With all of the excitement of a three-day weekend full of BBQs and cold beer and summertime fun, its easy for most people to forget that the reason we have all of these good things, Hell, the fact that we are all here and safe and healthy, is because of the actions and sacrifices of our brave men and women of our respective country's armed forces. There are thousands upon thousands of extraordinary people who have given everything they have to protect those whom they love and the way of life that they believe in, and for that, every single person who shares in the good things available to them should be eternally grateful, and thankful for the fact that they are even here to enjoy this great thing called life. I am thankful to be alive today, and I was reminded of that fact this morning at my workout. As I was getting after it, the owner of the local Spoga where I workout came up to me to talk. He's a pretty cool guy, and I respect him even more for his fitness accomplishments because he only has one leg (I don't know if he was born like that or what, but I respect him none-the-less), so it was unbelievably cool to have this conversation with him: Owner: Hey BD, great to see you this fine morning! BD: Hey Owner, you too! Whats the good word? Owner: I just wanted to come over and tell you that you have a big fan in [high school football coach who also works out there]. He gave me the scoop on your accident this past fall, and I had no idea how serious it was. I wanted to let you know that I respect the hell out of you for what you've accomplished in your recovery, and am glad you are still here today. I don't respect the people who go through hardships and then wallow in self pity, doing nothing but feeling sorry for themselves. Its the ones who work at it and do everything in their power to help themselves that are the real winners, and I wanted to let you know that. God Bless. BD:.... Wow. Thanks, that means the world to hear that from both of you. And I meant it- it really does mean the world to me (especially coming from this man who I can't even begin to imagine the trails her has been through), and I am thankful every single day that I am here. Now, I'm am in no-way-shape-or-form comparing my accident to the sacrifices of our veterans- I'm not shit compared to them. Our petty everyday problems are NOTHING compared to the fallen soldier, or their families who have to live with the loss every single day. And if they can put themselves on the line in defense of mine and my family's life, I think I can work through a little backpain. And for that, I am thankful. So lets have fun with this Drunk Thread- but lets try to keep all negativity out of it. We appreciate that you may be having a bad day, but go to the R&R thread if you need a place to vent. This is a thread to have a beer and a laugh, but at the same time, be thankful for the good things you have, and raise your glass to those who have fought and died, and to those who still fight today. To our members here in the Military- Here's to you.