2006 was one miserable jujuflop of a year. It started off with me dealing with a lot of personal crap I'd rather not delve into at the moment, and went on to get worse as I hurt my back in March & was out of commission for about 5 months. Being in bed for two months straight, of course, caused me to put on a lot of blubber that refuses to go away. Somewhere in there I got nothing done. Sure, I have a loving wife & two perfect kids, so they helped me through. But all in all, I'd have to give 2006 half a star, and that's just because I got to see both Ringo & Jethro Tull in concert.
As far as kicking off 2007, we had a nice weekend with mom, dad, Elena & her family, although everyone was a bit burned out from the hollidays. Speaking of whom, Elena's been interviewed by Mother Rising! She was also kind enough to get Joe the Star Wars Saga Chess Set for Christmas. A word to the wise: take a picture of the pieces in the case BEFORE you take them out, or you'll never get them back again.
Speaking of new Star Wars merchandise, does the Manga-style Darth Vader logo that appears on everything they've come out with in the past year annoy the crap out of anyone else, or is it just me?
I saw an idiotic news report where they said that our forces in Iraq are on high alert because of Saddam's execution, but the daily death toll is still the same- about 100 a day. They're afraid the violence will escalate once the state of high alert goes back to normal. Excuse me, but if your "normal" death toll is 100 people a day, WHY AREN’T YOU ON "HIGH ALERT" 24/7? Even better, Mr. President, why don’t you just accept that whatever you are doing IS NOT WORKING? "Ok, I finaly admit, it's all one big fuckup, but let's keep going in the exact same way, without any change in strategy whatsoever." Brilliant.
Mandy went back to school again today after a month & a half of colds & infections. I’m wary, as pre-school is nothing but a biological warfare division of the public schools department. I pray that antibiotics haven't fried her immune system at age three.
My one New Year's resolution is to take care of myself. That includes not beating myself up over things, to be more patient, to stop making opposing choices & being torn apart by them. Oh Lord, give me the ability to change what I can, the ability to leave alone what I can't, & the wisdom to hide the bodies so no one finds me. Seriously, there's a line from the song version of the prayer of St. Francis that makes a pretty elegant mantra:
"Oh Master, grant that I may never seek
So much to be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to undstand,
To be loved as to love with all my soul."
Or, to quote Kurt Vonnegut in Slapstick, or Lonesome no More
"Please, a little less love, & a little more common decency!"
May all your hangovers have ended.