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Sunday, December 31, 2017

2017: 2016 Redux



I’ve had a sinus infection for a full week.  Obviously, the illness has kept me indoors the entire time, save for a trip to my physician who gave me the antibiotics I need to knock it out of my system.  This also precluded our annual Christmas Day dinner out at a local Asian buffet or some similar variation. In short, the holidays were ruined between my health and the extreme cold sub-freezing temperatures here on the east coast.

Brrrr!    Brrrr and humbug!

Despite all this, I take computer keyboard in hand to note the state of life on the last day of the year.  I researched my blog entry from a year ago when I generally dumped on 2016 as the worst year ever (GTFOoH 2016).  At that time, I looked ahead to 2017 and I didn’t like what I saw coming.  Now looking back, I can safely state that the events of 2017 did not disappoint me: it was all as horrible as I imagined it…and then some.

It was the worst year for my health in 10 years.  Heart trouble in June, prostate surgery in August, and now the lingering arthritis has limited my ability to do even the most menial of tasks since September.  I was scheduled to have a cortisone shot in my hip a few days ago, which promised to alleviate my arthritis problem.  Alas, the medications for my sinus infection would have adverse complications for my injection…so now the injection has been postponed for the next available appointment on 1/29/18.

Damn me! I can’t even get sick without messing something else up! 

Warrior Queen, who has been watching my struggle the last few months and subsequently listening to my rather loud at times groans of pain, was not happy to hear this news.  As our dear late friend Janey might say, Warrior Queen is not smiling.

Oh, enough about me.  Let’s look at the world.  Ugh!  On second thought….

Our reputation in the international community has taken an enormous hit thanks in part to the selfish “America First” attitude adopted by the current regime.  Our long-time adversaries are now making credible inroads in foreign relations and the global economics, while we sit on the side and watch.  We used to be the ones on top, we were the respected nation that other countries could count on to do the right thing.  Alas, not now at the end of 2017.

Despite this feeling of despair, we should note a sliver of hope on the horizon.  Mid-term Congressional elections happen in 2018 and historically the party in the White House loses control of the legislature in the mid-term elections.  Progressives have already seen the tide turning in Virginia and Alabama.  Also, there seems to be a renewed push among those under-represented in Congress (read: females) to step forward and run for seats in the traditionally patriarchal dominated culture.   

Welcome ladies!  I hope your revolt will change the inside the Beltway mentality which has kept us all back for far too long.

There is also the more direct threat of change from the Mueller investigation.  So far it has borne some fruit and promises more to come.  El Presidente’s administration is giving every sign of looking guilty of something despicable in the 2016 elections.  Sad to say our country may have to endure another painful round of impeachment proceedings before it is over.

So be it!  We survived that once, twice and we will survive again. 

So long 2017!  Time to retire with your evil twin 2016.  And please, 2018, please be kind to us…

(Thank you for reading and Happy New Year to all!)

7 Comments:

Blogger Raybeard said...

It has indeed been a bad year, RTG - though in my case I don't have those health issues to add to all the others. (I do have health problems, of course, but at least in 2017 they've been on a plateau, unlike your own.)

I think it's been a stinker of a year for a lot of people, so even the thought that 2018 MAY be an improvement gives one a lift. If it's not any better, let alone the thought that it could be even worse, then it really must be the end of the world approaching (as some of a certain frame of mind would like!)

I do hope your physical ailments will reduce in effect so that you can get back to enjoying life some more - helped by an early lifting of the hellish weather you're having to put up with (features high on our news bulletins) - and, of course, a tonic would be a major shift back to sanity in American politics, like a fracture in that God-awful stubborness of yet a third of the population still supporting the Big Orange One. If only that would collapse the world would wear a smile on its face for a loooooooong time!

Enjoy what you can (if any) of tonight;s celebration, also WQ and the three kitties. I'll be going to bed as usual around 9 p.m. as I always do on this night, and have been doing every year since the new millenium, but I expect to be woken up by a few fireworks around the midnight hour when I'll sigh "Oh, so what!" then try to sleep again.

So all the very best - and we'll be seeing you in a better(?) 2018.

December 31, 2017 at 11:25 AM  
Blogger Fearsome Beard said...

Todd,
Sorry to miss you on my travels through Philly this year and sorry that your Health has been less than desirable of late. May 2018 bring you more healthy and may 2018 bring us all a more enlightened and pissed off electorate that actually votes for values, morals, inclusivity and society over that America First (read me only) crap. Happy New Year to you.

December 31, 2017 at 10:00 PM  
Blogger todd gunther said...

Thank you, Raybeard. I hope you have a wonderful 2018. We're working on knocking some sense into the electorate, but this will take some time.

Thank you, Fearsome. May 2018 be better for all of us.

January 1, 2018 at 8:39 AM  
Blogger Dave R said...

Get Well!! 2018 is the year we Take Back America!! With that sentiment in mind, I'm wishing you a Happy Blue Year!!

January 1, 2018 at 8:49 AM  
Blogger Bob Slatten said...

Cheers to a 2018 that is better on all fronts, health, life, politics, for all of us!

January 1, 2018 at 11:27 AM  
Blogger Ur-spo said...

May you have a groovy far-out 2018

January 1, 2018 at 5:14 PM  
Blogger todd gunther said...

Thank you Dave R. Getting well is my top priority.

Thank you, Bob.

Thank you, Spo. Hope your year is fab!

January 2, 2018 at 5:31 AM  

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