I complain a lot. Most of my posts involve some level of disagreement with something or some one. And you all are friends enough to listen, agree, or put me in my place when needed. I value this. It's what friends are for. But I had a thought this morning and realized for all the b******* I do, my life ain't so bad. I still have problems like every one, an estranged daughter, my wife's illness. But you know what, it doesn't suck like I think it does some times. I visited my sons' high school yesterday for a meeting with the football coach as I'm a booster parent kinda guy. This the same public high school that had a 20 ft Christmas tree in the lobby. Parked in the visitor's lot was an ARMY recruiter's car and inside the student door area, were three snappy young men in uniform, preparing to talk with students at lunch. And NO protesters out front - how cool is that! We're working on a plan to raise funds to build new facilities for student athletes this spring that will benefit 100's of kids. And of our graduating football class, all but one are going to college this year. A lot of the right stuff is happening. My oldest makes his FIRST house payment this week in his new home and finally got his permanent position making twice the money I did when I graduated college 25 years ago. He's a good kid - and if you recall the gun story, he's elected to NOT take his gun with him at this time because he doesn't want to upset his mom. [ Mom is learning to shot with me this summer, so I suspect that'll change. ] Just a few "good things" going on. I'm thankful for what God has given me and allowed me to work for. I'm thankful to those who stand the wall and allow me time to worry about the trivial things of life. I'm thankful for finding this place and each of you - I've learned more than you could ever know. Yep, life for me could be a lot worse.