In light of Thanksgiving, I’ve spent the past few subway rides looking back on 2011, and thinking about what I’m thankful for. I’ve concluded that besides the obvious (health, remote happiness, food on my plate, clothes on my back), there are some really silly things that I have an undying gratitude towards.
There really shouldn’t be anything that is not cool enough for me to want to give thanks to, but the amount of intangible objects that make my life a better place is shocking. Maybe this is just part of social progress towards a world where robots rule our lives, and we shoot up daily doses of 1s and 0s straight into the neck. Maybe it just proves that I’m a ninny. Either way I am thanking my lucky Cloud server for a truckload of pixels.
I am thankful for Spotfiy mobile streaming. Thank you web nerds in England for no longer forcing me to update my iPhone with new music. Although I would love for Foster The People to be banned from your platform, Spotify makes my life that much better.
I am thankful for .gif files and memes. I remember when I used to have to express my feelings with actual words. Man, wasn’t that awful. Thanks to gifs and memes, I never have to tell people that I am upset. I can just insert a crying James Van Der Beek into any text message or blog post.
I am thankful for Youtube. Thanks YouTube, for providing me with endless hours of mind numbing entertainment. And to think, I used to pay for cable.
I am thankful that I can type “fa” or “tu” into my web browser, hit enter and be taken to Facebook or Tumblr. Tying out full URLs is so passé.
Unrelated to the internet, I am thankful for crazy people that take public transportation. Although the man that took his shoes off and tried to shove his feet in my face at the bus stop was absolutely repulsive, he somehow made me feel so good about myself.