DeanBNE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2153 times:
Is it just me or has it been a terrible year? On a personal level I cannot believe the amount of bad and/or sad things that have been happening.
And on a global scale ... I can't remember things being so amased with friction. It seems that it doesn't rain but it pours.
If anyone else feels this way *please* add your thoughts.
Matt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 43
Reply 1, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2132 times:
I agree. Things aren't exactly a bed of roses right now. Of course that's nothing new. I agree, tensions have been flaring pretty bad this year.
Now closer to home (which IMO counts more anyway), the year has been ok for me. But me being the workaholic that I am, I am apalled that the year is already half over. I haven't done anything outside of work to show for it. It's just work/eat/sleep. That's my life in a nutshell.
However, my day today got off to a bad start:
At about 0420, as I was on my way into work, I struck an object on the freeway at about 75 MPH. I never saw it-that particular stretch of freeway was not well lit. It had to be a chair or a ladder or something big. The car bumped loud and violently as I hit it. A short time later, I was on the side of the road with a flat tire. Upon examining the car, I saw that my front ledft side bumper was gouged and scraped pretty badly, my left headlight was cracked, and one of my reflectors was gone. Totally punched out.
And when I proceeded to change the tire and put the spare on, I made another heart sinking discovery:
the wrench I have does not fit the lug nuts I have on my wheels (I had them replaced when I put new tires on last fall.
So I had to call AAA to come out and change it for me.
Now I have to buy a new tire and a new reflector. I don't know what I'm going to do about the bumper though. It's scraped and scratched pretty bad. But it's only on the left/front quarter; I did not hit the object head on. It was more of a "side swipe". But my car is 7 years old, with 138K miles on it. A new bumper will probably cost me about a grand. So I guess my best bet is to buff out the scrapes as best as I can and try and touch them up with some paint.
But I'm not upset about it beyond the carelessness of whoever let the object fall into the roadway. What am I going to do? I don't even know what it was that I hit. So I'm not going to let it bother me.
DeanBNE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2121 times:
Perhaps I should explain...in the last two weeks a friend who I dearly care for decided that he no longer wishes to have contact with me. Another good friend of mine has left to live elsewhere in Australia and my closest friend has an illness which is terminal if left untreated but has decided to let the illness run its course.
Of course one wakes up daily to Inda-Pakistain and/or Israel-Palestinian violence. Air disasters and deaths of high-profile people are happening all to often.
I'm starting to become alittle anxious of what each new day brings ... oh well
Hepkat From Austria, joined Aug 2000, 2341 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2101 times:
2002 has got to be one of the worst years for me, and we're only midway through. I've already lost two family members so far, one to an asthma attack (she was only 34 years old) and one to liver cancer (she was 51). Then a good friend of mine has just died of complications during surgery a few days ago. I almost also lost another good friend to a severe allergic reaction to something she ate (good thing there was a doctor around). I'm also battling my landlord in court over an illegal rent contract, so that just adds to the pile.
But throughout all this I'm still myself, and most importantly, I am still happy and haven't lost my inner peace. If anything, these experiences have only made me stronger. They have also made me realized that we have to live each day as if it's our last.
Capt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2094 times:
I'll buck the trend then; this year has been going fabulously well for me; probably helps that I'm at Uni studying a degree I thoroughly enjoy (development in Africa), with a great bunch of friends; exams so far have gone better than expected (certainly an improvement on last year's performance)...I'm pretty certain what I want to do in life;
I've booked numerous flights to add quality to my life-loads on Ryanair, a flight to Australia this Xmas, and one to Argentina later on this month. My love-life is non-existant, but I couldn't give a damn. Global events? Probably a bad attitude, but I don't care that much really...although obviously it would be best if the Kashmir issue could be resolved once and for all, and if US-Europe relations became more stable (I guess they are, we just complain loads...)
Summer is now in full-bloom here in the UK (well, at least until the next shower...)
And I'm just off to my local Italian cafe for a lovely frothy cappuccino.
PROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5644 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2081 times:
2002 has been a reasonably decent year so far. While the war on terrorism is far from over, the direst predictions have not come true. The Taliban and al-Qaeda haven't proven to be tough fighters when faced with American military might, and needless to say we haven't seen hundreds or thousands of American troops coming back from Afghanistan in body bags. While there are no guarantees for the future, of course, it is worth noting that there have been no recent terrorist attacks. As I've noted here probably too many times already, I am disgusted at the paranoia that's taken root in the American psyche, especially among stock market investors. Hopefully, that will fade over time.
"Let me think about it" = the coward's way of saying "no"
Arsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 18
Reply 11, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2060 times:
I cant help but get the feeling that there's gonna be a major war or conflict ahead of us in the next 5-10 years. The more time we pass, the more violence there's seems to be, whether it's in the middle east, south america, asia, africa. People seem hell bent on violence in the 21st century.
Mcdougald From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2053 times:
JetService wrote: "This year has been a carbon-copy of the last few."
Yeah, it seems like the only big difference between the early 2000s and the late '90s is in terms of world events, and less 'grunge'. But if you look at the big contrasts between each decade from the '50s to the '90s, the changes in general tone and pop culture make 2002 feel like '1996, Version 7.0'. Even the war on terrorism comes across as more a part of the '90s reality-TV trend than anything else.
Flpuck6 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 2123 posts, RR: 27
Reply 13, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2049 times:
I think we all know how the year has been so far, globally.
Personally, the year has been much better than last year. Wait, I'll re-phrase that. The worst period last year was September-December, fall semester at school. I won't go into it. While there are still some ongoing family tensions (parents deciding about divorce), this year has been relatively better: academic achievements (including graduation from college, which in it of itself is good and bad), fast employment post-graduation considering the job market, life-long friends who I know I can count on among others.
Victech From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 546 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1996 times:
It's been a year (so far) that's been neutral, pushing bad (especially this past month): business slowed down (but, thankfully, seems to be picking up again), my best friend's household is falling apart--a divorce looks imminent, and I've been going through some "clear air turbulence" these past few weeks. But things are (finally) looking up...