Man Or Astro-Man gives me the big, dumb, goofy smile. 
Things I am thankful for but take for granted most of the time:
  • Bike lanes
  • Netflix Instant
  • Free days at museums
  • Tim Dufrisne
  • Thanksgiving dinner at my Dad's house: crab legs, steak, Rocky IV and working on my car.
  • Free, unsecured, public Wi-Fi
  • 24 hour establishments--provided that neither I, nor my friends, have to work there.
  • The iO training program
  • My dog, Henry (on another list; I don't care)
  • Having studied under Piotr Hoffman
  • Hair straighteners (see here)
  • Organic milk--I have no idea why it tastes so much better than regular milk.
  • iPhone jailbreak software devs
  • Google's search engine, maps, mail, and voice applications
  • The heaters at CTA train stations
  • Free refills on deluxe drinks like pineapple and orange juice
  • Costco--for bankrolling my dreams.
  • I still have my hair
  • I've yet to attend a funeral.
  • Every woman I've ever loved still talks to me.
  • The art/music/soul of Jawsh Hageman
  • Stern Pinball for keeping silverball alive
  • Having an olive complexion that makes me practically impervious to sunburn
  • The first four seasons of The West Wing
  • My editor, Tess
  • Double encores
  • Spooning
  • Waking up without having to set an alarm
  • Converse All-Stars
  • Auto/Paperless billing
  • Nutella (i.e. breakfast frosting)
  • Instrumental surf music
  • Mr. Clean Magic Erasers--Seriously. Magic. 
  • GPS
  • Sprayway, the world's first and only streak-free window and glass cleaner
  • Express clearance rack
  • American Apparel 50/25/25 track shirts
  • My father's love and faith in me
  • Midnight releases
  • New razors
  • Clinique bonus time
  • System updates
  • High-fives
  • Second chances
  • Apple's Mag-Safe connector
  • Michael Lewis' Empire Improv
  • Alex and Jace letting me write for Anarchygolfballs.com
  • Long, circular, philosophical tangents with Denise
  • Rehearsals
  • Tina with the Weather
  • My Halo team: Squidy19, Bardkun, Arco311, TimDuff.
  • Alba and Kate, my Wingmen
  • Jeff for being the band/house mom he never wanted to be
  • The big leather couches at the Atlantis Casino in Reno, NV--perfect for reading.
  • My car for not breaking down in almost ten years
  • My bike for generally being a handsome devil
  • Record parties with Lisa
  • Seinfeld for going out on top
  • Jay-Z's discography
  • Dostoyevsky and Kierkegaard for making me respect Christianity
  • Nietzsche for helping me understand the roots of Christian morality
  • McKenzi for teaching me etiquette and the finer points of ice skating
  • A good pair of over-the-ear headphones
  • Down jackets
  • Air conditioning
  • Harrah's Steakhouse lunch specials
  • Lake-Fucking-Tahoe
  • TMCC high school--I'd have been lost without this place.
  • My health
  • Every student who asked me a question that I had look up
  • The readers of my blog
  • Internet porn


  1. I, too, am thankful for many of these (except for the Jay-Z one), but I really think you should be thankful for your own awesomeness. If you weren't as awesome, one of your loved would have SURELY killed you for your stinky farts by now. It is by the skin of your awesome teeth that you're still alive. You have been warned.

    (This message will self destruct.)

  2. As one of your Wingmen, I propose an addition to the lexicon: "Wingma'am." Also, I propose that you get some in the near future.

    ...just thought I'd live up to my title. Mwah!

  3. @Kate. Love you. Thanks, Goose. You can be my wingma'am anytime.