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Good Stuff

So. It's Thanksgiving. Your Humble Blogger has had several conversations today about things for which thanks ought be given, and those are good conversations to have. Sometimes, though, those conversations degenerate into general lists of Good Things, which makes me cranky. This year, for some reason, I was thinking—what for the crankiness? Good Things are good! Why the hell not?

Here, then, is a list of some Good Things. It's a small list— I could probably (give the time and inclination) come up with a list a hundred times as long. Some of the stuff I have left off the list is every bit as good as the stuff on the list. The pie fight in The Great Race, for instance. Anyway, here's some Good Stuff.

Elvis Costello, corn chips, six-card lowball with a quarter option, pince-nez, broken consort music, Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan, pizza, baseball, very long scarves, doo-wop, Ruth Brown, Mrs. Lea's Bible Stories, autumn leaves, vehicles on rails, carrying my sweetie's purse, Steven Sondheim, the L. Frank Baum Oz books, summer nights in the desert, music on shuffle, handwritten letters, Joe Posnanski, hot ham and cheese on a bagel, Dominion, shoes, the Beale Street Blues, Buster Posey, overstretched rhymes, the sound of the street after snowfall, antibiotics, Eye-rolling, Eileen Atkins, reading a Dick Francis novel in the bathtub, getting out my summer hat, the freezer, silliness, Rose Tyler, raisin bran, Careers (the 50s or the 70s version), thermal underwear, the Rock Steady beat, Yossarian, the first meeting of Eomer and Aragorn, overshoes, on-line archives, sudden affection, Kazuo Ishiguro, candied sweet potatoes, The Minister's Cat, work gloves, klezmer, Nancy Pelosi, finding a new book in a favorite series at the public library, the Fourth of July, email, dick jokes, Tom Stoppard, being read to, listening to a massive storm, physical therapy, camaraderie, Lauren Sklamberg, baby carrots, Word-O-Rama, corrective lenses, odd live covers on YouTube, Susie Bright, Rice-a-Roni (the San Francisco Treat), Guillotine, my new shirt with the blue stripes, terrible 80s pop, Alicia Svigals, getting the reference, the first day that it's still light when I get out of work, cheap long-distance, giving a copy of a favorite book, Ian McKellan, cider, Civ III, black socks (they never get dirty), the good tune to yismichu, Sol Lewitt, garden peas, Sorry (the game of sweet revenge), a good wide-brimmed hat, the big number at the Act One curtain, Hugh Laurie, stopping in the middle of reading a play to try out a line out loud, kite-flying weather, anti-depressants, patience, Psmith, funk, hearts, bowties, Swing, James Madison, flyleaf inscriptions, sunscreen, clickable concordances, tea.

Tolerabimus quod tolerare debemus,


Impressive enough that you listed so many good things, but absolutely astonishing that you did so *in order*! (Well, I'd quibble about dick jokes being put ahead of Tom Stoppard, but that's just me)

Among my favorite Countess Vorkosigan lines: "Don't give me that crap, boy, I own you." It needs a lot of context to avoid sounding insufferably arrogant, I suppose, but knowing the context as thoroughly as I do, well...

I love that "getting the reference" is on the list, and that I get most, though not all, of them. :-)

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