As 2012 draws to a close, its time to take a look back at the year that was. It was a year of change – a year of ups and downs. I learned a lot in 2012 and wanted to share some of those nuggets with you. I know top ten lists are all the rage this time of year – so I’m just going to jump right on the bandwagon with both feet. But, why stop at 10? In celebration of 2012, here are (in no particular order) the 12 most important things I learned this year:
- We don’t have a Democrat or Republican problem in this country – we have a Politician problem. On a related note, our problem isn’t that we don’t have enough tax revenue – our problem is we spend too much.
- Relocation is difficult, moving sucks, and driving across the country is far more appealing when handled as a music montage in the movies. Not a single Christie Brinkley sighting for me.
- We’ve crossed a digital Rubicon of sorts, leading to a society where almost everything we do and say it captured, cataloged, and analyzed – all in the name of keeping us safe. Don’t believe me? Read “Black List” by Brad Thor.
- Some people are taken from us far to soon.
- It is possible to see into the future. Just watch your daughter dancing in the living room without a care in the world and you will catch a glimpse of her wedding day.
- Los Angeles needs a Waffle House.
- There is plenty of life left in the Zombie genre. I thought it impossible to find a fresh take on the zombie mythos; then I read “Rot & Ruin” by Jonathan Maberry and was blown away.
- Meeting the band you idolized as a teenager is every bit as cool as you dreamed it would be in high school.
- If you tell your kids that the “Festival of Monkeys” is going to take place on the weekend after your daughter’s birthday – you had best be prepared to create an entirely new holiday tradition from scratch. You had also better be prepared for the “Festival of Monkeys” to be AWESOME. (Voted “Best New Holiday Since Festivus”)
- Freedom is a state of mind, happiness is a conscious choice, and liberty is bigger than any one man.
- Episodes XII, XIII, and IX are coming.
- Never underestimate the capacity of the willfully ignorant and uninformed to impact the course of history and human events.
What will 2013 hold for us (other than higher taxes)? I don’t know – but I’m looking forward to finding out. I hope you all have a safe, prosperous, and Happy New Year!
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