Carnival of the Optimists #17: Going for the win.

Just celebrated my fifth anniversary this weekend. It was dicey, because I was down and out with the “not-the-flu-but-close from Planet Fever” the night before I had to leave, and not fully recovered until late yesterday. But we went anyway, albeit with me really pacing myself. Life is like that, you know. All the really cool stuff requires you to damn the torpedoes, go for the win, …and pace yourself, just like Billy Joel says.

Welcome, to the Carnival of the Optimists.

Good News

At Technogypsy, the badger is back! (Having gone scouting and survived Death Camp 2005…). GREAT shot of the Washington monument by the Badgie… and in spite of seeing some bad things, he’s up for more. Check it out.

At Wayne’s World, Wayne’s Mom demonstrates that Vietnam’s over and buried. Those who put it on the line for the rest of us are finally starting to be openly given the expressions of gratitude they deserve, as this story at DFW airport illustrates.

Bootstraps

Read this article. Steve Pavlina has hit it out of the park with “Life Lessons from Blackjack.” It’s not what you think. It’s better. This is the best I’ve seen from a long line of good posts out of Steve, and the sort of thing that ought to be stuck under every teenager’s nose, right about the time they have to start making decisions for themselves.

Harvey at Bad Example posits the importance of taking out the emotinal garbage in “and a **really** big broom.” Hoo boy. Good advice.

Progress

Tired of having to take medicines, and then suffer through the unwanted effects as the body deals with the medicinal equivalent of carpet bombing? Then this little breakthrough just might be for you. It’s precisely the sort of thing upon which progress rests… a relatively small but important discovery, with a number of open-ended applications. Like helping us all to hang around just a wee bit longer.

That’s all for this week, folks. Keep them coming, and we’ll catch you next Wednesday.

That’s great, it starts with a sick drake…

Lenny Bruce may not be afraid, but the CDC continues to quake in its boots.

Oddly, I don’t think there’s been a single mention of how the current rapid spread of H5N1 is due to affect the Arkansas economy… talk about timing your market shorts…

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