Wait’ll Next Year!
Houston County Courier - January 2010
By Betty Holt
Well, folks, here we are into the first decade of the 21st century!
What a surprise. This has certainly been a harsh dose of reality, which has left us all more than a little shell-shocked and uncertain.
With all the gloom and doom around us it’s hard to be optimistic about anything. Rather than enumerated our problems, let’s hear it for a “little” good news.
In December of 1945, Congress officially recognized the Pledge of Allegiance.
The top dog of 2009 is Snoopy from the comic strip “Peanuts.”
The Cowboys are 10 and 5, the Texans are 8 and 7 and the Saints are 13 and 2! Is there a wildcard in there for someone? And the Steelers won the Super Bowl.
In the bad behavior department, Serena Williams seems to have had an attack of John McEnroe. Tiger is out of the spotlight but not out of the woods. Illinois Governor Blagojevich tried to sell a Senate seat.
Sarah Palin may have lost the vice presidency but she made quite a book deal.
The fate of the Captain of the Maersk Alabama, Richard Phillips who was captured by pirates was in the hands of Rear Admiral Michelle Howard, an African American. Who needs Jack Sparrow.
Sonia Sotomayor became our first Hispanic Chief Justice.
British singing sensation Susan Boyle had the best selling album of the year and her life will never be the same but Elvis still sells more albums.
Airfares are down but airport security is up.
With the fates of our three major car companies in dire straits some think we should follow the advice to get a horse.
Hollywood is moving to Michigan to take advantage of tax breaks while California slowly sinks deeper into debt in the West.
Some of the notable movies were either cartoons; Avatar, Coraline, The Princess and the Frog, Up, WALL-E, Where the Wild Things Are - true life stories – Blind Side, Invictus, Killing Kasztner, Precious or science fiction – Harry Potter, Star Trek, 2012 and District 9.
The Brits found nearly 300 new species of plants worldwide. California scientists found a tree supposedly 13,000 years old yet they can’t balance a budget or find water.
All those HD movies you’ve been collecting for years are now obsolete in the new Blu-ray medium era. Can anyone remember Beta format?
Duracell’s Energizer bunny is running out of steam against the new Panasonic lithium-ion batteries.
Newsworthy notables seemed to have had a bad case of “foot in mouth” syndrome this year and faced quite a series of smack downs for their slip of the lip.
Medical science has made incredible strides in diagnosing, treating and preventing some of our worst maladies but still can’t cure the common cold.
Unfortunately after depression comes inflation and to quote my Grandfather, “Money just ain’t what it used to be”.
We bade farewell to such notables as: Eunice and Teddy Kennedy, Andrew Wyeth, John Updike, Horton Foote, Paul Harvey, Walter Cronkite, Bea Arthur, Farrah Fawcett, Ed McMahon, Michael Jackson and Patrick Swayze. If you too, lost someone close to you this year, then I offer you my condolences as they arrived in good company.
I spent a quite some time combing through the annals of this year looking for news of note so if my optimism seems to have waned a bit you’ll understand. On that hopeful note I suppose I can quote India ’s first Prime Minister, Nehru, “Our chief defect is that we are more given to talking about things than doing them.”
2010 should be very bumpy for all of us so fasten your seat belts and just wait’ll next year!