Saturday, December 31, 2005

Year-end grumblings...

Three weeks after the big bang, we finally have resolution. Three f*cking weeks. I finally signed off today on the contract to buy a used 1998 Buick LeSabre. Blue, quiet ride, soft suspension, used to hell, but runs well and feels like it could eat most other cars for breakfast in an accident. Thank the fates that the dealership took the old dead car for $1400 trade-in value and it only ended up making my payments $7 higher. The sudden big push was the fact that today is the final day of the year and they wanted to get that one last sale in on the 2005 books... which brings me to my next grumbling.

What is the world's obsession with the passage of time? We celebrate birthdays, New Year's Day, over-the-hill parties, retirement parties, and get-legally-drunk-off-your-ass 21st birthdays, among others. I've never been a big fan of birthdays or New Year's Day and will probably spend both days at home with my kids treating it as a normal day. Then there's the business world doing a mad dash during the last part of the year to make their numbers look good. Why not just put forth a great effort all year rather than an exhausting all-out effort at the end? We are only on this Earth for a short time during each lifetime and should make the most of it. Enjoy what you have and stop counting the days and years, and put forth your best effort every day!


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