The Happiness Thread [FenelonSpoke]

Introducing "The Happiness Thread", where people get to share things that make them happy or add enjoyment to their lives.

Anything that makes you smile or laugh or allows you to appreciate simple things in life are welcome. Consider this thread as a breather from contentious political threads. Your aid in keeping this a non political thread will be greatly appreciated, and I greatly thank CBD for getting it set up.

In the descriptive blurb to Dennis Prager's book on happiness, Prager asserts that we're actually obligated to be happy, because it makes us better people. Achieving that happiness won't be easy, though: to Prager, it requires a continuing process of counting your blessings and giving up any expectations that life is supposed to be wonderful. "Can we decide to be satisfied with what we have?" he asks. "A poor man who can make himself satisfied with his portion will be happier than a wealthy man who does not allow himself to be satisfied."

In this short video, Prager says that happiness is a moral issue:

Here are some other thoughts on happiness:

"Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be."

-- Abraham Lincoln

"It isn't what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it."

-- Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People

FenelonSpoke mentioned that this is a non-political thread. It's also a non-grumpy thread. Going off topic is fine to tell a nice story with a sweet ending, or just something pleasant. But grousing and grumping and grouching and grumbling is off limits. [CBD]

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1 Happiness is being FIRST?

Posted by: Becky at February 29, 2016 05:42 PM (kj0P/)

2 This early Springtime is making me happy! It's glorious outside in Oklahoma!!! But, as Oklahoma weather tends to be fickle and frankly ridiculous, I fully expect a full-on blizzard in July.

Also, I get to go to a rally for Marco Rubio tonight! OK has always been a fly-over state, but now that we're a Super Tuesday state candidates are actually stopping by. Should be interesting.

Posted by: Becky at February 29, 2016 05:44 PM (kj0P/)

3 I have always liked Prager. I bought a couple of his biblical lectures. Insightful mind.

Posted by: Yip at February 29, 2016 05:45 PM (e7T6D)

4

I like this thread.

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at February 29, 2016 05:45 PM (qCMvj)

5 EVERYBODY LOVE EVERYBODY.

Posted by: Dr Spank at February 29, 2016 05:45 PM (0vdts)

6

My walk in the sunshine today made me happy. I walked to buy some milk.

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at February 29, 2016 05:46 PM (qCMvj)

7 Thanks, FS. My happiness is being surrounded by my sweet children all day. I joke that I get my angry out here (sorry guys) so I'm nicer in real life. Right now I've got my sweet baby next to me while the big kids watch Magic School Bus.

The best.

Posted by: Lauren at February 29, 2016 05:46 PM (rrG3v)

8 Charlie don't surf!!

Posted by: Jubal Anderson Early at February 29, 2016 05:46 PM (RdP/w)

9
Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.

Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land

Posted by: Guy Mohawk at February 29, 2016 05:46 PM (ODxAs)

10 It makes me happy to think that it is better to be a human being dissatisfied than a pig satisfied. And to eat bacon from a satisfied pig.

Posted by: John Stuart Mill at February 29, 2016 05:46 PM (xUcC/)

11
So, the wife was reading some dumb thing in the Slimes and asked me, 'honey, list 3 things that you were grateful for today." I replied "I didn't get mugged or slashed."

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at February 29, 2016 05:46 PM (zLP1L)

12 Happiness is a sad song

Posted by: Charles M. Schultz at February 29, 2016 05:46 PM (jbfi1)

13

My coconut covered shrimp made me happy this weekend.

And crabmeat, and seafood fondue...

Yeah, I missed the Food Thread - because taking care of hubby.

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at February 29, 2016 05:47 PM (qCMvj)

14 Thanks, so much, CBD is getting it all together. I think it works out very nicely ( or it will if people contribute) after contentious political threads.

I should have saved my "happy links" from early this morning to post now. :^)

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at February 29, 2016 05:47 PM (w4NZ8)

15 I like slapstick humor.

Posted by: Grump928(c) says Free Soothie! at February 29, 2016 05:47 PM (evdj2)

16 May I present the True Porn Clerk Stories? A Blog (or series of forum posts) back in the days when people went to video stores for porn. Totally weird and true stores from a long time ago in a far different world. Completely hilarious and actually far cleaner than you might think.

http://tinyurl.com/zt93umu

Read, laugh, and be happy (come on lets go get it on).

Posted by: Massena at February 29, 2016 05:48 PM (OaPDG)

17 It was kind of gray day today, but then it hit the 50's and the crocuses were lovely.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at February 29, 2016 05:48 PM (w4NZ8)

18 Any day I don't go on a multi-state murder spree is a good day. Or so my wife says.

Posted by: Grump928(c) says Free Soothie! at February 29, 2016 05:48 PM (evdj2)

19 My son's doggie make me happy (he is visiting this week). He is a Golden Retriever, nephew of my late doggie.

The tulips, etc peeking up in my gardens make me happy. I just hope future snows don't make me unhappy as I planted a lot.

Posted by: ChristyBlinky, aging supermodel Redneck Queen at February 29, 2016 05:49 PM (wAMRL)

20 Listening to old time radio and watching decent black and white movies makes me happy.

My church small group study on the book of Romans excites me. It's so great!

Posted by: chique d'afrique at February 29, 2016 05:49 PM (mBYZv)

21 My cat is healthy and super friendly. He follows me around the house and sleeps nearby. I'm not sure what is going on in his furry head but he seems to like my company a lot. That makes me pretty happy.

I got two new reviews on my novel Life Unworthy, both very positive. And they were unsolicited, as in I didn't contact a reviewer or ask for them, they were just from buyers. That made me feel really good today. Its kind of irrational but that's how it is as an author. You put your work out there and hope, but only reviews and word of mouth let you know if anyone likes it. My primary intent was to get people to compare the evil of the Nazis with the evil within the Werewolf and readers seem to be getting that. That means so much to me I almost bust into tears reading reviews. I know, its dumb.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at February 29, 2016 05:49 PM (39g3+)

22 Eight months into our fiscal year, work is still going pretty well. I think I'll give myself a raise! That might make me happy.

Posted by: Chris M at February 29, 2016 05:49 PM (k3w9p)

23 Coca-Cola and punk rock make me happy.

Posted by: Baron Von Ottomatic at February 29, 2016 05:49 PM (kf2iZ)

24 But grousing and grumping and grouching and grumbling

Nice alliteration :^)

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at February 29, 2016 05:50 PM (w4NZ8)

25
I just saw this the other day. My little lady, who has shown no desire to learn about politics has been binge watching the stuff on Prager U.
Needless to say I'm both proud of her and happy to see her interested.

Things that make me happy (besides my fiance'), completing a challenging project.

Posted by: Tilikum KAW LLC at February 29, 2016 05:50 PM (1JqUE)

26 Happiness is a warm gun...

Posted by: All the gun loving Horde at February 29, 2016 05:50 PM (hvf9s)

27

We watched Bill Burr: You People Are All the Same (2012) this weekend, and we laughed and laughed.

edgy stuff

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at February 29, 2016 05:50 PM (qCMvj)

28 "Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards, there it enters the roots of the vines, to be changed into wine, a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy."

-- Benjamin Franklin, in a letter addressed to André Morellet, 1779

Posted by: Duncanthrax the Bellicose at February 29, 2016 05:50 PM (ml1PM)

29
Enjoy the ment.

Posted by: Buckaroo Banzai at February 29, 2016 05:51 PM (/7JDl)

30 Hookers

Posted by: wooga at February 29, 2016 05:51 PM (gb+PB)

31
Happiness is a warm puppy.
Charles M. Schulz

Posted by: Guy Mohawk at February 29, 2016 05:51 PM (ODxAs)

32 My daughter

A really nice buzz from a really good beer.

Going to a concert by one of my favorite bands (close second: that day when a new album comes out)

The ocean

Summer

Major league baseball

Pizza

Peanut butter

Really good sex (but that almost goes without saying)

Posted by: DRayRaven at February 29, 2016 05:51 PM (Qc2Pk)

33 Nice thread, Fenolon!

Posted by: Lizzy at February 29, 2016 05:51 PM (NOIQH)

34 Walking in the door after a long day at work and seeing my two dogs jumping for joy at my return! Pure happiness.

Oh....and wine, wine makes me happy.

Posted by: Anti-Hill at February 29, 2016 05:51 PM (3aBcq)

35 If my wife is happy I am happy. And I've noticed the daughters living elsewhere has increased my wife's happiness.

Posted by: MTF at February 29, 2016 05:51 PM (TxJGV)

36 I'm doing the devotional for a church committee meeting tomorrow.

Any ideas? I'm thumbing through the Best of John Wesley on Prayer.

Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 29, 2016 05:51 PM (FsuaD)

37 Why does happiness end with penis?

Posted by: chavez the hugo at February 29, 2016 05:51 PM (ucDmr)

38 My church small group study on the book of Romans excites me. It's so great!

Romans and Hebrews take me right back where I belong in my life, every time. Right to the cross.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at February 29, 2016 05:51 PM (39g3+)

39 Read, laugh, and be happy (come on lets go get it on).
Posted by: Massena at February 29, 2016 05:48 PM (OaPDG)

I worked at a video store during college that had a porn section and we got a wide cross section of the university. I had two chemistry profs who came into the store:

The one was known to be two things- an asshole and a cheater (he had cheated on his wife with one of his TAs. He rented porn.

Later, another professor, who I respected immensely came in, and my heart sank. Then he rented two children's movies that had not been rented in years. Brought a smile to my face.

Posted by: Aetius451AD at February 29, 2016 05:51 PM (iHjB5)

40 Introducing "The Happiness Thread", where people get to share things that make them happy



It's a trap!

Posted by: rickb223 at February 29, 2016 05:51 PM (+058L)

41 >>> I should have saved my "happy links" from early this morning to post now. :^)
Posted by: FenelonSpoke at February 29, 2016 05:47 PM (w4NZ

Repeat them if you like! I must have missed them. Silly work, getting in the way like that...

Posted by: LizLem at February 29, 2016 05:52 PM (hvf9s)

42
Happiness is a warm puppymonkeybaby.

- me

Posted by: Guy Mohawk at February 29, 2016 05:52 PM (ODxAs)

43 I'm happy because the guy at the watch repair shop said that the pocket watch, that was my grandfathers, is repairable. I'm looking forward to carrying it.

Posted by: Jubal Anderson Early at February 29, 2016 05:52 PM (RdP/w)

44 Sparring with friends, painting, a warm bed on a lazy Saturday morning, and curvy redheads.

Posted by: Colorado Alex at February 29, 2016 05:52 PM (LUG6K)

45 Peace of mind makes me happy.
Cold beer, good cigar, having a woody makes me happy.
Having $20.00 in my pocket after all the bills are paid makes me happy.

Not having to listen to Dennis Prager prattle on about happiness makes me happy.

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at February 29, 2016 05:52 PM (ej1L0)

46 I smile when I remember how hard I laughed when I first heard Ray Stevens' "Gitarzan".

"Sing it, monkey!"

Posted by: mrp at February 29, 2016 05:52 PM (JBggj)

47 24 But grousing and grumping and grouching and grumbling

Nice alliteration :^)
Posted by: FenelonSpoke at February 29, 2016 05:50 PM (w4NZ


Sing those lyrics to the rhythm of Apollo 100 "Joy."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIbrO568UcE

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at February 29, 2016 05:52 PM (zLP1L)

48 Hmmmm .... happy?


1. Crushing my enemy

2. Driving them before me

3. The Lamentation of de Wimmen.

_

Posted by: BumperStickerist at February 29, 2016 05:53 PM (8Q1Gy)

49 Hi Fenelon. Ya know, I've always thought of you as the AoS site chaplain. I always cheer up when I remember that I'm just not all that important, in the big picture. My ideas, my opinions, my doings. In the last analysis, they're just mine. I'm lucky to have a few people in my life who will patiently listen to my blather. Thanks for this post, chaplain.

Posted by: kraken at February 29, 2016 05:53 PM (sdxPm)

50 I quite like the new weekend pet thread. I like reading about kind people and their lovely pets.

Posted by: plum at February 29, 2016 05:53 PM (h+OMg)

51 I am in no way qualified to contribute to this post.

Posted by: Insomniac at February 29, 2016 05:53 PM (0mRoj)

52 Well, in these parts the Royals won the WS, and KU is now ranked #1 in college bb, so that makes a lot of people happy. At least around here...

Posted by: HH at February 29, 2016 05:53 PM (DrCtv)

53 baseball coming soon makes me so happy. Oh dear God we need it so bad this year. Summer days with young guys playing hard and having fun, showing amazing skill in such a wonderful game. MLB is doing their best to destroy the sport, but its still great despite their stupidity.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at February 29, 2016 05:53 PM (39g3+)

54 I think I must have posted this about ten times, but I post it again because it always makes me laugh. BBC's talking animals video:

http://preview.tinyurl.com/d64mbq5

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at February 29, 2016 05:53 PM (w4NZ8)

55
"It isn't what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it."



I've noticed I think about pizza quite a bit. Didn't realize that.

Posted by: eleven at February 29, 2016 05:53 PM (qUNWi)

56 Seeing my daughter get off the school bus always makes me smile.

Posted by: Duke Lowell at February 29, 2016 05:53 PM (kTF2Z)

57 I did get my garden turned over yesterday as it was the first nice day, have decide if I want to make it a little bigger.

Posted by: Skip at February 29, 2016 05:53 PM (fizMZ)

58 The hour I watch Better Call Saul = Happiness.

Posted by: Monsieur Moo Moo at February 29, 2016 05:54 PM (0LHZx)

59 The thread video stick figure has boobs. Boobs make me happy.

Posted by: Weasel at February 29, 2016 05:54 PM (e3bId)

60 I just got back from asking my wife if her boobs were sore and needing a good rub down. They weren't but it lead to other things that make both of us happy.

Posted by: kahall at February 29, 2016 05:54 PM (xTgLs)

61 Mrs. wisenheimer makes me happy.

And videos of e-cigarettes exploding in people's pockets.

Posted by: wisenheimer at February 29, 2016 05:54 PM (qnhj2)

62 A little bit of chicken fried
And cold beer on a Friday night
A pair of jeans that fit just right
And the radio up
I love to see the sun rise
See the love in my woman's eyes
Feel the touch of a precious child
And know a mother's love

Posted by: Zac Brown Band at February 29, 2016 05:54 PM (hvf9s)

63 I'd be happy if I didn't work for racists who never appreciated my vast talents and ability!

Posted by: Melissa Harris-Perry at February 29, 2016 05:54 PM (YFFpo)

64
Burning and scattering and salting and burning and scattering and salting and . . .

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at February 29, 2016 05:54 PM (zLP1L)

65 I'm a Happy Boy!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=LEZtII8rt_Y

Posted by: bergerbilder at February 29, 2016 05:54 PM (IeXP9)

66 Happiness is hanging out with my six year old; eating fried chicken and a good margarita while out for a Paint Nite with a girlfriend.

Posted by: IC at February 29, 2016 05:54 PM (a0IVu)

67 And somebody please flog the poster at #16 for blowing out the margins. Thanks.

Posted by: Insomniac at February 29, 2016 05:54 PM (0mRoj)

68 Posted by: FenelonSpoke at February 29, 2016 05:50 PM (w4NZ

Completely unintentional!

Which makes it even more fun I think.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 29, 2016 05:55 PM (Zu3d9)

69
But grousing and grumping and grouching and grumbling is off limits.








Y'all just suck the joy out of everything, don't ya?

Now here's an unstable chihuahua and a dimwitted cat.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVM1nUmDHHc

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at February 29, 2016 05:55 PM (176QP)

70 This story about The Rock made me happy:

Last week on our very last day of shooting Ballers, my security came over and said "There's a few officers who've worked for us all day and would love the chance to meet you. One of them has a personal story to tell you." I said I'd love to meet them and walked over to say hello. I shook hands with both men, took pictures and they graciously said goodbye. As I was walking away, I realized I didn't get the personal story.

So I called back to one of the officers and said "I heard you had a story for me?" He was surprised and turned around and called for him and said "Sure Mr. Johnson". He told me in 2008 when I was taking my mom to get her weekly chemotherapy and radiation cancer treatments, he was taking his dad at the same time - who had been diagnosed with the same cancer as my mom. He said, "You won't remember this but we walked into the hospital at the same time and you turned around, smiled and held the door open for my dad... and you have no idea what that moment meant to him. And me."

Officer Arias shared with me that he'd been waiting years to tell me that on that day, after I shook his dad's hand and told him to stay strong, that his dad felt no pain that day. And was once again was a happy man and pain free. Even if just for one day. Mr. Arias passed away from cancer later that year, but his life continues to tell an inspiring story.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson: huge gentleman.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at February 29, 2016 05:55 PM (39g3+)

71 Thank you for providing this thread.

I am quite grateful for the HQ. It really is kind of a refuge for me.

Posted by: chemjeff - PuppyMonkeyBaby '16 at February 29, 2016 05:55 PM (lVU49)

72 Happiness is transient.

Joy is forever.

Posted by: Joe Mama at February 29, 2016 05:55 PM (NQmg1)

73 I have Prager's Happiness book but never read it. But do listen to the hour and try to follow it.

Posted by: Skip at February 29, 2016 05:55 PM (fizMZ)

74 36 I'm doing the devotional for a church committee meeting tomorrow.

Any ideas? I'm thumbing through the Best of John Wesley on Prayer.

------------------

Charles Spurgeon's Morning and Evening is my devotional go-to. Always good, and easily available in online versions.

Posted by: Stu-22 at February 29, 2016 05:56 PM (RMOpc)

75 I got a big name (chair of the IOM committee on chimp research) to sign on to a panel proposal for our annual conference.

I just need 2 other people now to make this happen! I think the exposure will be a career boost.

Posted by: tsrblke (Tablet) at February 29, 2016 05:56 PM (a8eFL)

76 53 baseball coming soon makes me so happy. Oh dear God we need it so bad this year. Summer days with young guys playing hard and having fun, showing amazing skill in such a wonderful game. MLB is doing their best to destroy the sport, but its still great despite their stupidity.
Posted by: Christopher Taylor at February 29, 2016 05:53 PM (39g3+)

__

Curious what is it that MLB is doing....are you talking about the "make things faster" changes? I dunno, I kind of like that. I used to like baseball but these days I can't watch more than a couple of innings before I have to turn the channel. Part of it is because it's so damn slow. It's probably because everything else in life now is instant and on demand, 20 seconds in between pitches seems like an eternity.

Posted by: Monsieur Moo Moo at February 29, 2016 05:56 PM (0LHZx)

77 "Posted by: Zac Brown Band at February 29, 2016 05:54 PM (hvf9s)"

Red Dirt country music makes me happy.

Posted by: Lauren at February 29, 2016 05:56 PM (rrG3v)

78
Fa-fa-fa (Happy Song)

Otis Redding (pbuh)

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at February 29, 2016 05:56 PM (zLP1L)

79 The Royals winning the World Series with a low-cost roster using hitting, fielding, and pitching for run production rather than swinging for the fences, striking out, and the modern analytical technique. That's making the entire baseball world reconsider their direction and that makes me happy.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at February 29, 2016 05:57 PM (39g3+)

80 This is applicable for this thread


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeHXahnBAqY

Posted by: Vic-we have no party at February 29, 2016 05:57 PM (t2KH5)

81 I was happy I could drive to work this morning with the sunroof open. In February. In Boston.

Posted by: tu3031 at February 29, 2016 05:57 PM (YFFpo)

82 Oh, fenelon's a coblogger. Cool.

Posted by: wisenheimer at February 29, 2016 05:57 PM (qnhj2)

83 Off the top of my head?
Bacon. Vintage Rifles. Bourbon. Eggs Benedict. Gritty Crime Dramas. Boobs. Motorcycles. Mountains. Chili. Comedians. Tall Women. Football. Yardwork. Apples. Jimi Hendrix. Fresh Bedding. Smart Dogs. Stephen Ambrose. Euchre. Porn. Thunder. Heavy Petting. Biscuits and Gravy. College Basketball. Outdoor Theatre. Mark Twain. Sour Candy.

Posted by: ajmojo at February 29, 2016 05:57 PM (1H9ox)

84
Waking up early on a Saturday or Sunday morning, smelling coffee and toast.

Reminds me of my dad.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at February 29, 2016 05:57 PM (zLP1L)

85 Yesterday I proofread manuscripts for a writing class, sitting on my deck, drinking a nice IPA, and enjoying a sunny 70 degree day in CO. That made me happy.

Posted by: Pug Mahon at February 29, 2016 05:57 PM (RwwCT)

86 Posted by: Insomniac at February 29, 2016 05:53 PM (0mRoj)

Well,you could if you wanted. :^) Don't you have some anonymous funny kid story to share.? If not, I'll share one. My friend was a Mennonite minister. He was doing to childrens' message at the church he served and his little boy who was about four at the time keep tugging on his fathers shirt. Finally, he said "Yes, what is it you want?" and his son said quite loudly, "Daddy, my wee-wee is caught in my zipper."

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at February 29, 2016 05:57 PM (w4NZ8)

87 This makes me happy:

http://bit.ly/1UuZC9t

Posted by: alexthechick - Team Two Spaces at February 29, 2016 05:57 PM (IrByp)

88 In two days, the baby girl we have adopted will turn one. She brings us tremendous joy. She came into our lives when she was only 12 hours old. The past year has been truly incredible.

Posted by: Throat Wobbler Mangrove at February 29, 2016 05:57 PM (S8W0R)

89 Work is super busy, but I really love my job. I'm grateful to God for placing me in a field that matches my skills and interests so well. And that also pays well. I am thankful for being employed, too.

Posted by: chique d'afrique at February 29, 2016 05:57 PM (mBYZv)

90 Bad news is, we are supposed to get 3 to 5 inches of snow tonight. (no biggy, just tired of snow)
The good news is, the Goldfinches that come to my feeders are starting to turn yellow. Spring is almost here!!

Posted by: Bruce at February 29, 2016 05:58 PM (8ikIW)

91
I played with my butch neighbor's puppy for a few minutes on the way to the grocery store.

While at the grocery store, I saw a young dad with his two very giggly little girls: kid's laughter is my favorite sound in the whole wide world.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at February 29, 2016 05:58 PM (LUgeY)

92 The Rock is a great guy, and pretty conservative.

Posted by: maddogg, now certified infrequently vile at February 29, 2016 05:58 PM (xWW96)

93

HOW AWESOME FEN!

I cannot be unhappy when I play with my dogs. Impossible. They are love dispensers.

I got to watch my daughter go to winter formal and that made me happy

the fact that she and her friends love to hang out makes me happy

I am happy my husband has a great job doing something he loves. I am glad he is safe and back in the US for now

It makes me happy to hear the birds sing in the back yard in the early early mornings

Posted by: ThunderB at February 29, 2016 05:58 PM (zOTsN)

94 Charles Spurgeon's Morning and Evening is my devotional go-to. Always good, and easily available in online versions.

Posted by: Stu-22 at February 29, 2016 05:56 PM (RMOpc)


Thanks. I'll check it out.

Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 29, 2016 05:58 PM (FsuaD)

95 Well, in these parts the Royals won the WS, and KU is now ranked #1 in college bb, so that makes a lot of people happy. At least around here...
Posted by: HH at February 29, 2016 05:53 PM (DrCtv)


I live in metro KC, but I'm a Broncos fan, so I'm Super happy!

Posted by: filbert at February 29, 2016 05:58 PM (s5o+q)

96 >> And somebody please flog the poster at #16 for blowing out
>> the margins.
>> Thanks.
>> Posted by: Insomniac at February 29, 2016 05:54 PM

Happy to.

/* Twwwweeeeeeeeeeet */
Unsportsmoron conduct. 15 turns in the barrel. Loss of down.

Oops. You said flog. Sorry.

Posted by: Duncanthrax the Bellicose at February 29, 2016 05:59 PM (ml1PM)

97 >>Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson: huge gentleman.

He seems like a good guy.
And he makes 'ettes happy....

http://www.gofugyourself.com/your-afternoon-man-dwayne-the-rock-johnson-02-2016

Posted by: Lizzy at February 29, 2016 05:59 PM (NOIQH)

98 85-- Miss my Dad. Had some good memories the other day, going through some of his old tools.

Posted by: kraken at February 29, 2016 05:59 PM (sdxPm)

99 So, will I have to edit the whole "what is good in life" soliloquy for this thread?

Posted by: Conan, now with less barbarity at February 29, 2016 05:59 PM (NQmg1)

100 Curious what is it that MLB is doing.

The main things are the removal of the low strike (probably be ignored by pitchers), the change in slide rules to try to protect players from injury because after 100+ years of baseball suddenly everyone is made of glass, and the timeouts rule. Plus, rumors they want to force the DH on the National League.

Baseball is a summer sport and its supposed to move along gently, not explosively and fast. If they want the game faster, they should enforce existing rules about time between pitches, leaving the batter's box, high strikes, and get rid of that @$(*@&$(@# instant replay rule.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at February 29, 2016 05:59 PM (39g3+)

101 Oooh....I have blue birds nesting in the box in the back yard!

And the two owlets have hatched.

Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 29, 2016 05:59 PM (FsuaD)

102 Posted by: wisenheimer at February 29, 2016 05:57 PM (qnhj2)

No really. I'm just hanging onto the coattails of the great CBD :^). And thanks, Ace, for approving it.

Maybe it can become a regular thing.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at February 29, 2016 05:59 PM (w4NZ8)

103 My kids make me happy. My big guy may finally graduate this year, le cuidiú Dé. My middle guy is doing great in school, and I'm looking forward to watching him dance for St. Patrick's Day. My baby did great on the PSAT, and the college spam is coming in daily. My dh has a job that puts more than enough food on the table. My mum has her health. I'm finally progressing in my Irish language studies. Upon reflection, life is good.

Posted by: VKI at February 29, 2016 05:59 PM (qySNZ)

104 Great idea getting folks to focus on happiness.

Happiness is a direction, not a place ( a quote I have on my desk)

If you take the time to think about how blessed you are it can be like that children's book "if you give a mouse a cookie". I"m grateful and happy to have a roof over my head, my health, a good marriage, great kids, nice friends. Electricity, clean water, red wine, my sight and books to read, my siblings ...

Thanks for the reminder of all the things that make me happy!!

Posted by: Hybrid workplace jihad at February 29, 2016 05:59 PM (09DZ1)

105 Being the first person on a chairlift the morning after a foot of snow has fallen on the mountain overnight....bliss!!

Posted by: Monsieur Moo Moo at February 29, 2016 05:59 PM (0LHZx)

106 ^92
Anytime I see a daddy with little girls, and he's obviously besotted with them, that makes me happy. Little girls should have daddies that love them. My daddy loved me, and he was awesome. That makes me happy.

Posted by: Becky at February 29, 2016 06:00 PM (kj0P/)

107 Good thread Fen. I love Prager's take on happiness and used to love his "Happiness Hour" when I could listen.

Like his premise that happy people tend to not start wars too.

Facebook has a lot of crud but also you see some nice sentiments. One recent one said: "You are given a life, it's up to you how good it is" or close to that.

Prager says happiness is a choice and I like that too.

Posted by: Meremortal at February 29, 2016 06:00 PM (3myMJ)

108 I'm also very happy for the website, I really need it now.

Posted by: Skip at February 29, 2016 06:00 PM (fizMZ)

109 Hi Fenelon. Ya know, I've always thought of you as the AoS site chaplain. I always cheer up when I remember that I'm just not all that important, in the big picture. My ideas, my opinions, my doings. In the last analysis, they're just mine. I'm lucky to have a few people in my life who will patiently listen to my blather. Thanks for this post, chaplain.
Posted by: kraken at February 29, 2016 05:53 PM (sdxPm)


I nominate Fenlon for the vacant post of Vicar Of Spades.

(Because "vicar" just sounds cooler than most of the alternatives.)

Posted by: filbert at February 29, 2016 06:00 PM (s5o+q)

110 Here's one called Cabin Porn. Totally safe for anyone, guaranteed to make you wish you owned at least one of these to escape to.

http://tinyurl.com/cdx85kl

Posted by: dartist at February 29, 2016 06:00 PM (Nr1E9)

111

Sooo, Fenelon "F-Bomb" Spoke is a cob now, huh?

Congo rats and Ulations.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at February 29, 2016 06:00 PM (LUgeY)

112 82 I was happy I could drive to work this morning with the sunroof open. In February. In Boston.
Posted by: tu3031 at February 29, 2016 05:57 PM (YFFpo)

Word. Esp. since my snowblower was stolen from the garage and I've got broken ribs. I am grateful. Last year was Insane.

Posted by: plum at February 29, 2016 06:01 PM (h+OMg)

113 I second the recommendation of Spurgeon's Morning and Evening. Great stuff that was such a blessing. I think I'll fire that up again as soon as I finish the Psalms commentary I'm reading.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at February 29, 2016 06:01 PM (39g3+)

114 Mornings.

Sitting outside at night in the summertime looking at the stars when it finally cools down from the day.

When you get that one rifle sighted-in so perfectly that it's like it's reading your mind.


Oh, and alcohol.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at February 29, 2016 06:01 PM (LA7Cm)

115 Despite my melancholic and grim nature, I think this is a great idea.

Posted by: Insomniac at February 29, 2016 06:01 PM (0mRoj)

116 Had a great bike ride today, perfect weather in Tucson. Good looking women out biking, jogging and walking. Shot my 54 caliber black powder rifle earlier today, that always makes me smile. Black powder is a GOOD thing. Cleaning it with a beer on the work bench makes it an easy task.

Posted by: jasonj at February 29, 2016 06:01 PM (hAI2W)

117 >>> Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson: huge gentleman.
Posted by: Christopher Taylor at February 29, 2016 05:55 PM (39g3+)

Little acts of kindness can be lifesavers. That reminds me of the story of how Robert Downey Jr helped a woman's grandmother. It is easy to forget but some celebs really are decent people, or grew into becoming one.

http://www.rd.com/true-stories/inspiring/robert-downey-jr-saved-grandma/

Posted by: LizLem at February 29, 2016 06:01 PM (hvf9s)

118 I know its wrong but that Time reporter getting choked and body slammed by the Secret Service guy at the Trump rally made me happy.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at February 29, 2016 06:02 PM (39g3+)

119 Unsportsmoron conduct. 15 turns in the barrel. Loss of down.

Oops. You said flog. Sorry.
Posted by: Duncanthrax the Bellicose at February 29, 2016 05:59 PM (ml1PM)

I'll take what I can get.

Posted by: Insomniac at February 29, 2016 06:02 PM (0mRoj)

120 Posted by: Christopher Taylor at February 29, 2016 05:59 PM (39g3+)

There is something about a well-played game that is timeless. Explosions of movement, then lassitude...then relaxed athleticism....all without a clock.

It's grand.

[can you tell I love baseball and that it makes me happy?]

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 29, 2016 06:02 PM (Zu3d9)

121 I have a dog who will race to my feet when I get home, so he can joy-twitch on the ground there.

Posted by: ReactionaryMonster browsing Bravely at February 29, 2016 06:02 PM (uURQL)

122 *looks around innocently*

Oh, AtC. You were mentioned in the first Pet Thread. Something something your love of certain...eight legged things.

*whistles*

*leaves*

*looks forward to her response*

Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 29, 2016 06:03 PM (FsuaD)

123 So, will I have to edit the whole "what is good in life" soliloquy for this thread?

Posted by: Conan, now with less barbarity at February 29, 2016 05:59 PM (NQmg1)


You had better edit it, you Amy Schumer of my "What is Best in Life" skit.

Posted by: Zombie Genghis Khan at February 29, 2016 06:03 PM (zc3Db)

124 Also, if MKH can be purposefully happy, so can I.

Posted by: plum at February 29, 2016 06:03 PM (h+OMg)

125 Our golden retriever makes us happy. He's a quirky funny dog who is gentle with the aforementioned one year old.

Posted by: Throat Wobbler Mangrove at February 29, 2016 06:03 PM (S8W0R)

126 Sitting on the deck on a summer's evening drinking a beer watching the sun go down.

Posted by: Monsieur Moo Moo at February 29, 2016 06:03 PM (0LHZx)

127 The basset/corgi puppy we got two weeks ago is now 12 weeks old and almost as big as our two year old corgi.

Posted by: Pappy O'Daniel at February 29, 2016 06:04 PM (oVJmc)

128 The youtube video of the Queen of England telling Baroque to "stand down" during a toast always makes me smile.

Wine on Friday's makes me happy.

Not having a 3am cough today made me happy (I don't ask for much).

Snow in yard for two solid months made me happy (weird, I know, for a Southern girl).

Thanks, Fenelon. xoxo

Posted by: ChristyBlinky, aging supermodel Redneck Queen at February 29, 2016 06:04 PM (wAMRL)

129 88
In two days, the baby girl we have adopted will turn one. She brings us
tremendous joy. She came into our lives when she was only 12 hours
old. The past year has been truly incredible.

Posted by: Throat Wobbler Mangrove at February 29, 2016 05:57 PM (S8W0R)
Happy birthday to your little one!! Love adoption stories - always wished ours had worked out but take great joy in reading these stories.

Posted by: IC at February 29, 2016 06:04 PM (a0IVu)

130 Little acts of kindness can be lifesavers. That reminds me of the story of how Robert Downey Jr helped a woman's grandmother. It is easy to forget but some celebs really are decent people, or grew into becoming one.

http://www.rd.com/true-stories/inspiring/robert-downey-jr-saved-grandma/
Posted by: LizLem at February 29, 2016 06:01 PM (hvf9s)


I've always thought those Christmastime stories of somebody in line paying somebody else's cart full of groceries or Christmas presents to be just the coolest things.

I've talked with my wife about it . . . one of these days we'll do it to somebody who looks like they'd need it (and try hard to get away before we get noticed--that's not why we'd do it).

Posted by: filbert at February 29, 2016 06:04 PM (s5o+q)

131 ATC at a protest, recently

http://tinyurl.com/glkewyd

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at February 29, 2016 06:05 PM (39g3+)

132 Yes, congrats on the promo, FS.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at February 29, 2016 06:05 PM (LA7Cm)

133 Yo!

Posted by: Yo! at February 29, 2016 06:05 PM (GwIKd)

134 OT, a little, but we went to see "Risen" last night. I'm not overly Christian, but I have to say it was very good. I went away from it feeling a lot better than when I went in. Gave me a perspective adjustment.

Posted by: kraken at February 29, 2016 06:05 PM (sdxPm)

135 my oldest is recovering from his disasterous freshman year and is maturing and doing well

my daughter, always a wonderful student, is even more kind

and I found a terrific place for my autistic kid to learn how to be independent after high school


all things that worry me are going well, and that makes more more content

Posted by: ThunderB at February 29, 2016 06:05 PM (zOTsN)

136 Ohhhh! What a wonderful idea for a thread! I wish I could stay and listen to all the happy tales, but I have to get to my daughter's house before the snowstorm hits. I'll be spending the night, so - out of touch. I'll be sure to read this thread when I get a chance. Thanks Fenelon!

Posted by: grammie winger, watching the fig tree at February 29, 2016 06:06 PM (dFi94)

137 I'm happy about my family.

Happy about my surroundings (mountains, rivers, animals).

Happy to be using my musical ability to touch others.

Happy about the slow roll of four distinct seasons in my location.

Happy that a 30-year retirement plan worked out in 25.

Happy and lucky that I learned about the incredible power of written goals and positive mental programming.

Posted by: Meremortal at February 29, 2016 06:06 PM (3myMJ)

138 Our golden retriever makes us happy. He's a quirky funny dog who is gentle with the aforementioned one year old.
Posted by: Throat Wobbler Mangrove at February 29, 2016 06:03 PM (S8W0R)


I've never met a golden that wasn't the biggest, happiest, most lovable lummox you could possibly imagine.

Absolutely great breed. Lots of hair, though.

Posted by: filbert at February 29, 2016 06:06 PM (s5o+q)

139 Screw all you happy people! I hate this thread!

jk

Very nice post idea, Fen.

Posted by: L, Elle at February 29, 2016 06:06 PM (2x3L+)

140 In two days, the baby girl we have adopted will turn one. She brings us tremendous joy.

God bless you, and your love for a child in need.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at February 29, 2016 06:06 PM (39g3+)

141 Teh Horde maka me da happy. And the ONT pickles what remaining sanity to which I might make valid claim thereof.

Putting a whole box of fifty rounds of .38 into the "X" ring of a B-27 target at seven yards, fired double action, of course. No dropped rounds, no flyers. Just one ragged 1" hole.

Cooking the perfect sirloin, dead-on medium rare. (sorry, Chemjeff!) And of course, subsequently devouring said steak.

Newcastle Ale. Jim Beam Bourbon, poured neat.

Good music played on a very high-quality stereo.

Engrossing books.

The results of my workmanship here at the house. I could put this place in a Martha Stewart magazine, insofar as build quality, fit and finish.

This afternoon's weather. On the porch with a Newcastle and a fine cigar. Sublime.

My cats.

My ladyfriend.

My Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus.

And not the least.

Fenlon's contributions and presence, gracing us here in this house of somewhat questionable repute.



Jim
Sunk New Dawn
Galveston, TX

Posted by: Jim at February 29, 2016 06:06 PM (McRlu)

142 I wish I were out hiking right now - nothing makes me happier than how i feel after 10-15 miles in the mountains, desert, or outback just walking and climbing. What a beautiful feeling I get. For me, a born-again Christian, it's as close as I get to feeling God.

Posted by: SoCalMike at February 29, 2016 06:07 PM (1mIjs)

143 I mentioned in the previous thread that my son dropped by on his way to lead the Pledge at a Concerned Veterans for America dinner.

The second year he's been asked.

So proud of him, plus the work he's doing with vets on his campus.

Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 29, 2016 06:07 PM (FsuaD)

144 Oh oh oh before I go - BASEBALL !

Posted by: grammie winger, watching the fig tree at February 29, 2016 06:07 PM (dFi94)

145 The stray cat in the backyard rubbing against my feet when I walk past.

Posted by: ArthurK at February 29, 2016 06:07 PM (h53OH)

146 My "happy time" is in November for our annual trip to Key West...but until then I maintain a "beach" kinda mind...so gonna grab some of that at the end of March on the west coast of FL....gearing up for my summer beach time here in RI...I'm a lucky girl...

Posted by: KWDreaming at February 29, 2016 06:07 PM (vvQF4)

147 No politics in this thread, right? Good, that makes me happy.

Posted by: Duke Lowell at February 29, 2016 06:07 PM (kTF2Z)

148 and I found a terrific place for my autistic kid to learn how to be independent after high school




Posted by: ThunderB at February 29, 2016 06:05 PM (zOTsN)

ThunderB: Where is the place at, if your don't mind me asking? I'm always on the lookout for places for my kid as well (she has many years to go before that stage but I am a planner).

Posted by: IC at February 29, 2016 06:08 PM (a0IVu)

149 watching my kids succeed
building things with my hands
working outside in the garden
waking up next to my wife
travelling alone for a few days
playing music with my buddies
working with spreadsheets
etc

Posted by: Feh at February 29, 2016 06:08 PM (6PqG0)

150 @106...amen. I had a great and wonderful Daddy who adored me. Thought I was a riot, even when he was mad at me (well, most of the time).

Having a Daddy who loves you, I am finding out through others, is a big deal. It also helps you choose a mate wisely (or, worked for me).

Daddy's who love babies are a huge thing to women. I have told you single dudes, don't take the dog for a walk, take your niece or nephew to meet singles. ha.

Posted by: ChristyBlinky, aging supermodel Redneck Queen at February 29, 2016 06:08 PM (wAMRL)

151 wish I were out hiking right now - nothing makes me happier than how i feel after 10-15 miles in the mountains, desert, or outback just walking and climbing. What a beautiful feeling I get. For me, a born-again Christian, it's as close as I get to feeling God.

I know exactly what you mean. Its like going home to hike up into the wilderness areas in Oregon and camp. If I became a massive best seller, I'd buy a cabin in the mountains by a lake and just write there all year long.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at February 29, 2016 06:08 PM (39g3+)

152 >>Our golden retriever makes us happy.

I get to work out of the house when I am not on the road and my Golden is my office mate. He constantly makes me smile.

Had to take him in for some blood tests today so in addition to the happiness part I will be sweating it out until I get the results.

Posted by: JackStraw at February 29, 2016 06:08 PM (/tuJf)

153 Ever hear the story about Edward G. Robinson?

During WWII, he went to the U.S.O. and invited several soldiers (or was it sailors) to his home. They swam in his pool and ate a nice dinner and slept in his guest rooms. They awoke to a great breakfast. They tried to thank him and he remained gracious and thankful for their service.


Posted by: Grampa Jimbo at February 29, 2016 06:08 PM (1ijHg)

154 It's getting dark and i need to get veggie scraps to the compost and I don't stop reading I'll be not happy.

Posted by: Skip at February 29, 2016 06:09 PM (fizMZ)

155 127 The basset/corgi puppy we got two weeks ago is now 12 weeks old and almost as big as our two year old corgi.
Posted by: Pappy O'Daniel at February 29, 2016 06:04 PM (oVJmc)

CORGIS!!! BASSETS!!! Dude, YOU MUST SUBMIT (photos) TO THE PET THREAD!!!

Posted by: plum at February 29, 2016 06:09 PM (h+OMg)

156 143- Jane- Sounds like you have a real good kid, there.

Posted by: kraken at February 29, 2016 06:09 PM (sdxPm)

157 A glass of beer with a garlic-stuffed olive makes me happy, especially when it's followed by another.

Shooting steel plates makes me happy.

Fixing something, especially when you thought it was beyond your scope, or if it saves you bunch of money makes me happy. More so if it was for someone else.

Posted by: chiefjaybob at February 29, 2016 06:09 PM (cgH9o)

158 No politics in this thread, right? Good, that makes me happy.
Posted by: Duke Lowell at February 29, 2016 06:07 PM (kTF2Z)


Here, here!

Posted by: filbert at February 29, 2016 06:09 PM (s5o+q)

159 "you tell I love baseball and that it makes me happy?"

Just a little. Haha. I love baseball too. If you've never done it, spring training is a lot of fun.

Have I told my story about meeting Jon Daniels in Surprise?

We were at the game with our then 3 children. It was day 3 of our trip and we were getting pretty ragged from so much baseball.

The kids needed something so I took the whole crew to go to the bathroom. I'm wrangling kids and my then 3 year old crashed into someone.

"Oh, sorry!" I exclaimed. I didn't even really look up.

"It's ok, you've got your hands full" he said

Then I did look up and realized who I was talking to and desperately searched for a snappy comeback.

Unsuccessfully.

"Haha, yeah" I said and walked away.

That lame conversation still made my husband jealous of me though. Teach him to send me off alone with the kids!

Posted by: Lauren at February 29, 2016 06:10 PM (rrG3v)

160 F-bombs make me happy.

Posted by: eleven at February 29, 2016 06:10 PM (qUNWi)

161 In two days, the baby girl we have adopted will turn one. She brings us tremendous joy. She came into our lives when she was only 12 hours old. The past year has been truly incredible.
Posted by: Throat Wobbler Mangrove at February 29, 2016 05:57 PM (S8W0R)


beautiful

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at February 29, 2016 06:10 PM (qCMvj)

162 Posted by: filbert at February 29, 2016 05:58 PM (s5o+q)

A Broncos fan in KC? Man, that must be like an undercover agent or something.

Posted by: HH at February 29, 2016 06:10 PM (DrCtv)

163 Bourbon. Bourbon makes me happy.
Oh, and bacon. Bacon too.

Posted by: Our Country Is Screwed at February 29, 2016 06:10 PM (jxbfJ)

164 I'd like to buy the world a coke
And keep it company

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at February 29, 2016 06:10 PM (8ZskC)

165 Posted by: Jim at February 29, 2016 06:06 PM (McRlu)

It's interesting how the pleasure of a job well done with one's hands can be completely out of proportion to the utility of the work.

Small repairs done well are, to me, an immense pleasure.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 29, 2016 06:11 PM (Zu3d9)

166 FenelonSpoke, this thread is a breath of fresh air. Thank you.

I've been wanting to express to you how much I appreciated the quote you shared a couple of weeks ago from The Seeking Heart. It could not have come at a better time.

Posted by: fly gal at February 29, 2016 06:11 PM (8TdcF)

167

sorry, shallow, but watching Downton Abbey with my husband and daughter every Sunday. So nice

Posted by: ThunderB at February 29, 2016 06:11 PM (zOTsN)

168 I just got back from a writing retreat where I had four days to do nothing but write. It was the first writing I've done in a year.

And the words came. I was having so much fun and was so grateful.

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards at February 29, 2016 06:11 PM (hR1Jj)

169 My next-door neighbor commissioned me to do some yard-work. I completed it today and left him a voice-mail. He called me to say he would be right over to pay me at my door.

I didn't even have to put on my shoes.

I am very, very happy.


Posted by: Grampa Jimbo at February 29, 2016 06:11 PM (1ijHg)

170 Yo!




That always makes me happy.

Posted by: Yo! at February 29, 2016 06:11 PM (GwIKd)

171 There's a chance, a small chance, that'll I'll be struck dead by a meteor before Hillary takes office.

#Going off topic is fine to tell a nice story with a sweet ending, or just something pleasant.

Posted by: ERA at February 29, 2016 06:12 PM (k47e3)

172 My wife, kids and grandkids make me happy. The rest of my happiness pales in comparison.

Posted by: Hank at February 29, 2016 06:12 PM (xVYeR)

173
I went to eat at my Mother's and StepFather's home last night...My Moms made one of my favorite meals...


She sent me home with leftovers for about three or four more meals.....mmmmmmmmmmmmm


Stay safe good people...


*runs to kitchen to warm up some leftovers*

Posted by: Some Guy in Wisconsin at February 29, 2016 06:12 PM (Qj6zv)

174 "watching my kids succeed"

Daughter has started a business. Some old guys (landlords at her new office) asked her what her inspiration was.

She said, "My Dad."

*Chest puffed up*

Posted by: Meremortal at February 29, 2016 06:12 PM (3myMJ)

175 157
143- Jane- Sounds like you have a real good kid, there.

Posted by: kraken at February 29, 2016 06:09 PM (sdxPm)


Thanks. My one piece of advice to parents? Don't be your child's Best Friend. Save that for when they're grown and have not f*cked their lives up.

I became immune to hearing, "I HATE YOU!" when he was young. Too bad, Sport. I'm not your pal.

The reward is you and your spouse becoming two of your kid's best friends later.

Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 29, 2016 06:12 PM (FsuaD)

176 Of course, the Royals winning the World Series and more baseball on the way. Bacon! Plus I got to babysit two sweet little grandkids this weekend. Snuggles in the morning are so worth it.

Posted by: just a deb at February 29, 2016 06:12 PM (aVNi6)

177 every spring i let my neighbor's flock of sheep graze the pastures.

the funniest thing is all the youngsters hang together.
i'll look and find them lying under the almond tree in a clump.
just like real kids.

the adults, (rams/ewes) just roam, munching grass.

plus the first wild turkey of 2016 came down off the hill today. just one, but soon there'll be more.

Posted by: concrete girl at February 29, 2016 06:12 PM (0KgAM)

178 My Great Dane puppy is the source of all my happiness since I got her. She is the absolute love of my life. Even when she is being a giant pain in the neck, she winds up making me happy bc I always win with her.

Posted by: L, Elle at February 29, 2016 06:12 PM (2x3L+)

179
I could be happy with one of those Shelby Cobras just in case you guys wanna chip in and get me one. Or an old classic beat up truck like this:

http://tinyurl.com/jppd4qt

Posted by: Guy Mohawk at February 29, 2016 06:12 PM (ODxAs)

180 FenelonSpoke is a chick?



But no stick, right?

Posted by: Dr Spank at February 29, 2016 06:13 PM (0vdts)

181 Little acts of kindness can be lifesavers. That reminds me of the story of how Robert Downey Jr helped a woman's grandmother. It is easy to forget but some celebs really are decent people, or grew into becoming one.

http://www.rd.com/true-stories/inspiring/robert-downey-jr-saved-grandma/
Posted by: LizLem at February 29, 2016 06:01 PM (hvf9s)



Wow. Especially since that happened right during the time that he was spiraling down the drug addiction hole.

I'm happy that RDJ is now off my dead pool list. If you'd told me in the early 2000's that he would be one of the biggest action stars on the planet, to say nothing of alive, by the end of the decade, I would have laughed in your face.

Posted by: alexthechick - Team Two Spaces at February 29, 2016 06:13 PM (IrByp)

182 I got my first new super wazoo 3D boob-a-gram back and it was negative..I'm high-risk so that made me happy.

Posted by: Jeanne del norte at February 29, 2016 06:13 PM (Yt+zw)

183 I'm happy I get to go to Spring Training next week, and sit in the Arizona sun.

Posted by: Chicagolurker at February 29, 2016 06:13 PM (X4zfU)

184 also

the story CAC posted of the miracle of his son. made me very very happy. Everytime he posts a picture of his baby boy on twitter, I remember that story

Posted by: ThunderB at February 29, 2016 06:13 PM (zOTsN)

185 Jesus makes me happy, and my church and family, and spring of course, but I gotta say I loved the Pollini recording of Beethoven's Sonata 24 I heard on the radio this AM.

Posted by: Caliban at February 29, 2016 06:13 PM (3GFMN)

186 A Broncos fan in KC? Man, that must be like an undercover agent or something.
Posted by: HH at February 29, 2016 06:10 PM (DrCtv)


It has its moments. Usually during training camp when the annual "this is the year the Chiefs are gonna win it all!" mantra arises from the radio talk shows. I always find that utterly hilarious.

Fortunately, I'm also a Royals fan and occasionally a Jayhawks fan, so I survive. (I'm not a native, it should be said.)

Posted by: filbert at February 29, 2016 06:13 PM (s5o+q)

187 !

Posted by: Marcel Marceau at February 29, 2016 06:14 PM (8ZskC)

188 Listening to my liberal friends tell me how much they hate Obamacare after they voted for it! Fabulous entertainment!

Posted by: Anti-Hill at February 29, 2016 06:14 PM (3aBcq)

189 Having a Daddy who loves you, I am finding out through others, is a big deal. It also helps you choose a mate wisely (or, worked for me).
Queen at February 29, 2016 06:08 PM (wAMRL)

____

A friend of mine who is a shrink told me this shortly after my daughter was born.....everything you do as a father is what your daughter will look for in a boyfriend/husband. So you as a father have the power to essentially pick your daughter's future husband. Act like an asshole and she'll marry and asshole, act like a good person and she'll marry a good person. And that has always stuck with me and I consciously think of that on a day to day basis when interacting with her. And it's not just what you do directly with the daughter, it also matters who you treat her mom since it all gets internalized by the daughter.

Posted by: Monsieur Moo Moo at February 29, 2016 06:14 PM (0LHZx)

190 The HQ really makes me happy. Most of the time. So do the podcasts.

Posted by: chique d'afrique at February 29, 2016 06:14 PM (g6yUI)

191 Or an old classic beat up truck like this

I want a 53 chevy 5-window pickup restomod. That would perk me right up. Stock outside, modern inside.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at February 29, 2016 06:14 PM (39g3+)

192 ThunderB,

Check out Poldark if you haven't already.

Posted by: Lauren at February 29, 2016 06:14 PM (8SiRT)

193 This blog makes me happy and never fails to make me laugh, even when we are not on the happy thread. It is like siblings, sort of. My late brother and I used to fight one minute and laugh the next. I miss him. My other brother is pretty great and funny, too. But no one "got me" like M.

I am a lucky aging supermodel, to have been surrounded, all my life, with great men in family and humor. Lots of laughter. Best medicine (which reminds me, ugh, I am supposed to be napping. ha).

Posted by: ChristyBlinky, aging supermodel Redneck Queen at February 29, 2016 06:14 PM (wAMRL)

194 Some of what has made me happy recently has happened on trips to the store. If you pay attention- believe it or not-you can find things to make you laugh and smile there. Yesterday it was a mother with a couple of kids. The kids were all trying on these winter hats that look like animals and they were all laughing at each other; It was cute.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at February 29, 2016 06:15 PM (w4NZ8)

195 >>> I've been wanting to express to you how much I appreciated the quote you shared a couple of weeks ago from The Seeking Heart. It could not have come at a better time.
Posted by: fly gal at February 29, 2016 06:11 PM (8TdcF)

Ooh what quote was it?

Posted by: LizLem at February 29, 2016 06:15 PM (hvf9s)

196 I am happy, the washer arrives tomorrow. My neighbors will be happy to see me in different clean clothes. The Fed will be happy I cracked the Jack Benny Memorial Wallet to buy the washer.
Still, money cannot buy happiness. Attitude can.

Posted by: Man from Wazzustan at February 29, 2016 06:15 PM (FtrY1)

197 Chocolate makes me happy.

Posted by: Dr Spank at February 29, 2016 06:15 PM (0vdts)

198 Things were going so well

Posted by: dartist at February 29, 2016 06:15 PM (Nr1E9)

199
I enjoy hearing the barrel burp.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at February 29, 2016 06:16 PM (LUgeY)

200 >>>> CORGIS!!! BASSETS!!! Dude, YOU MUST SUBMIT (photos) TO THE PET THREAD!!!
Posted by: plum at February 29, 2016 06:09 PM (h+OMg)
-----
plum, Pappy did. Check the comments on the first pet thread for a link to a pic. The most adorable puppy after my own.

Posted by: L, Elle at February 29, 2016 06:16 PM (2x3L+)

201 Happiness is watching Paladin slinking off to the barrel....

Posted by: kraken at February 29, 2016 06:16 PM (sdxPm)

202 My sweet daddy passed away in August of last year. A few days after he died, in my grief, I went out on my back deck and cried out to him. I told him that I loved him and I missed him. All of a sudden, I felt myself wrapped in what I can only describe as a blanket of love. I suddenly realized that my dadd was still wth me and always will be.

Posted by: jmel at February 29, 2016 06:16 PM (15vyA)

203 Posted by: Paladin (Moderately Nefarious) at February 29, 2016 06:14 PM (LtaK3)

You know what makes the Barrel happy?

Yeah. Hop in.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at February 29, 2016 06:16 PM (8ZskC)

204 The Barrel is about to be happy.

Posted by: WhatWhatWhat? at February 29, 2016 06:16 PM (HMt16)

205 everything you do as a father is what your daughter will look for in a boyfriend/husband.

The way I understand it is that mom teaches a girl how to be a woman, and a dad teaches her what to expect and demand from a man. And not what you say so much as how you act toward mom, your daughter, and other women around you.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at February 29, 2016 06:16 PM (39g3+)

206 Looks like a new nic hit the barrel early up thread Bless your heart. This blog is run by hamsters on a wee treadmill.

Posted by: ChristyBlinky, aging supermodel Redneck Queen at February 29, 2016 06:16 PM (wAMRL)

207 Happy that someone else is going to The Barrel instead of me.

Posted by: tu3031 at February 29, 2016 06:17 PM (YFFpo)

208 Jihadi work accidents always make me smile

Posted by: Drill_Thrawl at February 29, 2016 06:17 PM (fyrDe)

209 At least he died happy.

Posted by: Lauren at February 29, 2016 06:17 PM (8SiRT)

210 I can only be happy when not thinking about current events.

'Cause "the news" these days (i.e. since 9/11) is pretty much universally depressing.

Bubblegum music, sex in a loving relationship, and kumquats (all simultaneously, or one at a time) make me happy.

Posted by: zombie at February 29, 2016 06:17 PM (jBuUi)

211 Surprise military homecoming vids on Youtube. I cry every single time but they are so lovely.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZB075Jx47Hs

Posted by: LizLem at February 29, 2016 06:17 PM (hvf9s)

212 Daddy's who love babies are a huge thing to women. I have told you single dudes, don't take the dog for a walk, take your niece or nephew to meet singles. ha.
Posted by: ChristyBlinky, aging supermodel Redneck Queen at February 29, 2016 06:08 PM (wAMRL




this is excellent advice


I knew my hubby was the real deal when I saw him with some kids of friends

Posted by: ThunderB at February 29, 2016 06:17 PM (zOTsN)

213 Got to spend Saturday with my two nieces making clothes for their dolls.
It was super giggly girlishness overload, something I'm not used to
(have a son). Also - no legos to step on, yay!

Posted by: Lizzy at February 29, 2016 06:18 PM (NOIQH)

214 Just do not taunt Happy Fun Barrel, paladin.

And for the love of God don't touch anything wet in there.

Posted by: WhatWhatWhat? at February 29, 2016 06:18 PM (HMt16)

215 That's an improvement TVoC. You should be happy about that.

Posted by: Tim in Illinois. Blah, blah,blah... at February 29, 2016 06:18 PM (WVsWD)

216 We're gonna need a bigger barrel.

" My one piece of advice to parents? Don't be your child's Best Friend. Save that for when they're grown and have not f*cked their lives up."

Jane, my daughter is deaf w/o hearing aids and the aids weren't advanced enough until about 10 years ago. (She's late 30's) I had to be tough on her from the start, wanted her to beat it, not be coddled over it since I knew that wouldn't happen in the real world.

When she was 10 I thought she'd never lead a normal life with work and friends.

I have since been thrilled to be completely wrong.

Posted by: Meremortal at February 29, 2016 06:18 PM (3myMJ)

217 Note to self:

Do NOT accept a kumquat from zombie.

Posted by: Lauren at February 29, 2016 06:18 PM (8SiRT)

218 And the lamentations of their women.

That always brings a smile.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at February 29, 2016 06:18 PM (ptqRm)

219 Little things in life make me very happy.
- Making dinner for my family
- The greeting I get from my dogs when I get home each day
- My first glass of wine once I settle in
- Playing video games. Still working away at Skyrim
- Listening to classical music

Posted by: Scott at February 29, 2016 06:18 PM (Bo7uZ)

220 @202...bless you. Yep. You never stop missing them, but think of all the happy memories and how lucky you are!
/said with tears in eyes

This Ace addiction has prevented my nap but am going to recline on fainting couch...

Posted by: ChristyBlinky, aging supermodel Redneck Queen at February 29, 2016 06:18 PM (wAMRL)

221

going back to my happy space, watching a beautiful game I recorded last night

have a nice night all

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at February 29, 2016 06:18 PM (qCMvj)

222 MUMR made me laugh..

Posted by: kraken at February 29, 2016 06:19 PM (sdxPm)

223 The Fed will be happy I cracked the Jack Benny Memorial Wallet to buy the washer.

Did you have to go past the alligator pit and all the chains to get to the money?

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at February 29, 2016 06:19 PM (39g3+)

224 About to get a winter storm here. Watching the snow come down is always a peaceful experience.

Posted by: Duke Lowell at February 29, 2016 06:19 PM (kTF2Z)

225 Hanging out at the lake on a warm summer night is my favorite thing in the world, if there's somebody there to toss the frisbee around with too it's pretty much heaven.

Posted by: All Teh Meh at February 29, 2016 06:19 PM (yos+4)

226 Prager asserts that we're actually obligated to be happy.


Can that be described as a MANDATE to be happy?

Posted by: B.O. at February 29, 2016 06:19 PM (8EJen)

227 I like cheese! Here, an Ode to Cheese:
Cheese, beloved mistress, dominatrix. You bind from within...and yet, I return, again and again. The pleasure, the pain, the joy, the strain! I like cheese.

Posted by: Farmer Bob at February 29, 2016 06:20 PM (sqpGi)

228 Oh Crap....the Barrel for me.

Posted by: Paladin (Moderately Nefarious) at February 29, 2016 06:20 PM (LtaK3)

229 Paladin's eminent death makes me happy.

Posted by: Dr Spank at February 29, 2016 06:20 PM (0vdts)

230 Posted by: Meremortal at February 29, 2016 06:18 PM (3myMJ)

I'm glad you were wrong too!

It must be extraordinarily difficult to be consistent in that situation.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 29, 2016 06:20 PM (Zu3d9)

231 Does the barrel have a basement?

Posted by: Lauren at February 29, 2016 06:20 PM (iweze)

232 Bad cut and paste makes me happy

Posted by: The Barrel at February 29, 2016 06:20 PM (ptqRm)

233 Operation Smile girl sees new smile for the first time:

http://preview.tinyurl.com/hrr6n45

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at February 29, 2016 06:21 PM (w4NZ8)

234
MUMR made me laugh..

As I'm sure he does to all the other inmates at the asylum.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at February 29, 2016 06:21 PM (LUgeY)

235 The trees are bursting into blossom here in n. TX. I love Spring- it's my favorite season.
Spouse got home safely from trip to San Antonio.
Found my voter registration card. (Whew!)
Lunch with the g-kids at elementary school on Wednesday forTexas Public School Week.
Benefitting from praying for my two assigned seminarians this Lent. Hope they are, too...

Fenelon, thank you for this wonderful idea, and thanks,, CBD, for setting this up.

Posted by: Sal at February 29, 2016 06:21 PM (MRX6w)

236 As my mother was dying six years ago, she described seeing "the most beautiful angel" in a corner of her hospital room, and hearing "incredible music."

We were heartbroken to lose her, but knew she would be joining Daddy.

On the very cloudless, sunny day of her funeral, my cousin called to me to point out a double rainbow in the sky above the cemetery. We have the photo of it.

Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 29, 2016 06:21 PM (FsuaD)

237 Uh oh, that borders on self abuse.

Posted by: dartist at February 29, 2016 06:21 PM (Nr1E9)

238 Haydn's string quartets
bad pun contests at dinner
farmer's market mornings
watching Fehtte ride at a canter
frozen Reese's peanut butter cups
giod antique joinery
the dew in the fields evaporating in the first morning sun

Posted by: Feh at February 29, 2016 06:21 PM (6PqG0)

239 What do I have to be happy about?

Posted by: Indoor Cat at February 29, 2016 06:21 PM (O4NI/)

240 The first signs of spring

jigging walleye a calm spring day on the west basin of Erie

Indian summer bow hunt with the sound of combines off in the distance

waking up after a good night's rest

when my son recalls stories from the bible

Listening to Gordon lightfoot and Triumph

Posted by: Cooldawg at February 29, 2016 06:21 PM (sCVDB)

241 My very fine wife makes me happy !!!!!

Posted by: James Douglas at February 29, 2016 06:21 PM (blnJH)

242 Surprise military homecoming vids on Youtube. I cry every single time but they are so lovely

Yeah. Those always get me in the gut. Smoke in the air, or something. Just that unbridled, unfeigned, total joy in seeing daddy or sibling or sweetheart come home. Especially daughter seeing daddy, it just melts my flinty heart.

Don't be your child's Best Friend.

Mom gave me advice on raising kids when I was young and it seemed like I might actually have a family. She said "your first priority is your wife. You are given children to raise, but eventually you have to let the go. Your spouse is forever."

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at February 29, 2016 06:22 PM (39g3+)

243 @216...my former best friend's sister was born deaf, or became deaf shortly after birth due to her mother having Rubella in first trimester. She is in her early 40's now. Taught to lip-read at age 2 or so. Was never treated, by anyone in our little farming community, as if handicapped. Went to college. Married. Raised two children who are in college. She is one of my hero's in life, along with my Daddy, who never, ever, let any hardship get in their way.

Attitude. Please give me some. ha.

Posted by: ChristyBlinky, aging supermodel Redneck Queen at February 29, 2016 06:22 PM (wAMRL)

244 I got nothing, sorry

Posted by: hopedanger at February 29, 2016 06:22 PM (N1Bjg)

245 Thought I was wrong; turned out I wasn't. I'm delighted.

Posted by: LCMS Rulz! at February 29, 2016 06:22 PM (O4NI/)

246 Can that be described as a MANDATE to be happy?
Posted by: B.O. at February 29, 2016 06:19 PM (8EJen)


If you read that way too fast, you can get MANATEE out of it.

That made me happy.

Posted by: filbert at February 29, 2016 06:22 PM (s5o+q)

247 I'm at a conference surrounded by brilliant passionate people who do the same unusual type of medicine I do (save the lives of pregnant women found to have serious heart disease). We cheer the cases where both mom and baby survive.

It makes me happy to have this educational opportunity - and so grateful that there are others with the same passion.

Posted by: Jade Sea at February 29, 2016 06:22 PM (efd85)

248 ThunderB,

Check out Poldark if you haven't already.
Posted by: Lauren



I failed to mention you guys make me happy. My husband travels a lot for work, and sometimes to not the greatest places. When ever my posting numbers get real high (!) its because he is gone. I have a hard time sleeping when he is away and you guys keep me company. I have friends here but I dont think I could bother them any time of day like I do here.

So thank you. Makes the lonely hours not so lonely

Posted by: ThunderB at February 29, 2016 06:23 PM (zOTsN)

249 MH Perry having a shitfit and getting herself kicked off of MSNBC made me very happy!

About the only thing better than that was hearing about the on-the-run palestinian who mysteriously got tossed off the top of his safe house in Bulgaria.

I do admit that these days I've reached the point that I can only findpleasure in the suffering of others.

Posted by: Tom Servo at February 29, 2016 06:23 PM (/jecC)

250 Well, I'm happy to be making dinner for my sweet husband who is on his way home from work.

Later, and thank you Fenelon and CBD for this much-needed thread.

Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 29, 2016 06:23 PM (FsuaD)

251 Love you, Jane. xoxo

Posted by: ChristyBlinky, aging supermodel Redneck Queen at February 29, 2016 06:23 PM (wAMRL)

252 Paladin in the barrel makes me happy.


Posted by: Grampa Jimbo at February 29, 2016 06:23 PM (1ijHg)

253 I got my first new super wazoo 3D boob-a-gram back

Pics or it didn't happen.

Posted by: Insomniac at February 29, 2016 06:23 PM (0mRoj)

254 What do I have to be happy about?
Posted by: Indoor Cat at February 29, 2016 06:21 PM (O4NI/)


Well, let's see . . .

Posted by: Coyote, hiding in the treeline down the road at February 29, 2016 06:23 PM (s5o+q)

255 Today I was happy and the best part was sharing a big Dairy Queen fountain Coke with my 3yr old boy in the sunshine. Those small moments matter. They go by so fast.

Posted by: Abby at February 29, 2016 06:24 PM (8wu51)

256 Young schoolboys IN SC have class to become gentleman and such a nice picture of them too:

http://preview.tinyurl.com/jm8jnlt

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at February 29, 2016 06:24 PM (w4NZ8)

257 Money and power, they make me happy. Money, power and the fact that I'm slowly poisoning that bastard Bill.

*hic*

Posted by: Hillary! 2016 Barking For You at February 29, 2016 06:24 PM (8ZskC)

258 As a long time Prager listener imo he does state it's a mandate. He tells of people who have hardly a reason to be happy but still are. He also states conservatives generally are happier than liberals.

Posted by: Skip at February 29, 2016 06:24 PM (fizMZ)

259 happiness is unforced

and usually only perceivable in retrospect

Posted by: Feh at February 29, 2016 06:24 PM (6PqG0)

260 Apologies if someone has already said this:

Behold how good and pleasant it is
for brothers to dwell together
in unity.

Posted by: Emmie at February 29, 2016 06:24 PM (LBPyR)

261 Paladin: don't cut and paste directly out of Word. All that extra code MS puts invisibly in the document barfs all over the comments here as you can see :/

Its terribly amusing, but probably not what you intend.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at February 29, 2016 06:24 PM (39g3+)

262 Oooh....I have blue birds nesting in the box in the back yard!




Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 29, 2016 05:59 PM (FsuaD)
I've got several boxes...they're trying to find one w/no flying squirrels in it.The next gen Phoebes are building on the gutter downspout outside the kitchen window.

Posted by: BignJames at February 29, 2016 06:24 PM (HtUkt)

263 Jane D'oh is back?

I am happy.


Posted by: Grampa Jimbo at February 29, 2016 06:24 PM (1ijHg)

264 It's a trap!
Posted by: rickb223 at February 29, 2016 05:51 PM (+058L)
==============
Traps make me happy.

Posted by: Admiral Ackbar at February 29, 2016 06:24 PM (O4NI/)

265 More than anything anymore, I get my peace by communing with nature. Whether a serious hike or just a ramble through the woods, getting outdoors, away from civilization for a little bit keeps me sane.

I'm lucky to live in a town with a terrific town park that includes a large old-growth wooded area with trails, so I can at least do that at a moment's notice, if I can't fit in a proper hike.

Get me out in the woods where there are no politics, no DOOM, no sirens and billboards and screaming kids and honking horns and high tension lines and all the other crud that mucks up my brain, and I am a happy WhatWhatWhat.

Just an old conservative hippie, am I.

Posted by: WhatWhatWhat? at February 29, 2016 06:24 PM (HMt16)

266 Planting seeds with my fucking stick (as I am doing today) makes me happy.***


*** Note: A "fucking stick" is not a penis but rather a short pointed stick with an L-shaped handle used to make depressions in the mud into which seeds can be dropped, and is indeed likely to be the origin of our term "fuck." The sound is thought to be onomatopoeic, as the slight suction as the conical point is removed from the mud makes a "fffuck!" sound. I actually use a fucking stick to plant in the springtime. For real.

Posted by: zombie at February 29, 2016 06:24 PM (jBuUi)

267 Seals & Croct -- "Summer Breeze" . Don't really understand, but that's prolly my favorite cheer up song.

Posted by: kraken at February 29, 2016 06:24 PM (sdxPm)

268 >>Does the barrel have a basement?

That made me laugh


Srsly, Paladin - twice in one thread? Heh.

Posted by: Lizzy at February 29, 2016 06:24 PM (NOIQH)

269 37 Why does happiness end with penis?
Posted by: chavez the hugo at February 29, 2016 05:51 PM (ucDmr)

It ends in "piness" which is the quality of "pi." Math makes me happy.

Or at least arithmetic.

Posted by: Miley's Tongue dba Ylva of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy at February 29, 2016 06:25 PM (odjaN)

270

I like manatees.

They taste just like chicken.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at February 29, 2016 06:25 PM (LUgeY)

271 I want a 53 chevy 5-window pickup restomod. That would perk me right up. Stock outside, modern inside.

There are a lot worse ways to spend $40K.

Posted by: Guy Mohawk at February 29, 2016 06:25 PM (ODxAs)

272 251
Love you, Jane. xoxo

Posted by: ChristyBlinky, aging supermodel Redneck Queen at February 29, 2016 06:23 PM (wAMRL)


You, too!

Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 29, 2016 06:25 PM (FsuaD)

273 It must be extraordinarily difficult to be consistent in that situation.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 29, 2016 06:20 PM (Zu3d9)

Yes, of course. Your instinct is to protect them, shelter them rather than ignoring the condition as much as possible, leading them to take things head on. Much, much credit goes to the MereWife as well.

Posted by: Meremortal at February 29, 2016 06:25 PM (3myMJ)

274 Croft, not Croct, fat fingers...

Posted by: kraken at February 29, 2016 06:25 PM (sdxPm)

275 Oh and my daughter met Fredbird yesterday. Totally confused she was, but it was cute.

Posted by: tsrblke (Tablet) at February 29, 2016 06:25 PM (a8eFL)

276 Posted by: Hillary! 2016 Barking For You at February 29, 2016 06:24 PM (8ZskC)

I'm sorry that you have nothing to be happy about, "Hillary". Some people are evidently unable to not post about politics for even one thread. Sigh

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at February 29, 2016 06:26 PM (w4NZ8)

277 Dogs, mountains, autumn seasons and pumpkin cheesecake.

Posted by: Burn It Down at February 29, 2016 06:26 PM (qHgBB)

278 It ends in "piness" which is the quality of "pi." Math makes me happy.

Or at least arithmetic.
Posted by: Miley's Tongue dba Ylva of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy at February 29, 2016 06:25 PM (odjaN)


I thought "piness" was archaic English for a female pine.

Posted by: filbert at February 29, 2016 06:26 PM (s5o+q)

279 Apologies if someone has already said this:

Behold how good and pleasant it is
for brothers to dwell together
in unity.



Nope. You're the very first one to mention brothers living together and stuff.

Posted by: The AoSHQ Comment Quality Control Dept. at February 29, 2016 06:26 PM (8ZskC)

280 Happiness for me:

1. Cuddling up with hubby and/or children at the end of each day.

2. Reading. I'm working my way through the Discworld novels right now and they are hilarious.

3. A steaming cup of coffee always makes even the worst day more bearable.

Posted by: Mandy P. (Not Patinkin), lurking lurker who lurks at February 29, 2016 06:26 PM (KkVB6)

281 The magic power of music. Triumph, for Cooldawg

https://youtu.be/DXZLsMxFXf4

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at February 29, 2016 06:27 PM (39g3+)

282 I liked this joke:

Werner Heisenberg and Erwin Schrödinger were driving down a road.

Heisenberg was at the wheel.

Soon a cop pulled them over. Walking up to the car, he asked Heisenberg, "Do you know how fast you were going?". To which he replied, "No, but I know exactly where I am.". Confused, the cop said, "You were going 100 miles per hour!!". Heisenberg then cried, "Great, now we are lost!!"

Nonplussed, the cop ordered both gentlemen out of the car and proceeded to search it. When he got to the trunk, he opened it. "Did you know you have a dead cat in your trunk?" He asked. Schrödinger replied, "We do now, asshole!"

Posted by: Frankly at February 29, 2016 06:27 PM (bttXU)

283 Talking to my USAF son in Seoul. He's doing well, and loving his IT job. Ghiradelli brownies. Cat stretched out on his back. Warm fire in the wood-burning stove

Posted by: polish pilgrim at February 29, 2016 06:27 PM (YMwXk)

284 Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 29, 2016 06:21 PM (FsuaD)

Very nice accounts; Thanks.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at February 29, 2016 06:27 PM (w4NZ8)

285 My oldest son called me on my birthday last year. In our conversation he said,"Dad, remember you always told us it doesn't matter how many times you get knocked down, only how many times you get up? I remember and think of that a lot." That made my year.

Posted by: Duke Lowell at February 29, 2016 06:28 PM (kTF2Z)

286 Dennis Prager makes my day. Love that guy.

Listen to his broadcast after Rush. The things that guy has made me think about is nothing short of incredible.

To me he is one of the luminaries of the right.

Posted by: thathalfrican at February 29, 2016 06:28 PM (R5HRU)

287 When my cat "talks" to me, she makes a variety of interesting sounds. That makes me smile.

Posted by: Miley's Tongue dba Ylva of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy at February 29, 2016 06:28 PM (odjaN)

288 This weekend my daughter and her 3 year old son were over. My allergies are really bad and we've had a warm snap that causes them to act up. Anyway, Grandson and Nana decided to take a nap (well Nana decided to take a nap). Grandson is watching Paw Patrol on the Ipad. I doze off. I wake up to a very soft, repetitive tapping on my leg and my Grandson making a really loud snoring noise. As I wake up enough to look at him, he quits patting my leg with his foot, makes a loud snoring noise, tilts his head towards the Ipad, looks back at me and shrugs.

I just had to laugh. It was a cute way of making Nana wake up and quit snoring. I did, however, send him to his Mom so I could finish my nap in peace... sort of.

Posted by: Usedtocould at February 29, 2016 06:28 PM (bYwuM)

289 224 About to get a winter storm here. Watching the snow come down is always a peaceful experience.

This one sounds bad. We're supposed to get nearly a foot here in WNY.

And it's going to hit in the afternoon, so the office won't be closed and the commute home should be a real joy. What scares me is, it's windy as all hell today. If it's still windy like this tomorrow with all that snow coming down...(shudder)

Posted by: WhatWhatWhat? at February 29, 2016 06:28 PM (HMt16)

290 >>> And that has always stuck with me and I consciously think of that on a day to day basis when interacting with her. And it's not just what you do directly with the daughter, it also matters who you treat her mom since it all gets internalized by the daughter. Posted by: Monsieur Moo Moo at February 29, 2016 06:14 PM (0LHZx)

I'm glad you do that, that is lovely. I didn't have that growing up, sadly, so I have looked my whole life to other men to show me what a father and husband can be like.

I'm working on a project for one such person. We were talking about it yesterday, and at the very end he smiled and reached up and kind of patted the side of my head lovingly. I almost cried. Such a kind gesture from such a wonderful person.

You can influence people not your kin. I am so grateful for these men in my life and the example they have set for me. It has made all the difference.

Posted by: LizLem at February 29, 2016 06:29 PM (hvf9s)

291 My 88 year old dad and I play country music at a nursing home for an hour on Tuesday mornings. The people there love it and are very gracious and happy to have us come see them and I get to sing for an hour. Easily the best part of my week.

Posted by: huerfano at February 29, 2016 06:29 PM (NSb9d)

292 "Behold how good and pleasant it is
for brothers to dwell together
in unity. "

I give you

https://youtu.be/hzZwQaafhKM

Posted by: Lauren at February 29, 2016 06:29 PM (0C2f1)

293 Watching TWD on demand makes me giddy more than happy.

Posted by: Skip at February 29, 2016 06:29 PM (fizMZ)

294 @212...yep, same here. While dating I saw husband with a nine-month old baby girl and I was sold.

By the way, 6-9 month old babies are the best age. Can't walk and bang into things yet, but lots of smiles.

Speaking of which, my married son and DIL are now talking of babies. Someday, y'all, I will be an aging supermodel grandma!
I am sure it will be all grandsons. But if I get a grand-daughter someday, whoa.

Posted by: ChristyBlinky, aging supermodel Redneck Queen at February 29, 2016 06:29 PM (wAMRL)

295 Recent things that brought me joy:

-UVA beating N Carolina in basketball Saturday...but even more, watching it with Mr. DeVille while eating Virginia Diner peanuts --- which you HAVE to do for UVA/UNC games to avoid a jinx.
Remembering that the two of you have been doing that for 3 decades, starting way back when VaDiner peanuts were a near impossible luxury.. and being grateful that today we can easily afford them.

-Daughter deciding that moving in with her barely-employed, moonbat, artiste boyfriend is not a good idea.

-College baseball season starting!

Posted by: Margarita DeVille at February 29, 2016 06:29 PM (T/5A0)

296
I liked this joke:



That was funny.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at February 29, 2016 06:30 PM (LUgeY)

297 223
Alligators and chains?

Mentally, yes. The dust that was stirred up opening the wallet was the hardest part.

Posted by: Man from Wazzustan at February 29, 2016 06:30 PM (FtrY1)

298 @291. Awesome for bringing happiness and spending time with your Dad!

Posted by: ChristyBlinky, aging supermodel Redneck Queen at February 29, 2016 06:30 PM (wAMRL)

299 Posted by: huerfano at February 29, 2016 06:29 PM (NSb9d)

That's great!. Music is very important to people at nursing homes

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at February 29, 2016 06:30 PM (w4NZ8)

300 Young schoolboys IN SC have class to become gentleman and such a nice picture of them too:

http://preview.tinyurl.com/jm8jnlt

Posted by: FenelonSpoke a



awwww

Posted by: ThunderB at February 29, 2016 06:30 PM (zOTsN)

301 Chicks are coming in any day now. Going to have about 4-6 i think this year.
Ought to be fun, and exciting.
That and free eggs.
Well not entirely free...

Posted by: Jacob's Step Stool at February 29, 2016 06:30 PM (sqs5K)

302 I'm happy at the amount of sh*t that I got away with last night.

Posted by: Chris Rock at February 29, 2016 06:31 PM (O4NI/)

303 what is this "happiness' you speak of?

Posted by: muttering vikings fan at February 29, 2016 06:31 PM (8aOqE)

304 My two daughters and granddaughters.

Going to the range.

Mangoes and soy sauce.

Posted by: Petunia's mental well-being at February 29, 2016 06:31 PM (rlfds)

305 Posted by: Meremortal at February 29, 2016 06:25 PM (3myMJ)

I had a friend in high school who shared a room with his younger brother. He had a party at his house one night and we went up to his room to get some albums (Bootleg Springsteen. We were both fanatics---Don't judge me!).

Anyway, we walked into his room and there was his brother, fast asleep. My friend put an album on and blasted it....

I had spent many hours with him and his brother and had no idea that his brother was deaf!


Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 29, 2016 06:31 PM (Zu3d9)

306 Did any of you morons watch Mercy Street after Downton? I know we are not supposed to be bummed, but I was sad that there were no more of Mercy Street. waaaaaa

Posted by: ChristyBlinky, aging supermodel Redneck Queen at February 29, 2016 06:31 PM (wAMRL)

307 It was 73 degrees F. today. It will be 74 tomorrow. I am happy.


Posted by: Grampa Jimbo at February 29, 2016 06:31 PM (1ijHg)

308 Off demented sock.

Posted by: SMFH at February 29, 2016 06:31 PM (rlfds)

309 I'm sneaking in a comment while I'm at work which makes me smile.

Yesterday I sat behind a mom and her unbelievably adorable son at mass. He had the roundest head and he just smiled and made delightful baby noises.

And I love my doggie and my kitty. They never fail me, even when they (and by they, I mean the kitty) are annoying. Doggie is a 70-lb goofball, and kitty is largely evil, but I love them beyond the telling of it.

And I love the Sunday book thread which is the only other place I have (make) time to comment.

Posted by: Tonestaple at February 29, 2016 06:32 PM (ctOlR)

310 No matter how down and depressed I am, there is always some mug on this site that makes me laugh. Oh, and seeing morons go into the barrel is fun too.

Posted by: washrivergal at February 29, 2016 06:32 PM (CFc5L)

311 polish pilgrim it's kinda silly but wish your son well from a former USAF man you've never met.

Posted by: Skip at February 29, 2016 06:32 PM (fizMZ)

312 Being able to sing in my choirs brings me joy.

Posted by: chique d'afrique at February 29, 2016 06:32 PM (g6yUI)

313 >>Watching TWD on demand makes me giddy more than happy.

I'm ready to drop that show -- it's so depressing.

Posted by: Lizzy at February 29, 2016 06:32 PM (NOIQH)

314 This thread makes me happy.

Great idea, FenelonSpoke!

Posted by: WhatWhatWhat? at February 29, 2016 06:32 PM (HMt16)

315
Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 29, 2016 06:21 PM (FsuaD)

Fantastic.

Posted by: Meremortal at February 29, 2016 06:33 PM (3myMJ)

316 Something not happy but remembering all the great roles he played in films gives me a smile.

George Kennedy, dead at age 91.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at February 29, 2016 06:33 PM (39g3+)

317 No; I don't think happiness is unforced. It can be, of course, but I agree with Prager. I think the more things you are grateful for the more happy you are likely to be.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at February 29, 2016 06:33 PM (w4NZ8)

318 Love you, Jane. xoxo
Posted by: ChristyBlinky, aging supermodel Redneck Queen at February 29, 2016 06:23 PM (wAMRL)

You, too!
Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 29, 2016 06:25 PM (FsuaD)


Watching 'Ettes throw kisses and hugs at each other makes me happy.

Posted by: ReactionaryMonster browsing Bravely at February 29, 2016 06:33 PM (uURQL)

319 I second Fan as AoS chaplain/Vicar o' Spades.

Posted by: chique d'afrique at February 29, 2016 06:33 PM (g6yUI)

320 268
Srsly, Paladin - twice in one thread? Heh.

Posted by: Lizzy at February 29, 2016 06:24 PM (NOIQH)


The Barrel makes Paladin happy, apparently. Hey, different strokes.

Posted by: rickl at February 29, 2016 06:33 PM (sdi6R)

321 I've been looking forward to this one!
Great job, Fen.


A happy aside - I was working out front earlier. Sawhorses, saw, air nailer, paint, blah blah...
I see some kids going door to door down the street. I know they're selling something. They finally reach my driveway, walk up to me, and yep - they're selling something, alright.

Ted Cruz.
A 15 yr old & his two younger brothers out knocking on doors for Ted. There may be hope afterall.

Posted by: Chi at February 29, 2016 06:33 PM (rW4yT)

322 trolls getting the banhammer make me happy

Posted by: muttering vikings fan at February 29, 2016 06:33 PM (8aOqE)

323 I like ferns. Not a potted plant, acres and acres of them, with a few birch trees for added interest. The weather is getting warmer and it makes me happy to think what the woods will look like.

Posted by: fluffy at February 29, 2016 06:34 PM (2hcmo)

324 323 trolls getting the banhammer make me happy

Seconded. That was f'd up.

Posted by: WhatWhatWhat? at February 29, 2016 06:35 PM (HMt16)

325 My happy place is spending a few days hiking thru the Gila Wilderness or the Sangre de Cristo, Magdalena, and the San Mateo mtns, stopping every so often to smell the Ponderosa Pines to see if they smell of vanilla or butterscotch. Using only a map and compass to find my way. I think im homesick,actually.

Posted by: fastfreefall at February 29, 2016 06:35 PM (ihbuz)

326 The purring kitteh in my lap is happy.

Posted by: fluffy at February 29, 2016 06:36 PM (2hcmo)

327 Ted Cruz.
A 15 yr old & his two younger brothers out knocking on doors for Ted. There may be hope afterall.
Posted by: Chi at February 29, 2016 06:33 PM (rW4yT)
-------
Ted's lost?

Posted by: RioBravo at February 29, 2016 06:36 PM (NUqwG)

328 Oh yeah,

Happy that I live in Texas.

Posted by: SMFH at February 29, 2016 06:36 PM (rlfds)

329 Things that make me happy:
Listening to my favorite band
My dog
My quiet time in the morning with my first cup of coffee
Gardening
Visiting my mom
Unexpected visits from friends or family

There's more but that's enough for now. I like the simple things

Posted by: Jewells45 at February 29, 2016 06:36 PM (CNHr1)

330 It's a nice late winter day and I just got back from a long walk with my dogs through some beautiful desert canyons.

Posted by: The Great White Snark at February 29, 2016 06:36 PM (Nwg0u)

331 Many thing make me happy. I'm a happy guy.

Picking up my horn or guitar will do it every time. Doesn't really make my family happy though.

Posted by: freaked at February 29, 2016 06:37 PM (BO/km)

332 #326 - you and I are 'rons of a feather.

Posted by: WhatWhatWhat? at February 29, 2016 06:37 PM (HMt16)

333 I was at a memorial service two weekends ago, 98 year old woman who had a wonderful life and two vey long marriages, one of 37 years, the other of 25. Both happy

So the memorial service was less sad, but more of a remembrance

in the front row sat a little boy, a great grandson, about 6 or 7. As the service went on, he put his arm around his mom who was in her early 40s. He was comforting her.

That made me smile

Posted by: ThunderB at February 29, 2016 06:37 PM (zOTsN)

334 I posted this a few days ago. I thought it was a very touching story. A blind man planted a smell garden for his blind wife, but it was so beautiful he got a lot of visitors:

http://preview.tinyurl.com/hd8sgle

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at February 29, 2016 06:38 PM (w4NZ8)

335 Sad news : George Kennedy(Cool Hand Luke, etc) has passed. He did live to be 91, so there's that.

Posted by: Dr Spank at February 29, 2016 06:38 PM (0vdts)

336 Posted by: freaked at February 29, 2016 06:37 PM (BO/km)

I like AoSHQ because comments like yours make me laugh.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 29, 2016 06:38 PM (Zu3d9)

337 CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 29, 2016 06:31 PM (Zu3d9)

Love that.

Snow flurry just blew in, have to check the radar, everybody try to avoid embarreling.

Posted by: Meremortal at February 29, 2016 06:39 PM (3myMJ)

338 Happiness is a warm blanket... for me to poop on.

Posted by: Triumph the Insult Comic Commenter at February 29, 2016 06:39 PM (H9MG5)

339 53 Christopher Taylor, if you get the chance see the Battered Bastards of Baseball, a documentary about the 1973 Portland Mavericks (Netflicks). breaks my heart what "professional" sports is and has been, becoming...

Posted by: the Butcher at February 29, 2016 06:39 PM (AGJqR)

340 Or how I know that Ace's has become irrelevant.

You think posting about things that make people happy or smile or laugh is irrelevant?! Oooookay then. I mean we cal always go back to bashing each other over our preferred candidate.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at February 29, 2016 06:39 PM (w4NZ8)

341 Wife is visiting family.
I'm all alone.
Made chocolate chip cookies.
Ate them all myself!

Posted by: Diogenes at February 29, 2016 06:39 PM (r65B3)

342 The Precious makes me happy

Posted by: Gollum at February 29, 2016 06:39 PM (8aOqE)

343 Winter is on its last legs here...72 today...that makes me happy.

Posted by: BignJames at February 29, 2016 06:40 PM (HtUkt)

344 George Kennedy -- Cool Hand Luke.

Posted by: eleven at February 29, 2016 06:40 PM (qUNWi)

345 And I LOVE this idea. This needs to happen every day. We can get so jaded and so cynical and sometimes the news is bad, really bad. But there is also still so much good out there.

Posted by: Jewells45 at February 29, 2016 06:40 PM (CNHr1)

346 >>>Note: A "fucking stick" is not a penis but rather a short pointed stick with an L-shaped handle used to make depressions in the mud into which seeds can be dropped, and is indeed likely to be the origin of our term "fuck."

I always thought it was "facio, facere, feci, factus."

Posted by: Caliban at February 29, 2016 06:40 PM (3GFMN)

347 I think he (Dennis) does say there are times happiness is or should be forced. Part of this is a outward appearance because a personal of sadness or misery is spread.
I remember working with a guy long ago who was young but always in a miserable state. And it wasn't like everyday his dog died it was just everything was wrong to him. No one wanted to work with him.

Posted by: Skip at February 29, 2016 06:40 PM (fizMZ)

348 Supposed to get 6-8 inches here overnight. I'm happy that I don't have to go anywhere tomorrow.

Posted by: Duke Lowell at February 29, 2016 06:40 PM (kTF2Z)

349 I posted this a few days ago. I thought it was a very touching story. A blind man planted a smell garden for his blind wife, but it was so beautiful he got a lot of visitors:

http://preview.tinyurl.com/hd8sgle
Posted by: FenelonSpoke


just stunning

Posted by: ThunderB at February 29, 2016 06:40 PM (zOTsN)

350 Posted by: FenelonSpoke at February 29, 2016 06:39 PM (w4NZ

I'm dealing with it.....

Just enjoy, and ignore those who can't.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 29, 2016 06:40 PM (Zu3d9)

351 Posted by: FenelonSpoke at February 29, 2016 06:39 PM (w4NZ

Feeding trolls may make them happy, but you really shouldn't. It makes them fat and worthless.

Posted by: ReactionaryMonster browsing Bravely at February 29, 2016 06:41 PM (uURQL)

352 The good book says its better to give than to receive
I do my best to do my part

Keep up your spirits
Keep up your faith
I am counting on you
You know what you've got to do....

https://youtu.be/BT1ircqQklo

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at February 29, 2016 06:41 PM (39g3+)

353 NO POLITICAL STUFF GUYS!! C'mon.. you have other threads to do that in. Let us enjoy this post. Thank you Fenelon.. great idea.

Posted by: Jewells45 at February 29, 2016 06:41 PM (CNHr1)

354 WeaselDog spinning in circles when I come home and racing WeaselCat to see who can jump in my lap. That makes me happy. WeaselWoman putting up with all of my shit makes me really happy. And thankful.

Posted by: Weasel at February 29, 2016 06:42 PM (e3bId)

355 339, mea culpa for the could-be-construed-as-a-downer comment; sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy

Posted by: the Butcher at February 29, 2016 06:42 PM (AGJqR)

356 Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 29, 2016 06:40 PM (Zu3d9)

Good job with the BanDildo.

Happy here, sir!

Posted by: ReactionaryMonster browsing Bravely at February 29, 2016 06:42 PM (uURQL)

357
Watching Ace and the cobs play with MUMR's droppings makes me happy.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at February 29, 2016 06:42 PM (LUgeY)

358 Walmart has these raspberry-filled powdered sugar-covered donuts. They are delicious with ice-cold milk, and only cost like 2 dollars.

They sell out at my local Walmart grocery store in about four hours after they stock them.

Delicious.

Posted by: Inspector Cussword at February 29, 2016 06:42 PM (4CQaP)

359 "Happy that I live in Texas."

Amen. And Remember the Alamo!

We're doing a daily Alamo study with the kids.

Today we talked about the baby who survived the battle.

Santa Anna offered to adopt her, but her mother told him to pound sand.

Posted by: Lauren at February 29, 2016 06:42 PM (0C2f1)

360 The little coastal condo we bought last fall. It's intensely relaxing to sit on the balcony with a beverage, watching the dolphins and pelicans feeding below, with the huge tankers cruising by. It's been fantastic weather there all winter.

Posted by: stace at February 29, 2016 06:43 PM (c80mr)

361 Paladin to the barrel. FEED MEEEEEE!

Posted by: The Barrel at February 29, 2016 06:43 PM (uhftQ)

362 if you get the chance see the Battered Bastards of Baseball

I'll take a look, thanks for the recommendation. I'm running low on stuff to watch on Netflix. Spent an awful lot of time on the couch watching TV and trying to build strength back up.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at February 29, 2016 06:43 PM (39g3+)

363 I like big butts and I can not lie.
You other brothers can't deny.
(Executra!)

Posted by: Sir Mix-A-Lot at February 29, 2016 06:43 PM (aR8Ih)

364 Posted by: BackwardsBoy at February 29, 2016 06:42 PM (LUgeY)

I wish I were that quick and witty....

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 29, 2016 06:43 PM (Zu3d9)

365 This is another video which made me laugh-the talking dog video:

http://preview.tinyurl.com/zhakzk6

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at February 29, 2016 06:43 PM (w4NZ8)

366 I made friends with a full blooded Cherokee indian at the nursing home my mom is in. He always broke into a big smile when he saw me and kissed my hand.. such a gentleman. We had some great talks. He passed away last Wednesday and yeah it's sad but I am also happy that he is in a much better place now. RIP Bobby.

Posted by: Jewells45 at February 29, 2016 06:44 PM (CNHr1)

367 my sister, who I love dearly but had a serious pot and booze problem, worked hard for her sobriety, changed her whole life, and has been sober for six years. Right now she is doing volunteer work at a Thai orphanage as her vacation

she makes me happy

Posted by: ThunderB at February 29, 2016 06:44 PM (zOTsN)

368 Ain't dead yet!

Posted by: Kensington at February 29, 2016 06:44 PM (7Kbxu)

369 Battered Bastards of Baseball

I read that too quickly as "buttered" bastards of baseball and I thought it was something for the recipe thread. ;^)

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at February 29, 2016 06:44 PM (w4NZ8)

370 I'll be happy, but first you must do something.

Posted by: Mel Gibson at February 29, 2016 06:44 PM (8aOqE)

371 >>> Supposed to get 6-8 inches here overnight. I'm happy that I don't have to go anywhere tomorrow

NTTAWWT

Posted by: fluffy at February 29, 2016 06:44 PM (2hcmo)

372 I'm thankful Fenelon cares enough about this surly dissolute lot to keep showing up and trying to remind us there is still joy in this world; I'm thankful the ancient dog of my wife's is still hanging in there and enjoying life even though she's in pretty bad shape; and I'm thankful that my daughter and I have been to church two weeks in a row after a long time absent from any church.

Posted by: Hrothgar at February 29, 2016 06:44 PM (wYnyS)

373 Chris Taylor-

Thanks, Triumph's lyrics are hopeful and powerful. Couple more:

Agree very much with those mentioning the military homecomings. That seems like the purest form of happiness. When loved ones return after a long dangerous absence. Thanks to all the moron veterans!

Running through the M-22's on my 1971 Z28. And the look on my son's face when I do it. Do a burnout, daddy! Lol

Posted by: Cooldawg at February 29, 2016 06:45 PM (sCVDB)

374 Posted by: ReactionaryMonster browsing Bravely at February 29, 2016 06:41 PM (uURQL)

Well, o.k. You're correct, but at least I brought some happiness into their lives. :^) They got some attention.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at February 29, 2016 06:45 PM (w4NZ8)

375 I read that too quickly as "buttered" bastards of baseball

One of my specialities, along with the "scuffed with a razor" baseball.

Posted by: Gaylord Perry at February 29, 2016 06:46 PM (39g3+)

376 That's great ThunderB. Good for her!!

Posted by: Jewells45 at February 29, 2016 06:46 PM (CNHr1)

377 Not sure if anyone looks at the recent comments on the side panel, but I do very often. The first time I saw me there Iwas horrified, but not nnow. Anyway L,Elle doesn't like this, not calling her out, actually kind of a shame, this is a good thing.

Posted by: Skip at February 29, 2016 06:47 PM (fizMZ)

378 Oh and it's almost baseball season!! Bring on the boys of summer!!! and GO ROYALS!!!

Posted by: Jewells45 at February 29, 2016 06:47 PM (CNHr1)

379 Being with my children makes me happy.

Posted by: katya the designated driver at February 29, 2016 06:48 PM (WlQGZ)

380 Pizza's here

Posted by: davidt at February 29, 2016 06:48 PM (8aOqE)

381 The thing I like about Prager is that he truly, deeply understands the stakes in our battle against the Left.
He also knows we are in all likelihood losing. It pains him greatly.

Yet he resolutely continues the fight while refusing to let it destroy his personal happiness.

Posted by: Margarita DeVille at February 29, 2016 06:48 PM (T/5A0)

382 My two wonderful, imaginative, boundlessly energetic healthy sons, 6 and 8 years old about 95% of the bring me more joy that I ever imagined possible from being a father. (I shall not discuss the other 5% on a Happy Thread.)

Posted by: Hand of Count Petofi at February 29, 2016 06:48 PM (0vsws)

383 My best friend's mom celebrated her 20th birthday today. She has alzheimers, and failing health, but remembered that she was having a "real" birthday today, and has been giddy with excitement.

Those moments are rare in this disease, so I am rejoicing with her.

Posted by: Moki at February 29, 2016 06:49 PM (7q2ch)

384 My wife and I went to see "Risen" yesterday.

What a great movie. Authentic and reverent to the Gospel. Several powerful and exciting scenes.

Completely and without reservation recommend this movie to anyone. But, happily for my brother and sister Roman Catholic as we journey thru lent and approach the great Glorious Easter morning!

ad jesu par mariam

Posted by: havildar major at February 29, 2016 06:49 PM (jpW6t)

385 I second Fan as AoS chaplain/Vicar o' Spades.

Posted by: chique d'afrique at February 29, 2016 06:33 PM (g6yUI)


A comment like that makes me happy!

Posted by: Hrothgar at February 29, 2016 06:50 PM (wYnyS)

386 this has been great. we gotta do this more often

Posted by: ThunderB at February 29, 2016 06:51 PM (zOTsN)

387 That sidebar video talking about the power of music in movies to help tell a story is excellent. It uses the Fellowship of the Rings soundtrack to do the job, but its true in many films.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at February 29, 2016 06:51 PM (39g3+)

388 One time I was tossing in bed and went to the couch to keep from waking my ex. She got up early and started banging around in the kitchen.

I was half asleep and raised up and yelled "NOISE PIG!"

Then I laid back down and started laughing my ass off--still half asleep. I didn't know whether I'd dreamed that or whether it actually happened, but I thought it was a funny thing to say anyway.

She came over and sat next to me, big smile. Still laughing, I turned over and said "Did I just say 'you're a noise pig'?"

She said, "You just said 'noise pig.'"

We both laughed and laughed.

Posted by: rdbrewer at February 29, 2016 06:51 PM (Iyg03)

389 Oy! Really?

Is this supposed to be ironic, being on a Monday? Isn't this "weekend" material?

Other than the weekend, which is already crowded with good stuff like books and food and gardening and pets, I usually don't have time for participating in midday threads. ... I suppose that might make some folks happy...

This concerns me. What are the rules? Would snarky, cynical, or ironic humor count as happiness? And dirty joking and sexual innuendo, lotsa folks find "happiness" in that (but it's mostly Overnight Thread material)? And what about puns, which make people snort or groan, as a rule, not laugh out loud. This all just seems so... out of place with the usual mood of the AoS locker room.

Which, of course, is why FenelonSpoke has it here, right? Right.

Wait, is my comment "grousing and grumping and grouching"? Would hate to be banned from the happiness thread!!

Well, okay, we'll see how this works out.

Putting on my happy face.



Please don't take my above attempt at silliness seriously!

Here's something that makes me happy. More magnificent photos c/o BlazingCatFur (note that these pages expire after a week - probably because of photo copyrights).

http://bit.ly/1WSdMAo

Posted by: mindful webworker - hap hap hap hap at February 29, 2016 06:52 PM (5a8XA)

390 It would be nice as a weekly thread, but not a planned one like food or book.

Posted by: Skip at February 29, 2016 06:52 PM (fizMZ)

391 Supposed to get 6-8 inches here overnight. I'm happy that I don't have to go anywhere tomorrow.

That sounds really dirty.

Posted by: Pappy O'Daniel at February 29, 2016 06:52 PM (oVJmc)

392 Playing a saxophone or other woodwind makes me happy. Even if I am playing bluesily.


Posted by: Wry Mouth at February 29, 2016 06:53 PM (LbZ6h)

393 Getting a phone call from the vet tonight saying that my cat Reggie tested negative for ringworm made me happy.

Of course, the reason I had him tested was because my doctor thought that maybe that's where *I* got it...

Posted by: rickl at February 29, 2016 06:53 PM (sdi6R)

394 the only thing between me and happiness is 50 or 60 IQ points...

if i could lose them, and not remember i'd had them, i'd be like the members of the narod that surround me, happy, cheerful, and worried only about who's getting voted off the island, or advancing on DWTS, and all the other BS programming on the vidiot.

i'd believe everything i read or heard on the news, and think that not only is the economy doing great, but that the SCOAMF was the bestest Present-snit evah, and Hillary was going to be even better.

IOW, i beg to disagree with Dennis: there is nothing moral in lying to yourself, and others, in pretending that things are great, or even decent.

you may have personal things like kids, or what have you, that you receive solace from, but that's not the same thing as "happiness"...

if you take an honest look at the world around us, we're in great danger, individually and as a society. i refuse to delude myself that i'm "happy" when there's no grounds to do so. there are things that i enjoy doing, but they're more of a temporary diversion from the sense of doom that pervades our time than a source of happiness.

as i'm fond of saying, "Ignorance is bliss and I'm surrounded by happy people." YMMV.

Posted by: redc1c4 at February 29, 2016 06:54 PM (ISW4H)

395 -Indian Buffets
-Norm MacDonald
-Video games

Posted by: Naes at February 29, 2016 06:54 PM (Ypc8j)

396 That sounds really dirty.

That's what she said?

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at February 29, 2016 06:54 PM (39g3+)

397
this has been great. we gotta do this more often

I concur.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at February 29, 2016 06:54 PM (LUgeY)

398 Road trips make me happy. Mr. Bassman and I are driving a van full of band equipment for shows in Yuma and Coolidge, Arizona. On the way home we are going to stop by some hot springs and parboil ourselves.

Posted by: Emmie at February 29, 2016 06:54 PM (LBPyR)

399 *eyes rickl*

*scoots away*

Posted by: SMFH at February 29, 2016 06:54 PM (rlfds)

400 I am happy walking out in my yard and seeing the pink blossoms on my little red tree. I am happy when the silly chickens come running up to see if I have any good stuff to feed them, and when the doggies dance when I break out the leashes.

Posted by: alamogordo at February 29, 2016 06:55 PM (dZt+8)

401 @382...I referred to this 5% as "raising chimpanzees in the wild."

I am glad my mother and grandmother's saved my letters or I would have forgotten a lot of what they said, etc. My youngest, frustrated at 2yrs with his big brother stepping on his quiltie (which was an entity and had an ARM), bit the crap out of his brother's arse. (I found out about the stepping on quilt's arm after the screams and dust settled in the playroom). He got one of his rare diaper swats, as he was and is a charmer and funny as can be (we would be having to hide laughter with discipline). Anyway, I wrote to mother that his brother,needless to say, did not turn the other cheek!

For all of you parents out there with young kids: get a journal and write down what they say. You won't regret it and I wish I had. Without these letters I would have forgotten when this same biting son decided to smear toothpaste in the fish aquarium. Or his brother, after buying roller skates and falling often (at 4 or 5, when kids have wisdom), that "his feet were running away with his imagination." xoxo

Posted by: ChristyBlinky, aging supermodel Redneck Queen at February 29, 2016 06:57 PM (wAMRL)

402 Posted by: redc1c4 at February 29, 2016 06:54 PM (ISW4H)

---

Solace is good.

But yeah, I kinda agree with your sentiment.

Posted by: SMFH at February 29, 2016 06:57 PM (rlfds)

403 Sounds like fun Emmie!!

Posted by: Jewells45 at February 29, 2016 06:57 PM (CNHr1)

404 My mother has a friend who serves with her on the board at our Senior Center, and this woman has had some problems recently: she lost her husband to Alzheimer's, her daughter's going through an ugly divorce, she fell down and was unable to even go outside for over two months. Nice lady going through a really rough patch, but never complains.

The grandchildren screwed up her two computers and she was at wits end so she called me, knowing that I dabble in such things. I spent 4 enjoyable hours in this woman's home a few days ago, was able get her computers back in order, and even ended up rewiring her giant entertainment center. She gave me a pan of fresh brownies as payment when I left.

Today there was a meeting at the Senior Center; the woman was very complimentary of my work and expressed her gratitude to my mother. I got out of tech support 15 years ago with severe burnout because of people who were mean and angry, but now I have become the go-to computer guy for little old ladies in our small community. Some can afford to pay and some cannot; it doesn't matter. Helping people is good for them and good for me. Mom's pretty stingy with compliments, but today I could tell she was proud of me, and that makes me happy.

Posted by: Xavier at February 29, 2016 06:57 PM (vOXzd)

405 Matt Damon makes me happy.

Posted by: Matt Damon at February 29, 2016 06:57 PM (8aOqE)

406 Finding the X ring makes me REALLY happy.

Posted by: Weasel at February 29, 2016 06:57 PM (e3bId)

407 >>We both laughed and laughed.

Heh. Happiness is having someone who knows and loves you so much that they laugh at your quirks (with you).
Inside jokes with my hubby make me happy.

Posted by: Lizzy at February 29, 2016 06:57 PM (NOIQH)

408 Speaking of Vicar-A funny series from the BBC was "The Vicar of Dibley" about the Anglican minister with her quirky church.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at February 29, 2016 06:57 PM (w4NZ8)

409 "I'm happy to have the entire body of human knowledge available to me at any time, via the internet." - Abraham Lincoln.

1. Walking on the coastal bluffs here in CA, in the fog
2. Solving a difficult programming problem
3. Good beer

Posted by: jakobscalpel at February 29, 2016 06:57 PM (LAx5Q)

410 f you take an honest look at the world around us, we're in great danger, individually and as a society. i refuse to delude myself that i'm "happy" when there's no grounds to do so. there are things that i enjoy doing, but they're more of a temporary diversion from the sense of doom that pervades our time than a source of happiness.

as i'm fond of saying, "Ignorance is bliss and I'm surrounded by happy people." YMMV.
Posted by: redc1c4

there is even humor in foxholes, beauty in battle zones, humanity in inhumane circumstances. We arent in any of those situations yet. Choosing to be happy is not the same as rejecting reality

Posted by: ThunderB at February 29, 2016 06:58 PM (zOTsN)

411 I got the pleasure of taking an hour long nap with my granddaughter today I totally agree happiness is achievable. Also got the fun of watching my grandson take his first bite of brisket! Life is good

Posted by: FCF at February 29, 2016 06:58 PM (kejii)

412 One last thing which is a repeat of many other comments already, I have made such wonderful blog and email friends from here, a few of whom I talk to actually by phone and are there for me when I need them: teej, AmyJJ, JohnK, MisHum, Slapweasel, Chi, basically everyone in the Yahoo Group, even the formidable, intimidating Maetenloch. And then everyone else that I only know on the blog who are just so kind and caring and so willing to offer prayers and moral and emotional support when I ask. You're all the best people online and probably, weirdly, one of the happiest places in the blogworld.

Posted by: L, Elle at February 29, 2016 06:58 PM (2x3L+)

413 Heh! I was thinking this afternoon that I should write a self help book on managing expectations and being happier: "Bitch Slapping Your Inner Child."

Posted by: delayna at February 29, 2016 06:59 PM (yRpta)

414 Becky: This early Springtime is making me happy! It's glorious outside in Oklahoma!!! But, as Oklahoma weather tends to be fickle and frankly ridiculous, I fully expect a full-on blizzard in July.

Sure has been great! Sure, Oklahoma being what it is, we could get six weeks of arctic blast, but I'm thinking, even if we do get some late wintry blast, it won't last.

The dog has been coming to the door and whining like he usually does to get it, or nudges the door open if I've left it ajar - but he doesn't come in. He just stands out there, staring at me. I'm thinking, he's trying to say, hey, humans, come outside and play!!

And he's right.

Posted by: mindful webworker - happiness runs in a circular motion at February 29, 2016 07:00 PM (5a8XA)

415 Matilda and Kurz, my Basset Hounds are my true joy. What a gift from God. This website gives me great joy also. The Royals have to make the list also.

Posted by: Snicklefritz at February 29, 2016 07:00 PM (Moh0M)

416 I'm making chicken curry for dinner tonight. The smell is making me happy.

Posted by: Donna&&&&V (a white) (whitely brandishing ampersand privilege ) at February 29, 2016 07:00 PM (P8951)

417 O/T and while not really happy, it does make me puzzled....earlier today I was getting ads for some cream that makes boobs bigger. Now I am getting ads for some guy running in Harris County TX.

I am a guy and I live 1500 miles from Harris County, TX. Something in the Google Ad formula is broken, I think.

Posted by: Monsieur Moo Moo at February 29, 2016 07:01 PM (0LHZx)

418 L,Elle glad I was wrong

Posted by: Skip at February 29, 2016 07:01 PM (fizMZ)

419 Also, today is my UnBirthday. I had a great dinner and got an unexpected but very appreciated gift.

Posted by: delayna at February 29, 2016 07:01 PM (yRpta)

420

Speaking of Vicar-A funny series from the BBC was "The Vicar of Dibley" about the Anglican minister with her quirky church.


That's one of mine and B'Gal's favorite shows.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at February 29, 2016 07:01 PM (LUgeY)

421 The fact that Ace works so hard year after year to provide such a wierd, wild, and fun place for us makes me happy. I know very well how hard it is to keep writing on your blog every day. After about 10 years burnout takes almost all blogs out and yet here we are with Ace still going strong well past that line.

Thanks, Ace, whoever you are. I'd have never known all these wild and whacky people without you and I've learned much from you, young man.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at February 29, 2016 07:02 PM (39g3+)

422 I agree L,elle. This place has raised my spirits more than once and everyone is so willing to listen and to pray for you. I have no doubt the reason I recovered so well was the power of prayer from this group and my friends and family. I am forever thankful.

Posted by: Jewells45 at February 29, 2016 07:02 PM (CNHr1)

423 Three things that make me happy:

Marvin Gaye.

The Scofflaw cocktail, made with bourbon just a little too pricey for mixing.

Watching my wife get ready to go out. As long as her skinny jeans fit her -- if she's feeling plump, then my third choice is another Scofflaw.

Posted by: Pastafarian at February 29, 2016 07:02 PM (pCf+a)

424
Getting a phone call from the vet tonight saying that my cat Reggie tested negative for ringworm made me happy.

Of course, the reason I had him tested was because my doctor thought that maybe that's where *I* got it...--------rickl

Heh.

Posted by: The Barrel at February 29, 2016 07:02 PM (uhftQ)

425 Oh and I have a good guy friend that I kind of have a crush on, who is going to bring me an art book he found because he knows I like art. That made my day.

Posted by: LizLem at February 29, 2016 07:02 PM (hvf9s)

426 Happiness is where you find it. Life is too short to go thru it with a crappy attitude.

Posted by: freaked at February 29, 2016 07:02 PM (BO/km)

427 but they're more of a temporary diversion from the sense of doom that pervades our time than a source of happiness.

Then why even participate on this thread?

My mileage does vary, because it doesn't come from something fleeting. It is based in my faith and nurtured through prayer and scripture reading and worship. And yes, people have been joyful through incredibly difficult circumstances.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at February 29, 2016 07:03 PM (w4NZ8)

428 g'early evenin', 'rons

Posted by: AltonJackson at February 29, 2016 07:03 PM (KCxzN)

429 Running with my sons.

Posted by: Jay Guevara at February 29, 2016 07:03 PM (oKE6c)

430 Posted by: Christopher Taylor at February 29, 2016 07:02 PM (39g3+)

____

I second that emotion!

Posted by: Monsieur Moo Moo at February 29, 2016 07:03 PM (0LHZx)

431 >>> Not sure if anyone looks at the recent comments on the side panel, but I do very often. The first time I saw me there Iwas horrified, but not nnow. Anyway L,Elle doesn't like this, not calling her out, actually kind of a shame, this is a good thing.
Posted by: Skip at February 29, 2016
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Oh No. I do check that ocassionally. I don't think I have ever seen me on there. Please tell it wasn't a jackass comment of mine that involved profanity that showed up.

Posted by: L, Elle at February 29, 2016 07:04 PM (2x3L+)

432 An awesome movie. Like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

Posted by: katya the designated driver at February 29, 2016 07:04 PM (WlQGZ)

433 My daughter asksing to listen to my pink Floyd/who CDs when we drive

Posted by: Buzzsaw90 at February 29, 2016 07:04 PM (pyd3d)

434 LizLem...hoping he is the one!

Posted by: ChristyBlinky, aging supermodel Redneck Queen at February 29, 2016 07:04 PM (wAMRL)

435 After watching the movie "Risen", I really felt happy. Thinking about it has the same result. I highly recommend it.

Posted by: Pete Seria at February 29, 2016 07:04 PM (/pOl7)

436 Holy Moly!
Hillary Clinton is due to have a rally less than 1 mile from my house tonight. Why didn't I know this until now?
Lake Taylor HS, Norfolk, VA.

I could have been there to ask a question - THIS would've made me extra happy today.

Posted by: Chi at February 29, 2016 07:05 PM (uHw7p)

437 421 The fact that Ace works so hard year after year to provide such a wierd, wild, and fun place for us makes me happy


This.

Posted by: Donna&&&&V (a white) (whitely brandishing ampersand privilege ) at February 29, 2016 07:05 PM (P8951)

438
Finding the X ring makes me REALLY happy.----Weasel

What made me happy: When I was pulling targets, guys that could consistently hit the x-ring without blowing the spotter to pieces.
2-4 inch holes are hard to repair quickly.

Posted by: Tilikum KAW LLC at February 29, 2016 07:06 PM (uhftQ)

439 311 - Will do. USAF is filled with quality people

Posted by: polish pilgrim at February 29, 2016 07:07 PM (YMwXk)

440 Reading the comments on this blog when there is a debate...you guys make me laugh out loud, and being outdoors, and watching comedies, and hanging out with my 13 yr old niece. Too many to list.

Posted by: Eileen at February 29, 2016 07:07 PM (te778)

441 Risen is doing quite well in theaters, which surprises me. I wasn't sure since a lot of Christian-themed stuff misses the x-ring as it were in terms of overall quality and writing.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at February 29, 2016 07:07 PM (39g3+)

442 Posted by: Lauren at February 29, 2016 06:42 PM (0C2f1)

I always love hearing about Alamo history. Alamo Defender Thomas Miller, Gonzales, Texas is one of my ancestors.

Deaf Smith, somewhat responsible for the capture of Santa Anna, is another.

Posted by: Meremortal at February 29, 2016 07:08 PM (3myMJ)

443

Happiness is where you find it. Life is too short to go thru it with a crappy attitude.


You've broken the code.

I had nothing to be happy about for the first two-thirds of my life because crazy family. The past 20 or so years have been pretty good though, I must admit.

Oh, and a good friend of mine who sings the blues and her drummer hubby are moving back to town. They want to get a band together and she called me over the weekend to see if I was interested, which I am.

So, I got a gig in a new band! Happy happy joy joy.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at February 29, 2016 07:08 PM (LUgeY)

444 When I first heard Dennis Prager talk about happiness as a choice and how some people simply choose to not be happy. I thought huh - who would ever choose to not be happy!?

But over the years I come to see that yes some people are very much attached to their unhappiness - almost to the point of it being part of their identity. They usually see it as a badge of some sort, showing that they're more aware or committed than other people. They're wrong of course but for the most part their wrongness only hurts themselves.

Posted by: Maetenloch at February 29, 2016 07:09 PM (pAlYe)

445 >>21 The fact that Ace works so hard year after year to provide such a wierd, wild, and fun place for us makes me happy


Yes, this

Posted by: Lizzy at February 29, 2016 07:09 PM (NOIQH)

446 Having no idea who won any of the Oscars and not giving a fuck who was nominated. Makes me very happy. And not just this year. I couldn't tell you who won an Oscar in the past 10 years. Maybe 20.

Posted by: Monsieur Moo Moo at February 29, 2016 07:09 PM (0LHZx)

447 This may sound like its against the spirit of the Happy Thread, but it's not meant that way.

I'm happy my father didn't live to see what's happened to our country.

Posted by: Weasel at February 29, 2016 07:09 PM (e3bId)

448 redC1C4: You might not be able to undo all of the evil in the world, but you can control one thing: How that evil affects you, and whether you allow it to rob you of all happiness. That's a choice you're making, and it's not a noble choice.

I suspect that I was the last person on earth to read this book, but I read Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl a few months ago. Great book, highly recommend.

Posted by: Pastafarian at February 29, 2016 07:10 PM (pCf+a)

449 You people do know that too much happiness is bad for you, right?

Posted by: garrett at February 29, 2016 07:10 PM (2rE0p)

450 L,Elle it's all in good fun but I was following along 3 threads so reading all the comments is virtually impossible, I saw on the side bar you got my picture and in a comment asked if it was a private message service.
The comment from you was you hate the happiness thread

Posted by: Skip at February 29, 2016 07:10 PM (fizMZ)

451 Are you all happy yet?

http://tinyurl.com/p6jz5x8

Posted by: Venezuelan Vice Ministry of Supreme Social Happiness at February 29, 2016 07:10 PM (vBeA5)

452 Vicariously experiencing the joy of others. Been watching the performances on British X factor of a Filipina singing group "4th impact" 4 sisters who sing like angels dance their butts off and radiate the joy of performing and love of each other.

Posted by: Buzzsaw90 at February 29, 2016 07:10 PM (pyd3d)

453 I'm happy my father didn't live to see what's happened to our country.

Yeah. As awful as it was to lose my father, the stuff he didn't have to live through gives me some comfort. He's in paradise resting from the long battle and not facing what's happening.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at February 29, 2016 07:11 PM (39g3+)

454 Happiness is mandatory.

Posted by: Friend Computer at February 29, 2016 07:11 PM (vBeA5)

455 441 Risen is doing quite well in theaters, which surprises me. I wasn't sure since a lot of Christian-themed stuff misses the x-ring as it were in terms of overall quality and writing.

I thought it was a very high quality production with recognizable actors. As its been described, CSI: Judea, is quite accurate. You don't have to be a believer to enjoy it.

Posted by: Pete Seria at February 29, 2016 07:12 PM (/pOl7)

456 438 I hear you Tilikum! It's especially tough when they hit the spindle!

I had a great time at Ben Avery earlier this month, by the way, despite getting my ass handed to me by the range on the last match of the last day.

Posted by: Weasel at February 29, 2016 07:12 PM (e3bId)

457 Weasel I know what your saying.

Posted by: Skip at February 29, 2016 07:12 PM (fizMZ)

458 I could have been there to ask a question - THIS would've made me extra happy today.

Posted by: Chi at February 29, 2016 07:05 PM (uHw7p)

"Mrs Clinton, which brand do you use. Tranquility or Dignity?

Sit down. Wait for answer.

Posted by: Tim in Illinois. Blah, blah,blah... at February 29, 2016 07:12 PM (WVsWD)

459 Putting M-80s in mailboxes makes me happy.

Posted by: That Annoying Kid Up The Street at February 29, 2016 07:12 PM (sa+rK)

460 You people do know that too much happiness is bad for you, right?

I don't think there's any danger of that these days.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at February 29, 2016 07:13 PM (39g3+)

461 Laying around naked in bed with my wife (of 33 years) on a lazy morning when neither of us has anywhere to be makes me about as happy as anything these days. It doesn't necessarily have to end up with me launching troops to make it a happy time.

Posted by: Pendejo at February 29, 2016 07:13 PM (fFPFH)

462 >> I thought huh - who would ever choose to not be happy!?

Yeah, Prager's definitely on to something. It's easy to be happy when things are going well or uneventful, but the real challenge is finding happiness when you're dealing with curveballs. I recall one time sitting in the chemo lab with my husband and trying so hard not to laugh as I scrolled through comments on some snarky Obama post on AoSHQ. It was just what was needed at the moment.

Posted by: Lizzy at February 29, 2016 07:14 PM (NOIQH)

463 My kindergartner's fascination with Star Wars and his comical attempts at explaining it all to me makes me happy.

Posted by: Eli Cash at February 29, 2016 07:14 PM (T9Z5E)

464 "there is even humor in foxholes, beauty in battle zones, humanity in
inhumane circumstances. We arent in any of those situations yet.
Choosing to be happy is not the same as rejecting reality"

who said it was? as i'm fond of saying "Cheer up! Things are bound to get worse!"

Posted by: redc1c4 at February 29, 2016 07:14 PM (ISW4H)

465 Been listening to two older band I just discovered.

Here is a nice 22 minute jam by Wicked lady, "Ship of Ghosts":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqM653iDZpM

Posted by: The Musical Hat at February 29, 2016 07:14 PM (vBeA5)

466 And yes, people have been joyful through incredibly difficult circumstances.

I think joy and happiness are different things. What're your thoughts?

Posted by: ReactionaryMonster browsing Bravely at February 29, 2016 07:15 PM (uURQL)

467 I'm happy that I never make the top ten commenters.

Posted by: Duke Lowell at February 29, 2016 07:15 PM (kTF2Z)

468 >>> The comment from you was you hate the happiness thread
-----
Great, Skip, so a jackass comment of mine. That was a joke. I should have put the sarc tag on but an never do that. I love this thread!

And, again, kitteh so cute! Loved the accessories. I won't spoil it and give it away so it can be a fun surprise for when we put it up the pic on the pet thread.

Posted by: L, Elle at February 29, 2016 07:15 PM (2x3L+)

469 Posted by: Pendejo

realizing you still are really really into your spouse after all that time, if that isnt happiness I dont know what is

Posted by: ThunderB at February 29, 2016 07:15 PM (zOTsN)

470 Happiness is listening to Frank Sinatra sing about being unhappy.

Posted by: BeckoningChasm at February 29, 2016 07:16 PM (AroJD)

471 Hey. When are we finally going to get a hate and discontent thread?

Posted by: flounder, rebel, vulgarian, submariner at February 29, 2016 07:16 PM (3dOE/)

472 My kindergartner's fascination with Star Wars and his comical attempts at explaining it all to me makes me happy.

Niece and nephew are getting into it.

"Did you know that ... Darth Vader .... is Ruke?"

"No! Darth Vader is Luke's father!"

"Whoa kids, spoilers."

Posted by: ReactionaryMonster browsing Bravely at February 29, 2016 07:16 PM (uURQL)

473 When one of my questions is discussed on the AoS podcast

Posted by: Buzzsaw90 at February 29, 2016 07:17 PM (pyd3d)

474 One of my best friends is attached to his unhappiness as you say Maet. He's a long time good friend but has what I call a SFA (s*ty f'n attitude) For that reason I can't be around him for too long. It just bugs me and there is nothing I can do about it.

Posted by: freaked at February 29, 2016 07:17 PM (BO/km)

475 I am having trouble getting on a site which I like or I'd post the link and it is the "Walter Cizsek prayer league"' He was a priest who was imprisoned and tortured in Lubyanka and the gulags and is now being considered for Sainthood in the RCC. If anyone ought to know about unhappiness he should, but he wasn't unhappy. I have read both of his books "He Leadeth Me" and With God in Russia, "He Leadeth Me is the more spiritual book. At any rate there is a section on that website called Meditations (I think it's the one about clay vessels) where he talks about how we respond to thing being something that's left to us when everything else seems to be taken away. He endeavored to discern what God would have him do in all the circumstances in life.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at February 29, 2016 07:18 PM (w4NZ8)

476 Hey. When are we finally going to get a hate and discontent thread?

All these threads are ours. Except Europa. And the ONT. And this one.

Posted by: ReactionaryMonster browsing Bravely at February 29, 2016 07:18 PM (uURQL)

477 as i'm fond of saying, "Ignorance is bliss and I'm surrounded by happy people." YMMV.
Posted by: redc1c4

You are sitting there with the world and many of its inhabitants at your fingertips and you write that?

Don't be a media victim. Live, love, prosper like multitudes are right now. And, if you are in America, you have already won the lottery.

Try the big picture. All those things we worry about are really just rich people problems. If we had real problems we wouldn't be on the computer, we'd be hunting food or fighting with other humans in the attempt to do so.

Posted by: Meremortal at February 29, 2016 07:18 PM (3myMJ)

478 When Ace replies to one of my comments makes me really happy.

Posted by: L, Elle at February 29, 2016 07:18 PM (2x3L+)

479 Reading pride and prejudice to my 11 year old daughter makes me happy. Watching the 1995 BBC series with her is even better.

Posted by: ramblingmother at February 29, 2016 07:18 PM (f6M7r)

480 Hope this isn't too Mormon-y, but my favorite talk from the last General Conference for our church was one on how to be happy. It was about a girl who stayed with her great aunt Rose for a summer and learned from her the secret of happiness. I loved it.

https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2015/10/a-summer-with-great-aunt-rose?lang=eng

Posted by: LizLem at February 29, 2016 07:18 PM (hvf9s)

481 Posted by: Maetenloch at February 29, 2016 07:09 PM (pAlYe)

Yes.

Posted by: Meremortal at February 29, 2016 07:19 PM (3myMJ)

482 471 Hey. When are we finally going to get a hate and discontent thread?
Posted by: flounder, rebel, vulgarian, submariner at February 29, 2016 07:16 PM (3dOE/)


We call those Trump threads nowadays.

Posted by: Maetenloch at February 29, 2016 07:19 PM (pAlYe)

483

It's true that you can't buy happiness.

You can, however, rent it.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at February 29, 2016 07:19 PM (LUgeY)

484 That Moo Moo has mellowed out some makes me happy.
* waves Hi to Moo *

Posted by: L, Elle at February 29, 2016 07:19 PM (2x3L+)

485 "You might not be able to undo all of the evil in the world, but you can
control one thing: How that evil affects you, and whether you allow it
to rob you of all happiness. That's a choice you're making, and it's
not a noble choice.
"

i react to evil by fighting it every way i can, not by pretending it doesn't affect me or those around me.

i occasionally get lectured by silly people that i should be more optimistic, and i reply that i am the most optimistic person they know. after all, i'm sure things are going to get worse, and i've never been wrong yet.

and the upside to that is i'm never surprised when things go to shit, but they're always blindsided.

besides, happiness is as close as the nearest store selling alcohol, bacon, beef and pork ribs.

Posted by: redc1c4 at February 29, 2016 07:19 PM (ISW4H)

486 I have a few things not going well in my life, but I always have been a happy person. I've been somewhat existing for some time, so couple of hobbies I have I've been ignoring but should start one again.This site has somewhat replaced another I go to but am starting to go back more.
Thanks horde.

Posted by: Skip at February 29, 2016 07:20 PM (fizMZ)

487 Hell, when they bother to answer any questions from the mail sac

Posted by: Buzzsaw90 at February 29, 2016 07:20 PM (pyd3d)

488 >>When are we finally going to get a hate and discontent thread?

ooh, add a pinch of Self-Loathing and Avarice.

Top it all with Bacon Bits and Sour Cream.

Now you are talking Thread.

Posted by: garrett at February 29, 2016 07:20 PM (2rE0p)

489 >> It ends in "piness" which is the quality of "pi." Math makes me happy.
>> Or at least arithmetic.
>> Posted by: Miley's Tongue dba Ylva of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy

Does it make you happy all the time, or just when you get around to it?

Posted by: Duncanthrax the Bellicose at February 29, 2016 07:20 PM (ml1PM)

490 Happiness is good health, you don't know you have it until it's gone.

Posted by: wth at February 29, 2016 07:20 PM (HgMAr)

491 My twin daughters who have become smart capable competent women . They are also beautiful . Their smarts come from their mom and me; their looks are all from her.

Posted by: Jim in virginia at February 29, 2016 07:21 PM (fO1nL)

492 I think joy and happiness are different things. What're your thoughts?

Absolutely, and of the two Joy is far more valuable and important. Happiness is temporary and circumstance-driven. Joy is from within and part of your soul. Joy is objective, Happiness is subjective.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at February 29, 2016 07:21 PM (39g3+)

493 I thought it was a very high quality production with recognizable actors. As its been described, CSI: Judea, is quite accurate. You don't have to be a believer to enjoy it.
Posted by: Pete Seria at February 29, 2016 07:12 PM (/pOl7)/i]

If they have a technician "Enhance!" scene, that will make me very happy.

Posted by: ReactionaryMonster browsing Bravely at February 29, 2016 07:21 PM (uURQL)

494 >>It's true that you can't buy happiness.

You can, however, rent Destiny for an hour.

Posted by: ...Just the Punchlines at February 29, 2016 07:21 PM (2rE0p)

495 My sister is going on vacation starting tomorrow and I will have 2 furry guests at my house when I get home tomorrow morning. She is dropping off her cats before she leaves. I'm happy when I get home and they are waiting for me and demanding attention. I'm happy to spoil them.

Posted by: Puddleglum at February 29, 2016 07:21 PM (NGd+i)

496 crap.

Posted by: ReactionaryMonster browsing Bravely at February 29, 2016 07:21 PM (uURQL)

497 react to evil by fighting it every way i can, not by pretending it doesn't affect me or those around me.

Who's saying it doesn't affect them?

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at February 29, 2016 07:21 PM (w4NZ8)

498 "You are sitting there with the world and many of its inhabitants at your fingertips and you write that?"

i'm writing that *especially* because of who i meet on line...

as for hunting for food, etc, i'm equipped for that.

Posted by: redc1c4 at February 29, 2016 07:21 PM (ISW4H)

499 Guys I started playing counterstrike: global offensive and the fact that I'm still as good at FPS as I was when I was competing in quake 3 many moons ago makes me pretty happy.

Counter terrorists win.

Posted by: Ghost of kari - certified inane at February 29, 2016 07:21 PM (ubByS)

500 I'm happy I didn't quite Barrel myself.

Posted by: ReactionaryMonster browsing Bravely at February 29, 2016 07:22 PM (uURQL)

501 I think you have to live somewhere else to realize how special America is

even with everything going on, if you are a US citizen you have won the lottery

no woman, no race, no religious person, has ever had it better than they have it here. we are blessed beyond measure

Posted by: ThunderB at February 29, 2016 07:22 PM (zOTsN)

502 Christopher has it

Posted by: Skip at February 29, 2016 07:22 PM (fizMZ)

503 I suspect that I was the last person on earth to read this book, but I read Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl a few months ago. Great book, highly recommend.

Posted by: Pastafarian at February 29, 2016 07:10 PM (pCf+a)

One of the greats and a must-read!

Think and Grow Rich.
The Millionaire Next Door

Posted by: Meremortal at February 29, 2016 07:22 PM (3myMJ)

504 I enjoy it when a David bowie hits D2 in a youtube clip. I enjoy this blog, especially the comments. Ace also has a good voice and I try to hear his movie reviews in it.

Posted by: SarahW at February 29, 2016 07:22 PM (3fTXW)

505 When are we going to be done with this "happiness" BS thread anyway?

jk

It would be nice if it stayed up until the ONT except that some troll or unhinged person will show up and ruin it by bringing up Trump.

Posted by: L, Elle at February 29, 2016 07:22 PM (2x3L+)

506 When one of my girls masters a new skill. Love seeing them grow

Posted by: Buzzsaw90 at February 29, 2016 07:22 PM (pyd3d)

507 Posted by: Xavier at February 29, 2016 06:57 PM (vOXzd)

I like your story. My dad was the same way. Praise from someone who doesn't praise you often or easily means so much more than empty compliments and participation trophies.

Posted by: Donna&&&&V (a white) (whitely brandishing ampersand privilege ) at February 29, 2016 07:23 PM (P8951)

508 I like audiobooks... and hobo-dismemberment.

... I wonder if there is an audiobook about dismembering hobos?

Posted by: Shoey at February 29, 2016 07:23 PM (vA94g)

509 That book by Victor Frankl is a great book.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at February 29, 2016 07:23 PM (w4NZ8)

510
Putting M-80s in mailboxes makes me happy.
Posted by: That Annoying Kid Up The Street
......................

You should be happy I didn't tape one to your sliding glass door.

Posted by: That Other Annoying Kid at February 29, 2016 07:23 PM (HgMAr)

511
I hear you Tilikum! It's especially tough when they hit the spindle!

I had a great time at Ben Avery earlier this month, by the way, despite getting my ass handed to me by the range on the last match of the last day.-----Weasel

I'd swear those spindles are filled with Tannerite.
It's a great range and I've heard it can really throw you a curve at times. Glad you still enjoyed yourself.
My weekely weekend ritual has involved me fixing 1 of 5 different cars. 2 of them are mine.

Posted by: Tilikum KAW LLC at February 29, 2016 07:23 PM (1JqUE)

512 Hey everybody. Okay, a happiness thread? All righty then, instead of complaining, I'll ask for advice.

How do people here deal with close family members who feel entitled to run your life for you?

Posted by: qdpsteve at February 29, 2016 07:24 PM (ntObR)

513 spending less time on social media has really improved my mood.

stepping back and talking to people in real life instead of blowing off steam and feeding off of other people blowing off steam has made me happier and given me more time to do little projects that I've been neglecting.

Posted by: Nora at February 29, 2016 07:24 PM (Trq86)

514 Obligatory:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVM1nUmDHHc

Posted by: The Happy Happy Joy Joy Hat at February 29, 2016 07:24 PM (vBeA5)

515 Prager is a good man.
Sit at the feet of the master and learn.

Posted by: navybrat at February 29, 2016 07:24 PM (8QGte)

516
Annoying Her Evilness with stepstool jokes.

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at February 29, 2016 07:24 PM (o98Jz)

517 If you're happy,
and you know it,
clap your hands!

Posted by: Campers everywhere at February 29, 2016 07:24 PM (ml1PM)

518 This posted during dinner but happy to see it! Our son lost his first tooth today at school. So cute.

Posted by: Beth M at February 29, 2016 07:24 PM (kiy9d)

519 Posted by: qdpsteve at February 29, 2016 07:24 PM (ntObR)

it makes me happy others have this problem

Posted by: Nora at February 29, 2016 07:25 PM (Trq86)

520 I'm happy that every time someone tries to be political in this thread, they get jumped on boots-first by everyone.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at February 29, 2016 07:25 PM (39g3+)

521 How do people here deal with close family members who feel entitled to run your life for you?

Smile nice and then forget whatever it was they said.

Posted by: freaked at February 29, 2016 07:25 PM (BO/km)

522 I'm hoping someone emails him about this thread, I've never tried to call in assuming it's a shot in a million.

Posted by: Skip at February 29, 2016 07:26 PM (fizMZ)

523 Watching my 3-year old girl do backwards somersaults off the couch makes me happy.

Posted by: Phil Laîcheaux at February 29, 2016 07:26 PM (M/R+n)

524 If they have a technician "Enhance!" scene, that will make me very happy.

Just print the damn thing!!!

Posted by: Captain O'Hagan at February 29, 2016 07:26 PM (39g3+)

525 I heard happiness runs in a circular motion.

Wtf?

Posted by: Dack Thrombosis at February 29, 2016 07:26 PM (4ErVI)

526 Yes, Reactionary monster-Joy and happiness are two different things and the Bible would assert that. But I chose happiness as the title because I was not trying to be overly religious.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at February 29, 2016 07:26 PM (w4NZ8)

527 Send em packing. That will make you happy.

Posted by: Tim in Illinois. Blah, blah,blah... at February 29, 2016 07:26 PM (WVsWD)

528
Smile nice and then forget whatever it was they said.


That's exactly what I was going to suggest.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at February 29, 2016 07:26 PM (LUgeY)

529 FenelonSpoke (aka Felon Spoke) at 233: Thanks for posting the link to that video. That was beautiful.

And thanks for this thread.

Posted by: Pastafarian at February 29, 2016 07:27 PM (pCf+a)

530 the momma feral cat that inevitably makes a nest of kittens every year in my hay barn just brought me a tiny grey and white kitten. She dropped it into my lap so proudly and let me hold her until the little one realized a Giant was cradling her in her enormous paw. when the tiny one cried, she took her back and looked around for a safer place to put her while she at her breakfast, settled on a spot in the stall we keep junk in, behind a sink Grimmy isnt using. Throughout the day i saw her moving more tiny bundles, but it always makes me feel so happy and special when she brings me the first one, like a new mom showing off her handiwork. "I made dis!"


its like she either want me to see her favorite, or the one she doesn't mind me looking after while she gets the others. But i feel enormously proud that this otherwise very wild cat always trusts me to bring her breakfast and watch her kitties when she isn't there.


the other thing that makes me happy is my new stallion. Hes a bit of a psycho rapist but a damn fine specimen and i cannot believe that after wanting him for fourteen years, he is finally mine. wow. just watching him out to play makes me feel awesome, hes a close to perfect as a horse gets and is still real. The babies next year will be epic.

Posted by: Gushka can haz kittys what plays fetch! at February 29, 2016 07:27 PM (6ga6c)

531 >>>> How do people here deal with close family members who feel entitled to run your life for you?
Posted by: qdpsteve at February 29, 2016 07:24 PM (ntObR)
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You don't.
I tried that for a while out of politeness and Christian duty and obligation and it just made me very miserable. I remain polite from a distance but basically have cut those kind of people out of my life and letting them have any influence over me.

Posted by: L, Elle at February 29, 2016 07:27 PM (2x3L+)

532 How do people here deal with close family members who feel entitled to run your life for you?

shoot them in the fleshy part of the thigh with a small caliber pistol?

it w*rked for Hoare's mercenaries.

Posted by: redc1c4 at February 29, 2016 07:27 PM (ISW4H)

533 404---Posted by: Xavier at February 29, 2016 06:57 PM (vOXzd)
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Okay, that story makes me very happy.
Being a techno-twit myself, I can only imagine how lost I would feel if I were alone with a stupid, misbehaving computer.
Bless you!

A lot of great thoughts and stories on this thread.


Posted by: Margarita DeVille at February 29, 2016 07:27 PM (T/5A0)

534 510

You should be happy I didn't tape one to your sliding glass door.
Posted by: That Other Annoying Kid at February 29, 2016 07:23 PM (HgMAr)

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This one time, not blowing up a mailbox made me happy. I mailed them a box of dog shit instead.

Posted by: That Annoying Kid Up The Street at February 29, 2016 07:27 PM (/f6Nd)

535 >> You should be happy I didn't tape one to your sliding glass door.
>> Posted by: That Other Annoying Kid at February 29, 2016 07:23 PM

Hey! There's a brown paper bag that's on your front porch that's on fire!

Posted by: That Other Other Annoying Kid at February 29, 2016 07:27 PM (ml1PM)

536 Man, isn't that the truth! We had a guy shooting low into the berm and spraying is with dirt and gravel and bullet fragments - Good times. Good times.

I had a '73 Ford Capri built in Germany that I could (sort of) work on. New cars, not so much.

Posted by: Weasel at February 29, 2016 07:27 PM (e3bId)

537

I heard happiness runs in a circular motion.



It runs backwards below the equator.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at February 29, 2016 07:28 PM (LUgeY)

538 I really, really like Dennis Prager. He's a good and deep thinker.

Posted by: Mister Christopher (in Atlanta!) at February 29, 2016 07:28 PM (SLJ40)

539 watching my dog start off his day with a big, fat, chewy beef jerky treat which he devours and then snuggles into his family room bed and sleeps for the next half hour as I drink coffee makes me happy

Posted by: Nora at February 29, 2016 07:28 PM (Trq86)

540 FenelonSpoke (aka Felon Spoke)

I'm happy that Fenelon hasn't done any more drive bys ... yet.

And that grammie had a beautiful funeral.

Posted by: ReactionaryMonster browsing Bravely at February 29, 2016 07:28 PM (uURQL)

541 I'm happy I found a tray of pulled pork in the freezer that I smoked a while back.

Posted by: Duke Lowell at February 29, 2016 07:28 PM (kTF2Z)

542 Today Dennis was saying this campaign is destroying the conservative faction. His column this week is going to be on this.

Posted by: Skip at February 29, 2016 07:29 PM (fizMZ)

543 Nice concept. Especially in this contentious year. We are blessed to have Fen.

Sometimes it's tough but I'm always happy at daybreak on the golf course. Only if everyone could experience the dew covered grass, the deer, the dawn crescendo of the birds...

And after I come into the office to check Vic's links.



Thanks Fen, CBD and ace.

Posted by: Golfman at February 29, 2016 07:29 PM (48QDY)

544 Ford Capri? I thought those were the Mercury versions on the Mustang?

Posted by: Tim in Illinois. Blah, blah,blah... at February 29, 2016 07:29 PM (WVsWD)

545 My mother used to point out that there are fundamentally two types of problems in life - problems that you can fix with money and problems that no amount of money can fix.

Luckily for me at the moment pretty much all of my problems are of the first type. And mainly of the First World variety. Now of course I do complain and bitch about them but on the whole I can't really complain.

Posted by: Maetenloch at February 29, 2016 07:30 PM (pAlYe)

546 I live in So Cal and we actually had one day of heavy rain this year. I was down with a migraine and my daughter's teenage friends, whose own backyards were flooding, made an extra trip to the fire station to get sandbags for our yard, which they carried back and put in place, with cold rain pouring down on them. It makes me happy that not all young people are selfish, entitled brats, and in particular that my daughter has friends who will come through when it counts.

Posted by: Crabby Old Bat at February 29, 2016 07:30 PM (ZVKoE)

547 My favorite dirty mail trick was sending a chunk of lead back to a junk mailer in their "postage paid" envelope. It took a lot of strapping tape to get it secure but they have to pay the weight of that 5 pound bar going through the mail. Eat it you mail spamming jackwagon.

I used to collect all those postage paid lap tags that fell out of magazines and just toss them in the mail every so often. They only pay when it gets mailed back, not filled out. Have it back... at your expense!

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at February 29, 2016 07:30 PM (39g3+)

548 I'd rather make my own mistakes and live with the consequences than following the advice of stupid family members out of obligation and living with those consequences. Live your own life. You'll be happier than letting someone else game it out for you, qdsteve.

Posted by: L, Elle at February 29, 2016 07:30 PM (2x3L+)

549 another one of "red's Rules to Live By": "Optimism is its own punishment."

and naow it's beer;30, which means i will be happy until Resident 3vil gets home and starts bitching because i'm having a beer.

%-)

Posted by: redc1c4 at February 29, 2016 07:30 PM (ISW4H)

550 More obligatory music:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzRUs8I9f64

Posted by: Darn ya, smile! at February 29, 2016 07:32 PM (vBeA5)

551 Posted by: Maetenloch at February 29, 2016 07:30 PM (pAlYe)

A wise man once told me the are two types of problems. One you can fix and one you can't. Fix the one type and quit worrying about the other.

Posted by: Golfman at February 29, 2016 07:32 PM (48QDY)

552 I thought those were the Mercury versions on the Mustang?

More like the Maverick

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at February 29, 2016 07:32 PM (39g3+)

553 How do people here deal with close family members who feel entitled to run your life for you?

Posted by: qdpsteve at February 29, 2016 07:24 PM (ntObR)

I moved 800 miles. Worked perfectly.

Posted by: Meremortal at February 29, 2016 07:33 PM (3myMJ)

554 20 Listening to old time radio and watching decent black and white movies makes me happy.

Posted by: chique d'afrique at February 29, 2016 05:49 PM (mBYZv)

I love that too.

Posted by: Donna&&&&V (a white) (whitely brandishing ampersand privilege ) at February 29, 2016 07:33 PM (P8951)

555 I'm happy when I can read the comments here. They are work blocked, all I can do is read the articles at my job. So mainly, I lurk. The Man has forced me into the shadows.

Posted by: kallistoe at February 29, 2016 07:34 PM (kD8Fh)

556 If this can't make you smile there's something seriously wrong with you-

https://youtu.be/EVwlMVYqMu4

Posted by: weirdflunkyonatablet at February 29, 2016 07:34 PM (Uyzux)

557 Thanks for the suggestions all.

My situation is more complicated because I admit I'm talking about my mom, who I am still way too dependent on.

What frustrates me most is, I've taken major steps to become more independent, *and* pull my weight a lot more here at home. The truth is, we need each other.

So it's not like I can just say "screw it, I'm leaving." It's to the point that oftentimes I can't even leave the house at night, because she "gets scared."

Right now I am working on both saving for a *nice* car, and fulfilling some personal and professional dreams (which is why I've been talking about the movie I want to make). I also hope within five years to be a lot more secure and indepdnent financially, although I still won't be anywhere near "rich."

I'm going to continue working on those things. It's just that my mom is controlling and frankly oftentimes refuses to acknowledge the steps forward I've taken; she still oftentimes insists on treating me like I'm still 13 when my parents' favorite phrase was that I "don't have any common sense." Sigh. She also loves to portray herself as the victim of everyone and everything and me as one of the monsters she has to deal with, even though I know I've gotten far better at treating her well and with respect.

So anyway, again, your suggestions are welcome. :-)

Posted by: qdpsteve at February 29, 2016 07:34 PM (ntObR)

558 >>>>> I moved 800 miles. Worked perfectly.
Posted by: Meremortal at February 29, 2016 07:33 PM
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I did this too as a last resort, and it has worked perfectly.
Very good advice from Meremortal.

Posted by: L, Elle at February 29, 2016 07:35 PM (2x3L+)

559 544 I'm not much of a car guy, but this was a Ford coupe made in Germany with a 2 liter engine. Model year was 1973. I bought it used In the early 80s.

Posted by: Weasel at February 29, 2016 07:35 PM (e3bId)

560 And here is some reflection on the difference between "joy" and "happiness" from one Christian's perspective. And the reason I didn't title this the "joy thread" is because not everybody here shares my faith perspective, and I thought people could more easily relate to the idea of happiness:

http://www.gotquestions.org/joy-happiness.html

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at February 29, 2016 07:35 PM (w4NZ8)

561 555
20 Listening to old time radio and watching decent black and white movies makes me happy.



Posted by: chique d'afrique at February 29, 2016 05:49 PM (mBYZv)



I love that too.

Posted by: DonnaV (a white) (whitely brandishing ampersand privilege ) at February 29, 2016 07:33 PM (P8951)


I just got a Hitchcock set of old movies. I didn't know he was making movies back when there was no sound.

Posted by: Mimzey at February 29, 2016 07:35 PM (aRUb8)

562 i'm writing that *especially* because of who i meet on line...

Posted by: redc1c4 at February 29, 2016 07:21 PM (ISW4H)

You have chosen that, and that is your prerogative.
I hope it works out somehow.

Posted by: Meremortal at February 29, 2016 07:35 PM (3myMJ)

563 and naow it's beer;30, which means i will be happy until Resident 3vil gets home and starts bitching because i'm having a beer.

That's just crazy, 30 beers in an afternoon is nothing.

Posted by: dartist at February 29, 2016 07:35 PM (Nr1E9)

564 Needed this today. Have been in a perfectly foul mood all day and the unbridled political crazy out there is a little frightening. So. (Deep breath)

My dog (a Golden) makes me happy. Beethoven and my new sheets make me happy. Coffee and melon (just started buying it again), sunlight when I leave work make me happy and I got hooked on the soundtrack to "Hamilton" over the past week, I cannot stop listening to it and it makes me very happy. Dying to see the play.

Posted by: Goldilocks at February 29, 2016 07:36 PM (pOgVG)

565
Man, isn't that the truth! We had a guy shooting low into the berm and spraying is with dirt and gravel and bullet fragments - Good times. Good times.

Posted by: Weasel at February 29, 2016 07:27 PM (e3bId)







Heh.

Back in the olden days when The Gipper was POTUS, I was on my battalion rifle marksmanship team and we used to share the Known Distance range with the machine gun team during training. We'd pull targets for them, they'd pull targets for us. Of course, the M60s put a lot of rounds into the berm, and for close to two weeks we spent half the day being showered with dirt.

Then some comedian talked us rifle guys into getting a little payback on the last day of training. So we did a course of fire where EVERY 5.56 round was fired into the berm. Our big mistake was that we had to pull targets for them later. For some reason, when we walked past each other while switching places, every one of those guys had an evil smile on their face.

Those bastards must have dug trenches in the berm with those M60s, there was so much dirt coming over into the target pits.

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at February 29, 2016 07:36 PM (o98Jz)

566 There's this website called Love Meow that has rescue stories with pictures. It's a very simple site, nothing complex, but it's really sweet. The stories are from all over the world, and features cats.

Makes me feel that maybe humanity isn't so bad, if people care so much about animals; in this case, cats and kittens. Very.. heartwarming.

Posted by: shibumi, RIP USA at February 29, 2016 07:36 PM (7FH+T)

567 Thank you for this thread. My brilliant husband makes me happy. Our three hilarious and inquisitive kids make me happy. Faith in God through Jesus makes me happy. Kaboom kids who tell it like it is in delightfully snarky ways make me happy. The birds singing in the midst of a shrub full of yellow flowers are a cool reminder of how free happiness can be.

Posted by: Than ksforthereminder at February 29, 2016 07:36 PM (+Bkcx)

568
Man, isn't that the truth! We had a guy shooting low into the berm and spraying is with dirt and gravel and bullet fragments - Good times. Good times.

I had a '73 Ford Capri built in Germany that I could (sort of) work on. New cars, not so much.------Weasel

Ah, the good old dirt shower. I have some pictures (somewhere) of damage done to the protective shelf at the Rio Salado 500 yard pit from shooters like that. Reminds you to keep your head down and hands low.
My favorite Check engine code is the "general emissions" issue code. I love when even the car basically shrugs.

Posted by: Tilikum KAW LLC at February 29, 2016 07:37 PM (uhftQ)

569 544 earlier style than what you're thinking. Fun little car.

Posted by: Weasel at February 29, 2016 07:37 PM (e3bId)

570 Whenever I'm faced with a problem I ask two questions. Will this bother me in a week and can I do anything about it. No on either and it's water off a ducks back.

Posted by: Duke Lowell at February 29, 2016 07:38 PM (kTF2Z)

571 I just got a Hitchcock set of old movies. I didn't know he was making movies back when there was no sound.

I think Blackmail was the first all-talkie film released in the USA.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at February 29, 2016 07:38 PM (39g3+)

572 Thanks Fenelon for this great thread. Nice thoughts? Some are easy. One of the blessings of retirement is being able to be with my beloved Mrs. JTB all the time. The love of my life is also my best friend. This is bliss.

Posted by: JTB at February 29, 2016 07:38 PM (FvdPb)

573 Moving is something I admit I plan to do, but most likely I won't be able to do it until after my mom passes.

As I've said, will probably end up in NV or AZ.

Posted by: qdpsteve at February 29, 2016 07:38 PM (ntObR)

574 I have been spending money on Midori Traveler's Notebooks. I have had my office supply addiction under control for awhile. But I'm having fun with these and was able to use an old mother of pearl heart on one of them. It has some memories to it and makes me smile.

Beyond that, we have daffodils blooming and a crazy springer to deal with. God willing, we'll make progress on moving this year and getting out from under some bills. And I feel grateful for whatever comes.

Posted by: notsothoreau at February 29, 2016 07:39 PM (5HBd1)

575 Those early Capris were not Mustangs. Pretty good little cars. My Grandapa had one. Backed into a light pole and wrapped the rear around it. He was not happy. I was about 15 and in the car at the time. Got an earful of that mellifluous Army talk.

Thinking about that made me happy. I'm easy like that.

Posted by: freaked at February 29, 2016 07:39 PM (BO/km)

576 How do people here deal with close family members who feel entitled to run your life for you?

Posted by: qdpsteve at February 29, 2016 07:24 PM (ntObR)

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I have this issue. I am not like anyone in my family. My Dad accepts that I am myself and things that make me happy are very strange, but he can in many ways relate to what makes me tick. He actually arned Grimmy because he liked him to never underestimate me and just because i am crazier than a shithouse rat, I am NOT stupid ...and when hurt, i WILL get you. Eventually. Dad loves and respects me, likes to see pics of my kittens, horses and my roses. He is glad to call Grim his friend. We even talk about restoring cars together. I want him to help me with a 73 Ford Superduty, thats just waiting in the driveway for his attention.


Mom doesnt know me, has no clue what make me tick and tries to control me much to my dismay. I have had to move far enough away to make this impractical, and have essentially banished her from my house. Even when it looked model perfect after a remodel she found things to complain about and even yell at me over. (who yells at people over choices in bedroom art?) I have found in her case, good fences make good neighbors. the less she knows about what i do with my horses and my cats, the better. We dont talk about the truck, she doesnt know i have it, or that I plan to play car with dad. If she knew, she would flip out. Because: Reasons!


people like that you can only handle with extreme tact and distance.

Posted by: Gushka can haz kittys what plays fetch! at February 29, 2016 07:39 PM (6ga6c)

577 Helping out my aging parents, partial repayment of infinite debt to them

Posted by: Buzzsaw90 at February 29, 2016 07:40 PM (pyd3d)

578 A newly made bed makes me happy, probably because by the time its done I'm tired enough that lying down is just a blessing.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at February 29, 2016 07:40 PM (39g3+)

579 The late buzzion can still communicate with us, almost like he's still a live person. That makes me happy.

Fenelon Spoke made me happy with this thread. I was in a crabby mood when I got home. Reading the comments here has made me feel a lot better.

Posted by: Donna&&&&V (a white) (whitely brandishing ampersand privilege ) at February 29, 2016 07:40 PM (P8951)

580 569 The engine in my car today doesn't even look like an engine. More of a propulsion module or some damn thing.

Posted by: Weasel at February 29, 2016 07:40 PM (e3bId)

581 Posted by: qdpsteve at February 29, 2016 07:38 PM (ntObR)

I get that. Try to find yourself, your freedom and your desires in bits and pieces in the meantime. Treat yourself well like you do your mother.

Posted by: Meremortal at February 29, 2016 07:41 PM (3myMJ)

582 One of the reasons I hate the way the country is going so much is that the rest of my life is going so well. I think I'll just focus on.

1. A year and a half ago I married the best woman I've ever known outside of my dear ol' departed mum.
2. We're having our first baby, a daughter in June. About once a day I think about her and have to fight back tears of joy, at work.
3. Speaking of work, I love what I do and I'm good at it (I'm a Sr. IT engineer, I.E. if Hillary had called me, and Hillary wasn't Hillary, we wouldn't be talking about her email server right now). I just started a new job for a boss that's also a great friend, someone I've worked with for over 10 years and it was a 40% raise.

I'm literally living my American dream, right now, as the country goes in the fucking toilet. I feel something akin to survivor's guilt about it.

Posted by: DanInMN at February 29, 2016 07:42 PM (15ZVX)

583 Watching the Lancaster PA Eagle cam makes me happy.

Posted by: Miley's Tongue dba Ylva of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy at February 29, 2016 07:42 PM (odjaN)

584 Maybe hit 1000 on a happy thread? Maybe there's hope left in the world.

Posted by: Duke Lowell at February 29, 2016 07:42 PM (kTF2Z)

585 572
I just got a Hitchcock set of old movies. I didn't know he was making movies back when there was no sound.



I think Blackmail was the first all-talkie film released in the USA.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at February 29, 2016 07:38 PM (39g3+)


Could be. I'll look into it. Was it a Hitchcock movie?

Posted by: Mimzey at February 29, 2016 07:42 PM (aRUb8)

586 Posted by: weirdflunkyonatablet at February 29, 2016 07:34 PM (

Tears.

Posted by: Golfman at February 29, 2016 07:43 PM (48QDY)

587 53 baseball coming soon makes me so happy. Oh dear God we need it so bad this year. Summer days with young guys playing hard and having fun, showing amazing skill in such a wonderful game. MLB is doing their best to destroy the sport, but its still great despite their stupidity.
Posted by: Christopher Taylor at February 29, 2016 05:53 PM (39g3+)

Yes, yes YES!

Posted by: Donna&&&&V (a white) (whitely brandishing ampersand privilege ) at February 29, 2016 07:43 PM (P8951)

588 I woke unusually early today and saw a beautiful sunrise. I saw my 6 mo. old granddaughter crawl for the first time today. I heard, then saw, robins for the first time this winter. I ate a chocolate raspberry truffle after jogging 3.25 miles (?!) Yup, it's the little things.

Posted by: debzeppelin at February 29, 2016 07:43 PM (ttFRc)

589 When are we finally going to get a hate and discontent thread?

Aren't a lot of daily threads like that ;^)

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at February 29, 2016 07:44 PM (w4NZ8)

590 Did someone say Hitchcock movies?

I got this collection about a year ago. Seems to be the best deal; contains a LOT of movies, and the quality seems to be halfway decent, based on the comments.

http://tinyurl.com/hnkskna

Posted by: qdpsteve at February 29, 2016 07:44 PM (ntObR)

591
How do people here deal with close family members who feel entitled to run your life for you?


Posted by: qdpsteve at February 29, 2016 07:24 PM (ntObR)
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a while back, I started doing some research on personality theory. I really like the Myers-Briggs stuff. It can help you see you own traits in a different way, and be more tolerant of others. People are who they are, and if we accept that, and not think they're being vindictive or uncooperative, it makes life a bit easier.

Posted by: shibumi, RIP USA at February 29, 2016 07:44 PM (7FH+T)

592 Thanks to LizLem at February 29, 2016 06:01 PM for the Robt Downey story. Happiness went both ways, it seems, for what he did for the grandmother, and what the granddaughter did for him.

Posted by: mindful webworker - happiness runs in a circular motion at February 29, 2016 07:44 PM (5a8XA)

593 I woke unusually early today and saw a beautiful sunrise.

The sunrise and the sunset are often my favorite times of day because the colors are often magnificent and even when they're not just a little bit of color over the dark trees is very lovely.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at February 29, 2016 07:45 PM (w4NZ8)

594 A longbow defeating 2 crossbowmen

Posted by: Buzzsaw90 at February 29, 2016 07:46 PM (pyd3d)

595 Wow, lots of good responses. Thanks to all.

Posted by: qdpsteve at February 29, 2016 07:46 PM (ntObR)

596 Posted by: Ricardo Kill at February 29, 2016 06:01 PM (LA7Cm)

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Good ones,!!

Posted by: Seems legit at February 29, 2016 07:46 PM (xEZkG)

597

And that grammie had a beautiful funeral.


I certainly hope she made less of a racket than Buzzion did.

All that pounding coming from his coffin made the singer difficult to hear. "Hey, let me out of this thing!!!!" and "Dammit, I'm not dead!!!"

Hey man, can you keep it down? We're trying to have a funeral service here.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at February 29, 2016 07:46 PM (LUgeY)

598 It would be so easy, and in my nature, to live like a constantly erupting volcano. The way I counter that is to focus on the wonders around me. That can be the joy a pet brings to one's life or a carpet of wildflowers in early spring after a harsh winter.

I really like seeds. There is something miraculous about a tiny, shriveled item so small that it is hard to weigh that becomes delicious food or beautiful flowers. And I enjoy the whole process, not just the end result. Magical.

Posted by: JTB at February 29, 2016 07:46 PM (FvdPb)

599 IllTemperedCur, yeah that would been a great idea if you shot last. Major ooopsie.

Posted by: Tilikum KAW LLC at February 29, 2016 07:47 PM (uhftQ)

600


Posted by: Golfman at February 29, 2016 07:43 PM (48QDY)

I watched that video and catch myself smiling like the biggest idiot in the world.

Posted by: weirdflunkyonatablet at February 29, 2016 07:47 PM (Uyzux)

601 A wise flyfisherman named Jack Brooks wrote that you must work to save only that which you are capable of saving. If you try to save everything, you will save nothing.

If more people were living your kind of life, things would be better all over. You are important for that reason.

Posted by: Meremortal at February 29, 2016 07:47 PM (3myMJ)

602 Ace providing content before noon

Posted by: Buzzsaw90 at February 29, 2016 07:50 PM (pyd3d)

603 Playing Artemis or DnD with friends makes me happy.

In the grind of working and raising kids, my husband and I never took time for hobbies. Now we're empty nesters and it's so nice to do these things as a couple, with good friends who are as goofy as we are.

Posted by: Laura at February 29, 2016 07:50 PM (3YYhi)

604 Posted by: DanInMN at February 29, 2016 07:42 PM (15ZVX

Whoops, my 601 was in response to this comment.

Posted by: Meremortal at February 29, 2016 07:50 PM (3myMJ)

605 I'm not on Facebook, or Twitter, or Instagram or SnapChat or etc, etc, etc. And THAT makes me very, very happy.

Posted by: Pete Seria at February 29, 2016 07:50 PM (/pOl7)

606 A happiness thread wouldn't be complete without someone being happy for having survived cancer, so I guess I'll shoulder that responsibility. Prognosis of 1-5 years in . . . 1989.

I won't say I'm happy to have had cancer, but neither can I say I regret it. It gave me many gifts. Won't bore you, but one is a philosophy of life that has served me well: happy is more fun than sad, sad is more fun than dead.

I'm also grateful for the people here. I post rarely, but I'm a faithful reader. I think I'll need to hang out in this neighborhood more and more to get through 2016.

Posted by: Wenda (sic) at February 29, 2016 07:50 PM (PKyc9)

607 Posted by: qdpsteve at February 29, 2016 07:38 PM (ntObR)

Go see a professional family therapist.

Posted by: Insomniac at February 29, 2016 07:51 PM (0mRoj)

608 So Weasel, your car has warp drive?

Posted by: Tilikum KAW LLC at February 29, 2016 07:51 PM (uhftQ)

609 Posted by: Wenda (sic) at February 29, 2016 07:50 PM (PKyc9)

Congratulations!

Posted by: Meremortal at February 29, 2016 07:52 PM (3myMJ)

610 God bless and keep you Wenda.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at February 29, 2016 07:52 PM (39g3+)

611 526 Yes, Reactionary monster-Joy and happiness are two different things and the Bible would assert that. But I chose happiness as the title because I was not trying to be overly religious.
Posted by: FenelonSpoke at February 29, 2016 07:26 PM (w4NZ


I know that Dennis has talked quite often about the difference between happiness and fun and enjoyment. Fun and enjoyment tend to be event-driven and transitory while happiness (in the contentment and satisfaction sense) is more long-lasting and independent of particular events.

And in practice there's a bit of tension between them. Adam Carolla often points out that all the people he knew growing up who focused only on having fun and enjoying life at every moment have actually ended up with not very happy lives whereas the happiest ones are the people who were willing to forego daily fun to pursue their goals.

Posted by: Maetenloch at February 29, 2016 07:52 PM (pAlYe)

612 A few things that me happy...

My kids

My grandkids

Ice cold Diet Mountain Dew

And lately...a wonderful lady who thinks I'm wonderful, too. It's nice to have that in my life again after so many years.

Posted by: Captain Whitebread at February 29, 2016 07:52 PM (rJUlF)

613

OK. SIL#1 is here, time for supper.

Y'all try and behave.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at February 29, 2016 07:52 PM (LUgeY)

614 Mercedes Carrera recently did another anal scene. You can watch it in All About Ass 2. Download at EvilAngel.com. Great stuff. Makes me very happy.

Posted by: Mr. Estrada at February 29, 2016 07:52 PM (ZW4na)

615 Have you ever gone to Olallie lake? It's up in the Mt Jefferson area in Oregon. Old Forest Service cabins, without electricity or running water. No motors allowed at the lake and no cell coverage. It's a great place to go.

Posted by: notsothoreau at February 29, 2016 07:53 PM (5HBd1)

616 Have you ever gone to Olallie lake? It's up in the Mt Jefferson area in Oregon. Old Forest Service cabins, without electricity or running water. No motors allowed at the lake and no cell coverage. It's a great place to go.

Posted by: notsothoreau at February 29, 2016 07:53 PM (5HBd1)

617 Insomniac, already doing that. My mom won't go.

She (and previous ones) continually say, I have to learn to control myself, I can't control others. True but doesn't help when my mom and family is busy being maddening and telling me I'm wrong about everything...

Posted by: qdpsteve at February 29, 2016 07:53 PM (ntObR)

618 This thread is a fantastic idea.

Today, fresh navel oranges make me happy. Get 'em while they're still in season.


Posted by: KT at February 29, 2016 07:54 PM (qahv/)

619 "their goals."


Posted by: Maetenloch at February 29, 2016 07:52 PM (pAlYe)

Deferred gratification is one of the great secrets to a good life. You do have to survive long enough to enjoy the results of course.

Posted by: Meremortal at February 29, 2016 07:54 PM (3myMJ)

620 How do people here deal with close family members who feel entitled to run your life for you?

---

Put a few states between you and your family.

Works for me.

Posted by: SMFH at February 29, 2016 07:56 PM (rlfds)

621 Have you ever gone to Olallie lake?

Been there a couple times. I prefer to hike up into the wilderness area and camp, particularly Jefferson Park right at the foot of the mountain. But Marion Lake, Pamelia Lake, pretty much anywhere in that area is amazing.

I am happy I live in Oregon, the most beautiful place on earth. It truly is God's country, like He spent extra time working on it.

One last song as I go to make dinner

https://youtu.be/SBMsulQMqm8

Kansas - The Wall

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at February 29, 2016 07:56 PM (39g3+)

622 There is the old stand by schadenfraude

Posted by: tmitsss at February 29, 2016 07:57 PM (Pa9vP)

623 "The happiest ones are the people who were willing to forego daily fun to pursue their goals."

---

So true.

And when I have my degree in my hot little hand, then the fun begins.

Posted by: SMFH at February 29, 2016 07:57 PM (rlfds)

624 608 Ha! From the sticker price you would think so!

Posted by: Weasel at February 29, 2016 07:58 PM (e3bId)

625 Posted by: qdpsteve at February 29, 2016 07:53 PM (ntObR)

Try to find one that will be a little more practical. You're more likely to get that if the therapist's a dude. And your mother doesn't have to go for it to help you.

I have some experience with dysfunctional family situations. My mother probably had an Axis II personality disorder and my dad was codependent. I have an estranged asshole brother. If you ever want to talk offline, shoot me an email. Should be in my nic.

Posted by: Insomniac at February 29, 2016 07:58 PM (0mRoj)

626 Nood makes me happy. Thanks again, Fen.

Posted by: ReactionaryMonster browsing Bravely at February 29, 2016 07:59 PM (uURQL)

627 Some other things:

Fuji apples. And not being in prison.

Posted by: Weasel at February 29, 2016 07:59 PM (e3bId)

628 Fixed the dog's week-long constipation with an Ex-Lax pill in some cheese. He's a lot happier, and so are we!

Posted by: Empire1 at February 29, 2016 08:00 PM (dZjom)

629 Posted by: Wenda (sic) at February 29, 2016 07:50 PM (PKyc9)

Congrats, Wenda!

Posted by: Laura at February 29, 2016 08:00 PM (3YYhi)

630 Awesome thread, FS!

Posted by: sinalco at February 29, 2016 08:03 PM (yODqO)

631 Hey. When are we finally going to get a hate and discontent thread?

-
Festivus.

Posted by: The Great White Snark at February 29, 2016 08:04 PM (Nwg0u)

632 Google robot car hits bus. Or maybe a bus hit the car. No one hurt. Reading this made me feel happy so I must be right? Or am I only temporarily happy and now on a search for something else to keep me happy?

Posted by: freaked at February 29, 2016 08:04 PM (BO/km)

633 Most of the songs from the 80's make me happy.

Posted by: HarriedandHopeless at February 29, 2016 08:07 PM (Sg0jH)

634 I love the start of baseball season: so much potential and so many possibilities.

Having a good day at the gun range. It is very therapeutic.

Seeing gold finches and purple finches coming into their summer colors.

Knowing that I'm the reason my dog's tail is wagging.

Doing a sketch that is recognizable. (Okay, that bar is set low.)

Posted by: JTB at February 29, 2016 08:07 PM (FvdPb)

635 67 And somebody please flog the poster at #16 for blowing out the margins. Thanks.
Posted by: Insomniac at February 29, 2016 05:54 PM (0mRoj)

Sorry, looked fine when and after I posted.

I'll post one more and say goodnight. Happiness is something to pursue:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSav51fVlKU

Posted by: Massena at February 29, 2016 08:09 PM (Dsg20)

636 Most of the songs from the 80's make me happy.

Same here. Lionel Richie's music from 1982-84 especially. I joking call his 80s stuff "audio prozac."

Posted by: qdpsteve at February 29, 2016 08:11 PM (ntObR)

637 Insomniac, thanks!!

Posted by: qdpsteve at February 29, 2016 08:12 PM (ntObR)

638 This is my first time commenting. Although, I am a longtime reader, or a lurker as we seem to be called. This happiness thread pulled me in.

In the past two years I returned after nearly 20 years to riding my road bicycle a lot. I am now riding on Saturdays and Sundays with long-time meet ups of riders at a Trader Joes or a local bicycle shop. On Saturdays the meet up at Trader Joes takes place at four points in time in the morning. I usually ride the 7:45 am ride and we will have at least 25 riders in our group. Riding in a group and drafting the riders in front of you is an adrenaline rush that is hard to describe. What is truly amazing is that riders of every age, culture, gender, and income come together with most of us not knowing the others and participate in this 30-plus mile bike ride. So for the two hours we ride together we are a casual brotherhood, sisterhood, or just being decent humans enjoying the same experience.

About six months ago I had a rider in front of me accidentally take out my front wheel causing me to go crashing into a parked car and sliding on the street. The entire pack of riders stopped, and several helped me get myself and bike together to continue on. I will never forget that these folks I do not know all stopped and made sure I was okay and would not continue on until I was ready and could go as well.

So, on the weekends I have a couple hours on Saturday and Sunday where I share an experience with for the most part strangers, and we can do so without caring about our many contrary classifications or our views and beliefs. It is a very happy feeling that as crappy as the world is, and as disappointed I am in how our country is going into the crapper that a simple bike ride gets all of us adversaries to look at each other and say isn't this fun? And, I'll see you next week!

Then I return to considering them on the wrong side of most issues...

Posted by: FightOn Bruin at February 29, 2016 08:13 PM (zNmjH)

639 We are a lot happier without having the stepson around. He's disrespectful to his dad. And every time he shows up, he starts telling us how to do stuff. Most of the time, he doesn't know what he's talking about. I'm not willing to put up with it. We aren't going to reorder our lives for him. So he's out on the Oregon Coast and we are where we are.

If there is one thing I don't like, it's ungrateful people. I would love to have him on good terms with his dad, but I can't change his attitude.

Posted by: notsothoreau at February 29, 2016 08:15 PM (5HBd1)

640 Huskies. They usually make me happy.

Posted by: Hikaru at February 29, 2016 08:17 PM (Vevy5)

641 How I feel after a good long run or bike ride. I work out a lot and being outside and working out makes me happy.

It also makes me appreciate my good health. At age 45, I am fit and haven't a pain in my body. I know it won't last forever. I'm really thankful for my health; we rarely appreciate it until it's gone.

Posted by: jmp at February 29, 2016 08:20 PM (1jFzW)

642 A significantly worthwhile topic. Looking forward to it as a recurring theme.

Posted by: Mongerel at February 29, 2016 08:21 PM (F7sCe)

643 Telling my adult children I am proud of them.

I remember how it felt when my dad told me that.

Posted by: Dave in Texas at February 29, 2016 08:21 PM (Lz/sK)

644 I laugh at Dog when she barks at the owls and jumps around to get their attention--

She looks up at them, as if to say: "You're big enough to really play with!"

They look down at her, as if to say: "You're too big to eat!"

Posted by: JQ Flyover at February 29, 2016 08:23 PM (044Fx)

645 I know how you feel 638. I have done many group rides and it's a lot of fun. . I ride alone a lot these days. As well as run.

Posted by: jmp at February 29, 2016 08:23 PM (1jFzW)

646 It takes discipline to be happy.

Posted by: Mongerel at February 29, 2016 08:25 PM (F7sCe)

647 Been reading the comments off-and-on while doing other things. Up to #350 so far. Gonna stick with it, even if the horde and posts have moved on, 'til I get to the bottom. It's therapeutic, to be sure.

Got a bowl of vanilla ice cream. Happiness in the mouth.

Posted by: mindful webworker - nom nom nom at February 29, 2016 08:26 PM (5a8XA)

648 I'm trying to look deeper and find joy. Happiness, to me, is fleeting. I'm working hard to be joyful through pain, sorrow, and disappointment. But happy? The first cup of coffee and kissing my babies to wake them in the morning, that makes me happy.

Posted by: no good deed at February 29, 2016 08:26 PM (GgxVX)

649 Mornings start with me running/exercising and tossing sticks to my border collie mix (half Border half Bernese). Winter too, while dark (between 545-7 am). I never fail to find myself laughing spontaneously at some point during the outing. Dogs are angels from God to teach us to be grateful and happy (and to teach us other things too). But today, I'll settle for happy.

Posted by: xnycpeasant at February 29, 2016 08:26 PM (TcePY)

650 For the dog lovers:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMhw5MFYU0s

Posted by: Hrothgar at February 29, 2016 08:27 PM (wYnyS)

651 Fenelonspoke - I decided to email Dennis about this thread. I know he gets alerts about his name on the Web but in any case wanted to send him it.

Posted by: Skip at February 29, 2016 08:28 PM (fizMZ)

652 What an awesome thread to finish off the day.
Things that make this gal happy:
Steak
Bacon
Finding a 10 dollar bill in your pocket that you forgot was there
Riding a good horse
Writing
Hot guys
Reading a good book
Gardening

Posted by: right wing whippersnapper- quietly rebellious at February 29, 2016 08:28 PM (26lkV)

653 BTW I'm riding a train now and Dennis Prager's video was "restricted" ?
Did he, too, extoll the happiness of pron?

Posted by: xnycpeasant at February 29, 2016 08:29 PM (TcePY)

654 Our now retired Judge who handled divorces with minor children often said, "Happiness is overrated." That being his take on mostly women who wanted a divorce "because they weren't happy.

Posted by: CMU VET at February 29, 2016 08:31 PM (ejB0r)

655 How is this video restricted ?

Posted by: Skip at February 29, 2016 08:33 PM (fizMZ)

656 Howdy ... anybody still on this thread ?

Posted by: Irony at February 29, 2016 08:34 PM (qmMG2)

657 I wrote above somewhere Dennis does say leftists as a general observation are not as happy as conservatives. By definition leftists see everything as unequal and needing change.

Posted by: Skip at February 29, 2016 08:36 PM (fizMZ)

658 I jumped back to leave Fenelonspoke the message up a few.

Posted by: Skip at February 29, 2016 08:37 PM (fizMZ)

659 Dogs really are a gift from God:

http://preview.tinyurl.com/odt533f

Posted by: JQ Flyover at February 29, 2016 08:38 PM (044Fx)

660 Happiness will be if I get started on the book I just got, tomorrow.

Posted by: Skip at February 29, 2016 08:38 PM (fizMZ)

661 I'd say pets in general as I have 2 cats now. But loved when I was a teenager to young adult the family had a German Shepherd who loved to take drives.

Posted by: Skip at February 29, 2016 08:40 PM (fizMZ)

662 622
There is the old stand by schadenfraude

Posted by: tmitsss at February 29, 2016 07:57 PM (Pa9vP)


I have heard spoken of this person called "Schade". Hast thou seeneth this being here?

Posted by: Bob at February 29, 2016 08:46 PM (aRUb8)

663 Cats are wonderful, too! I used to have 2. Distinctly different personalities, despite similar looks.

Both just happened into my life, lived 17 and 19 years, but are both long gone...

I miss them still, but smile every time I look at the (many!!) photos. Rotten little sh!theads anyway. And so smart!

Posted by: JQ Flyover at February 29, 2016 08:47 PM (044Fx)

664 American Citizenship makes me happy.


Posted by: Mongerel at February 29, 2016 08:53 PM (F7sCe)

665 Like everyone in this thread, boobs make me extremely happy.

I have no idea why.

I *know* why touching myself also makes me extremely happy.

But boobs?

I don't know why.

And that makes me sad.

Posted by: @PeeteySDee at February 29, 2016 08:55 PM (CNo7a)

666 Okay, acting happy/nice is basic social etiquette NOT a moral obligation!! If I acted like an ass or an unpleasant person in my work I would lose clients and make no money. Good service comes with a smile. I try to smile and put up a front at home and at social gatherings and functions because again, social etiquette. I want people to feel like I am approachable. I am also nice/happy to assholes that I can't stand because I interact with them daily or they are respected in my community. Why are they respected? Cause they have money or wield influence and in most cases have both, in reality they are obnoxious as are most of the people that I interact with. I'm not going to lie Christians can be some of the biggest fakes that I know, by all means lets continue to be friendly and approachable, it's a big part of being successful in life. But if you want something to be a moral obligation, it should be a desire for more considerate and thoughtful connections with people to sense when their putting on a happy face for show and then actually trying to help them in their time of suffering. There are people who really do have very little to be happy about.

Posted by: whirligiginator at February 29, 2016 08:56 PM (75jF+)

667 :evil"

Posted by: Satan at February 29, 2016 08:56 PM (80lUM)

668 Oh, and "rotten little sh!thead" was *actually* a term of endearment.

You know how a cat, when lounging luxuriously (upon whatever forbidden spot), will look at you and squinch its eyes...while you coo obscenities in a syrupy voice...

Yeah, that's it...

Posted by: JQ Flyover at February 29, 2016 08:57 PM (044Fx)

669 Planted 285 Spring bulbs that I forced over the winter by putting them in the freezer. Happiness is waiting for the first crocus, daffodil and tulip to bloom.

Posted by: neverenoughcaffeine at February 29, 2016 08:57 PM (bLYhc)

670 I just noticed my post is #666, yeah that's creepy. : /

Posted by: whirligiginator at February 29, 2016 09:05 PM (75jF+)

671 I recently turned 69 and had begun to believe I would never have grandkids. My only child, my son, recently turned 40. He finally got married about 4-1/2 years ago and I now have a 3-1/2 year old granddaughter and another one that will celebrate her first birthday this coming Saturday. The icing on the cake is that I live with them so I get to hang out with them every day.

Posted by: Suds 46 at February 29, 2016 10:32 PM (xtUYy)

672 671
I recently turned 69 and had begun to believe I would never have
grandkids. My only child, my son, recently turned 40. He finally got
married about 4-1/2 years ago and I now have a 3-1/2 year old
granddaughter and another one that will celebrate her first birthday
this coming Saturday. The icing on the cake is that I live with them so I
get to hang out with them every day.


Posted by: Suds 46 at February 29, 2016 10:32 PM (xtUYy)






















that is fantastic!!!!!

Posted by: phoenixgirl, i was born a rebel at February 29, 2016 10:33 PM (0O7c5)

673 actually, this post above, 671, is pretty awesome...

Posted by: Oregon Atarian at February 29, 2016 10:39 PM (TOssO)

674 Posted by: Suds 46 at February 29, 2016 10:32 PM (xtUYy)
Posted by: phoenixgirl, i was born a rebel at February 29, 2016 10:33 PM (0O7c5)


I was going to close comments to keep the spam and nasties out.

I am really glad I didn't!

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 29, 2016 10:40 PM (Zu3d9)

675 666
"Okay, acting happy/nice is basic social etiquette NOT a moral obligation!!"

Did you catch the distinction between sharing your feelings with those close to you (good) and inflicting your moods on them (bad)? Have you ever dealt with a kid upon whom parents inflicted foul moods over and over again?

I think you are right that cultivating considerate and thoughtful connections with people so you can help them in times of suffering is a good thing. Don't think Prager would disagree.


Posted by: KT at February 29, 2016 11:02 PM (qahv/)

676 Happiness is being with someone who loves you, warts and all.

Posted by: The Barrel at March 01, 2016 12:01 AM (rlfds)

677 PUPPY!!!!!! Skitter...Thud.

Posted by: Mark Reardon at March 01, 2016 06:53 AM (RJUkD)

678 I'm so happy I could puke.

Posted by: Corona at March 01, 2016 08:55 AM (ragzU)

679
I will be supremely happy if the SMOD comes and takes all home.

Posted by: I R A Darth Aggie at March 01, 2016 09:38 AM (1hM1d)

680 Reading through these, I just figured out what makes me happy: hearing my 18 year old educate her friends ... by showing them The Producers (the original) or Twilight Zone or The Prisoner or any of the zillion shows I shared with her growing up.

Or when she complains that noone gets her 1980s jokes. I just love that.

Posted by: Lurkette at March 01, 2016 01:43 PM (PLmfk)

681 Great thread! My dog's unconditional excitement & love; sobriety for 30+ years after mostly ruining my late teens/early 20s with drugs/alcohol; playing hoops and running 5Ks and the cleansing/exhausting training that goes into such endeavors; watching my children compete in sports and grow up too quickly. I love the quote someone mentioned above (and those which are similar) Happiness is a Direction not a Place - so true. Through it all the Peace that Passes Understanding gives me the confidence to be joyously happy even when sad/hard events intrude - and they always will

Posted by: Eric at March 01, 2016 02:47 PM (EqmH5)

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