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And So It Ends

December 23, 2016

Today, is the last day of the year for me. Oh, I’m working next week, in that dead week between Christmas and New Years. I went on too many camping trips this year to take the entire week off. And, I’ll keep writing this blog Monday through Friday next year. But, today is the last original post for 2016. Next week I’ll be following my normal pattern of reposting the five most popular entries from 2016.

This was not my year. I’m typically an optimistic person. I think most people are generally good. I have a good job, a wonderful family who are all in relatively good health. I love where I live and enjoy my neighbors.

But, 2016 really landed some body blows. My favorite uncle passed away suddenly of a heart attack while out on a motorcycle ride. I still miss him. My car, Ironman, blew a headgasket and has been sitting forelornly in my driveway since March waiting on me to have the time and the money to fix him. I’ve had close family that had some severe reversals of fortunes. I’ve spent way more time in court than I would have liked.

I’m ready to be done. I normally love Fall, the leaves turning, the first snowfall, putting up the Christmas lights. And the food and the celebrations (my birthday, my daughter’s birthday and my anniversary are all in December.) But, this year, I haven’t been feeling it.

I’m looking forward to rolling over the calendar to a new year, a new start, a clean slate. I have some great goals for 2017. Some things that I’ve worked on for years that I hope will finally come about. In the meantime, I’ll go through the motions to finish out 2016.

To you, the readers, I say:

Thank you
Thank you
A thousand times, thank you

You cannot know how much your support and feedback have meant to me this year. I am constantly amazed that anyone finds these electronic scribblings entertaining or even useful.

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Boxing Day (whatever that is) to those of you in Canada. And may 2016 be a cherished memory and 2017 be a bright light full of happiness and opportunity for you.

Rodney M Bliss is an author, columnist and IT Consultant. His blog updates every weekday. He lives in Pleasant Grove, UT with his lovely wife, thirteen children and grandchildren. 

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