I’m thankful for…

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Whether or not there’s some sort of higher intelligence directly or indirectly responsible for some or all of the following, I cannot say.  But I can still be thankful!  For, among other things:

  • This amazing planet, just the right Goldilocks-distance from our kick-ass Sun, and oozing water and life!
  • The moon because it’s very cool.
  • The awesome chemical processes that led to life here.
  • The diversity of organisms on Earth;  of rocks, of plant life, of animals, and of people with their various races, languages and cultures.
  • The human body with its endless marvels.  Especially how it recovers from hangovers and other maladies.
  • The human brain with all its twists and turns.
  • The inexhaustible universe of language!
  • The divine miracle of humor!  (ROTFLMAO)
  • The indispensable treasure of human sexuality!
  • Skepticism, and also faith.
  • Shakespeare, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
  • Bach, Beethoven and Bartok, John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk, Cri Cri and Silvio Rodriguez, the Beatles and the Butthole Surfers.
  • The American Revolution and our bold Founding Fathers.
  • The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, especially the Bill of Rights!
  • Our brave forefathers and foremothers who ended slavery, fought for equality and justice over these  American centuries, and defended our nation’s freedoms way back when that was in question.
  • Chorizo, and tamarindo juice. And good coffee. (E.g., Peet’s.)
  • MSNBC, Comedy Central and HBO.
  • My trippy family, especially my three brilliant sons, and certain other special people who know who they are!
  • Elizabeth Warren and Alan Grayson.
  • Jonas Salk.  “The cure for polio belongs no more to me than the sun does.”
  • The Orange Juice Blog.  And also actual orange juice.  And the internets in general!  Where would we be without them?
  • Democracy For America, Orange County chapter – my posse!
  • Cell phones.  How the hell did we survive before those?
  • Friends who share their Vicodin.
  • I’ll probably think of more as the day goes on.  And what are you thankful for?

(Me and my sons in 2002)

About Vern Nelson

Greatest pianist/composer in Orange County, and official troubador of both Anaheim and Huntington Beach (the two ends of the Santa Ana Aquifer.) Performs regularly both solo, and with his savage-jazz quintet The Vern Nelson Problem. Reach at vernpnelson@gmail.com, or 714-235-VERN.