So we have a vent thread, for people to dump their frustrations and rage. This is the counterpart, where people can count their blessings and express their gratitude for the good things that happen in their lives. Far too often we get overly focused on the negative, and that only leads to more anger or depression.
Now on to the first one...
For the last month or so, my family and I have been fighting to keep my 14 year old Rough Collie (named Misty) alive. She almost absolutely refused to eat, and has been moping around like she was dying. After some vet bills that were outrageous and accomplished next to nothing, we were contemplating putting her out of her misery (with many tears of frustration at our helplessness.)
Today, as I found her laying in a pile of her own feces, I found something peculiar among them, still attached to her butthole. Upon pulling it out, I found a large dish rag coiled up in her rectum, clogging her digestive system. With something so massive and troublesome at last out of the way, we finally have hope that maybe, just maybe this member of our family will stick around for a few more years.
All that remains is to get her to eat again, and get her weight back up to snuff (including muscle mass of course.)
Rules which I reject (by agreeing to a thread with me, you are agreeing to fight by these rules.)
* Dodging is a simple Speed stat vs Attack Speed check, there is no skill check involved in whether or not a dodge is successful.
Post by Hiiro Takanishi on Nov 11, 2011 2:19:00 GMT -5
Well today was opening of a show i've been working on. (I'm a stage technician) and My producer has been on my case about everything that could possibly go wrong recently and i was nearly to the point of tears with frustration.
Yet The show went smoothly, i'm so proud! it was the first time she hadn't yelled at me about something i've done wrong!
All and all i think today was a good day, and tomorrow will be even greater!
Post by Elijah Booth on Nov 14, 2011 15:44:00 GMT -5
I'm grateful for a whole bunch of shit that I'm not going to go into here. It just so happens that people only seem to talk about the things that bring them down because it's usually a more acute emotion at the time. There's tons of shit to be grateful for, like being born for starters; some don't even get the chance for that. And if you're in the U.S., thank God that you don't live in a third-world country because the things that are necessities here are luxuries elsewhere.
It feels damn good to be alive today. Plus there was an article about stem cell research and repairing the hears of those with cardiovascular damage. Damn if that isn't awesome as shit, right?
I'm also grateful that L5R still exists as a game being played by people in my area, that the parent company happens to be right by my house and that they need people with my degree! Potential job get!
I am so happy recently! Yesterday was awful for me: I felt that I lost control of my board game design after a horrible playtest experience and I remembered literally last minute to do this big project...but I got it done and got a fair enough score, my other packages are coming great for my package design class, my other graphic design classes are going well and I know I'll do good in my philosophy class...my mother is happy and she gave me the best birthday gift ever...and I've managed conversations here with three people who I really hurt saying stupid things in the past. I have a D&D game where I don't have to DM that actually looks like it'll get off the ground! And my convention is paying me back for prizes I bought them last year! Woot!
I'm grateful for reviving this thread once more, but mostly for my grandmother--the happiest, sweetest person I know. She's always the first to smile at adversity and never loses her temper even in the most straining occasions. Even in the decline of her perfect health, she still gives all to her family and kin.
She's smaller than I remember, even though my height has little to do with it; instead, every year she bows lower and gives more generously and listens more patiently. I hope for many more years of her friendship and her love and her passion.
Post by Hiei Arkhan on Mar 18, 2012 17:24:00 GMT -5
Ks. As promised for dumping 2 decades of repressed anger on the site. I'm going to give what things I'm grateful for also ... although it feels kind of odd .... So while I'm on a roll.
I'm thankful that I've seen as much of the world as I have. Yes 90% of that was in the US, but it gave me the chance to experience different cultures and see different types of people.
I'm thankful that my Mother instilled in me the love of reading that I have, and that sparked an interest that I have carried with me. I'm also grateful for books, my greatest friends.
I'm thankful for Ken and Bruce who ran the Day Care Center that I went to in Arizona. They got me interested in Videogames, including my first Videogame Super Mario Brothers 3. As well as the joy of Mortal Kombat.
I'm happy that my biological brother / test subject / human guinea pig was born. The he has been a large source of help, support, and amusement. Any bit of research I ever had or things I was working on he was quick to help. He was a fun sparring partner before he developed Degenerative Muscle Disease, when I was no longer able spar with him ... which sucks but I'm grateful he survived when his Lungs collapsed, and heart stopped for a while. I still have no idea how he survived it but I'm glad he did.
I'm thankful for my ex-Step Dad [whom I still think of as Dad], as well as his friend Kevin. Kevin for letting me have a book called "The World of Snakes", it was my first adult level vocabulary book. As sparked my interest in reptiles as well.
My Step dad for when he wasn't Cheating on Mom, Drugging, Stealing for drugs, or disappearing for months. He was an awesome dad, he got me into Pitt Bulls, showed me what Blood Lines make human friendly and good dogs [Honey Bunch, Jericho, and Jeep are the best BLs for a pit bull. All of our Dogs had that]. As well as telling me that never breed a Pit that bites a person since you'll breed that trait.
He showed me how to Street Fight, where to hit, and developed my confidence a bit. He really is a good person, and when he gets out of jail [not really his fault or drug related] I hope that things work out well for him. Unlike mom I don't hate Brachie his daughter he had from What's her Face that he cheated on mom with.
I'm happy to be alive, In USA, and have 70% disability from the VA. Where I never have to pay for medical again, and get a steady paycheck that doesn't fluctuate from $21 - $213 a paycheck like when I worked at Arby's. I'm glad that I'm not homeless and that I our family dodge homelessness alot of times before my mom became an RN.
I'm grateful for my Aunt, Uncle and their Family up north. They gave me, my first job, gave me the experience setting up a company as it transitioned from Wheeler Trucking to JLC Trucking Int.. As well as a nice summer job that lasted from 99 -03. They were a rock during more darker parts of my life and helped me get on my feet when I needed it the most.
I'm thankful for Nancy and Bill McComb and her Parents for when I was in 3rd Grade. I'm a hugger by nature, it's just a weird thing I do and had an even worse habit back at that age. Although Nancy was my teacher she was understanding, especially after my Mom talked to her about that habit of mine. And when I had a really big question, rather than blow me off asked her Husband who as a Physics Professor who asked his friends. Really putting more help for a student than most would ever do.
I never was able to get an answer but that she actually looked around was a huge thing for me. Although I left Christianity for my own reasons, sh and her family gave me people to study for a base line of what a good christian could be. As well as become like an additional family to me and my family. I don't get that whole family unit thing, but from how it was explained to me. You have people who are your real family, but sometimes you meet people who are like a family to you. Then build a Familial bond with them. *Shrugs*
But yeah they got my Family into religion where before we weren't and I got to see the different types and branches of that religion in a non-judgmental way and compile data on them. Without meeting them I would've never had that experience.
I'm glad for the Book. The Little Book of Etiquette
I studied that book front to back everyday for 2 yrs. That upon being raised to not judge others by their skin color or nationality, and my natural habit of avoiding conflict when I was younger. Helped shape me into a respectful, and courteous person IRL.
I'm glad for knowing my Papa, the one who I wrote about dying in the Vent Thread. He was an awesome role model. Served in the Army as a Chef, worked in the VA in FL as the chief nutritionist, was literally my favorite person growing up. I miss him greatly, but I know that he's no longer suffering so that's something to be grateful for.
I'm grateful for Michael Jordan's Dictionary of Gods and Goddess:
It is a rather fascinating and enlightening read. Showing historical records, and writings. It's so much more complete feeling that hunting for Myths, Legends, and beliefs of ancient and modern cultures. Especially since there is so much to go through. I especially like how everything is categorized.
I'm grateful for Mr. Stewart my Humanities teacher in Osceola High School. His insights, tales of his life as an archaeologist, and his methods of teaching were awesome. But I like most of all this one book that went out of print that he had. And gave us Photo copies of .... It annoys me that I can't remember the title, but I remember what it was about. Basically it was my introduction to Preterism which states that the prophesies of Revelations and the bible already happened and that the story was about the downfall of Rome. As well as how Rome was so corrupt and evil that they would fall.
I'm grateful for David Cat in the Army. He was a Christian Wicca as he called himself. And we had interesting conversations on religion and faith in a non-aggressive and lighthearted manner. Those talks were so fun, I miss them. That and he got me into reading the Dark Elf Saga and Drizzt Do'urden.
I'm thankful that I alot of commodities that other nations don't have, or even some neighbor hoods in America. I'm also glad that the 2 neighborhoods that I lived it that had random Gang Violence never caused me injury or was sporadic enough that it never became something I had to worry about.
I'm thankful for My 3rd Ex. Sarah-Chan. She was the only GF I had that I broke up with in good terms, and I'm happy that she met the woman of her dreams. Even though I do get teased by my bro that I turned her gay. Since I don't have a real masculine physique, or voice. But she's happy and that's all that matters.
I'm thankful from my 4th Ex Aim, for teaching me the Ropes of certain things, and sharing her vast experience with me. It was my favorite thing to study in that year. I'm sad we broke up a little bit, but relationships don't last forever so I'm glad that I had what time I did.
I'm grateful for Sean Dimmick. Over in Franklin, PA. He was the longest I ever had a friend [3 yrs]. Got me interested in MTG, Motle Cru, and was the most awesome person I knew in 7 - 10th grade. I broke out of my shell the most with him and his friends. I saw my first Anime movie of a certain type at his house in 97. That was actually what got me into Anime lol.
I'm grateful for my favorite Web Sites for being able to get me emotionally involved, or mentally interested in their story lines. They've been 12 yrs of fun and entertainment.
I'm grateful for TwilightRiku [TNF]/ Dark Prince [AHS]/ Requiem [http] this person has be a steady-ish RP partner whose helped me get used to Socialization and getting to where I'm at with writing / portraying emotions. Although it's sad that IRL is hectic for him and I got less time to RP with him.
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First and foremost.
Mitsu: I already showered him with praises in PM, but none the less he is the greatest Admin I've ever seen. Most are too tired, worn out, Egomania filled, or just don't care to really interact with other Players via PM. not only does he respond, but is very helpful to a new player.
He's always been awesome and polite. Really making this a good site to RP for since you can usually tell the morals of a staff from the Admins. So this place is really a place I feel I could RP with for a long while.
Hakuren: Titus said Haku is a she so I'm going to go on that. She's always been a polite person, and comes across as a good person. Her thoughts for the Arrancar are so inspiring that it shaped my character's power and who he is today. Power and Tech wise. I'm thankful being on the same site as her, and hopefully being a part of her characters Plot.
I'm also thankful that she allowed me to have an Estate and a Senkaimon for the Plot of my character.
It's no secret. Those who I didn't tell about my plot plans hated Hiei with a passion and looking back it was only a matter of time before I was merced. He was a manipulative, lex luthorian, d bag. And everyone OOC seemed to hate how I was playing with him. Other than the house thing never really spent time helping push me on the right path but C'est La Vi.
His actions actually drastically altered his personality to the point that he's actually a person I could grow to like and am interested to see how he's going to grow. I'm thankful for Titus not going through with killing me instead making me the first of his "Sons". This is a real learning opportunity and happened just as the Site was talking about Technology. Allowing me to share my thoughts and giving Mitsu the list of Links from Cracked that I find interesting. So all in all it worked out for the best.
She's a good RPer, has a well put together character. And I really hope this doesn't sound weird. But I look forward to RPing with her. It makes my day ^_^.
And from what I can tell from CBOX she's a decent person and is cool. So I'm thankful for that.
This person also makes RPing here fun, although I never RP'd with him personally. Talking to him on CBOX he's been extremely helpful, nice, and when I made the Estate was the only person that rather that seemed to have my back and was actually talking about saving me if Titus would've left and I would've had 5 IC min to live.
He also is the one who helped me with my powers when Ry's IRL, hectic schedule, and the Schedule of the Mechanic Staffers was in turmoil. Spent the time thinking of a way to get a working power. That also happened to get Hiei rather than Adam passed. And we really don't need the Masters family having a website Cross over i don't think. At least not yet.
So making my start here a pleasant experience. I'm thankful.
Ryder and Tenshi:
I don't know if these guys get enough recognition, but Da.... they need it. They are the gods of BG Mechanics. The people who know and pay attention enough to keep things from being game breaking. I have no idea what Ryder's IRL hectic schedule is and more than likely it's none of my business. But Tenshi juggling a 36 Page paper, school work and tests with this site. And his PM is not only unlocked but he doesn't Falcon Punch the first person with a stupid question who crosses his path is a huge show of Patience and Mental Fortitude.
Both of these guys are a huge help with getting things non-game breaking and are really helpful. They really do deserve a round of Applause so I'll send them one.
Thanks both of you for sticking with the site, and helping the members. You really are hard workers and I appreciate you. Also Ryder thanks for making a Gratitude Thread.
Takahashi Maki [TM]:
Regardless of where she knows me, or my Handle. Or what she thinks of me from that site. She's always been polite and respectful. That's very lady-like, class, and awesome of her. As well as making me think really highly of her. Hopefully if I ever get the honor of RPing with her it will interesting.
But yeah I'm thankful for her making me feel welcome on this site and her politeness. I can see why she was voted member of the month. Thank you Takahashi Maki, your one Poised and Classy lady.
It seems like your the main person who accepts Stats and GP Claims. You are a very busy person and you are always polite and well mannered. Thank you for being a Staffer and being as helpful as you are. Also thanks for pointing out things that I missed or was curious about.
Words cannot express how much that Venting Thread was useful and appreciated. I didn't know just how much I wasn't letting go to nor how heavyhearted I was till I posted there and let go of things for the fist time. I'm very grateful for that thread.
And that's 90% what I'm grateful for, and wouldn't feel like a Shameless plug / Commercializing a thread that I promised to make earlier today. I just hope that I don't come across as creepy or get well meaning things get taken out of context. I'll be willing to delete any part of this post that is too much, unwanted, or comes across as creepy.
Post by Hiei Arkhan on Mar 18, 2012 23:06:00 GMT -5
Yw. TK, you made a really good impression on me when I joined. And I'm amazed at how well you and Ryder work with the hectic schedules y'all have. So I thought I'd put up how much both of you are appreciated. That and you had time to juggle PM's, Staff Work, and Class work is amazing. I'm glad they kept you as a Staffer.
Seireitei is crumbling and the Gotei is a shell of its former self. Ravaged by the plague, the surviving Shinigami struggle to maintain the balance, but with so few of them left, the work is taxing and their fortress-city has fallen to neglect. Spread thin across all fronts, their diminished presence has been noted by friend and foe alike.
The Arrancar have rebuilt Las Noches and are rallying. The throne remains empty, but self-styled Espada have risen up from among them and are vying for control, each one endlessly testing the others’ weaknesses. Too evenly matched for any one of them to claim the crown, they bide their time, waiting for the opportune moment.
On Earth, all seems well—but there is a war being fought in the shadows as the mortals find themselves lacking the protection they once had and so sorely need. The Quincy, having realized the oppressive specter of the Shinigami is no more, are flourishing, and are fighting the Hollow-breeds with renewed vigor.