I've discovered that there are a great deal of things I could do
without in my life... even the things listed below. But I'll play
1. My family: While I don't know that I ever "took them for
granted" in the traditional sense, I've discovered first hand that
not everyone is as lucky as I have been in terms of family
. Even people I know
who are relatively close to their family members.
2. My music collection: Music
has always been my companion, and
I'm enthusiastic about both studio releases and live music
(bootlegs). I had a pretty extensive CD collection, but I'm
converting to digital mainly for convenience with economic factors
running a close second. Some people really bemoan that, but I've
come to see it as a forfeiting of the material aspect of the hobby.
After all, it's really about the music... right?
3. National Public Radio: If you don't know what NPR
is, do yourself a favor and find
out which of your local radio stations carry NPR programming. While
it's important to keep in mind that when it comes to news you will
be getting a slanted view, I believe that the people
at NPR do their best to be as "fair and balanced" as possible (to
steal a line from the people at the Fox News Channel). In fact, NPR
is about the only place I get my news now, save from browsing
headlines on the internet from time to time. Even some of the more
tollerable news sources on television have become as desirable to
me as Fox News after experiencing the type of programming on
4. God, I'm really struggling with this one. I believe this one is
going to remain half-finished for the foreseeable future.