Thursday, November 25, 2021

A Heartfelt Thanks from Your OSR Bartender on this Thanksgiving Day

(art by Craig Brasco)

It's Thanksgiving here in the United States, and there is much that I am thankful for.

Let me get this out of the way, right out of the box - I am happy for my health. After the trifecta of hospitalizations in 2020, I have taken steps to turn my poor health-related habits into better ones. I've lowered my A1C by three points, my weight by about 50 pounds, and have changed my diet to a much healthier one. All it took was pneumonia, sepsis, and congestive heart failure (followed by four stents). Take my advice, correct your course earlier than I did :)

I am thankful for knowing the friends that I have lost, and those I will likely lose in the coming weeks and months. As painful as the losses are, there would be an emptiness in my soul were I to have never known them. 

This is especially true for Doug Rhea, who touched more lives than anyone I know. I have cemented more friendships because of Doug and the convention he founded, NTRPG Con, than can be counted on my fingers and toes. Rest well Doug, you more than earned it.

I am thankful for the opportunity to give back to my community, not just where I live physically, but where my heart is, the gaming community. In a few days we'll be kicking off another OSR Christmas celebration, and it wouldn't be happening without all of you.

Most of all, I am thankful that you, my readers, my viewers, and my listeners, allow me into your lives for a few minutes each day. There can be nothing more gratifying, nor more humbling, than that simple amount of trust in me that you have shown over the past decade and more.

I thank you all :)


May your Thanksgiving be blessed with the comfort of family and friends, near and far. 


  1. Happy Thanksgiving, brother blue. Glad you're taking your health seriously. Thank you for your postings.

    1. Thank you! Each day is a blessing, and I treat them as such :)


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