But then again, the years are pretty much all the same simply because well, nothing ever really changes in our push-pull, individually concocted universes of the world at large.
We just get older. That's it. And the cycle continues. Ad nauseam, ad infinitum.
A redux of regurgitation, reconstitution and regrouping.
Personally though, I'm looking at returning to work in the new year and continuing the "grind" out of debt while looking out the proverbial window. Geographically, I'm not going anywhere - yet - but it's been on the brain. I'm sick of the weather and the generally overcast pantomiming of governance in this town, and it's no wonder people are leaving in droves and not coming back. And even though I technically wasn't born within corporate limits, I've lived here 11 years, and that's enough.
A recent example, as seen on a nearby billboard, courtesy of a major health insurer:
What do 2.2 million Ohioans have in common?
Thanks for the timely reminder, oh Stuffed Shirt Policymeisters.
Incidentally enough, on the House agenda is a bill that would mandate insurers in the state of Ohio to cover biologically-based mental illness - which is a little late, but still very much needed. But we've still got some major political fallout incurred over a 20 year span which has surely further impacted the morale more than some lame legislative measure can ever be hoped to even begin to address.
Just a couple flecks of hope:
(1) Lack of snow and dry, unseasonably warmer weather in the area, thanks to El Nino.
(2) The No. 1 and Big Ten Champs, the Ohio State Buckeyes have been the singular positive force to have kept us out of the clutches of the usual void predictably left by our lackadaisical local teams here, or anywhere else in the state. Cleveland can claim a Heisman Trophy, and possibly, the state can claim another awesome national championship in the forthcoming BCS Bowl.
In closing, I leave you all with cordial Best Wishes for the New Year, wherever you are in the world. And to paraphrase the late John Lennon... Hope is not over, if youth want it... and so long as it is carried by the rest of us in 2007 and beyond.
and everyone! See you next year.