The best and worst of times

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— Charles Dick­ens, “A Tale of Two Cities”

Dick­ens could have well been writ­ing about 2008. It has been a year that has had its mem­o­rable mo­ments and a large num­ber I’d rather for­get.

When I first got into the news­pa­per busi­ness, we had a sub­scrip­tion to a monthly ser­vice that pro­vided us with all sorts of il­lus­tra­tions.

They came in big books and you would cut out the il­lus­tra­tion and paste it onto a page.

This type of thing is all done with com­put­ers now.

The De­cem­ber book al­ways had an il­lus­tra­tion of the cur­rent year as an old geezer walk­ing with a cane. The new year was al­ways a di­a­pered baby with a sash pro­claim­ing “Happy New Year.”

Some­times, the baby wore a top hat. I’ve never seen a baby in a top hat, but it was good for a chuckle.

I am ready to bid adieu to 2008 and start the me­ter on a new set of 365 days. It’s time for the old geezer to go.

There were a few things in 2008 that made me happy.

First, the elec­tion was over. Then, a few weeks later it was re­ally over. If you’re in Min­nesota, it’s still not over.

There were only two uni­ver­sal themes used in 2008 po­lit­i­cal cam­paigns. One, I’m not any­thing like the cur­rent pres­i­dent and two, my op­po­nent is a no-good so-and-so.

I re­mem­ber when a guy run­ning for of­fice would print cards for his cam­paign and put a few de­tails like be­ing mar­ried for 25 years, a mem­ber of the lo­cal church and that he was a Ma­son or a mem­ber of the Lion’s Club.

Now, they mail you an over­sized post card that says some­thing vi­cious about the op­po­nent.

I am just happy that no­body is go­ing to mail me any­thing in­volv­ing a po­lit­i­cal cam­paign for about two years.

The end of the year will also bring an end to the episode in­volv­ing our house.

In Fe­bru­ary, a fire de­stroyed our home. In July, we tore down the old house and be­gan build­ing a new one from the ground up.

It is nearly com­plete and while the build­ing process has been re­ally good, I don’t want to go through it again.

I said good­bye to some who were dear to me in 2008, in­clud­ing my brother. But I also ac­quired many new friends who I am so pleased to know.

Now I’m ready for a blank slate to write a new chap­ter in my life called 2009. I hope it is a good one for you.

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