Que sera, sera, whatever will be, will be, but first I need more coffee.

Year: 2012 (Page 1 of 4)

Year End Review 2012

2012 could’ve sucked a lot worse, although personally it wasn’t bad. Wife’s job has settled down and going rather smoothly. I’m still getting work helping people with websites or setting them up. The dog survived his second major trauma. Last year around November he hurt his back so badly, we thought we were going to have to make the hard decision. He recovered. This year around November he developed an eye ulcer. Surgery was out of the question, so the vet gave us a shotgun regimen of eye drops. He’s recovered. Mystery is almost 14, so we know we won’t have him too much longer, but as long as he’s got decent quality of life, we’ll keep him around, though in the last two years he’s lost a lot of his sight and hearing and can’t walk as far as he used to. Aging sucks. Especially for dogs.

November could have been a lot worse. Thankfully, President Obama was re-elected, the GOP lost some seats in the House though still retain control, and they did not gain control of the Senate. The economy sucks less, but depending on what Congress does over the next two years it could suck even more again. Try as they might the GOP won’t be able to make things devastatingly worse, but they’ll certainly keep things from getting much better. If the Senate fixes the broken filibuster rules, it will be possible for that chamber to function again. We’ll know in a few days. Restoring the filibuster to when Senators actually had to get down on the floor and speak their objections is what I’m hoping for. What we have now makes it impossible for compromise to occur.

We did get to go to Missoula and Glacier National Park in June. It is a gorgeous park and I hope we can go back. Note- There aren’t that many glaciers left in the park. I think 15, down from a 100 when the area was made a park early in the 20th century. Some suggest we’ll have to change the name because there won’t be any glaciers left. We don’t need to because what we see was formed by glaciation. Lake McDonald was formed between two moraines. It should keep the name because of what created it, not because it has them.

I know it’s not much of a year end review, but just wanted to say a few things.

Avenue Q

Melissa and I saw a University of Arizona production of Avenue Q Friday evening. It was brilliant. The songs were more memorable than Wicked’s (it was great though); the set was as much a character and as memorable as the set of Les Miserables’. And it had the most graphic puppet sex scene since Team America the movie.

I’m glad they left the Gary Coleman character in. There are worse ways of being memorialized. The musical won a Tony in 2004. It’s now 8 years old and still as relevant. The question is will it be as relevant 20 years from now? In a way yes. The specific details may be lost. And audiences will wonder if Gary ever existed.

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