A Few Things I’m Thankful For

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  • That I am lucky enough to not have to shop on "Black Friday." See, e.g., "Customers hit by pepper spray at Wal-Mart describe scene of chaos," Los Angeles Times (Nov. 25, 2011, 2:26 am) (describing a "pepper-spray attack by a woman who authorities said was 'competitive shopping,'" and customers screaming and trampling things during a riot over video games).
  • Witnesses with a sense of humor, and, for different reasons, people who represent themselves. See "How did robber sound? 'He sounded like you,'" The Morning Call (Nov. 15, 2011) (noting that the victim/witness "also had the jury roaring with laughter when he took a drink directly from a large water carafe [and said] 'Sorry, I'm thirsty'").
  • Judges who don't put up with bullshit. "Sometimes, only the courts of law stand to protect the taxpayer. Somewhere, someone has to stand up. Well, sometimes is now."
  • "Approach it not with other, more tender parts." — B. Franklin's idiot friend (1752, ten minutes later).
  • The commercial on TV just now that started out with the line, "Do You Require Oxygen?" Yes! Yes, I do. This must be a product in which I will be interested!
  • People who read this blog. See, e.g., you.