It’s Thanksgiving, so I thought this would be a good opportunity to talk about things I’m grateful for this year. I know it would be super easy to post something cynical like “4000 puppies were kicked to death this year. Happy Thanksgiving.” I’m going to try the path that doesn’t make me sound like an asshole.

First and foremost, I’m thankful for my soon-to-be-wife, Gilliane. She helps center me, and her love and support (and teasing) keeps me going. I’m not sure where I would be without her, and I don’t want to know. I’m incredibly grateful to be marrying her in less than three weeks’ time.

I’m also thankful for my parents. They’ve been very supportive of my terrible life choices, and I appreciate it — even if I don’t say it enough.

My friends are all wonderful people, and I’m lucky to be surrounded by a group of generous, funny, fun folks. The relationships you forge in life are incredibly important, and I’ve been very fortunate to have made some great connections.

I’m grateful to Man of Action for giving me the opportunity to achieve one of my childhood dreams and write kid’s shows for them, and especially to Steve Seagle for his continued mentorship (and for officiating my wedding).

I’m grateful to Bandcamp for both paying me and providing me with loads of great music. I’m thankful that Decibel and MetalSucks keep allowing me to post dumb stuff in/on their pages. I’m grateful to all the synthwave, psych rock, and metal acts that have brought me so much joy.

I know how lucky I am to have a wonderful house, and how lucky I am that it didn’t burn down in the horrible wildfires — and that many others weren’t as fortunate.

I’m thankful the Democrats have taken back the House so maybe the next two years will be filled with fewer anxiety attacks.

I have a lot to be thankful for. Hopefully I’ll have even more this time next year.

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