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First World Problems

Thursday, November 25, 2010
Today is Thanksgiving Day, and, it occurred to me the other day that, even in a bad moment, I don't have a lot to complain about. You see, there's a Twitter hashtage "#firstworldproblem" that both amuses me and puts things into perspective. While some of the remarks there are flippant, they really do highlight what problems we don't have to face.

This last Tuesday, it was bitterly cold outside, probably about 20 degree Fahrenheit (or -6 Celsius). I was at home, working on my PC, when it bluescreened on me. I stood up, restarted it, and walked out of the room while it booted. As I looked out the window in the hallway, I was struck by the fact that it was very cold out and there were those in my city who didn't have a place to stay. In my house, where it was nice and warm, I was getting frustrated because my gaming PC bluescreened? Truly, I am fortunate to even have to worry about this problem. I live in the first world.

So on Thanksgiving, I'm thankful that I live in the first world.


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