Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Let the 2007 Rants Begin

And so, it begins.

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, w
e 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.



Aravis said...

I loved the description of pre-school; so accurate! I also have the problem of opposing interests.

Best wishes for a much better 2007!

Caroline said...

Great review of 2006 - you certainly had one of those years that are better out than in!

french toast girl said...

First of all, you're right, St. Francis is awesome. :)

Second of all, taking care of yourself is a very very good idea. There's nothing like being incapacitated/frustrated to inspire you to not get like that again (as I did post-baby-op healing - not being able to lift stuff/move very fast annoyed the living crap out of me) Check out this link:

You fill out the questionnaire and they not only tell you what you can do better, healthwise, but they also have a page of stuff tailored for you that you can bring to your doctor.

ps, I love you.

Rayne said...

The nurse at my treatment session yesterday was saying the same thing about pre-school. She said if she ever had another child it was going to a private baby sitter.
I hope your year goes so much better and I do agree with your half star rating. Maybe this year will be at least a star and a half.

Craig J. Clark said...

Well, you pretty much know what my 2006 was like. Overall, it wasn't too bad, but the events of the second half are pretty much overshadowing the first half (which didn't have much going for it other than being mostly uneventful). Losing my job, having chronic car problems, my rent going up and having to move 800 miles away from everyone and everything I know can do that.

I'm looking forward to seeing you and Elena on the 20th, though, so 2007 is looking up already.

String said...

2006 sucked...what can I say? I so feel for all the families of soldiers, hec for anyone involved in the physical/emotional side of this war. Ah the days when leaders and generals fought in front of their clans...humm...did that really happen? Probably not. Chief Bush doesn't sound that hot...oh dear.

Tony LaRocca said...

Craig- so move to NYC! Can't wait to see you too.

String- You would think that the emperor having to lead the troops would have caused less wars, but Rome still did pretty bloody business. That bit of sending Julius Caesar to Gaul in the hopes that he'd be killed in battle wasn't very smart...

Elena- A man fell off of a cliff. As his mother taught him, he prayed and prayed to Saint Francis. At the last moment, a great hand caught him and carried him up. "Thank you, Saint Francis!" the man cried.
The hand stopped. "Um," a voice thundered, "Was that Saint Francis of Paola or Saint Francis of Assisi?"

ChristyMarcusLitster said...

Wow you're 2006 did suck...although I must say that I am a little jealous of your getting to see ringo and jethro tull.

That is a very good new years resolution. I haven't gotten around to making an official resolution yet, and that doesn't really shine a bright light on the chances of me being able to keep a resolution. wow. haha

Funny St. Francis joke. I know that St. Francis of Assisi prayer (peace prayer)... Although I highly doubt that you'll be hearing your president praying "Lord, make me a means of your peace" anytime soon.


Princess Pepper Cloud said...

Happy, Happy New year to you! I have been wanting to see Happy Feet, I have only heard good things.

steve said...

Yeah Tony, my little nephew who is about two is constantly sick and we blame it on daycare. I've gotten ill a lot this year too, getting sneezed on whole doing a demo or seeing kids cough all over the tables. It's kind of hard not to get sick seing about 700 kids a week in the room. In the meantime, here's to a better year for you and your folks and let's hope that Transformers movie is good!

ChristyMarcusLitster said...

You were right on location... maybe you'll see the final product on the shelves soon... who knows what the future holds!

Robert Vandenbego said...

Hi! Really great illustrations.
Happy New Year!

Robert Vandenbego
Madrid, Spain

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