On a personal level, you were a mixed bag.
In February, I was finally hired at my job after working months as a freelancer and I love it. I can’t imagine being anywhere else (in terms of commute, location, the job itself). Also in February, I had a little incident with the parking garage arm while exiting on my scooter. I didn’t write about it since it happened at work.
In April, Ann spent a few days in the hospital after experiencing chest pains. Everything checked out fine and she’s has no problems since.
The summer saw us spending time at quite a few local spots and some not as close.
And in October, I had a second incident on my scooter which was a little more severe than the one in February. But I’m fine and it’s all taken care of, even if the scooter was declared a total loss.
All in all, the good definitely outweighed the bad and for that I’m thankful.
But enough of me. Nobody can look back on you, oh 2016, without thinking about all of the talent we’ve lost. I compiled a list of those I could think of, and note that since starting this list I had to reluctantly make some additions to it:
Abe Vigoda of Barney Miller
Beth Howland of Alice
Billy Paul, known for his hit song “Me and Mrs. Jones”
Carrie Fisher (12/27/16) and her mother Debbie Reynolds (12/28/16)
Dan Haggerty of Grizzly Adams
David Huddleston, who was in two of my favorite movies: The Big Lebowski and Blazing Saddles
Erik Bauersfeld, voice of Admiral “It’s a trap!” Ackbar
Gene Wilder (seen here in Blazing Saddles)
George S. Irving aka Heat Miser from The Year Without A Santa Claus
Sir George Martin, producer extraordinaire
Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake and Palmer
Broadcaster Joe Garagiola (seen here with Gary Carter, who died in 2012)
Jon Polito, who also was in The Big Lebowski
Maurice White of Earth, Wind and Fire
WWF star Mr. Fuji
Pat Harrington of One Day At A Time
Atrell Cordes aka Price Be of PM Dawn
Songwriter Rod Temperton
Ron Glass, also of Barney Miller
Vanity, Prince protégé
Zsa Zsa Gabor
So hey, 2016. Your time is up.
Seriously. Get out. You’ve done enough damage. Nobody will miss you.
Here’s wishing you all a very happy and prosperous 2017!