December 31, 2019

Whenever I start my last post of any year, the first thing I do is copy the last post from the previous year to see if it contains anything relevant to what I might use as a muse for this year’s. Reading the very first paragraph of last year’s December 31 post, I had to laugh (italics mine):

Who knows what will happen in 2019. Will I still be blogging? Will I still be employed? Will I still be a Goodboy? Will I still be alive? Who knows?

Well, the fact is, yes I’m still alive. And yes, I still am employed, even after at least two major layoffs (the last of which counted my boss as a victim). Hard to say if that solidified my position or not, but I’ve learned after all this time to stop worrying about it and just do the best job I can and let the chips fall where they may. Am I still a Goodboy? Yes, but I have to confess I really don’t really care a whole lot about the whole Goodboys thing anymore. After 29 years (this will be our 30th) there’s really not much left to accomplish or entertain, at least as far as I’m concerned. I’m sure there are those in the Nation who will disagree with me, but that’s OK – they can carry on after this year to whatever end they wish. My continued participation will be based solely on my satisfaction (or lack thereof) with the present situation, and all I can say right now is that I’m not happy about things at all. But let’s see how things all play out.

The one thing I can say about 2019 is that it went by very fast, like, crazy fast. Overall it was a good year for the Richard household. Got a lot of good stuff done in the back yard – something I wasn’t necessarily planning on doing, but it all just seemed to come together spontaneously. And all for the best! Everything looks so great out there. Health-wise all creatures great and small (including my dad, God bless him and his 90+ years!) seemed to fare quite well, although it was sad to see my sister-in-law Tam lose her lovebird, Big Bird. But if (as it appears) she ends up having to move out of her present digs next year (her apartment complex has been sold), I’m hoping she’ll be open to getting a new feathered friend in her new digs to keep her company. Our rabbits Marlie and Peach came through another year OK, as did Tam’s three beasts. Both our Marlie and Tam’s Butterscotch are both well up there in bunny years, so there will be fingers crossed in 2020 for their continued health and well-being!

Financially, we had a very good year in 2019 and we’re now in the best financial shape of our lives. Through a nice refinance we were able to give Tam my ancient Saturn and I now have a decent second car should my employment situation change. We’ve still got more work to do to truly satisfy our Edelman Financials guy, so here’s hoping that in the coming year (fingers crossed here in a big way!), all things being equal, we’ll be able to continue the fine progress we have made.

Goals for 2020? At this point in my life the days of dreaming big are long past. I’ll take a tranquil year, thank you, although it never turns out that way. Keeping the financial progress and relatively good health all around going would be very good. I have ten pounds to lose and am planning a return to the gym in March once all the folks with their New Year ambitions and resolutions fall by the wayside. I’ve missed the gym and look forward to making it once again a regular part of my weekly schedule. Trying to find Tammy a new place to live will be a challenge, but we’ve got until October to find her the right kind of place. I’ve got a lot of cabinet and closet reorganization projects in mind around the house that have been a long time coming and a bunch of playlists to create on Tam’s iPhone; both things I know I’ll enjoy doing.

Missing in my 2020 goals is anything to do with golf. Sure, there’s still the desire at some point in my life to get down to a 20-handicap, but I’m presently on sabbatical with no immediate plans to do anything about it. I dunno, I guess the whole Goodboys experience of the last year and subsequent events has just put me in a mindset of seeking enjoyment in other things. Nothing more than that. I guess we’ll see what happens when my retired brother Dave comes for a visit in March or April. The weather will be nice and, who knows, maybe I’ll get bit by the bug once again. At this point I’d rather focus my attention on Tracey and I getting our Arizona concealed carry permits – now that’s something to look forward to!

Anyways, that’s really about it. Sounds kind of boring, I know, but boring is OK. Of course, 2020 is a presidential election year so that will be kind of interesting. In that arena, the always entertaining Kurt Schlichter has some predictions that I think are spot-on – at least for now. Next November is a lifetime away politically, but I plan on doing my part and donating some of my time to help the Trump reelection effort here in Arizona. Especially with our lame U.S. senator Martha McSally, there’s work to do for sure.

So that’s that. Another year in the books. Who knows what will happen in 2020. No matter what happens – whether I continue it here on a regular basis or focus of my attention more on my Twitter account (which admittedly needs work!) I hope y’all will come along to witness the ride. Again, I want to sincerely thank everyone who considers this humble little outpost in the blogsphere a part of your daily (or occasional) Internet habit. I enjoy writing for the entertainment and the kind of catharsis it provides, but it’s always nicer when you know there are people who occasionally read what you write. So thank you all for that.

OK, time to skedaddle. See y’all on the flip of the calendar and the start of a New Year. I know I’m ready for that flip, are you? Take us outta here, George!

Filed in: Uncategorized by The Great White Shank at 02:52 | Comments (6)
  1. Happy New Year to you and Tracey. I am working as hospitals don’t close. Wishing you both only the best for 2020. Miss y’all

    Comment by Jana — December 31, 2019 @ 3:33 am

  2. Happy New Year Doug. Hope 2020 is a great one for you in all ways! Be well … Goose

    Comment by Goose — December 31, 2019 @ 10:30 am

  3. Thanks Goose – my best to you and your family for a great 2020!

    Comment by The Great White Shank — December 31, 2019 @ 8:45 pm

  4. Thank you Jana, the same to you from us.
    Here’s hoping I get a chance to get somewhere near Louisville during my anticipated travels in 2020 – ya never know!

    Comment by The Great White Shank — December 31, 2019 @ 8:47 pm

  5. I would a visit from you and Tracey if possible. Just let me know.

    Comment by Jana — January 2, 2020 @ 3:19 am

  6. Well, there’s a chance I might be going to Pittsburgh in March. That’s not a long drive to Louisville, so ya never know what can happen in 2020!

    Comment by The Great White Shank — January 24, 2020 @ 7:52 pm

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