Thanks Month, day 17
14. I'm thankful that I'm neither heavily addicted to materialistic stuff nor completely opposed to it. I've been able to collect some nice stuff over the years, some of which is intrinsically valuable and some of which is more sentimental, but I feel like I've got just about the right amount of it (my wife might not agree). It's not as organized as it could be, but we're working on that.
15. I'm thankful that I was able to just pick myself up and move across the country from New Jersey to Los Angeles and make a new start here. It has worked out much better for me. No offense, NJ, but the stuff I do works a lot better here than there. Also, I can ride my motorcycle about 360 out of 365 days a year.
16. I'm thankful that I can ride a motorcycle, because here in LA it's not just a fun thing to do, it's a quality of life issue! Sitting in stop-n-go traffic makes Jeff a very unpleasant person to be around. Ask anyone here in LA who knows me, they'll tell you.
17. I'm thankful that there are such things as contracts and lawyers, and that making sure one uses them is extremely helpful, should there ever be any sort of disagreement between parties. Yes, lawyers can be expensive. It's because they're worth it. Artists and other creative friends: don't work without a contract, and make sure your lawyer reviews it. The cost of doing that is almost invariably cheaper than the cost of getting screwed.