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30 Days

November 6, 2014

It’s curious that while perusing the internet you find a wide array of “challenges.” These “challenges” find their way online via tweet, blog, Facebook post or YouTube video, some trending popular while others are random and obscure. Things people have done, are attempting to do or challenging others to do. We won’t bother to list any of these because some of them are dangerous and Have Chainsaw Will Travel does not endorse stupidity...this week. We will however focus on one because it is relatively safe and applies to this time of year: The 30 Days of Thankfulness Challenge.

The “challenge” is that each day during the month of November (leading up to Thanksgiving) you list or post something you are thankful for. Of course on Black Friday thankfulness be damned as you push, shove and fight your way through stores to obtain worldly goods. But that’s a story for another day; back to challenging you to be thankful. Coming up with something to be thankful for on a daily basis seems easy enough...perhaps too easy.

Ya know prior to everyone living their lives and doing challenges online we called them dares. A dare was far more personable and serious because you were actually face to face when it was established. In addition dares have different levels of intensity. There was the standard “dare” which could be countered with a “double dare” both of which were trumped if someone took it to the maximum level of “the triple dog dare.” At which point it became serious. Failure to carry out a TDD was a sign of utter failure, cowardice and could result in possible shunning.

Thus we come around to the point of this week’s column. No worries- you won’t be challenged to do anything, we’re gonna level-up beyond that with—

Chainsaw’s 30 Days of Stuff to be Thankful For


The concept here is relatively simple. The basic principle of this TDD is exactly the same as its namesakes challenge, with a few rules and variations thrown in to truly make it challenging. First off skip the basics—good health, food in your belly, a roof over your head, gainful employment etc. If you didn’t have these things you would be worried about posting a thankful listing anyway. In addition you are not allowed to be thankful for friends and family members. That is such a cop out. Anybody can think of 30 people they are related to or know and be set for the month. If not well...sorry for you loneliness. No personal accomplishments; that’s not being thankful, it’s more like a publicized pat on the back for yourself.

While we’re at it, no bragging rights. Being thankful for your over-priced, recently acquired material possessions just makes you look like a prick. So what does that leave you with? It leaves you with actually thinking of and coming up with things you’re truly thankful for on a daily basis.

Since technically we’re already seven days into this TDD we’ll let those slide. But for example’s sake here are my first seven things to be thankful for.

1. Clint Eastwood’s spaghetti westerns. Without these I wouldn’t enjoy cigars or own a poncho.
2. That squirrels don’t grasp the concept of how a “hide a key” works.

3. The three bright yellow softballs my grandson found in the woods while at the park which made him smile.

4. At this moment I am not on fire.

5. Feather dusters—there are alot of knickknacks in the house o’ saw.

6. That as an adult, I can run the heat and an A/C unit at the same time and nobody complains.

7. That you read this to the end.

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Hope to hear from ya, until then try and stay focused. See ya!




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