Sweetie has a cold.   She probably got it from one of our kids who was here for the holidays.  Me…I’m constantly swallowing to check my throat.  Is it scratchy?   Is my head hot?  Am I getting it too?  So far no, but the week is young.

The grandkids were in and out of the house during the holidays.  Collecting Chanukah presents at our house, then down to the grandparents in Ventura for Christmas cheer.   Pretty good haul, though Isaac never did get that sweatshirt with the spooky eyes sewn into the hood.  Maybe next year.

With Sweetie on the couch and me not feeling like doing much, I’ve been watching the news and reading the pundit predictions for the incoming Obama administration.   They continue to marvel at the public’s high expectations.  A certain euphoria and comparisons to the second coming are easy to find.  How can that be?

The Israelis and Hamas further complicated an already severely agitated world.  Iraq hanging on by a fingernail.  Kabul virtually the only place in Afghanistan where the Taliban are not in control.  Pakistan and India waving nukes at each other.   Somalia,  Ethiopia and Zimbabwe troubled hotspots.   Blagojevich trying to sell the Cubs to Venezuela (why not…and you can throw in the Bears for good measure).

An economy that needs several more Christmas shopping seasons before it straightens itself out.  A stock market that lost eight years of gains in 2008 and gets vertigo whenever it inches up a bit.  Auto companies that can’t endear themselves to the American driver.  A school system that is running on fumes.  Nearly eleven million people out of work.  Forty million without health care.  Madoff skips out with $50 billion and no one in the SEC seems to have a clue.

And the media.  If real tragedies weren’t enough, the media will create them.   Turning good news into bad news is a real art.  I was scanning the NY Times home page the other day.  Lots of bad news…as usual.  I worked my way down to the bottom of the page.  I was breathing hard when I spotted this little gem.  “Amazon reports best Christmas season ever.”  And that was it.  No point highlighting good news I guess. 

And today,  the piece de resistance…

 Attention Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks customers, starting tonight, you will lose your favorite Comedy Central shows on TV and online because of a dispute with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks.

What!  No John Stewart!  No Stephen Colbert!  No Tina Fey!   No!  This can’t be.  What is Obama going to do about this?  It’s worse out there than I thought it was.

So why the euphoria?  Then I stopped and smelled the roses.  You know that little trinket I got almost four years ago?  I told you about it a month ago.  You know, the one that counts down the years, days, hours and minutes to the end of the Deluder in Chief’s term.  I look at it nearly every day.

 And I smile.  It’s euphoric.


8 Responses to “Euphoria”

  1. 1 justsaymo December 31, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    Just like a second new year in one month. Sweet.


  2. 2 Anne Shrage December 31, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    Happy New Year Fredila…Peace, Good will and all that—and….. may your Blog live on….Best Reading I’ve had all year!


  3. 3 bbojai December 31, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    Great except for one thing: What do you mean no Jon Stewart????

    How can the New Year go on without Jon?

    It can’t be!

    We will all need to try to have a Happy New Year without one of our favorites!



  4. 4 GrandPa George December 31, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    Also Happy New Year Fredila.Talked with GrandSon today, told hime how
    happy I was that he was home, and safe. We have alot of things wrong, here in America, but as yet we don’t have Rockets coming in on us. God Love .George.


  5. 5 Moferry December 31, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    Hi FredIla,
    Happy New Year, may you be healthy and happy and have lotsa fun!
    Keep on bloggin’ ‘cos its a great read and nice to keep up with what you are up to.
    Mo and Mike


  6. 6 Janie S December 31, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    I hope you and your family have a healthy and happy new year. Love, Janie


  7. 7 Janet M January 1, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    Happy New Year to you and Sweetie!

    What a great read. Keep putting smiles on all of our faces. You certainly have a great way with words.
    There’s got to be something we can do about the comedy channel. Maybe we should all switch to dish.

    All my love and a big hug to you both



  8. 8 Harry Levin January 1, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    The bad news is another year has passed. The good news is that both of you have been our dearest friends for another year.
    Judy & Harry


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