I can't complain.
Just a thought from 11 October 2006 about .

I talk to my grandma most weekends. She's an amazing woman. She lived through the horrors of the Holocaust, and yet, every time I call her and ask how she's doing, her answer is, "I can't complain."

She probably said the same thing when she was homeless in Siberia. In winter.

I think, for her, to complain is to invite disaster. The same goes for happy, too. Never brag, or consider yourself lucky, because then it'll go away. It's superstitious, sure, but grandma Powazek has been right more than she's been wrong. I trust her.

That's why, when I think about how great things are going right now, with the company and the magazine and the wife and basically everything, it fills me with equal parts excitement and dread. Maybe it's the grandma in me, but I just don't want to think about how lucky I am right now, for fear it will all go poof.

So, me? I can't complain.

This section is called Just a Thought. It's a blog where I post little pieces of what I'm thinking about at the moment. This page is an individual entry called “I can't complain.” that I wrote on 11 October 2006.

Before this, I wrote a little something called “Vote for JPG Issue 7 Now” on 5 October 2006. After this, I wrote “Magazine Thinking: A Tale of Three Communities” on 31 October 2006.

Vote for JPG Issue 7 Now
The submission period for Issue 7 of JPG Magazine has just ended, but you can still vote for another week....
5 October 2006

Magazine Thinking: A Tale of Three Communities
One of the many gifts of our increasingly networked world is the diminishing boundaries between communities. And the magazine business...
31 October 2006

The Fine Print

Working the web since 1995, Derek Powazek is the creator of many award-winning websites, a couple of which still exist. Derek is the cofounder of JPG Magazine and the CCO of 8020 Publishing. Derek lives in San Francisco with his wife, two nutty Chihuahuas, a grumpy cat, and a house full of plants named Fred. More »

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