Happy New Year Everyone!
With a month ending and another starting, Imma asked me to take a break from Beach Walk Reflections and pitch in with some random thoughts. But today is not a break because I’m pulling double duty, so I hope you stop by for the first beach walk of 2023. Thanks to Marc for the space.
December was a time for Kennedy Center Honors, China & a variety of COVID events, Peruvian president tried to dissolve Peru’s Congress, a prisoner exchange, more Nigerian violence, Russia-Ukraine, a nuclear fusion breakthrough, Orion’s return, FTX, a World Cup winner, Zelenskyy visits Washington, January 6th Committee report, a winter bomb cyclone, a grumpy old man in Florida who is a one-trick pony with NFTs complaining about stuff he brings upon himself, and politicians saying stupid shit.
December deaths included a baseball Hall of Famer and Ancient Mariner, a Cheers bar maiden, a high-profile college football coach, a notable sports journalist in his 40s, a popular dancing DJ, Cincinnati’s Mr. Perfect, an NFL HOF RB & Immaculate Receptionist, a women’s golf legend, a music producer of Philadelphia soul, a Brazilian soccer legend, a pioneering journalist, a former pope, and people dying from gun violence, natural disasters, and war.
Some people are making a big deal of Congressman-elect George Santos lying about his background. An opposing viewpoint: His perfect for the job because many elected to Congress are frequent liars.
Cheers to this mascot for this sneak attack on an unknowing reporter.
Do you remember my October encounter with the postal service (USPS)? The one when I mailed tracked mail that tracking showed as in-transit (undelivered) – so I followed the USPS process trying to locate the mailing that I eventually tagged as Lost – only to discover it was timely delivered but never scanned – so it wasn’t lost when I declared it as lost. The story continues with a fitting ending to 2022. Yesterday morning (31st Dec), I received the following from USPS,
“The US Postal Service® received the search request you submitted (1st Nov) and it’s being processed. Your package has not yet been recovered, but every effort is being made to locate your item(s).”
Perfect – but given the hassle I endured, I don’t have the heart to tell them the joke is on them.
In case you missed it, here are a few December headline gems from The Onion:
- Winter clothing drive urgently requests more giant foam fingers
- Christmas tree lot guy ready for annual 46-week vacation
- Amish horse has probably never used a cell phone
- Skeleton in sketchy doctor’s office assembled completely wrong
- Agent drops Meryl Streep after she fails to develop massive TikTok following
- Family scandalized after grandmother leaves hot, young caretaker her cherished cobbler recipe
- Try the Combo Challenge. By using only the words in the above headlines, create your headline, then share it in your comment. My combo appears later in this post.
Did you know: Found in the neck and shaped like a butterfly, the thyroid gland serves as the location of another set of glands – the parathyroids.
Wondering: Which governing body is more corrupt: International Olympic Committee (IOC) or Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA)?
FYI: Gingercello is a good drink to warm the throat.
If you didn’t see the Kennedy Center Honors, you missed this performance.
Because today starts a new month, it’s time for an overview of some of the celebrations January has to offer. For a complete list of January celebrations, click here.
Monthly celebrations for January include brain teasers, creativity, hot tea, polka music, soup, and introverts.
January is also a month to increase your awareness about bath safety, glaucoma, birth defects, cervical health, and thyroid gland.
Weekly toasts in January include Feel Great (1-7), Cuckoo Dancing (11-17), Idioms (15-21), and Clean Out Your Inbox (22-28).
Day celebrations in January include Mummers (1st), Cheese Lovers (2nd), Festival of Sleep (3rd), Whipped Cream (5th), Bubble Baths (8th), Learn Your Name in Morse Code (11th), Popcorn (19th), Cheesy Socks (21st), Talk Like a Grizzled Prospector (24th), Thomas Crapper (27th), and Bubble Wrap (30th). For a complete list of January celebrations, click here.
January Moons: Full 6th, New 21st
My Combo: Sketchy Meryl Streep scandalized hot, young Amish doctor’s foam fingers
Enjoy this Kenny Chesney because that time of the year for me is nearing. Have a good January everyone. I’m out of here. Happy New Year and Happy Ellis Island Day!