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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New Year!

I am really looking forward to the new year in the naive way people look to any calendar event as the magic door to a change for the better. And in that spirit, I am gong to borrow a tradition from the Chinese who assign animals to their years and label the outgoing one with a symbol of my own choosing.

According to this, 2017 was the Year of the Rooster

The Chinese know in advance what sign each year will be. I, however, needed to live through the year to see what 'sign' was most appropriate. And so with 2017 nearly spent, I hereby declare the past year as "The Year of the Idiot". And by that I do not mean any one idiot in particular.....but rather a pervasive idiocy, an idiocy nurtured by a society that has grown to disdain thinking, reason, and factual information. 

John Cleese's infamous "Village Idiot".

The unfortunate thing is that with my system, unlike the Chinese who can rely on the following year having a different sign, it IS possible that 365 days from now, I could be declaring that 2018 was also the Year of the Idiot. But I hope not. It's too cruel, and New Year's Eve should be filled with optimism. So as we usher out the old and bring in the new tonight, let's all hope that a collective light bulb clicks on as the ball drops and 2018 is filled with the logic, reason, cooperation, compassion, and moderation that only comes with a wisdom and intelligence that ......while it need not be genius level, does need to rank somewhere above idiocy.

Ah, if only the change on a clock or calendar could bring about real change in people.


  1. I hear you. It is seldom that I have back-to-back years, that I consider really bad, so here is hoping 2017 is firmly in the rearview mirror, with an easier road ahead.

  2. Happy New Year!
    I was actually thinking "The Year of the Ass"

    1. Perhaps.......but I like asses. ;-)

    2. The slipper? ;-) Depends on what's in it.

    3. No ass. I meant a mule. the offspring of a donkey and horse. As in "Stubborn as a mule."

    4. For the record, I am NOT calling you an ass, I am just further explaining ass and mule to a foot and buttocks man!

    5. I know what a mule is. "A mule is an animal with long floppy ears.It kicks up at everything it hears. Its back is brawny, but its brain is weak. He's just plain stupid.....with a stubborn streak...."

      As for mules, I prefer mine from Moscow. ;-)