Is it just me, or did 2016 seem longer than usual? No doubt the Election Season That Seemed It Would Never End played large part in that, especially considering the way the media (mis)handled it all. It was an interminable campaign season for a host of reasons, and revealing, considering who the Faves were. Still shaking my head…
But one thing I do know – I am looking forward to no longer having President Obama in the White House. I am not looking forward to a Tweeter-in-Chief Trump much either, but it is high time for Obama to stop wreaking so much unilateral havoc on our nation. So, yeah – welcome 2017 and Buh-BYE President Obama.
For me personally, 2016 has been quite the year. We sold our dream log home this year and are in the process of building our new dream home closer to Charleston. I had major back surgery from which I am still recovering. My oldest cat, Punkin’, was diagnosed with cancer. I got to go on a cruise of a lifetime around Cape Horn, seeing penguins in a few different places, and so much more. All in all, though, despite all of the incessant Election crapola, it was a good year, culminating in my partner’s promotion to Vice President. Not too shabby, I have to say.
But yeah, that whole Election thing really did color most of the year. And really, how could it not, especially given some of the players involved.
Along those lines, and since it is the end of the year, I cannot think of anyone better to share here than a bit of Dave Barry’s “2016 Year In Review.” No one tells it like he does, and he had me cracking up as I was reading his excellent piece. There is no way to do his piece justice, and I will leave it to you to read his month-by-month review. His preliminary recap alone is hilarious – and accurate. Here then is part of Dave Barry’s “2016 Year In Review”:
In the future, Americans — assuming there are any left — will look back at 2016 and remark: “What the HELL?”
They will have a point. Over the past few decades, we here at the Year in Review have reviewed some pretty disturbing years. For example, there was 2000, when the outcome of a presidential election was decided by a tiny group of deeply confused Florida residents who had apparently attempted to vote by chewing on their ballots.
Then there was 2003, when a person named “Paris Hilton” suddenly became a major international superstar, despite possessing a level of discernible talent so low as to make the Kardashians look like the Jackson 5.
There was 2006, when the vice president of the United States — who claimed he was attempting to bring down a suspected quail — shot a 78-year-old man in the face, only to be exonerated after an investigation revealed that the victim was an attorney.
And — perhaps most inexplicable of all — there was 2007, when millions of people voluntarily installed Windows Vista.
Yes, we’ve seen some weird years. But we’ve never seen one as weird as 2016. This was the Al Yankovic of years. If years were movies, 2016 would be “Plan 9 from Outer Space.” If years were relatives, 2016 would be the uncle who shows up at your Thanksgiving dinner wearing his underpants on the outside.
Why do we say this? Let’s begin with the gruesome train wreck that was the presidential election. The campaign began with roughly 14,000 candidates running. Obviously not all of them were qualified to be president; some of them — here we are thinking of “Lincoln Chafee” — were probably imaginary. But a reasonable number of the candidates seemed to meet at least the minimum standard that Americans have come to expect of their president in recent decades, namely: Not Completely Horrible.
So this mass of candidates began the grim death march that is the modern American presidential campaign — trudging around Iowa pretending to care about agriculture, performing in an endless series of televised debates like suit-wearing seals trained to bark out talking points, going to barbecue after barbecue and smiling relentlessly through mouthfuls of dripping meat, giving the same speech over and over and over, shaking millions of hands, posing for billions of selfies and just generally humiliating themselves in the marathon group grovel that America insists on putting its presidential candidates through.
And we voters did our part, passing judgment on the candidates, thinning the herd, rejecting them one by one. Sometimes we had to reject them more than once; John Kasich didn’t get the message until his own staff felled him with tranquilizer darts. But eventually we eliminated the contenders whom we considered to be unqualified or disagreeable, whittling our choices down until only two major candidates were left. And out of all the possibilities, the two that We, the People, in our collective wisdom, deemed worthy of competing for the most important job on Earth, turned out to be …
… drum roll …
… the most flawed, sketchy and generally disliked duo of presidential candidates ever!
[…]Did anything good happen in 2016? Let us think …
OK, the “man bun” appeared to be going away.
That was pretty much it for the good things. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
Hey, that idiotic man bun being on the way out is no small thing! Let’s not underestimate the impact of THAT! Whew, that is one fad I am more than happy to see go. May 2016 be the end once and for all of the “man bun.”
I cannot even begin to do justice to Barry’s month-by-month recap of 2016, and if you want a lot of laughs, as well as – let’s face it – cringe worthy moments of 2016, I highly recommend reading his entire BRILLIANT piece. You can do so by clicking HERE. You won’t be disappointed, I promise!
Before the year ends, I want to thank dear KenoshaMarge for ALL of the fantastic posts she has written, keeping the blog rolling along while I recovered from surgery and beyond, all of the hilarious cartoons she has managed to find, the insightful comments she makes, and for her friendship. I am honored, and grateful, to have KenoshaMarge here.
And I am thankful for all of the regulars who continue to come by to share your thoughts, opinions, links, videos, music, and humor. It means so much to have y’all here, and I truly appreciate it.
With that, it is time to close out 2016, and ring in the New Year. Who better than Celtic Woman to sing th classic tune, “Auld Lang Syne”:
Happy New Year, everyone! This is the New Year’s Weekend Open Thread.