Goodbye 2016

Not many will stand up and say they’re going to miss 2016. By many accounts, it was an unusually difficult year, filled with more changes than any of us could imagine would fit in one trip around the sun.

Seemingly countless celebrities passed, among them David Bowie (Nikolai Tesla in The Prestige), Alan Rickman (Hans Gruber in Die Hard), Glen Frey (Jimmy Cole in Miami Vice), Nancy Reagan (Lieutenant Helen Blair in Hellcats of the Navy), Prince (The Kid in Purple Rain), Arnold Palmer (inventor of a popular drink), Muhammad Ali (Self in When We Were Kings), Florence Henderson (Wesson Oil spokeswoman), Carrie Fisher (Rosemary Howard in 30 Rock), and Debbie Reynolds (Bobbi Adler in Will and Grace).

Mariah Carey’s career nearly died with about six minutes left in the year. She’s defending herself, but would probably be better just denying it ever happened. It’s not like a billion people were watching. They were. It’s not like there’s a video of what is alleged. There is. It doesn’t matter; it didn’t happen. Who are you going to believe, a billion witnesses, a video, or Mariah?

In 2016, we saw a nice preview of the 2020 election cycle, which should begin in about 90 days or so.

January is typically a time of change. I know I am personally reevaluating what I think I think in 2017, based on what I learned (or didn’t learn) in 2016. For a 2017 New Year’s Resolution? I resolve to put 2016 behind me and focus on how I can help in 2017.

What’s your strategy for 2017? More of the same…or are you ready for some – in the immortal words of Mr. Bowie – ch-ch-ch-ch-changes?

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