Cumulative Review Part 1 — The Crap!

Thursday, 7 January 2010

From what I’ve seen, read and talked about with oth­ers, the con­sen­sus is that the first decade of the new mil­len­nium, the first decade of ac­tual worldly-aware­ness on my part, sucked. For the most part, I’ve got to agree. Global ter­ror­ism, geno­cide in Africa, two un­winnable wars, Americans tor­tur­ing peo­ple, two re­ces­sions (or eco­nomic down­turns, or bub­ble-bursts, or what­ever safer word you want to use), and those are just the top 5.

Personally, the new decade hasn’t started out much bet­ter. On New Year’s Eve, Bram was sick. On New Year’s Day I came down with the same thing and lost 7 pounds in 36 hours, prob­a­bly should have gone to the hos­pi­tal, and spent the next 3 days hob­bling about like an old man. During this time Debbie’s brother got what­ever it was. And the babysit­ter, and the babysitter’s hus­band, and an­other kid she watches, and that kid’s par­ents.

So Tuesday I feel up to go­ing to work. I put on my dress shirt and lo, a tear in the left el­bow. What the hell? Whatever. I put on an­other dress shirt and lo, a tear in the left el­bow. What the fuck? Whatever. I put on a sweater and go to work. While walk­ing to the bus stop, I get a call to find out that my uncle’s fa­ther died the night be­fore. He wasn’t blood kin, but he might as well have been. 92 years old, a great and good man, a pa­tri­arch of the 20th cen­tury.

So enough of the crap from the last decade.