Okay, I thought I was finally sick of Mozart which I never thought possible, but it almost got to that point, what with the whole 250th birthday celebration. But then we got the Alan Greenspan retirement, and everything from "Marketplace" on NPR to Jon Stewart went nuts over this guy.
Good grief, it's been 70 days since I've added anything to this site! And it's not like the news has been slow, or me not interested in it. But work and life is always busy near the end and beginning of the year (note to entrepreneurs starting what they hope will someday be a Fortune 500 company: don't end your fiscal year with the calendar year in December, and I'd say don't even end it in March, June, or September, either, just because that puts you on the same quarterly schedule as everyone else, including most of your customers if you're in the "B2B space" as we space cadets like to say. I'm just sayin'...). If it were up to me, the fiscal year would end in August, I think. Start over with budgets and whatnot in September, when people are reasonably rested, and not just because they got a few days to fall apart during the holidays. I wouldn't be a bit surprised if there's something to Microsoft's success due to the fact that their fiscal year ends in June, when people and customers aren't, generally, yet on vacation, for example.
This probably seems an awfully arcane consideration for most people who might be reading this, but trust me: most of the ills visited upon people and society by corporations are ultimately due to the unintended consequences of generally accepted acounting principles.
Of course, December is busy anyway for anyone involved in a church, and that of course includes me. Plus, we're all, regardless of belief or lack thereof, at a point of holiday triage by this point, I think, where we do trade-offs between gifts or gift certificates; handwritten notes, simple signatures, or photo cards with only a printed greeting; and even trees or merely a sprig or bough, at most. I think I've received more post-Christmas cards this year than ever before -- just as I mostly ended up sending last year myself, though they were officially "Epiphany" cards -- which is either a sign that I'm not the only one who's finding the pre-Christmas push to get cards and notes out increasingly difficult, or else people for whom I wasn't on their list got one from me, and sent me on in return after the holiday.
But I digress...hence the parenthesis around my name at the top of this site, in the first place.
So here's a brief run-down of various things that have occurred since I last posted on this site on November 14, back when I was still 40 for another day, and it was still only 2005 and not the downhill side of the decade, in probably more ways than one.
Jeez, that was just 3 days in November, and I'm already up too late and need to go to bed. Perhaps I'll have a chance to complete this list some other time. I'm going to have to keep from recounting anything but the major offenses committed by the Bush administration (and, as we know, December and January were busy-busy for them) if I'm to ever to catch up with the news. Perhaps I'll manage to add more to this post, even as I try not to ignore what's going on in the world today in posts up above, for a change. We shall see.
Happy belated New Year, by the way. If I didn't send you a card at Christmas, I mean.