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What Are You Thankful For?

The unconditional love and appreciation I have for my family. Bougie Black Girls. VSB Nation. Trader Joe’s turkey bacon (the best chain store bought bacon you can possibly buy). Grantland’s NBA coverage. Donald Trump (for his role in getting Obama re-elected). The fact that I enjoy “The Terminal” more every time I watch it. Shrimp and eggs. Kyrie Irving continuing to prove me right. 

I could continue — and I probably will later today — but that’s it for now. Because we have a ton of stuff going on right now — and because most people’s weeks next week will be somewhat irregular — this will be the last entry until the week after Thanksgiving. Because of this, we’ve decided to have our Thanksgiving a little early here, and open up the forum to share exactly what we’re thankful for this year. (No, I didn’t mean for that last line to rhyme)

Anyway, VSB Nation, what are you thankful for right now?

—Damon Young (aka “The Champ”)

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Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB. He is also a contributing editor for EBONY.com. He resides in Pittsburgh, and he really likes pancakes.

  • nillalatte

    I’m thankful that you posted something before I decided to go to bed! :P

    • nillalatte

      I thankful that TUK doesn’t realize I just posted so I could be first! :P

  • Yoles

    i am thankful for my health, my family, my friends, being employed and all the regular stuff… i am also thankful that i have been able to continue my 2012 of abstinence without killing someone and being on the 6, 10 AND 11 0′clock news. i am thankful that i still have enough patience to not overdose on purpose one of my patients… i am just thankful to be here, loving, living, learning and so much more :D

    • http://testorshia.blogspot.com Tes

      I’m thankful for you Yoles! ^____^

      *flings “Y” shaped confetti*

      • Yoles

        Oh Sweet Tes…. You are a breath of freshair, I swear… You make me blush… I’m thankful for getting to know you as well

    • nillalatte

      Hi Yoles!!! Ditto on your list. I feel the same! :D

      • nillalatte

        “i have been able to continue my 2012 of abstinence without killing someone”

        ummm… wait… minus this part.. LOL I certainly ain’t been this, but I’m thankful for Californication. ;)

        • Yoles

          GetinsomegoodstrokesformeNilla

          • nillalatte

            Consider your request completed! ;) LOLOL

    • https://twitter.com/#!/IluminatiNYC Todd

      Why would you want to OD your patients? I don’t get it.

      • Yoles

        b/c contrary to popular beliefs patients are annoying, whiny, lazy & thinking that a hospital stay is equal to a hotel stay… for example (these all happened to ME)

        1) pt states inside her va.gina itches but she can’t reach it, can i do it for her? i explain that i can not do physical examinations, she goes on to say its scratching an itch, i expain further if you are in a hospital and staff puts a digit inside you, you have now just received a manual va.ginal exam. she gets upset and attempts to report me to my supervisor

        2) male pt repeatedly s.exually harrasses me to the pt of verbal assault, telling me his member is large enough for me and how he wants to put it in my but(t) all the while constantly ringing the call bell and saying he needs help, all to tell me about his prowess

        3) pt that REFUSES to adjust her own bed (yes i mean by using the buttons on the side of the bed rail) so she constantly rings the call bell requesting for someone to put the head of her bed up a little and down a little

        4) pt that frequently comes into the hallway to sit on a chair he pulled out from his room and then proceeds to pull off and drop his old foot skin on the floor, when told he shouldn’t do that he gets irate and states that we are hindering his healing process

        5) my absolute favorite pt with pancreatitis pre surgery early 30s no physical handicaps, does laps around the floor when she is bored.. after doing 20 or laps comes to nursing station and asks, who is going to come in and give me a bed bath?

        • Breezy

          Yoles, my sister is a Nurse Manager and the stories she tells about the patients….chile….you ladies deserve a metal of honor because I could not do it.

          • A Woman’s Eyes

            Yoles, You deserve a medal of honor made of 99.99% gold! Dag!

        • Rayne

          Sigh, story of my life. The bed adjustment requests are thee worst. Had a patient get extremely upset with me just 2 days ago because I wouldn’t adjust her bed for her, not because I’m mean, but because I was seeing the other patient in the next bed for an evaluation. Ma’am, I don’t run around pushing buttons for random people ESPECIALLY when I’m with my patients who I’m billing for every second I’m with them. In fact, it’s the exact opposite of what I do as a physical therapist, I’m here to see what you CAN do. #Aintnobodygottimeforthat. #iaintyonurse (sorry Yoles) #gtfohwtbs

        • Sandpaper

          After having my ACL reconstructed, my aftercare nurses harrassed me. My room was too warm so of course I went without clothing. Seems like every nurse in the hospital came to see how I was doing. Had I not been pissed about the temperature, I could have easily had a few “riders” while there. The next 6 months after being discharged were interesting to say the least.

          Nurses are a fun bunch.

          • chameleonic

            no one else thought this was cool? howd you tear your ACL?

            • Sandpaper

              I got clipped swatting a layup into the 5th row.

        • sincereluv4life

          OMG Yoles! you’re a friggin’ saint- I read #1 & wanted to *hurl* – Read #2 & wanted to pimp slap somebody, read #3 & wanted cuss that heffa out!!, read #4 & wanted to *hurl* again lol – Sounds like you need a raise — post stat!

        • Rewind

          Just for that, I’m baking you a cake.

          I’ve been in hospitals long enough to know you don’t ever piss off or harass your nurse, or else that critical moment when the pain is overbearing is that same moment where they choose not to give a shyte anymore.

        • http://www.musingsofalouisvilleslugger@Blogspot.com Sunny

          I cannot imagine, God bless you!

    • http://www.styleillusions.com WIP

      LOL, You don’t have to overdose them, just give them a little sleeping aid…

      • chameleonic

        throwing hot water on them works too…

    • Rewind

      Yoles, NY just survived a hurricane. I don’t know if we can recover from the massive flooding your 2013 Stroke-A-Thon might give us if we get you a good dude next year.

      • Yoles

        Rewind… you don’t even know the half… i was just telling a friend the other day, lord help the dude that gets to break this wide open (tmi i know but sometimes you gotta just say what you feel)… its gonna be, wait for it…………. EPIC

        • Rewind

          I’m not rich but clearly I need to invest in scuba gear for myself, also back braces and ice packs for ole boy.

          That 6 0′clock news special is going to be HILARIOUS.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/mackaroto Jay

    Meh…

    • Iceprincess2

      Dang jay, you in a mood today. Come on bro, you ain’t thankful for nothing?

      • https://twitter.com/#!/mackaroto Jay

        I’m thankful that I wasn’t a Native American around the time of the first quote en quote Thanksgiving. Meh translates into “I’m not trying to ruin your holiday so I’ll let yall cook…” literally.

        • http://stanoffewwords.wordpress.com Tristan

          Thanksgiving is nothing but what a glorified Sunday should be (family, food, football) but I’ll take the short week

          • http://www.alltherightquestions.com Witty Pseudonym

            I like this

    • nillalatte

      You thankful for Meh? Awwww… Meh feels so special. :D

      • sincereluv4life

        lol, this was cute

    • Breezy

      Jay: You could at least be thankful for all the e-boos and e-possible boos that you have acquired over the past year (i.e. Mami and Ally) :)

      • Aly

        Mmmhmm, I know I’M thankful.

        • http://www.alltherightquestions.com Witty Pseudonym

          heeeeeeeeeeey. Get it :p

  • http://testorshia.blogspot.com Tes

    *pulls up beanbag chair*

    The big thing I’m thankful for this year that I couldn’t say last year was perspective. Growth. Peace of mind. Acceptance. The small things you don’t realizing you were missing until you have them.

    People wise, I’m thankful for my best friend who, despite our busy schedules, manages to crack me up for at least ten solid minutes a week. I’m thankful for my parents, whom equally annoy, pester and love me in great measure. I’m thankful for my boyfriend who puts up with my zaniness and in his own way shows his love. And I’m thankful for you guys: this is like my own little virtual home and sh*t. ^_^

    I’m also thankful for bacon. Namely, turkey bacon. #TeamNoSwine

    • chameleonic

      dogpile! [*sits on your lap*]

      • http://testorshia.blogspot.com Tes

        *hugs*
        Hi! ^_^

        • Rewind

          *takes a picture of this*

    • Breezy

      Tes: You are a doll but baby I can’t roll with turkey bacon….that shid taste like facsimile paper….gross!

      VIVA LA PORK!

      • http://testorshia.blogspot.com Tes

        Well I had a lot of it growing up and the first time I had real bacon I got a lil nauseated. Blame my folks ‘n’em…

        I do concede though that regular bacon tastes good on burgers. *nods*

        • chameleonic

          LOL @ breezy.

          im used to turkey bacon just cuz momdukes used it but….pork is kind of delicious. crispy crunchity bacon. mmm.

    • http://www.shay-d-lady.com shay-d-lady

      I’m also thankful for bacon. Namely, turkey bacon. #TeamNoSwine

      YEAHHH!!

      turkey bacon rocks.!!!
      lol my husband says I only think that because ive never had “real” bacon

  • Iceprincess2

    You’re a poet and you didn’t know it.

  • SweetSass

    I’m thankful for tonight’s episode of ABG which made me laugh quite a bit.

    Baby back ribs.

    The supposed “gifts” awaiting me from Obama…

    My daddy who coming to visit me.

    • Yoles

      I can’t wait til we get our racks on racks of stuff from Pres. Obama…
      *trembling in anticipation*

      • SweetSass

        It will be lilke Oprah on ‘roids with a lightening bolt!

    • http://twitter.com/think2inspire Think2Inspire

      The best “gift” he could give me is exemption from paying back my loans.

      • Sweet GA Brown

        +1

        • Just Passin By

          i concur

      • http://www.styleillusions.com WIP

        people would take to the streets in celebration

      • http://www.shay-d-lady.com shay-d-lady

        The best “gift” he could give me is exemption from paying back my loans.

        YES!!! this is the real reparations we should be asking for.
        you owe us 40 and a mule but ill take that free college education instead

        • http://yourchildsmother.blogspot.com/ KMN

          +100000

          Because they on my tail…lol

          KMN

        • Rewind

          Chuuuuch!

          Grad school is gonna be a bytch for tuition unless FREE is the name of the game.

    • Tx10inch

      I’m thankful for tonight’s episode of ABG which made me laugh quite a bit.

      She finally let White Jay beat dem knees! lmao

      • Sweet GA Brown

        [SPOILER ALERT] Dammit dont tell me!!!!! NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Breezy

        Ninja why in the sam hell you had to just go and ruin the darn episode for ALLLAUS?!?!?!? That was wack…let a pox be on you and your NASA team mates.

        • Tx10inch

          *Chinese voice* SO SORRY SO SORRY! I promise i didn’t do that on purpose!!! I didn’t even think the rest of you hadn’t seen it yet! lmao! My badd….

      • YeahSo

        Thanks for the reminder to go watch that.

    • Rewind

      Hmmm..Obama gifts?

      I’ll roll with the Patrice O’Neal philosophy that we were supposed to have White slaves by now

    • http://www.alltherightquestions.com Witty Pseudonym

      Stop the record! Peace of VSB, I totally forgot about ABG!!!!!!! Gotta go!

  • That Ugly Kid

    Nothing…

    • Breezy

      Not even…your peen???? I am shocked and amazed! :)

    • http://www.alltherightquestions.com Witty Pseudonym

      Don’t.Make.Me.Come.Over.There

  • http://twitter.com/kjnetic Sith King Jordan aka Bruce Lil’ Wayne bka 2 Fitted Hatz

    thankful for the Knicks being 6-0

    thankful i’m still on track to be the 2nd black president, and 2nd bachelor president

    #KeepDreamsAlive

    • chameleonic

      ooooh. 6-0. notta sports fan but its always cool to start the season off well. hope they continue! and if you ever need a campaign manager ive been told im QUITE diabolical. [*puts pinky in my mouth*]

      • http://twitter.com/kjnetic Sith King Jordan aka Bruce Lil’ Wayne bka 2 Fitted Hatz

        a lot of people can be quite diabolical…lol

        • chameleonic

          and im sure theyll do a much better job than me too.

    • http://stanoffewwords.wordpress.com Tristan

      <— aims to be first darkskinned president so depending on your melanin level we might have problems lol

      • http://twitter.com/kjnetic Sith King Jordan aka Bruce Lil’ Wayne bka 2 Fitted Hatz

        i’m smack in the middle skin tone wise…so you still got that…lmao

    • Rewind

      There has got to be true irony in the Knicks being the leading NBA team right now.

    • http://www.alltherightquestions.com Witty Pseudonym

      KNICKS FOR LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.iamyourpeople.com I Am Your People

    I’m grateful to be gainfully employed, and I’m grateful for my health since my job doesn’t have health insurance. Ahh, the mixed blessings of being a (not-so-) temp…

  • http://twitter.com/think2inspire Think2Inspire

    I’m thankful for my family, Kendrick Lamar, VSB Nation, TUK’s comments and compliments about my flawless skin, finally learning to control my anger, casually dating w/o fcuking, working a job that isn’t fast food related post college, Turkish food, the NBA, perfectly shaped eyebrows, and boyshorts.

    • http://www.shay-d-lady.com shay-d-lady

      finally learning to control my anger,\

      LOL this is my struggle too. i cant say I completely control it but im much much better

    • Rewind

      boy shorts?

      Do tell.

      • http://www.alltherightquestions.com Witty Pseudonym

        boy shorts are a girl’s best friend

        • Rewind

          And a man’s friendly eye candy.