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    Daily "Thankful or Happy because" thread

    In conjunction with the "Daily Moan" thread I wanted to add a thread to the opposite of it. Why you may ask? Well simple. Firstly I do not complain very much and am generally an easy going guy. Sure things irritate the living hell out of me but over all I am way more happy and thankful than irritated and unhappy. In fact its not even close. Now most forums dont invite positive threads because people being happy doesn't sell well. People like to read of others bad luck. Regardless there is a lot to be thankful for. This was spurred a bit by AO's girls going off to college. Its good stuff.

    With that said, I will start.

    I am thankful I can post in the daily moan thread because that means I am still alive to complain about crap that irritates me.

    I am very happy I get to retire way ahead of the average age of 64 and go live abroad.

    I have 2 incredible daughters that will be productive contributors to society.

    Whats yours?

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    I talked with my Mom last night. 93 years old and sharp as ever. I am a lucky guy.

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    I've just returned to Bangkok after a cracking 6 day road trip through Southern Thailand.

    Found some amazing beach's where No farang go. Jesus, there is still some beautiful spots around if one has the get up and go to get off the beaten path.

    Met some real nice locals down there as well.

    Happy fookin days indeed.

    I'll take the Hand Bag next time for a look see.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton View Post
    I talked with my Mom last night. 93 years old and sharp as ever. I am a lucky guy.
    Cheers DK, Just had lunch the other day with my Gma at 94, took her to "In and Out Burger". She loves the place.

    Last Saturday my wife and I had dinner with my parents up at their house in the wine country. Mom 74 Dad 78. In fact my Pop is traveling with my wife and I in 20 days to walk through and buy off the house in Thailand. I am very fortunate.

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    The old cliche "you don't miss it until it's gone" comes to mind

    linked intrinsically to the other cliche

    "you might get hit by a bus tomorrow"

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPPR2
    Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton
    I talked with my Mom last night. 93 years old and sharp as ever. I am a lucky guy.
    Cheers DK, Just had lunch the other day with my Gma at 94, took her to "In and Out Burger". She loves the place.
    That is something that must cheer you fellas up no end, I hope I'm still able to speak to my Mum when she's in her 90's

    Anyway, in a rare moment of relaxation, I was sat on an inflatable chair in the pool, drinking an ice cold beer and catching some rays this afternoon. Then the kids came back from school and it was family time, homework etc...life's good, learn to love it.
    I would post pictures but life's too short.

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    Sometimes its the simple pleasures in life that make it worthwhile.

    I'm happy because I planted a new mango tree seedling in the yard the other day. When there's nothing better to do, I can tell the significant other that I'm going outside to have a beer and watch the mango tree grow. Only 2 years until it bears its first fruit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sumocakewalk
    I'm happy because I planted a new mango tree seedling in the yard the other day.
    Simple pleasures are the best.




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    Absolutely agree, simple is quite rewarding. Some tend to think the bigger or better the happier they are. I have found that to be not very true. Life is way better when we focus on the good Stuff.

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    I am elated my house is done and my wife and I now have an exit plan.

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    I am gearing up to play golf with my daughter this weekend...Easter, and her birthday...

    I taught her all the errors early when she could barely walk...And made a small course on grandpa's property where she used her first real set of clubs...

    It was always a dream of mine to be able to meet with her in later years anywhere in the world and take a walk in the park, as we call it, and whack a mole every now and then...We have never kept score, (well, maybe on the sly), so everybody wins...

    I love playing with my old set where the woods are still wooden...People feel sorry for me and give me their hand-me-downs, so I have a "new" little bag (no room for a fridge) which we call a quiver, and last year I received two drivers and a fine putter, so I'm over-complete...

    Never could see the need for a set the price of a car, unless I'd won that car on the course, of course...Heh...

    We have had some magical times over the years...Simply amazing...

    Quote Originally Posted by JPPR2
    I am thankful I can post in the daily moan thread because that means I am still alive to complain about crap that irritates me.
    The truth comes out, JP, you sly devil, you...Start a great thread on feel-good, and sneak in a plug for the whine thread...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaitongBoy
    The truth comes out, JP, you sly devil, you...Start a great thread on feel-good, and sneak in a plug for the whine thread...
    I am thankful I can albeit it's trivial stuff I moan about.

    Thanks for posting BB. I hope to share a relationship with my daughters where they come and hang out where ever we can meet.

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    I am thankful to my ancestors and their DNA for my continuing good health at age 60 this year.

    But mostly I'm grateful for having met my wife 6 years ago. She's a lovely person in every way.....so really I'm grateful to HER : loving, supportive, uncomplaining, fairly low-maintenance, and great sniff-kisses !

    Gratitude towards things and people in our lives really is the best way forward.
    The "Daily Moan" thread is useful in that we can get things off our chests and (hopefully) leave them there. It's only when we keep them bottled up and dwell on them that they ferment inside and damage us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JPPR2
    Thanks for posting BB. I hope to share a relationship with my daughters where they come and hang out where ever we can meet.
    Cheers...The pleasure is mine...Very important to me is the fact that my daughter has a great guy to complement the whole picture...They have a wee lad themselves now, just 18 months, my first blood grandchild...(I have three other young grandsons from my stepdaughter)...

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    Great stuff in this thread. I hope it carries on daily and over time. Honestly there has to be good things happening every day the same as things that set us back or irritate us.

    Today was the end of our shipping quarter. My operations team exceeded the shipping goal by 4 units and it was record shipping quarter for us. I am buying lunch for them all on Friday.

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    When in trapped my finger in the door tuvver day and my 2 year old shouted "silly suasage" followed by an over emphasized bart simson style 'ha ha'. Stop me from cursing!

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    ^Great stuff...Thegent may like it, as well...

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    The local orchids which bloom only once a year are starting to flower. Beautiful colors like little jewels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sumocakewalk View Post

    I'm happy because I planted a new mango tree seedling in the yard the other day. When there's nothing better to do, I can tell the significant other that I'm going outside to have a beer and watch the mango tree grow. Only 2 years until it bears its first fruit.
    We planted a small mango tree in our front garden (1,000 baht IIRC), and this year we have, for the first time, a bumper crop. Can hardly give the stuff away fast enough.

    How we laugh, and look back fondly when we first planted it - about 14 bleeding years ago........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Latindancer View Post
    I am thankful to my ancestors and their DNA for my continuing good health at age 60 this year.
    You're lucky you've got some Welsh DNA then, aren't ya halfy?

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    I'm thankful for no more repeated flat tires on my bike - so far. Stripped out the patched tube and fitted a new store-bought replacement. Nothing sucks worse than to be 30 km from home with a flat tire!

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    I'm so glad that I haven't had to jump on an airplane running for business in over 13 years...no more airplanes for this kid.

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    I play it cool. I dig all jive. That's the reason. I stay alive. My motto as I live and learn. Dig and be dug in return.
    Deep is it not? Didn't come to mind until now. Read it 30+ years ago. Kinda stuck. Langston Hughes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg View Post
    We planted a small mango tree in our front garden (1,000 baht IIRC), and this year we have, for the first time, a bumper crop. Can hardly give the stuff away fast enough.

    How we laugh, and look back fondly when we first planted it - about 14 bleeding years ago........
    Sounds like I'm in for a longer wait than I anticipated. I fell for the saleswoman's pitch about the 2 year time frame. Maybe I can still get one or two mangoes by then, but I won't expect large numbers for a long time.

    This was a 50 baht special from the garden section at a recent festival here in Prachuap. I think my beer costs are going to exceed that by a little bit. It's supposed to be one of the sweet mango varieties and I hope they didn't mix up the seedlings. We already have one of the varieties where the fruit is eaten as green mango, but I like the sweet kinds too.

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    I'm happy because my wife threw a tape measure at my head and missed.

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