Nada. Zilch. Nothing.
There's just not a lot out there. Cripes, you know it's a dead night for excitement when the Democratic Party doesn't even have anything on their site to inflame their sensibilities.
To tell the truth, I had just about given up on finding anything of note today - then I read John Derbyshire on Thanksgiving:
If the New Horizons mission reaches Pluto intact, my entire adult life will have been encompassed by this most marvelous of all scientific adventures — the exploration of the solar system. I wouldn't have missed it for... well, for worlds.You know, I sometimes focus on the wrong things. I wrote about Thanksgiving, without taking the time to list all the truly wonderful things that have been happening:
That prompts other reflections about life in these past few decades, and in the next few. The sum total of those reflections is that I have been living in a golden age that will soon end. Born between VE Day and VJ Day, I missed all the greatest horrors of the 20th century. If granted a normal lifespan**, I shall miss the horrors of the 21st, too. If my parents' generation was the greatest, mine has been the luckiest. For that, in this Thanksgiving season, I give sincere and heartfelt thanks.
It is not just space exploration I am thankful for, but I see that bold adventure as symbolic of the age now slipping away. It was a manifestation of our civilization's confidence.
- My husband is recovering from a frightening illness, thanks to decent medical and nursing care, and a basically healthy constitution.
- My son-in-law is back at work, and none too soon, as Christmas is fast approaching.
- My son is healthy and surrounded by family and friends. He is making progress in college.
- My daughter is working hard in graduate school, and by 2007, will be certified to teach special ed.
- I'm working a job I enjoy, and learning more each day about my chosen profession. It's a delight to feel as healthy as I've been in the last 4 months.
- The Iraq war seems to be winding down, as the Iraquis take charge of defending and re-building their country.
Tedium can be a GOOD thing - it beats the heck out of fear and famine.
Have a Merry Christmas, and may all our holidays be so devoid of excitement.
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