Dear Crabby, What Are Your Hopes for 2020?

Dear Crabby,

A new year is right around the corner. Is there anything you’re looking forward to in 2020?

Thanks!
Nancy Nuova

Dear Nancy Nuova,

Ahhh, yes. Here we are once again on the cusp of a new year. All that optimism is enough to make anyone gag. This week the circulars clogging our mailboxes will be filled with ads and sales to improve your health and organize your home. And let’s not forget about all the New Year’s resolutions people are going to make… and break before Valentine’s Day. At my age, there’s not too much I can do to improve my health. My body is pretty much in the maintenance stage and my home will get organized by my children someday after I die. As for resolutions, you can read what I think about those here. All that nonsense aside, I am actually looking forward to a few events this year.

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Since we’re heading into a new decade I think it would a hoot that when the ball drops in Times Square instead of that Dick Clark wannabe Ryan Seacrest announcing it that they have Barbara Walters do it instead. Why? So she could look directly into the camera and say, “This is 2020.” Ha! It cracks me up every time I think about it. Unfortunately, I think Barbara Wa-wa’s health isn’t the best at the moment, but a man can dream, right? Another item on my New Year’s wish list is the construction on Baldwin Road to finally be finished. I know the whole state is under construction, but Baldwin seems to be particularly hard hit. It was supposed to be finished this year, but surprise, surprise, something wasn’t bid right, it rained too much in May – pick a reason and the finish line got pushed back. If you live or work in that area or go to Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, you know what I’m talking about. And while I’m thinking about it, can we get Joslyn exits on I-75 open again? I’m afraid the longer all this construction takes that when these roads and such are finally open, no one is going to believe it. The second thing I’m looking forward to is Detroit having winning sports teams again. Is there something in the water they’re all drinking on the sidelines? We all pretty much expect the Detroit Lions to be towards the bottom of the pile, but now the Pistons, Red Wings, and Tigers are there too. So, let’s trade for and draft the right players, fire the people responsible for these messes and get back to winning! Otherwise, I will be forced to start rooting for out of state teams. Keeping on that sports theme, I’m also looking forward to the 2020 Summer Games being held in Tokyo. There’s just something about watching all those whippersnappers flip through the air and run around in circles, among other things. Plus, the USA usually does pretty well. Heck. Russia has been banned from the Games, so pretty much everyone should have a shot at doing well. If any Russian athletes are cleared by the World Anti-Doping Agency, they will be allowed to compete under a neutral flag, but cannot wear anything with Russia on it and the athletes can’t be referred to as competing for Russia. That’s what happens when you don’t play by the rules. Speaking of Russia… there is one thing I’m not looking forward to in 2020, the presidential election.

Now don’t get me wrong. Voting is very important, and everyone should do it. What burns my brisket are all the tantrums and name-calling. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen kindergartners with better manners than some of these politicians display. So while I enjoy the freedom to help choose who leads our country, I’m not exactly giddy about the process that gets us there. Maybe one of these days someone will figure how to shorten all the campaigning so we can all enjoy as much of our year as we can.

That’s what I’m looking forward to. Hope I’ve been a good enough boy for Baby New Year to grant my wishes. And here’s to hoping you have a great New Year too!

Dear Crabby

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