These are exciting times, are they not? I mean, scientists are closing in on the God particle (formally called the Higgs boson) and that’s thrilling because, well, something to do with mass and subatomic physics and colliding particles. According to some (but certainly not all), Einstein’s theory of gravity has been disproved. Wowie!
Then, too, economies worldwide teeter on the brink. New, life-sustaining planets are being discovered. And the iPad 3 is preparing to launch, maybe in March. See? Exciting, exhilarating times.
Then why am I scared to death? This promising new year, this 2012, looms before us filled with promise and mystery and incredible possibilities. Am I prepared for the changes this new year will bring? Well, I bought a new calendar — Ansel Adams’ photography — and I got a new license plate sticker. My expectations aren’t very high, so they won’t have far to fall.
I probably should have done more to get ready, such as visit a psychic. Or dig a foxhole. Or pray ardently for a miracle. Because, if the last three years are any indication of what lies in store, I’m in deep weeds. I’ve had three straight crop failures, bing bang boom, every seed I planted and carefully tended went toes up. And, frankly, I’m unnerved. Another earworm infestation will do me in, to continue with the agricultural analogy.
On the other hand, there’s a slim possibility 2012 will be a refreshing change from the previous three years. My hopes and wishes are necessarily small, about this big, so maybe things will turn out better than I think. I wouldn’t bet money on it, but unlikelier things have happened. Haven’t they? Aw, geez.
Seems I’m trapped in that ‘devil you know vs. the devil you don’t’ conundrum. I know 2011, dull but harmless. 2012 is a stranger, offering candy. It could be a freaking disaster or it could be a pleasant surprise, I have no idea which. If I had to guess, I’d say I have a 20% percent chance for a pretty decent year or an 80% likelihood of a rootworm outbreak. Okay, I’ll be an optimist, 30/70.
Hope springs eternal and all that. Even so, I’m crossing my fingers and looking into full spectrum insecticides.
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