Dave Barry summarized well the chaos and weirdness of 2008 in his Year in Review last weekend:
How weird a year was it? Here’s how weird:
–O.J. actually got convicted of something. –Gasoline hit $4 a gallon — and those were the good times. –On several occasions, “Saturday Night Live” was funny. –There were a few days there in October when you could not completely rule out the possibility that the next Treasury secretary would be Joe the Plumber. –Finally, and most weirdly, for the first time in history, the voters elected a president who — despite the skeptics who said such a thing would never happen in the United States– was neither a Bush nor a Clinton.
Of course, not all the events of 2008 were weird. Some were depressing. The only U.S. industries that had a good year were campaign consultants and foreclosure lawyers. Everybody else got financially whacked. So, we can be grateful that 2008 is almost over…
It’s been a great year of excitement and change for myself as well, and I’m very grateful for many good things that came to me in 2008 (this blog, and my connections with new and old friends through this blog, included). But like Dave Barry and the rest of the country, I’m really ready to move onto 2009, and I look forward with a lot of optimism. I’m hopeful that 2009 will be a happier year for most of us.
Happy New Year!