Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Thanks, Ride Host

If I had a whole lot more time and ambition, my December 31st post would be a long, involved recap of 2008, with links to previous posts and some sort of lovely "thanks for the memories" sort of soundtrack to accompany the bittersweet memories. But, I'm low on time and the ambition meter is on zero, so, in the interim, let's just say that stuff happened, good and bad, and move on.

If I were a typical blogger, I might do a long meme that summarized my year. But believe it or not, I find those things MORE time consuming and anguishing that recapping my year freestyle. "Best moment of 2008?" "Funniest story of 2008?" That requires plowing through the archives, people. I can't even remember what I did yesterday. And then I have to weigh my selections to choose which one was better than the other ones and this entire "pick a favorite" stuff never works for me, so I'm not going to do that either.

If I were like most people, I'd be writing out a list of resolutions and then heading off somewhere to drink myself into a stupor and top off the evening by throwing up in the bushes. But anyone who knows me knows that December is NOT my best resolution time. It's too busy and I'm too tired. As a result my resolutions would be less hopeful self-help gems, and would be more guilt-ridden admissions of hopelessness. So I'm not walking through that landmine. As for drinking and the after-party festivities, 1. I'm getting too old for that nonsense, and, 2. Baby, it's cold outside so it's best to keep what's inside (of me) on the inside.

I prefer to think of New Year's like birthdays: I'm just grateful to make it to the next one. About the only things I know for sure is that this particular new year means a new president and for the next several weeks I'll have a hard time remembering which year to write on checks. So ready or not, here comes 2009. Hold on tight and stay seated until the ride comes to a complete stop. As for me, if I were to stick my toes in the resolution pool, I might try to remember to occasionally let go, put both arms in the air and have some fun.

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