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DY: In Just a Few Words (#65)

Next year can only be better. Right?

Today is January 11. You may think anything I have to say about New Year's Weekend (Eve or Day) is stale news by now. But, this year was a real doozy and I have decided the story needs to be told.

My weekend started Friday the 30th of December and concluded late Monday, January 3rd.

Boy oh boy, did I start the weekend fired up. December 30 was going to be the day of the greatest upset in football history. A very vulnerable University of Alabama team was going to be on the wrong end of the score with the undefeated University of Cincinnati. I was so excited to tune in that I could hardly concentrate on putting Christmas decorations away. Surely people would talk about this game for years. More than 650,000 maskless fans would forever claim they were there in person to see it happen. Wrong. Bama stomped all over Cincy.

Oh well, New Year's Eve was on the docket for Saturday. The weekend could still be salvaged. I had very much been looking forward to a party we were to attend. Fueled by a little fire water, this would be a great opportunity to do everything Dr. Fauci says not to. I got all ready to go to the party when I remembered we had cancelled several days earlier, thanks to COVID. So, Karen and I had a glass of wine, a quick dinner at home, watched a couple of Dr. Fauci interviews on TV, and took a nap ahead of the popcorn ball drop in nearby Chagrin Falls - which we slept through. What's better than a traditional New Year's Eve dinner of a jalapeno burger? And a long winter's nap starting about 10:17?

Sunday was another doozy. More Christmas decorations to pack away. They’re so much fun to put up and such a drag to take down. We then checked in with our Detroit family on their COVID status (thankfully still negative, but worthy of quarantine). A small gathering several days earlier ended with seven family members getting COVID. Years from now everyone will laugh about this. But, it sure wasn’t a fun way to end 2021. And it delayed our trip to Detroit to celebrate the holidays. Maybe Dr. Fauci knows more than I thought he did.

Never, ever give up. We had one more chance to get something positive out of New Year’s Weekend on Monday. Still in the NFL playoff hunt, our Cleveland Browns headed off to tangle with the ever excellent Green Bay Packers. You guessed it. The Browns stunk up the place. It was a huge disappointment as we had been subjected to months of hype about this being our year. Footnote: the Browns have never played in a Super Bowl, much less won one.

But, hope reigns eternal. Wait til next year. COVID will be gone. Putin will be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for pulling back from the border with Ukraine. There will be no forest fires or floods. The Browns will win the Super Bowl on a 79-yard field goal as time expires. Did I mention I was going to win the lottery? It will be a perfect world. Count on it. You heard it first right here.

That’s my four-day New Year’s story for this year and I’m sticking to it.

P.S. One HUGE New Year’s weekend bright spot was The Ohio State - Utah game on Saturday. It was fantastic entertainment right down to the end. Back and forth, non-stop. I live in Ohio and my famous ancestor was the founder of the University of Deseret that is today the University of Utah (or as one of my Utah cousins calls it UU). Well, on Saturday, Ohio State was a smidge better - just a smidge - than UU. But, they both stood tall.


DY: In Just a Few Words is a blog that comes out when something needs to be said or every Tuesday - whichever comes first. Davis Young is a communications professional who adds 50+ years of experience and perspective to issues of the day. His emphasis in DY: In Just a Few Words will be humor (a touch of sarcasm here, a pinch of facetiousness there...). Once in a while, he will touch on something a bit more serious - but hopefully not too deep or depressing.

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