There was a time when I hated hot dogs. They are still never my “meal of choice”. In a pinch, they can do the job and curb my appetite. One fond hot dog memory of mine takes me back to my first trip to Las Vegas with my wife and her family. At the time, I hated hot dogs. Alss, at the time, Las Vegas offered free offers to drive you into their casinos. The big freebie they all offered was a free hot dog. I do not pass up free food. I ate so many hotdogs that I learned to like hot dogs enough to scarf down every free dog available.
Las Vegas has changed so much in the last 30 years. The casinos are no longer giving away free food as enticements. They were also offering cheap steak dinners and bargain buffets back in the day. These offers had us checking out every casino we could work into our short stay, gathering up so many memories. I have not been back to Las Vegas in a long time. My wife and I attempted a trip last October only to have a pipe burst in our kitchen as we were walking out the door. We lost most of the money we invested because we used bargain ticket brokers… who were NOT cheap…. and who refused to give us our money back. Sadly, we may never get back to that insanely fun city. The good news is that we made amazing memories thirty years ago, so we have been blessed. No need to cry over a missed opportunity for more memories.
You must treasure what you have. Never pine for more than you already have.
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When life gives you hotdogs, cover them with a ton of condiments. I prefer to bury my hot dogs in Relish. I have never tried tartar sauce, but I bet it would be nastier than the “mystery meat”. So nasty.
My Instagram account is blowing up. I was receiving about 100 new followers a day for about a week. I nearly doubled my follower count. I am not going to question this. I do know these are real followers because I am getting a ton of direct messages from people asking my about my comic strip. My standing on Google is great. I am ranking very high which is driving a ton of traffic to my website. My hard work is really paying off!
I just wish I could get a publisher to take me as seriously. I am getting no responses to my submissions. I refuse to get myself all depressed about the lack of success. As we discussed above, you have to be happy with what you are blessed with. I am so happy to be running in two weekly newspapers. These two publications give me a purpose in life. They validate my abilities. They make my dream feel real. They give me hope.
In this season of THANKS, please reflect upon your blessings. I have so much to be thankful for, and you, my readers, are the blessing I am most thankful for. God Bless you all!