You know how Christmas can sneak up on a person, despite the decorations and music that land like an artillery barrage the day after Halloween? Well, that happened to me this year so although I was going to talk about being (or not being), a writer in this post, I’m going to delay that subject until next time. And, since December is a busy month for all of us, and finding writing time is difficult for me, and I suspect finding reading time is difficult for you, I’ll keep this short and limit it to a few random comments…
To all of you, Merry Christmas!
If that offends you, go away and never come back. Seriously. Go hide under the bed or in the basement and let the world get on with things. 2019 doesn't need one more dim-wit who uses the word “offend” as a synonym for “disagree.” But, before you give us all a break and disappear, consider this…it offends me that the new standard in Canada means my beliefs and sentiments are suppressed by a vocal minority of snowflakes and overly fragile flowers.
Does anyone else find it ironic that an unelected clown like John Horgan held a referendum on electoral reform? Did I mention he wasn’t elected? He is Premier on a technicality. Every day he proves the only way he could possibly have attained his position is through the back-door.
The level of incompetent bullshit-ery exhibited by Justin Trudeau hasn’t slowed. He continues to spend tax money like it isn’t his, which shouldn’t surprise anyone. Spending someone else’s money is easy if a person has never actually had to earn his own income and budget accordingly. Tax Freedom Day was June 10, 2018. I shudder to think how deep in the year we’ll have to go if he gets re-elected and is given the opportunity to waste more of our money.
Trump continues to destabilize the world. Fortunately, world leaders seem to be dismissing him as the enormous buffoon he is, which might actually be a stabilizing counter weight. Wouldn’t it be nice to see him skip every important ceremony like he did in France, and just disappear into a forest with a rake and Roomba?
Let’s see…positive stuff, positive stuff…
If you haven’t seen Bohemian Rhapsody, go before it leaves the big screen. It is immensely entertaining, despite critic’s poor reviews. One critic didn’t care for the movie because (she said), it deemphasized Freddy Mercury’s sexuality. Here’s a hint you moron…the movie is about Queen and their music. It is not a Freddy Mercury biography so acknowledging but not emphasizing his sexuality is entirely appropriate. Audiences almost universally enjoy the film for a reason: it is immensely entertaining.
My niece was just admitted to a post-secondary school which only accepts nineteen students a year. I don’t really know my niece but that doesn’t change the fact that I’m proud of her achievement.
In October I re-connected with two people I’ve known for twenty plus years, a couple who make my life better just because they are part of it. We had a wonderful visit, like no time at all had passed since we last saw each other. Man, I miss them. I wish they lived closer.
I believe in goal setting, which is different from making New Year’s resolutions…right? Since re-connecting with those two friends was so enjoyable, I’m going to make an effort to visit friends in distant parts of the province a little more often.
I plan on finishing my fourth novel, Femme Fatale. To all of you who’ve taken a chance on my previous writing efforts, including this blog, I can’t thank you enough.
I’m going to watch Game of Thrones again starting from season one, episode one. I can’t wait for April. I love how, “Winter is coming,” has gone from a line in a television program to a familiar pop-culture expression. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
Although I’m not aging, I’ve noticed everybody around me is growing older by the day. Just in case that happens to me too, I’ve decided to commit to a more aggressive health regime, which sounds way more ambitious than it is; two running events in 2019 instead of one adds up to a grand total of two additional running hours.
Even though mid-December crept up on me, my wife won’t be getting an eleventh-hour gift sourced from a Walmart pre-boxing day sale. In October I found her something nice and with unusual foresight, bought it. It’s hidden somewhere in the house. Somewhere. In case I can’t find it before spring cleaning, Purdys is always a great option, and not just because Purdys is one of those gifts I can enjoy too. Honestly.
So, let’s wrap this up…
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Enjoy the silly season. Download, Baby, it's Cold Outside. It's $1.29 on iTunes and happily, is among the ten most popular songs on iTunes, as of December 10th. I hope 2019 brings you all that is good and positive, starting with your health…mind and body, body and mind. Everything else grows from there.
What was the best thing about 2018 for you? What are you looking forward to in 2019?
Next time I question what it is to be a writer.
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