Revolutions and Twisters
Chess is truly an international game. Since I came to this site over 6 months ago, I've been playing--and getting my butt kicked by--people from all over the world. I have conversations in the chat box with many of them, and I feel as though we've got more in common than just chess.
During the time Egypt was going through it's social upheaval, I was playing a gentleman from there in a mini-tournament. We'd chatted and become internet friends. Then he was gone because of the internet crackdown the government initiated. I haven't seen him here since, but I hope he returns.
At the moment, I'm in the middle of a game with a man from Joplin, Missouri. He has vacationed all of his many games. With the recent catastrophic tornado that destroyed much or most of his hometown, he certainly has far bigger issues than the microcosmic world of chess to deal with.
We sometimes take for granted the small pleasures, like a good cup of coffee, a nice meal, a glass of wine, a game of chess. It's an incredible luxury to be able to enjoy these things, and we should never take them for granted. You never know what can happen to you, your loved ones, your community.
I hope my friends will soon have time for these small pleasures, and return to chess.com.