Good Fortune: 2017 Edition

I am fortunate:

• North Korean missiles are not flying over my head.
• I do not have three feet of water in my house.
• I know where my wife and son and daughter are.
• My house is not in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.
• I did not risk my life to vote in the Kenya presidential election.
• My livelihood does not depend on mining coal or working for Best Buy.
• I am mostly immune to the allure of wealth and celebrity.
• I am not a black man being black in a white neighborhood or being black when a cop is looking for someone.
• I am not a Venezuelan woman, a Saudi woman, a Mormon woman or any other woman treated as if her life was worth half that of a man.
• Medicare for Me is only months away.
• I have never had to explain or hide my sexual and gender identity.
• To unwind, I can have a martini. I am not dependent on oxycodone or heroin.
• I have a good chance of outliving the Trump presidency.
• I still have my mental faculties.
• I can sit here and deal in the trivial as others struggle to survive.
• I have some sense of the important, the falsely important, and the unimportant.
• I can give.

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6 Responses to Good Fortune: 2017 Edition

  1. Sue Ellen Collins says:

    Craig has been taking care of every little need since my hip replacement. Sometimes that meant getting up twice at night with me, helping me shower, dress and making all the meals. Everyone should have such a loving, caring partner. He is kind to me and everyone! XO

  2. Rob says:

    Glad for Craig’s caring nature.

  3. Eric says:

    Thanks for this, and for reminding me and all of your normal respondents about just how fortunate it was to be able to encounter you (and Sue Ellen!), Lou, Rob, Craig S., Bob B., Norm, Bruce, Randy, Jim and everyone else way back when in our formative years. Fortunate indeed, and fortunate to still able to give . . .

    Your pal,

  4. Craig says:

    Thank you all for checking in and for being the best part of my good fortune.

  5. LRT says:


    You guys are in our thoughts. We wish Sue a speedy recovery and very successful outcome.

    All our best,

    Lou and Darlene

  6. Enrique says:

    Even though things “could always be better,” we have a lot to be thankful for!

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