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  1. 25 Dec '17 01:26 / 2 edits
    2016 seemed a stressy year and I remember people wishing the end of it and hoping 2017 was going to be better, was it for you?

    For me this year has not been great; not because of politics and even Trump hasn’t deminished my optimism. It’s losing people that is always tough and I’ve lost connections and suffered bereavements, as I’m sure many of us have. I’ve also had many personal changes going on, mostly positive but sometimes change is so unsettling.

    I can’t give 2017 a thumbs up I’m afraid but at least Christmas looks like being fun with the arrival of a newborn in the family
  2. Standard member HandyAndy
    Non sum qualis eram
    25 Dec '17 02:04
    Originally posted by @divegeester
    2016 seemed a stressy year and I remember people wishing the end of it and hoping 2017 was going to be better, was it for you?

    For me this year has not been great; not because of politics and even Trump hasn’t deminished my optimism. It’s losing people that is always tough and I’ve lost connections and suffered bereavements, as I’m sure many of us ...[text shortened]... fraid but at least Christmas looks like being fun with the arrival of a newborn in the family
    I feel like we are riding in the dark with no headlights and a maniac at the wheel. Where did we go wrong?
  3. Subscriber moonbus On Vacation
    Uber-Nerd
    25 Dec '17 11:32
    Originally posted by @handyandy
    I feel like we are riding in the dark with no headlights and a maniac at the wheel. Where did we go wrong?
    Nice metaphor. Let's refine it a bit:

    We're in a demolition derby in the dark, with multiple contestants, some of whom are maniacs, some of whom flash their lights occasionally blinding us. The brakes and air bags have failed, but the horns and gas pedals still work. Fasten your seat belts; it's going to be a bumpy ride.
  4. 25 Dec '17 11:56 / 1 edit
    The bad thing is that Sweden is unrecognizable, no control, too much going on.

    The good thing is that family wounds are healing.
  5. 25 Dec '17 12:33
    Worse US president of 2017 - Donald trump

    Best US president of 2017 - Donald trump


    He'll be so happy with the news
  6. Subscriber coquette
    Already mated
    25 Dec '17 15:46
    Originally posted by @trev33
    Worse US president of 2017 - Donald trump

    Best US president of 2017 - Donald trump


    He'll be so happy with the news
    Refinement:

    Trump - best US President of 2017

    Trump - worst US President ever
  7. 25 Dec '17 17:06
    Originally posted by @divegeester
    2016 seemed a stressy year and I remember people wishing the end of it and hoping 2017 was going to be better, was it for you?

    For me this year has not been great; not because of politics and even Trump hasn’t deminished my optimism. It’s losing people that is always tough and I’ve lost connections and suffered bereavements, as I’m sure many of us ...[text shortened]... fraid but at least Christmas looks like being fun with the arrival of a newborn in the family
    2017 for me was worse than 2016, and 2016 wasn't great. I'll be glad to see the back of this year.
  8. Standard member Ghost of a Duke
    Zen Master
    25 Dec '17 17:39
    Was held together in 2017 mostly by sleeping tablets and good coffee. I've become closer however to my extended family (Facebook has its uses) and feel I have achieved a lot through my work. (Not a single day off sick, despite the insomnia,.....heck, in spite of it).

    I will chalk 2017 up, in balance, as a good year. I hope the same for all of us here in 2018.
  9. 25 Dec '17 21:39 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by @trev33
    Worse US president of 2017 - Donald trump

    Best US president of 2017 - Donald trump


    He'll be so happy with the news
    Actually, Obama was still president for the first 3 weeks of 2017.

    Ok, now place your votes.

    And Happy New Year !!
  10. 28 Dec '17 14:31
    For me personally:

    Worst: first half.
    Better: second half, including finding a job.
    Best: playing in the Pirates of Penzance, and the people I did it with.
  11. Subscriber moonbus On Vacation
    Uber-Nerd
    28 Dec '17 21:39
    You'd be the very model of a modern major general!
  12. 28 Dec '17 22:01 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by @shallow-blue
    For me personally:

    Worst: first half.
    Better: second half, including finding a job.
    Best: playing in the Pirates of Penzance, and the people I did it with.
    Congratulations on getting a job; I hope it’s something you like and pays well. Or, at the least, one or the other.
  13. 28 Dec '17 23:26 / 2 edits
    Originally posted by @moonbus
    You'd be the very model of a modern major general!
    Alas, only a lowly pirate... although I can almost sing the MG's song by heart, and I believe I could've doubled Samuel had it been necessary.

    It honestly was an experience that made my year. The singing and playing was fantastic itself, but the people... f#$$, I needed that. I so needed that, and I didn't even realise it until I joined.

    Yeah, I signed up for next year.
  14. 28 Dec '17 23:33
    Originally posted by @divegeester
    Congratulations on getting a job; I hope it’s something you like and pays well. Or, at the least, one or the other.
    Thanks. It's... well, I'm learning things, I'm not bored, and my cow-orkers mostly don't get on my nerves. As for the pay, it's basic, but anything's better than zero.
  15. Subscriber Suzianne
    Misfit Queen
    30 Dec '17 07:19
    Originally posted by @divegeester
    I’ve also had many personal changes going on, mostly positive but sometimes change is so unsettling.
    Some genius once said that the only constant in life is change.

    Without it, I'm afraid we'd all stagnate.

    I wanted to ask you: Who is that in your new avatar?