Since 2013 started (was it only two weeks ago?), it seems I’ve already managed to anger the hordes. Turns out that where guns are involved, there is no room for a calm, much less civil, debate. Add to that marijuana. And presidential politics.
2012 was a difficult year. What with the election, the economy and all the insane violence, it’s no wonder we’re all on edge. So, before we start the new year off on the wrong foot, let’s talk about something else.
What topic? I’m open to suggestions, though I did put together a quick list. Think of these as news small talk, snippets for quick digestion (or regurgitation). Each one is a combination of good and bad information, just in case you’re still in a cranky mood and can’t cope with a glass half full.
If you see a topic you like, or have one you would like to see explored in Blue Byline, feel free to add your comment.
1. The news that professional basketball might return to Seattle with the purchase of the Sacramento Kings is an even split. Good: If it happens, it will be a major step towards bringing a National Hockey League franchise to our area. Bad: I’d rather watch ice melt than an NBA game (okay, maybe that’s just me).
2. Though early retirements and last ditch efforts saved many firefighters’ jobs, TFD was still forced to close the Proctor and Tideflats stations. Let’s hope the only fallout is a longer drive for crews hungry for the Metropolitan Market’s soup and not a large orange mushroom cloud drifting over the Port of Tacoma.
3. By averting the fiscal cliff, our poker-faced politicians all managed to turn lemons into, well, rotten lemons by kicking the can into February’s debt ceiling debate. Guess there’s really no good news on that one…still, it’s better than living in Syria.
4. The Seahawks may have lost a heartbreaker to end their playoff run, but their season was filled with so many exciting comebacks that even half-hearted fans might want to make an appointment with their cardiologist.
5. Hollywood is back to making great movies, such as Les Mis, Lincoln, and Life of Pi. Unfortunately, most moviegoers spent their ten bucks on Texas Chainsaw 3D last weekend.
6-10. Note: this is where columnists not afflicted with writer’s block would round out the list with five more anecdotes (and these would be shockingly funny!). Sigh.
There’s a few things to chew on for now, at least. Meanwhile, here’s hoping 2013 is a better, more prosperous and more peaceful year for us all.