meeting my first wife, and also led to my making a number of friends over the years (some of whom I've lost track of between moves across the country and back, but I still cherish the friendships while they lasted).
I'm thankful for the internet, which gives me access to a world of stuff I might've never been exposed to, and has also provided me an outlet via this blog, mailing lists I belongto, as well as my weekly "Cover Stories" column.
I'm thankful for Apple Computers and the development of desktop publishing. Thanks to those two items, I found a vocation that I was not only well-suited for, but one which I've enjoyed doing (even if I haven't always enjoyed where I've done it). It's also given me skills that I not only use at work, but also use for my own enjoyment.
I'm thankful for my job. This is the first job that I've not only enjoyed doing, but I also enjoy where I'm doing it, and I like the people I work with.
I'm thankful for the cable company, which not only provides the digital cable and DVR which ensure I don't miss my favorite shows (when it's not malfunctioning), but also with my internet access. I sometimes wish it cost half as much as it does, but it does provide what it promises.
I'm thankful for my family -- I haven't always gotten along well with them, nor have I always agreed with what they've done in their lives, but they've always been supportive of me through the years, and if it weren't for them, I don't know how I could've dealt with losing Barbara.
I'm thankful for my association with Twomorrows -- the transcription work I did for them in the past led to my current association with BCI Eclipse and Andy Mangels, doing transcription work for the DVD releases of the Filmation programs I remember from my youth (and other shows I don't).
I'm thankful for many other things, too... even if I can't always think of them off the top of my head.
And finally, I'm thankful for the readers of this blog, even if I don't always get comments back from you, I know you're there (however many of you there are!). I hope you'll continue to enjoy reading it for years to come!
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