Thursday, November 26, 2009

Repost: November 26, 2008

I first posted this last year, the day before Thanksgiving, and I decided to repost it to remind me of where i was then, what I thought then, and what I wanted out of life.
The more things change the more they stay the same.
Happy Thanksgiving from Bob and Carlos in Smallville!

Not to brag, but I've been told that I am an extremely polite person. I was raised on Please and Thank You, Yes Ma'am, No Sir, and I still act that way today.
I was selected for jury duty in Miami once and when they were questioning us in the courtroom, it was my turn to stand. Well, it was a narrow aisle, so I put my hands behind my back, and as the judge and the lawyers began to ask their questions, I always answered Yes sir, No Sir. The judge stopped for a second and smiled. "Are you in the military?" he asked.
"No," I said, "I was raised by a military man."
Another time, a few years earlier, I was in a grocery store buying a birthday cake for a co-worker. I asked if I may please order a cake. May I please have a name iced onto it. I pleased and thank you'd my way through the ordering process and finally the girl left to go in the back and finish my order. But she turned around and just before disappearing, and she said to me, "I think you are the most polite person I've ever waited on."
I smiled and said, "Could you just shut up and ice my damn cake!"
When all else fails slip into sarcasm. That's my motto.But I digress.
Tomorrow is a day of thanks for Americans' a truly American holiday, like 4th of July, but one we celebrate not with picnics and beer, firecrackers and sparklers, but with a meal we share with friends and family.I have so much to be thankful for this year.Yes, the usual family and friends and health and happiness, blah blah blah, everyone says that.
But I am also thankful that we are soon to have a President that inspires hope, not fear; who speaks to truth and not to lies; who wants to show the world that America is not defined by the last eight years.
I am oddly thankful that Prop 8 passed, because it has motivated not only the gay community but everyone who believes in equality to stand up and say No More. It has galvanized many people, gay and straight, to work together to see that All Men (and women) Are Created (and treated) Equal. Complacency doesn't get you anywhere; and simply asking for what's right doesn't always work. Demanding what's right is what's sometimes necessary.
I am thankful that Stylista is almost over because it's like a car wreck I can't avoid. I try to avert my eyes, but then, some diva queen breaks down and it sucks me back in.
I am thankful that Jennifer Hudson has given me a new catch phrase, which I have already almost worn out, "Don't make me hit you with my pocketbook."
I am thankful for cold mornings and blue skies.
I am thankful that Elisabeth Hasselbeck cannot spout her anti-Obama hate speech on The View anymore. She is the poster child for The Ill-Advised Who Have a Platform and abuse it.
I am thankful for small dogs and cats because, well, I'm bigger than them and I will always beat them. Just channeling Joan Crawford and Christina at the pool.
I am thankful for......Carlos Dad and Mom Jeri and family David and family uncles and aunts and cousins sunshine falling leaves music pets living breathing speaking thinking being feeling living.
For Life.
It encompasses it all.
To Life.
Thanks.

8 comments:

David Dust said...

Happy Thanksgiving!!

XOXOXOXOXOXO

Berry Blog said...

Bob...so often your writing brings both a tear to my eye and a smile to my lips. You are indeed a wonderful guy Happy Thanksgiving.
XOXOXO Charlie

frogponder said...

thanks for you and Carlos!

Lou said...

Nice Bob. Well put. You and Carlos have a great day. I'm thankful for getting to know you.

Ultra Dave said...

Have a great Thanksgiving.

Joy said...

Definitely worth repeating! Good stuff!

Happy Thanksgiving! I'm glad to know you (and Carlos)!

Mike, Studio city said...

I am thankful for being able to visit nice blogs like yours.

Mark in DE said...

Interesting how much changes and how much stays the same in a year!