We are almost done with 2011. Thank goodness. By this time each year, I am ready to say farewell to the old and look forward to the chance of starting a new year off better than the end of the previous 12 months.
Confused? Let’s review.
Penn State. All the natural disasters we had this year. The economy. The good things? We got Bin Laden. Um, OK, so that list is a bit shorter.
My health is good — despite a broken wrist (with no cast now I might say) — an ankle injury and the occasional cold. The family is good. The dogs are good although the newest canine decided to help herself to two boxes of Charleston Chews Monday night leading to two telephone calls to the animal poison control center, several bathroom towels and three times using the house carpet cleaning machine.
Our pro sports teams are giving me higher levels of acid reflux than I really need to deal with, and if I hear one more whine from a sports millionaire, I think I will scream. I lost the fantasy football championship by less than one point to my Texas nephew. The boxes of Tastykakes will be shipped shortly.
So where does all of this leave me for 2012? Last year blew my theory of odd years being better than even ones for me. Let’s face it, 2011 wasn’t great and 2010 wasn’t much better. And if the whole end of the world thing happens in 2012, well, heck, there it all goes.
On the other hand, there’s a new Muppets movie out, Spongebob is still on. Everybody Loves Raymond and King of Queens reruns are going strong and I just got a new and improved cell phone. (Of course, my 13-year-old son is showing me how to use it to its max efficiency) The Flyers are on a roll, the NBA is back (who really cares?) and now that my wife has a new oven, there is baking going on like you would not believe.
So I suppose there’s reason for hope. After all, it’s another new year. And like in the past, I am determined to make this one better than the last. I hope you will support me in that effort. If not, I will be back this time next year cranky as ever.
— Andy Hachadorian