I am grateful this evening for caller ID. Even at the best of times, I don't really like talking on the phone. Or maybe I should say, I really don't like talking on the phone. Conversation on the phone is always somewhat strained. Even Jill and I, though we can talk to each other for hours on end face to face, quickly grow silent when conversing via the telephone. So I am grateful that now I can glance at my phone to satisfy my curiosity about why it is making an obnoxious noise, and then put it back in my pocket, never having to actually deal with telemarketers, relatives, or church members asking for help in the nursery this Sunday.
I am also grateful for the BBC. There is certainly a lot of good American television out there. Well, a fair bit, at any rate. Okay, there are one or two good shows. But thanks to the internet, I can supplement my anemic television diet with so many great shows from the other side of the pond. (Amy Pond, perhaps?). I remember when I was a child and on vacation we would get to watch television in the motel, (not a normal occurrence at home), and shows like 'Alo, 'Alo and Are You Being Served? left their imprint on my mind and sense of humor. These days it is more likely to be Doctor Who, Torchwood, Sherlock, Spooks, or some other visually luscious show, but I also love the little comedies like Keeping Up Appearances, Last of the Summer Wine, or Black Books, the dramas like, Kingdom and Doc Martin, the cult classics like Red Dwarf, Black Adder, and of course Monty Python, and great mysteries like Poirot and Mrs Marple. At heart, I am an unabashed anglophile.
And finally I am grateful that some of the cheapest gasoline is just down the road from our house. Granted, these days even the cheapest gas isn't all that cheap, and one thing I am NOT grateful for are the machinations of businesses and government that inflate those prices, but at least I don't have to worry about driving all over town in search of the lowest price.
I am grateful for Facebook. Facebook keeps in touch with friends and family that have spread throughout the country and I'm happy to log on and see what is happening.
I am grateful for my cheap little laptop. It has never given me problems and allows me to finish my degree, blog, and play on the internet whenever I choose.
I am grateful for an open mind. I can approach things objectively and then decide for myself on certain matters. I'm happy that I don't believe everything thing I watch or read. Just because what I'm watching is a "documentary" doesn't mean perspective being shown is complete fact.