I woke up early this morning and saw that it was raining. I was also cold because the heat had apparently turned off some time during the night. So I wore an old fursuit and went back to sleep. Woke up again at around noon, completely refreshed. Ah.
Since it was noon, I skipped breakfast and had lunch, which was the remaining Popeye's fried chicken and rice and beans from yesterday. It was still raining like the dickens, but I actually had plans to go grocery shopping and dining at two places that I knew would be open. And since there were a few roadside geocaches in the area, I figured I could get them even if it was raining. Well, two of them weren't roadside but it wasn't so bad walking in the park with an umbrella.
I probably shouldn't have been out driving on Thanksgiving. People were traveling from other areas to visit family in this area and they didn't know the way any of the intersections are laid out, so they cut across traffic to get where they wanted to go. (Recklessness and unfamiliarity is a dangerous combination.) The first two times that happened, I anticipated it and hit the brakes early enough to let them through with room to spare. The third time was scary. Someone ran a red light at the intersection of US-202 and Milltown Road in Raritan and could've T-boned my car. Fortunately, I noticed just in time that the fellow was going way too fast in the rain to stop for the red light. So I'm thankful there wasn't a messy collision on a rainy evening.
Shopping and dinner was in East Hanover. I got Asian pears and soy milk. Then I had seafood chow fun and Penang lobak. No turkey, but it was quite a lot nevertheless.
So, given that this is Thanksgiving, what am I thankful for?
Minor issues aside, I'm thankful for my health, which remains pretty good despite the number of ways I've been endangering it. (Breakfast fried chicken! Haha!)
I'm thankful that I can afford food and a place to live, unlike some people I've run into who were less fortunate.
I'm thankful for my family, friends, and associates. Although a few of them may be annoying and wrongheaded on occasion, I think life would be far worse without them.
I'm thankful for endless preoccupations, hobbies, and games. There is something going on almost every weekend and there's never a dull moment.
And I'm thankful that I've had a number of opportunities over the past year to use my abilities and resources to help make the world a better place.
I'm also thankful for this $10 Google Checkout signup bonus. :) (Borrowed from The Consumerist.)