(Editor’s note: Thanks to the lateness of the season, I got this too late to post ON Thanksgiving, which really would have made a lot more sense. And ya know, this really doesn’t have much to do with Magic and has practically no content outside of an extended Props ‘n’ Slops.
(But don’t be a Grinch, pal. We could all do worse than to be happy for what we have. So while you’re reading this and NOT learning about the latest Pandeburst/Trix tech, why don’tcha take a moment yourself to reflect on what YOU’RE thankful for? Happy belated Turkey Day to y’all – The Ferrett)
November 23 – This year’s date for the ever-rotating Thanksgiving Day. What exactly does this holiday mean to people?
For students, it is three days off of a treacherous school schedule. For workers, it is additional couple of days off to celebrate a year of hard work. Most people find this an excellent day to spend with family and friends while stuffing themselves stupid with turkey.
Everyone gives thanks for something over these days; health, money, and family are all popular things. I give thanks for some of the same things. I am thankful for my mother and brother; they are important to me for my future, and just as important for memories to my past. Besides these gifts, though, I give thanks for many other things:
Omeed Dariani: Thank you; you took a no-name player, who was most likely bugging you beyond your last wit, and turned him into a Featured Writer. You published my first articles (at StarCity – unfortunately, I can not seem to find any of these on my archive page) and were with me while I took your place at Scrye Magazine. You introduced me to the wonderful world of Magic Writing, and you believed in a random guy from the bowels of Kentucky.
The Ferrett: You gave me the chance to really shine at StarCity. You still published my articles, and stayed behind me even when I lagged behind in writing. You make me feel like an appreciated part of the StarCity web family, instead of the crazy uncle that everyone avoids. (No, the crazy uncle would be ME – The Ferrett)
Jon Finkel: For making me want to actually be good at this game. I see how you play, and I learn from what you do. The interview I did with this gentleman earlier has to be one of my favorite moments in Magic.
Gary Wise, Chris Pikula, Zvi Mowshowitz, Jamie Wakefield, and David Price: All of these gentlemen represent what I believe is the best of the Magic Community. The best interviews I have ever given have all involved this fine players, and their contributions to the game have been unsurpassed. Be it for writing, playing, creating, or just having fun, this group is one of my favorites to talk with.
Krause Publications: As with Omeed, you took a chance on me. I hope that I have and will continue to pay dividends at Scrye Magazine. It is an honor to write for such a great publication.
The Kentucky Magic Alliance: Finally, the players of Kentucky have a chance to interact with other players from all across the state. Books and Music, The Nexus, 7towers, and The Greater Trader have all been represented well on this mailing list, and topics of discussion have actually flowed well.
7towers: You took my article about states with a grain of salt. You proved me wrong, and by the end of the Championships, most of you had accepted me as one. I made a huge mistake by snubbing most of you from consideration of top 16 – I hope you accept my apology.
Moody, Kevin and the Rest of the Books and Music Crew: I have learned so much from all of you. I stopped playing Stompy decks, and have learned how to play so many different styles of types. You all made me want to be good, and helped me along the way.
Infidelity All-Stars: Most of us don’t have the time anymore to get together and just play – but the time we did have was well spent. You have supported me in my move to Minnesota, my move back to Kentucky, my extreme desires to make a name for myself, and you have always been there to knock my ego back into check. You are a great group of friends, and without you I would be a sad person.
The University of Louisville: Thank you for putting me on Academic Probation. It was during this time that I learned that the tuba was not going to bring me anything in life. With new goals and a new major, expect better things from me when I decide to come back to school.
I know that this article lacked real Magic content; it does, however, show what I am thankful for, and I hope that people understand this. Sorry for not posting any decklists or talking about any serious strategy, but it is because of these people that I even get the privilege to talk about the game I love so much.
Next week, expect me to get back on track with a renewed interest in the Extended Pro Tour Qualifiers. One last thank you:
Thanks to tuna; For tasting so good!
D-lo on Mirc