This is another of my annual features that I’ve written since 2005. (Don’t believe me, click this. It’s my Thankful post from 2005 ) I like to do this post every year because it forces me, and hopefully you to think “outside the box.” Then again, who cops to be an inside the box thinker? How would that go at a job interview? “My strengths? Umm…well, I’ve never had an original thought. My ideas are exactly what you’d expect and probably a lot like the bloke you let go. If you need a problem solved, I’m definitely not your man.” Anywho, back to today’s thankful theme. Yes, of course I’m thankful for family, friends, career and health. That goes without saying. Here are some unusual things that I’m thankful for:
10. Stovetop Stuffing: Everyone please stop pretending that your Grandma/Mom/Wife’s stuffing is good. It’s not. It’s just soggy bits of bread with unidentifiable “spices” that may or may not be cat urine. Stovetop Stuffing is always light, fluffy, delicious and I can make it it myself. It’s so good it even has it’s own website. Does your Mom’s stuffing have a website?
9. Twitter: It’s an amazing tool for connecting the world and spreading information at the speed of megabytes. It’s also the funniest place in the world. You know when you’re in a meeting at work and you think of something really funny to say but you can’t because you’d get fired? Somewhere someone else is in a meeting thinking the same thing and they’re tweeting it. But I definitely do not scroll through Twitter when I’m on work conference calls. If you’re not following me on Twitter, get at me @thephilfactor
8. Your Votes: My book, Time To Lie, is in the AllAuthor.com Cover of the Month Contest. I’ve advanced to the final round. I’m in 5th so far, but only the top 3 win some free advertising on their website. If you’ve got a moment, you can vote by clicking THIS LINK, and since it’s a new round, if you’ve voted before, you can vote again.
7. The Outdoors: Sometimes I put my phone down and look around at things outdoors, like sunsets and rainbows, and think, “Man this is pretty kick ass.” I’m glad I don’t live on a planet where’s there’s no oxygen and I have to stay indoors all the time.
6. Horny Hindi’s: Thanks to this post I wrote in March of 2015, almost half my reads every day are of that one post. I’m considering writing a blog just for the Hindi speaking population. They seem to like me better than you English speaking folks.
5. Backflipping Robots: Some are worried about robots taking over the world in the not too distant future. Not me. I can’t wait. Especially if robots can entertain us like this:
4. The Internet: Yes, the internet is the source of all manner of trouble, but at the same time it’s also the source of so many good things. Like funny cat videos on YouTube. Go ahead, click that. You know you want to.
3.Thanksgiving is only one day: Yes, I’m thankful Thanksgiving is only one day. Heck, I’d be ecstatic if it was only one hour. At least it doesn’t get a whole month. Thanksgiving is not that great of a holiday. If the main meal were pizza or scallops wrapped in bacon however, it would be my favorite holiday.
2. That Tie: That picture above is a tie that a co-worker gave me twenty years ago and I have worn it for work the day before Thanksgiving every year since. Thank you Barb.
1. All of You: Yes, this is corny and obvious, but it’s true. I’m thankful for all of you, friends, family, co-workers, and strangers from all over the world. You make my day with your likes and comments. Happy American Thanksgiving to you no matter where you’re reading this from. In the comments, why don’t you post one unusual thing that you’re thankful for today.
Have a great day! ~Phil