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Tuesday, January 02, 2007


A Heartfelt Thank You...With Stamps!

We're back!

My wife and I just completed our annual holiday trek to visit with our families. And, let me say, it was really fantastic getting to spend time with them--I love my family and I love my wife's family; they're all really fun to be with--but the actual traveling part of the year-end extravaganza sucked ass. I won't go into details. Suffice it to say it involved fog, a canceled flight from Atlanta, lost luggage and my wife and I both having to call our bosses to explain why we were missing a day of work.

But it's over now. And I'm left with a new year to face. I've made a few resolutions with which I won't bore you, all designed to make 2007 a more productive and less ass-sucky 365 days. The one thing I did want to mention is a decision I've made.

I let myself down this year. And I let down everyone who knows me. I have, most every year since about 1993, made and sent my own Christmas cards. They're nothing spectacular. They're not beautiful, as I can't draw to save my ass. But they're usually at least sort of funny and they reflect my sensibility and they say--if nothing else--"Hey man, I care enough about you to take the time to draw and photocopy a mediocre cartoon for you and then mail the goddamn thing."

But this year, I didn't. I bought Christmas cards. And I bought them from Barnes & Noble. Not cool. Yeah, they were pretty funny. Yeah, it took some minimal amount of effort to address and sign them. But it wasn't the same.

And it got me thinking that I want to put a little more personal effort into letting people know how much I appreciate them. So I decided that I'm going to try to be the Thank You card master. I'm going to do my best to send people goddamn Thank You cards when they do nice things for me. I'm going to be fucking courteous.

Now I'm not sure what kind of Thank You cards these might be. I don't know that I have the skill to create my own Thank You cards. But, whatever form they take, I'm going to thank the living hell out of people in 2007.

I'd send you all a Thank You card for reading this, but I don't have your address. Sorry.

I love that idea! Unfortunately, even though my mother attempted to beat thank you cards into me at a young age, the beatings lasted only a short while and then she gave up. I think I'll try to follow suit. (And email doesn't count.)
Don't feel bad about buying Christmas cards. Most people just replicate what they write for every person on a purchased card. I find that to be very impersonal as if they're just sending the cards to go through the motions, without thought.

I can give you my address for supporting you with this comment and you can send me a thank you card, (unless you already gave up on your resolution). It has almost been a week.
You do so have my address. I'll be waiting for my card.

Happy New Year Joe! I hope you are doing very fine. I like your blog very much and I hope I will find more time this year to be here. Hi from Germany! Konrad
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