Nov 25, 2010

Giving Thanks ~ by Guest Blogger Joan

Thanksgiving is upon us in the Colonies.
How can you NOT love a day that involves tons of great food, football games,
family and a four-day weekend with SHOPPING!?

 In the spirit of the Season, I have declared today
Richard Armitage International Thanksgiving Day.

Since I first discovered Richard Armitage in January 2008,
I have found many things to be thankful for.

First and foremost, there is Sir Guy of Gisborne.
Doesn’t he look pleased with himself? I am always thankful to see him briefly smug.

Please note that I took the high ground
and used the photo where he has turned to face the camera.

 Just because I love the photo

This is one of those “God loves me and wants me to be happy” photos.

John Porter won his own place in my Thanksgiving homage for many reasons, but primarily because
the opening scenes of Strike Back reminded me of stories my husband told about his time on board ship.
The crowded compartments and the small racks (that’s beds for you non-Navy types.)

Just like the picture... sorry.  Love a man in uniform.

 The white tee shirt was a United States Navy uniform requirement.
In my husband’s case, it was crew-necked and showed above the open neck of his uniform.
The subject wears it well….

Not everything I am thankful for is completely shallow.
The friends I have made through as a result of being a fan of Richard Armitage
 are a source of great joy and hours of fun! The bloggers, vidders, fiction writers, proboard admins,
the UK fans who upload interviews and television for those of us otherwise deprived…
for all of you and those I haven’t met yet, I am thankful.
Since I couldn’t get you all together for a big group hug and photo op,
this photo of Richard graciously offered to stand in for us.

I am also thankful to Richard for introducing me to Bernard Cornwell,
Georgette Heyer, Inspector Lynley, and Richard Sharpe. Two authors to devour and two series to enjoy,
all because I listened to Richard’s audio works. (I already read Elizabeth George.)

I am thankful for Richard himself for so many reasons:
his talent, his choices, his good looks, encouraging his fans to give to
charities on his behalf, the voice, and more.

Finally, I am thankful to and for the photos
and Nat for the opportunity to jump into the deep end of the pool.
Couldn’t resist!!!!

Happy Richard Armitage International Thanksgiving Day!

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About the Guest Blogger:
Joan lives in Central California where she works as a data analyst
for a small U.S. government organization.  She is taller than a Hobbit and shorter than a Bearded Dwarf.
She is massively jealous of Malcolm and Tariq’s abilities to get data to return so fast and from so
 many sources. Her life is blissfully chaotic since her two grandchildren,
their parents and multiple pets occupy the same home.


Phylly3 said...

Hi Joan!
Nice post! I am thankful for Richard and the RAfandom, Nat's blog and the fun people who hang out here! Also thankful to you for the letter about Richard you sent to Entertainment Weekly, and had everyone wondering who you were! LOL

Anonymous said...

The forth picture maybe it looks like a promo picture, but is not. I made that from screencap, I think too months ago.

Anonymous said...


Judith Johnson said...

Great post. Sir Guy is always reason to give Thanks!

BETH said...

Hola! I can only thank God for Mr.
Armitage and as the song says:"... HOW WONDERFUL LIFE IS WHILE YOU´RE IN THE WORLD" Happy Thanksgiving Day Besos from Argentina

Joan Crenshaw said...


I'm glad you liked the letter. On one forum, I was chided for writing, for not taking the feeling of less-hostile fans into consideration. Huh?

I discovered Richard during THE most horrible time in my life which makes me VERY grateful for all I have found through being his fan. Like the women here.

Anonymous, the screencap came from the site I mentioned. If it is yours, thank you.

Musa said...

Hi Joan,

Happy Thanksgiving to you! I love your idea of an international RA day.
Yes! a special day to give our thanks for the amazing Armitage!!!!!!!

(I'm also a Sharpe fan, TV show and books. Thanks for the Sharpie pic)

Myrtle said...

Lovely post Joan, Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

An international RA day is a wonderful idea. He introduced me to the works of Bernard Cornwell and Heyer too.

Bravo for your letter!! you are famous.

Anonymous said...

*Guy's pics* = *thud*

10mins later...great post Joan! Is amazing how one man can bring together so many people.

Happy Thanksgiving to all that celebrate it!

OML :)

mulubinba said...

Thanks Joan for this lovely post! I too am thankful for the RA's work from entertainment to the online friendships.

PS: I liked your letter too :)

Anonymous said...

I am thankful for Joan and this post. Great pictures, great writing. I especially got a kick out of the bio and the skillful way you wove Richard's projects into your background. Much applause.

Anonymous said...

How did I miss the letter to Entertainment Weekly? Where can I read it?

RAFrenzy said...

Thank you, Joan. You said so well how I feel about the many wonderful people in the RA universe. If it weren't for them, I would not have known about him and his work which has brought me untold hours of enjoyment. But more importantly, I would not known any of you, and I count that my greatest joy in being curious about Richard Armitage.

I have other reasons for being very thankful this holiday, and for those who know why, thank you so much for all of your prayers. It means a lot.

Violet8886 said...

What a great post Joan! So perfect and heartfelt for the holiday..To all the RA ladies..I am thankful for your posts, your thoughts, your whimsy..I am thankful for the Internet that makes all this possible...I am thankful for the plethora of Guy photos..Sweet!!! Can you imagine sitting down with him for a medieval feast...Yeah!!!

Joan Crenshaw said...

little victories,

The letter was scanned and is in the library at Richard Armitage Central! I am playing with my new iPad and copying eludes me for now. I happen to HATE the word "hunky" as it reminds me of teen magazines from the 60's.

I blush to be thanked by RAFrenzy and mulubinba whose own blogs I enjoy.

twinkling moon said...

Sorry for the late reponse, family in town for T-day over here...but what a great post joan! Like others have said, i'm grateful for the fans in the RA fandom who add much needed humor to my day. oh yeah, and for the Guy pics *wink*

As for the letter to EW, I was wondering the same thing littlevictories. However, I think i am the only RA fan who is not a member of RACentral, LOL!

@Joan, I am happy to hear that a data analyst is jealous of Malcolm and Tariq, LOL! I am a technology dinasaur so I'm so happy to know that someone in the biz is just as envious as me :)

Joan Crenshaw said...

You don't need to be a member to see the library, I think!

@Rob said...

Joan loves your letter in EW thanks for setting 'em straight!!!

Violet8886 said...

Joan, thanks for posting the link to the letter. You were right on...Whoever decided to use the term "hunky" does not really know the work of Mr. Armitage..Yes, he is hot..but if he was just a boytoy he would not have such an intelligent and large following...He adds depth and emotion to each character..For instance, John Porter was way more than just a shoot em' up action hero type...He displayed vulnerability. We know that..but it's hard to get Hollywood to see actors as more than just one-dimensional..

Nat at RA FanBlog said...

I love this post, Joan. :)
I didn't know about your letter to EW until reading these comments. Love it!