Thanksgiving seems redundant to me if only because, in the
wisdom of my years, I am thankful every day of my life. With
darn good reason.
I have a better and happier life than I ever seriously believed I
would have. I have a great wife, great kids, great friends and so
much more. I live in a comfortable house in a good neighborhood.
I have a sweet cat who’s not too terribly demanding and, on those
increasingly rare days when I am ill, will not leave my side save
to eat, poop or run up and down the stairs and all around the house
for no reason I can discern.
I am in good and improving health. I am overcoming physical woes
and getting stronger every day.
I look at my country and I see hope. Racism and bigotry are still
around, but they are being beaten back on a daily basis. The tide
is slowly turning against those who would enrich the very powerful
and very wealthy at the expense of the 99% of the American people
who represent the rest of us. Why, some folks are even embracing
the obvious truth that an economy that enriches the 1% so much more
than the rest of us is not sustainable. There are still battles to
be fought, but the tide of history favors the 99%.
I look at our brave soldiers and firefighters and police officers
and public workers and know they will always be there for us, even
when we are not always there for them as much as we should be. I
am hopeful that someday soon we will reward these good people in a
manner consistent with their great service.
I am thankful for the blessings and teachings of my Lord and Master
Godzilla, the Great Scaly One who protects us with his fiery atomic
love. It can be a tough love, especially give the often recorded
folly of man and all, but it is a just love. As the pastor of the
First Church of Godzilla, I welcome all to share in the bliss I’ve
found from my new faith. If I can figure out how to cash in on it
the way L. Ron Hubbard did with his made-up religion, I’ll be even
I look back on my years in the comics industry and I am as content
as I can be in an field whose history is basically the history of
villainous executives and corporations cheating creators. Even so,
I have found that there are clients who can and do act in an honest
and honorable fashion.
I have an appreciative audience for my writings. I still manage to
find work that is challenging and fun.
The blessed Internet has allowed me to reconnect with old friends,
keep in touch with my friends and readers, and make new friends and
readers. Since my blogs about being a special guest at Comic-Con,
my bloggy thing readership has increased considerably and continues
I am thankful that some remarkable and wonderful circumstances have
aligned to make it possible for me to start working on my extremely
long bucket list of things I want to write before I kick that old
bucket on my way to my Monster Island Heaven reward. I expect to
start on several projects in January.
I’m thankful those same remarkable and wonderful circumstances will
allow me to spend a week in Los Angeles visiting old dear friends
and perhaps making new ones. I don’t have the exact dates beyond
“sometime in January,” but I’m excited.
Several hours after I posted this blog, we’ll be having what I am
sure will be a wonderful Thanksgiving gathering and meal. Friends
and family will be converging on Casa Isabella and I will doubtless
consume far too much turkey and stuffing. I will go to bed a happy
bloated man. I’ll be thankful for the day. Just as I am thankful
for every day.
I hope all of you have reason to give thanks as well.
I’ll be back tomorrow with more stuff.
© 2013 Tony Isabella