2008 was an exceptional year, by anyone’s reckoning. As it ends, we are just beginning to feel the effects of the two most historical happenings of the year: the election of Barack Obama, the first African-American elected to the office of President of the US; and the economic crisis of perhaps unparalleled proportions, resulting from lax oversight, greed and poor judgment among other factors. And, wonder of wonders, the Phillies won the World Series. (We know because there was absolutely nothing else on the local news for days on end.
I think, considering how it’s ending, most of us will be glad to say goodbye to 2008. To be sure, many of us will have fond memories from events of this year, but most of us will also remember the fears; watching our investments dwindle, credit dry up, and jobs disappear. Gasoline got more expensive than ever, we paid a fortune for one delivery of heating oil early this fall, and now Americans gladdened by the retreat of oil prices are again at risk of forgetting the need to rethink our use of that limited commodity. The changing of the year (which will no doubt cause me to cross out a few 8’s and replace them with 9’s) will not revive the economy, but it will usher in the new president’s term, and upon him rests the heavy load of the economy, wars and terrorism, energy policy and all the rest. I sincerely wish him the best, it’s the world’s toughest job. May God help him and all of us!
For us, 2008 was not too bad. We both stayed out of the hospital, we celebrated the 10th anniversary of our business, and we started a blog!! We turned up some interesting things in 2008, many of which we’ve shared on this blog. Discovery and learning, we find, are the things that give us the most pleasure – for that reason we also love to pass them along so that others may share in it. We’re looking forward to continued fun with our friends in both business and personal life, and our many friends whom we’ve never met, but know only by their online personalities and kind words.
Thanks to our readers for visiting our blog – here’s to more and better in ‘09!!