Why I’m Happy

I have four – what would be called in the old days – enthusiasms. They are, in no particular order, History, Music, Sports (mainly baseball and football) and Politics. During election years my political enthusiasm usually gets the best of me. I become hyper-sensitive to the stupidity of politicians. I buy into the hype that “This is the most important election of our lifetimes!” This year is particularly hard because I am a Conservative Republican and things don’t look for us this election (regardless of who’s elected). It’s also tough this year because my Sports enthusiasm can usually offer a good distraction from my politically agitated state. But I can’t think of an MLB post season that I’ve been less interested in. I mean the Phillies and (probably) Tampa Bay? You think the MLB marketing department is scrambling to find a way to sell that match-up to American TV viewers? The Cowboys appear to be stumbling a little early this year. A year in which they can’t afford too many stumbles because their division is probably the best in the NFL. And on top of all that, I didn’t get my first Fantasy Football win until this week, improving my record to 1 and 5. But today I sat back, took a deep breath and thought of all of the things that make life, in the words of James Taylor, “…such a lovely ride.”

Last weekend our family went camping and my girls (5 and 4) caught their first fish.

Whether Obama or McCain wins, the supporters of the losing candidate won’t be thrown in prison or executed. That’s something that can’t be said in other countries.

I just got the new Ben Folds album, Way to Normal. After several listens I’ve determined that it’s his least impressive effort thus far. Folds’ trademarks are incredibly catchy melodies and smart, witty and sarcastic lyrics. Most of the new album is lacking those trademarks. Having said all of that, there’s still a song that I keep humming to myself. Can’t get it out of my head. Greatness.

Now that the season is over for the Texas Rangers, I can look forward to next season. Rangers. World Series. 2009. Bet on it.

Neither my wife nor I know where they got this, but when my girls are in a silly mood, they’ll suddenly exclaim: “Ghostie don’t tee-tee!” It cracks me up.

I go to a church that still sings hymns from a hymnal.

I have a wife who loves me and loves our children and takes care of us.

Mad Men on AMC and The Office on NBC. Both very different shows but both great.

Marion Barber still acts like he wants to punish anyone who even gets near him on the football field.

Ron Chernow, author of Alexander Hamilton and Titan : The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. (both great books), is working on a biography of George Washington.

My wife likes to mow the lawn.

There are 3 NFL teams that have won 5 Super Bowls: The Cowboys, the 49ers, and the Steelers. I like the Cowboys’ chances of being the first to 6.

Regardless of who wins the next election you and I won’t be imprisoned or executed because we’re Protestant, Catholic or None of the Above thanks to the Founding Fathers’ distaste for an established state religion.

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

My girls want me to sing to them every night before they go to bed. Usually they request the song I Will by the Beatles.

My wife and I went to a comedy club with some other couples the other night. The comedian was Patrice O’Neal who is known for working “blue”. I didn’t have to worry about my wife getting offended.

I have a pretty stable job (with a new boss that doesn’t micro-manage, whoo hoo!) that provides an income that allows my wife to stay home with our kids.

I’m an American citizen and enjoy more freedoms than any group of people in the history of civilization.

My girls learned a song in church. The lyrics are: God gave the world His only Son. He made the hippo and it weighs a ton. Hip-hip-hip hippopotamus. Hip-hip-hooray God made us. That makes me smile.

I have a friend who gave me MP3 files of the Billboard Top 100 songs for each year from 1955 – 2007.

I was born in Texas.

My pastor preaches the truth of God’s Word found in the Bible and doesn’t apologize if people don’t like what they hear.

I live in Texas. In the summer we have a lot of days with temperatures over 100 degrees. I’m an IT guy. I work inside.

Sarah Palin has a decent shot at becoming the first woman to hold the office of Vice President…and she’s pretty hot.

Both of my girls love Star Wars.

Because of the Electoral College system a vote for Obama in the state of Texas is a wasted vote. Our 34 electoral votes will go to McCain this year and to the Republican candidate for the foreseeable future.

Autumn (such as it is in Texas) is here and It’s my favorite season.

Thanks to one of the greatest modern inventions, refrigeration, I don’t have to worry too much about becoming seriously ill from or being killed by the food I eat. People throughout history and in many current Third World countries didn’t and don’t have that luxury.

KTCK AM 1310 – The Ticket

Even though we think we have a rancorous political atmosphere. We live in a time that if someone wrote the following quote on the side of a building, it would seem slightly weird: “Damn John Jay. Damn anyone who won’t damn John Jay. Damn anyone who won’t sit up all night with a candle in his window damning John Jay.” For the Founders’ time, it not only wasn’t weird, it was comparatively mild.

 In America, thanks to Noah Webster, we don’t have to add a u to words like color, favor, labor and humor.

George F. Will

My youngest daughter, whenever I leave the house, says either “Bye schmoopsie-poo!” or “Goodbye Mr. Tootie Pants!” Both of which make me laugh.

Both of my girls tell their mom that she’s gorgeous. She is.

I like my In-Laws.

I went to college but didn’t finish my degree. I make well over the average salary for a high school graduate. In fact, I make well over the average salary for a college graduate with a Master’s degree.

The bottom line is that God has blessed me with a wonderful wife, two healthy, beautiful daughters. I live in a nice house in a nice neighborhood in the greatest country in the world. I have everything I need and a lot of the things I want.

It’s more than I deserve.





2 thoughts on “Why I’m Happy

  1. OK bonafide, here are the terms of the bet: If the Rangers make it to the World Series, you have to officially come out of the closet. If they don’t make it, you can stay in and continue living a lie.

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