2012 was quite a year. We had an Olympic Games this summer. It wasn’t as exciting as the Olympics have been in the past. I think it’s because the entire world went into recession this year, and it’s hard to celebrate the physical successes of the few, when the many are wondering if they’ll have jobs tomorrow. That having been said, the Opening Ceremonies were awesome, if a bit odd. Also, Queen Elizabeth had her Diamond Jubilee and Kate Middleton is preggers. There’s a lot of stuff happening across the pond, I guess.
Really, I’m not sure what occurred in 2012. It just kind of happened, and I wasn’t paying very close attention. It probably won’t help that Encyclopaedia Britannica is no longer in print after this year, because paper books and magazines are too expensive. Especially when everything is on the internet.
We did land on Mars. Well, a robot landed on Mars. Which is one small step for machines and one giant leap for machinekind, I guess. Also in space news, Felix Baumgartner jumped out of a helium balloon at the edge of the stratosphere and broke the sound barrier. I was surprised he lived. That was a major Darwin Award move, right there. Who jumps out of a balloon in space? (That guy.)
The Arab Spring occurred, or was occurring, or is occurring. People are very upset about the violence and how terrible and warlike “those people” (read: Muslims) must be. Of course, the rest of the Western world thought Americans were uncivilized and backward from about 1650 to 1880. We would jump out of the woods and hack at British soldiers with axes. Revolution is never pretty, and nearly always violent. Claims that one country is more “civilized” than another are laughable.
The United States had another major hurricane. It killed 209 people and shut down New York, putting the city that never sleeps into an unexpected hibernation. A thought? If the weatherman says a hurricane is going to strike your home, just believe him. If it does hit you, you will have evacuated and be safe. If it doesn’t hit you, you can call the weatherman names after you have safely evacuated. In other US tragedies, multiple mass shootings occurred, prompting some Americans to wonder if there are problems with gun control and mental health systems. Other Americans sat on their hands so as not to slap the first group for failing to think about these things sooner.
I think we can fairly say that there were two YouTube sensations: “Call Me Maybe” and “Gangnam Style.” I’m ready for something new. And that, 2013, is the real point. I’m ready for something new. I barely remember last year. Some great, big, important, personal things happened and I can hardly recall them. I know that this is going to be my year. I can feel that you’re important, 2013.
After all, the world didn’t end. So something is bound to happen.
Yours very truly,