“Life is very very short, and it’s important to give thanks for the things that are good.”
– John Linnel of They Might Be Giants, during their performance at Stubbs here in Austin

Hmmm…I’m going to come close to breaking my PSRD rule today (that is, I don’t discuss politics, sex, religion or drugs here). But I can’t help it.

I love my country. There, I said it. I love America and I love being an American. I am fully aware of just how damn lucky I was to be born and raised here. I think that the values that this country was founded on, while not perfect (because nothing is), give the greatest number of people the greatest opportunity to get what they want out of their lives.

And I think that the best way to show my gratitude is to take full advantage of the opportunities I have here. I know that I haven’t been. I resolve to do better in the future. I also resolve to continue to teach my children why it is that America succeeds when so many other countries and peoples fail, so that when they grow up they may succeed, and in doing so contribute to America’s success rather than detract from it.