Good morning, campers! It's a bright and crispy morning in Manhattan and the leaves are changing to all kinds of festive colors. You can almost feel the holiday gridlock in the air. The stores are festooning. The stack of party invitations grows daily. There's so much to be thankful for. I'm gonna keep this cheese ball rolling.
Today I am grateful that many of you agreed with me about the nature of "Thank you for your patience," finding it to be a thinly veiled threat to mental equalibrium. Also, quite a few of you saw the new Bing video on this subject that was posted yesterday on Fortune.com and may even still be up for all I know. I am also thankful that the management of this blog is expanding its video capability to provide poor, working blogsters such as myself with a new platform and potential big bucks in the new media sector. Just kidding, management dudes! It's not about the money! Honest!
I am extremely appreciative of the fact that it is Friday. These days I spend a fair amount of Saturday simply staring into space and eating every two to three hours. I am looking forward to doing that again tomorrow, and maybe even part of Sunday before I start obsessively chewing the inside of my lip again.
I am thankful, as always, for the fact that I do not have a fish tank. I tried to maintain one for a long time and all it did was drive home the inevitability of decay and death. Now that I do not have a fish tank, I don't have to think about that kind of stuff ever. What a relief!
I am grateful that 2007 is almost over. I can't say this has been an easy year. For proof of that fact, I direct you to everything I have written since this blog started last spring. It hasn't been a bad year. Just difficult. I'm thinking 2008 is going to be somewhat better in that regard. No inflation, as we had feared in '07. No deflation. No stagflation. No recession. No depression. Just good hearty times and an ever-expanding market. And hey -- let's add a couple of inches to the polar ice caps, huh? Won't our endangered species be happy about that!
I'm still thankful for clone monkeys. In fact, I'm thinking of hiring a few. It would be an improvement to the social environment around here, particularly in Finance.
I am thankful, in large part because of your comments, for my health insurance. A lot of you scolded me for complaining about it, and you're right. For the record, I underestimated its cost in a prior posting here. I forgot I'm charged twice a month for my contribution, meaning that my payroll deductions on an annual basis come to about $10,000 per year. But I'm still grateful! Really!
And of course I'm thankful for all you guys. Hey. Ah loves ya.
Have a nice weekend. And y'all come back on Monday, you hear?