We are about one week into 2008. This is also about one week into the primary season. This of course means that we are halfway to finding out who are nominees for the next president of the United States will be. So far we have the results from one State: Iowa. Going into New Hampshire, and subsequently super Tuesday, the media in America seems to be in love with the two top getters from the Iowa caucus. Even know a couple of the lesser-known candidates have dropped out of the race already, some still think that the race is wide open, especially on the Republican side. Let's hope so.
Change the radio station, shave, apply makeup, find a cassette tape, read the newspaper, talk on the phone, text, smoke, eat, discipline the kids, argue with spouse, give finger to other drivers, look for street signs, look for friends, dial the phone, cut coupons, search for dropped cigarette, scratch, takeoff coat, change shoes, read mail, read e-mail, look for map, search for gloves in glove compartment, program GPS, floss teeth, look for song on iPod, search for CD, pet dog, roll down rear window, roll up rear window, roll down the front window, drink, eat, think about beer, throw empties in backseat, . . .
Judge: "Order in the court!"
Voice from gallery: "I'll have a burger and fries!"
In the time it will take us to sit down, get out a piece of paper and write down our new years' resolutions, you have to realize that even larger decision is at hand. Instead follow contemplating what we want to do for the next year, more realistically in the next 2 1/2 weeks, we must decide how we want to be impacted for the next four years.
It's not enough to have the regular stress for Christmas. You know, the usual fighting with people in the stores, dealing with family, finding meaning in the reason for the season and crap like that. Add some snowy weather. Don't forget poorly plowed streets. Don't even get me started on the tax/government service connection (or lack thereof). Snowstorms every other day and cold temperatures despite global warming. It's enough to drive anyone insane. However, it is Christmas, and you try to keep your spirits up. Good luck.