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vinito
12-31-2004, 08:29 PM
OT: (sorry, wouldn't let me edit the subject heading)

I'm probably not alone in this. The past year has just been crappy once I weigh it all out. It should go without saying that one should always look for the silver lining and have a sense of humor. I try to do that.

Then Christmas comes to top it off. Unfortunately my family apparently has a family tradition where one or the other does their best to get thrown into jail on Christmas eve. Sometimes it has been successful (four times that I can remember). This year it was pretty close - the cops arrived but they let it go. I'm glad the out-of-town company has left and various wounds, both physical and psychological, are beginning to heal.

Funny, my mom showed a newspaper article to two of my brothers last week. It was about how the holidays are an emotionally charged powder keg for some groups of people. It offered some simple helpful tips, like - try to be thoughtful, try to stay relaxed, take three breaths before joining in an arguement, etc. She showed it to the manic brother and he interrupts her and says (in his typical machine gun tempo) "yea, yea, I read it already. No problem". The belligerent brother barks out "yea whatever. I don't need to read that crap. Maybe I'll read it later". I guess those of us that didn't need the advice are the only ones that are willing to pay attention, and maybe that's why we don't need the advice so badly.

Glad Christmas is over. Glad this year is closing.

(By the way, I'm not looking for sympathy here. Just reflecting. I expect the next year to be much better).

So here's my alcohol-free toast:

Thanks to you all for almost always http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//wink.gif making this forum a positive experience for me over the past year. I wish you all a better upcoming year even if 2004 was good to you, but especially if it wasn't. Tomorrow's just another day, but it's a good time to mentally turn a corner and look at things with a fresh perspective.

Happy new year. May it be a good'n.

Vinito

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Joel
12-31-2004, 08:40 PM
I hope the coming year goes better for you Vinito. It has been good to have you around here for the last one.

zl1byz
12-31-2004, 08:49 PM
2004 must have been a damm good year for any one reading this, because your still here to read this. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif
Yep roll on plenty of positive posts for 2005. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif

John.

Dave Opincarne
12-31-2004, 09:16 PM
Good Point! Estimated final toll for the tsunami disaster is 200,000. Just read a story of a mother who had to decide which child to let go of when it hit, fortunatly both survived. Ongoing war in the mideast that will play out well into my daughters lifetime. Life as usual! On top of that I probably saw my mom for the last time yesterday http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//frown.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//frown.gif

But I was able to give my mom and daughter some good time together so Abby will at least have some memories of Grandma, Abby and I had a good time together and became even closer, and during the entire trip I was constantly reminded of how great she is and how fortunate I am to get to be her Daddy. She made the air travel easy by being so well behaved and paitient. Despite impending loss and the turmoil of the last couple months I can honistly say I have many things to look forward to in the coming year and consider myself fortunate.

I wish you grace.

Dave