Being alive another year. Having food to eat, and friends and family to share it with. Enjoying the rewards of one’s labor. Past trials that are over now. Present trials that help to give life meaning and to make us better people. The inherent joy in the small pleasure of living that are usually overlooked.
For what it’s worth, a few seconds ago it was saying that there were 35 users online – four with accounts (one the Googlebot) and 31 guests. The most users ever online was 99 on Sun Oct 28, 2012 12:15 am (not sure what time zone). I’m going to guess that some of the 31 guests are nefarious spammers, but I don’t know.
Also, New Year’s may be supposed to be more prospective as well as retrospective – you make New Year’s Resolutions, ring in the new year, and ring out the old – while Thanksgiving is perhaps more present-oriented, or not future-oriented in any case – you give thanks for what you have now.
In practice, Thanksgiving is a time when you make truly nightmarish journeys on airplanes, get together with your family, eat a large meal in the late afternoon/early evening, and then fall asleep, while New Year’s Eve is a time when you get together with a bunch of people in your city or the one you went to for your winter vacation, stay up late, drink a lot, and kiss someone at the stroke of midnight.* That is to say, what tove said.
*As ever, your mileage may vary (I don’t do that kind of New Years’ Eve now that I have small children.)
It’s been a while since I hosted a phpbb board or even thought about the internals, but the occasional “can’t search” situation is likely due to the site re-indexing its search term database. It has to do this regularly to avoid searches destroying system performance.
If it isn’t, it’s probably doing some other kind of background maintenance that impacts search. Hard to say without seeing any details.