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End of year wrap-up

I think we can all agree that 2017 was one screwed-up year. I thought 2016 was bad, but everything that 2016 portended seemed to come true in 2017.

January through March were pretty much taken up with protests against the Trump administration. I did some of that myself, though I couldn’t locate a pink pussy hat in time for the march. Now I’m not so sure I could pull off a pink pussy hat because of my color season. I’m more of an autumn, and pink doesn’t really go.

Britain triggered the whole Brexit process that first quarter, and North Korea kicked off a year of nuclear weapons testing that by Christmas would have us all messing our pants every time we saw the “breaking news” banner on CNN. And this year we came to understand that all news is “breaking news” now, so we tend to disregard it in a “boy who cried wolf” fashion.

The whole “fake news” thing got so bad there’s now “fake ‘fake news’.”

In the spring we bombed Syria for using chemical weapons in its civil war, though maybe they didn’t. Who’s to say? We also dropped “the mother of all bombs” on Afghanistan. Didn’t seem to help any.

Summer was busy, with the U.S. dropping out of the Paris Agreement on climate change, a bunch of terrorist attacks happening almost everywhere, ISIS falling apart more or less, ethnic cleansing occurring in Myanmar, a total eclipse of the sun mesmerizing the nation, and multiple hurricanes devastating multiple places, especially Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico may not have full power again till May ’18. That looks to be a rare high point in ’18, I’m guessing.

And in the Fall we had numerous mass shootings, including the sniper-style attack in Las Vegas. Since then, it has seemed like every day has numerous “breaking news” stories that are never life-affirming, except that Roy Moore got defeated in Alabama. I guess that’s something. The heinous GOP tax bill passed, so there goes a trillion and a half dollars to secret bank accounts in the Caymans and Cyprus. Bye bye Medicaid. It’s been real.

My one hope for 2018 is that the pace of the disasters slows down a little bit. I’d like a break of more than two weeks between mass shootings and devastating fires. I’d like to smell the roses now and then. And here in California, I’d like to enjoy the fact that marijuana is legal after January 1 so I can endure the shit show with a mellow sense of “it is what it is.”

14 comments on “End of year wrap-up

  1. John W. Howell
    December 29, 2017

    I like your recap and will look forward to your new “it is what it is,” posture. (Watch out for those man boob side effects.) Happy New Year to yours and yours, Kevin.

  2. pinklightsabre
    December 29, 2017

    Yeah, re: the legalized pot thing, 1984 ends poorly too (but it’s booze in that scenario as I recall). Sucky we should get to a place we’re wanting more space between the tragedies. I’ve enjoyed getting to know you better, at least. There’s that. To long walks by the river. Bill

    • Kevin Brennan
      December 29, 2017

      Great to get to know you better too, Bill. And may ’18 console us with many long walks. 🌲🌳🍂🍁🏔

      • pinklightsabre
        December 31, 2017

        Cheers buddy and happy new year’s!

      • Kevin Brennan
        December 31, 2017

        HNY to you & family too, Bill. Good to be home?

      • pinklightsabre
        December 31, 2017

        Very good, thanks for asking. “Home-home,” as you two say.

  3. kingmidget
    December 29, 2017

    I’d like to think it can’t get worse, but it certainly can. It’s very hard to be optimistic about this country with Republicans in control with the orange clown in front.

    • Kevin Brennan
      December 29, 2017

      Pretty sure we can count on it getting worse. I just hope Nov. 2018 is a very good month.

  4. Woebegone but Hopeful
    December 29, 2017

    There are always bad times. There have been many before. Regarding Trump this one will end and it will be a messy and entertaining show (I’ll buy the popcorn).
    We know; I lived through Thatcher’s reign it ended in tears, literally.

    • Kevin Brennan
      December 29, 2017

      Yes, I know some people in Kent who were completely undone by Thatcher’s policies. And they always vote Tory. What am I not getting?!

      • Woebegone but Hopeful
        December 30, 2017

        To paraphrase one of our earlier Prime Ministers ‘Denial, dear boy, Denial,’.
        On a grander and more tragic scale consider Germany in 1945, and then we have the idiots who support Hitler now…maybe they should see a few pictures of dead (or squashed) or emaciated, broken german soldiers at Stalingrad, Berlin etc…or is that just Fake News.
        Some folk just can’t nuance.

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