Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Back in My Saddle

I have not been myself lately. In fact, I’ve been kind of boorish.

You see, my alter ego has been standing in for me for a couple of months now while I’ve been busy. It’s a trite, overused literary technique, but we all resort to gimmickry sometimes.

Now I’m back. And it’s good to be here.

Why? Let me give you some small reasons why it’s good to be alive in December 2007.

(1) Jamie Lynn Spears. The little sister of white trash poster girl Britney Spears is pregnant. And she’s 16 years old. This restores my faith in the fertility of America’s young women.

(2) My health. Despite some odd ups and downs in recent years and my lackadaisical attitude lately toward exercise, I'm feeling great. Thanks to my organs, bones, and assorted other biological stuff—I owe you one.

(3) In fewer than eleven months, the U.S. presidential election will be over. Not soon enough, I know … but at least now there is a light at the end of this very disheartening tunnel.

(4) The iPhone. A touch screen device that enables instant access to the Internet, e-mail, a camera, my phone, a notepad, my calendar, maps, movies, and my favorite music is not essential in any way. But it sure is nice.

(5) Podcasts. Geeky, I know. But recently I’ve become a fan of several podcasts, particularly on skepticism and astronomy. What a great way to keep the brain in good shape while doing other things.

(6) Holiday shopping. Yes, mall parking sucks. And sure, the crowded stores can get annoying and drive anyone toward online purchases. But there’s something special about walking around shoulder-to-shoulder with your fellow human beings to find gifts that will make other happy.

(7) You. Even with my irregular posts, split personality issues, and my extended absence from most of your sites, you’re still reading my words and commenting here. And I appreciate it.

Let me know what YOU are grateful for.


At December 19, 2007 8:59 PM, Blogger Rocky replied to my musings ...

I'm grateful for so much, this would end up being a War and Peace sized comment if I blabbed about it all.

I am grateful that you and your musings are always here to entertain me.

I must catch up on your other posts now...

At December 19, 2007 9:45 PM, OpenID whatigotsofar replied to my musings ...

We know who is of the new Spears abomination? My money's on K-Fed.

At December 19, 2007 9:46 PM, OpenID whatigotsofar replied to my musings ...

And I'm grateful for fried chicken. It just never dissappoints. It always tastes so so good.

At December 19, 2007 10:05 PM, Blogger Barbara (aka Layla) replied to my musings ...

I'm grateful for Nyquil.

At December 20, 2007 7:05 AM, Blogger David Amulet replied to my musings ...

Rocky: Many fewer to catch up on than in similar periods of time last year ... but let me know what catches your eye. It's good to have you back.

WIGSF: I think it was probably some punk from High School Musical. And they surely did it while eating fried chicken.

Barbara: Nyquil is manna from heaven. I hope it's working.

-- david

At December 20, 2007 2:14 PM, Blogger Godwhacker replied to my musings ...

I know what I'm grateful for. I started volunteering for Ron Paul about 6 months back when his campaign was described as a long-shot at best. That didn't matter to me, I never mind voting for the underdog, not to mention Sweet Poly Pure-breed.

Over the last 6 months I've worked my heart out for the man and it seems to be making a difference. People who thought I was crazy 6 months ago are now calling me for Ron Paul signs and bumper-stickers. Better late than never folks :)

And btw David, Paul did an excellent job on distancing himself from those crazy "conspiracy theorists" on Glenn Beck Tuesday night.

Ron Paul is quixotic no more. We still have a long way to go, but I am thankful that I've been able to make a difference.

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to all!

At December 20, 2007 4:33 PM, Blogger David Amulet replied to my musings ...

GW: I know all the focus of late has been on the anti-science Huckabee, but to me the real story of this campaign has been the response to Paul's back-to-basics, small-government conservatism. Kudos to you for sticking with it. I don't watch every talk show--or even many--so I missed his recanting of his previous scary conspiricism ... that's a big step the right (as in corrrect) direction!

Keep up the great work. And let's hope that, at a minimum, the major candidates take notice and move in Paul's direction on some of these issues.

-- david

At December 20, 2007 7:21 PM, Blogger just me replied to my musings ...

I'm grateful for hot guys who will someday want to sleep with me.

and chocolate.

...and those two things combined.

At December 21, 2007 12:42 PM, Blogger Perplexio replied to my musings ...

I'm thankful for:

1) Wine - Not wine in particular, but just fine alcoholic spirits. Whether they come in the form of fermented grapes (Reisling, Pinot Noir, Red Zinfandel, etc.), malted hops and barley (Guinness, Smithwicks, Newcastle, Caledonian 80, Caffrey's, et. al.) or other distilled and fermented grains/corns/potatoes/etc. (Absolut, Bombay Sapphire, Beefeater, Tanqueray, Jose Cuervo, Bacardi, etc. etc.)

2) Women - I'm married to one, so I'm grateful for her, there's me mum and 2 older sisters and 4 nieces, I'm grateful for them too... There are my 2 unofficial "little sisters" (a couple of sisters I've known since high school, I'm not biologically related to but have a very strong platonic bond with) and then there are all those beautiful women out there who make for delightful "eye candy"... I'm grateful for them all.

3) Song - Music makes the world go round. I'm addicted to

At December 21, 2007 3:02 PM, Blogger Stacy The Peanut Queen replied to my musings ...

Rum, fires on cold nights, my dogs, rum, coffee, Christmas is almost over, rum...;)

At December 21, 2007 4:48 PM, Blogger David Amulet replied to my musings ...

JustMe: I've never wanted so badly to grab a bunch of chocolate and find you.

Perplexio: A good list ... nay, a GREAT list. I still haven't checked out (I barely have time to check out comments here!), but I will someday.

PQ: It's a pirate Chrsitmas: Ho ho ho, and a bottle of rum!

-- david

At December 21, 2007 9:31 PM, Blogger Rocketstar replied to my musings ...

I am grateful for the Earth being in just thr right location to have the mold known as the human race grow on it ;o)

Happy Holidays.

At December 21, 2007 9:44 PM, Blogger Mike replied to my musings ...

Damn!!! I left my comment last night and it said it was saved and it isn't! Story of my life...

I'm grateful for all the experiences I've had up to now, good and bad. If it weren't for the army showing me the fragility of life I'd never have reconciled with my parents.

I'm grateful for serendipity. Without it life would be boring. Most of all I'm grateful for the longshots all aligning and meeting my wife.

As for the light at the end of the tunnel, are you sure it's not an approaching train?

At December 21, 2007 11:23 PM, Blogger Jeff replied to my musings ...

I am grateful for school finally being over and getting a few weeks of some mental relaxation.

At December 22, 2007 9:03 PM, Blogger DaBich replied to my musings ...

Merry Christmas to you, David, and to your alter-ego too! =D

At December 23, 2007 8:58 AM, Blogger Janet replied to my musings ...

I'm grateful that nice bloggers like you still remember to visit people like me since I've been MIA too. There must be something in the blogger water.:) I'm glad you're still around though!

At December 23, 2007 6:06 PM, Blogger David Amulet replied to my musings ...

Rocketstar: Ahhh, cosmic gratitude. Heavenly of you.

Mike: Sorry about the glitch. That light at the end of the tunnel may, in fact, just be some other dude with a flashlight, wandering around as lost as I am.

Jeff: Congrats on the end of classes. Time to decompress.

DaBich: Same to you!

Janet: Yes, we both may be irregular bloggers of late, but we're not dead yet!

-- david

At December 24, 2007 2:39 AM, Blogger Lee Ann replied to my musings ...

Grateful for (other than the obvious ~ my family and friends, health, etc.)...

my knees ~ I think life would be so hard without them.

my job ~ life would be so hard without it.

treadmill in the cardio cinema ~ exercise would be difficult without it.

ipod ~ exercise would be difficult without it.

bed ~ sleeping would not be as much fun without it.

Have a very Merry Christmas!
Lee Ann

At December 25, 2007 11:14 AM, Anonymous LisaBinDaCity replied to my musings ...

I'm grateful for a big ole list of things. Way too numerous to post. But mainly I'm grateful that I know I need to be grateful ;-)

Happy Holidays, David!

At December 25, 2007 12:17 PM, Blogger missy replied to my musings ...

Happy Christmas x

At December 27, 2007 3:28 PM, Blogger jenn replied to my musings ...

Since I missed Christmas: Happy New Year!

At December 28, 2007 12:29 AM, Blogger Phats replied to my musings ...

Hope you had a great holiday David! Thanks for always participating in my wacky sports posts :)

At December 28, 2007 9:11 AM, Blogger David Amulet replied to my musings ...

Lee Ann: Good list--much to be grateful for.

Lisa: Well said. Without that, gratitude is fake!

Missy: I hope you had a good holiday, too.

Jenn: Happy New Year to you!

Phats: Congrats on the crazy bowl win. It's fun to chime in ... no need to thank me.

All: Stay tuned for my best/worst of 2007 post!

-- david

At December 28, 2007 1:27 PM, Blogger RAHM replied to my musings ...

U.S. presidential election takes place around my birthday, I hope next year I could recieve a good gift from your country ha.ha.ha.


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