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Out with the old & in with the new. In retrospect, how satisfied are you with the year past?

atheist 8 Dec 25

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Satisfied with what? The politics are scary and depressing and will probably get worse. But sometimes one has to hit bottom before one wakes up. This often happens with drug addicts and religion, power, greed and control are all addictive drugs.

I sent out an item about how the blue states were thriving while the red states are going downhill. It will get worse for the red areas and, for some, perhaps the best way to vote is with one's feet.

For me personally, things are great, health-wise, community-wise and the natural environment is inspiring. I have always been an activist and all the crap going on presents many more avenues for activism. Sometimes one has to be willing to make big sacrifices to feel truly alive!


personally a great year but by far the worst political years ever

@atheist i just hope he is wealthy cause if not, he is about to be very disappointed by his candidate


With Trump in charge, this has been one of, if not and probably the most depressing years of my adult life. What is sad, is that we probably have at least one more year of this ye to come.


Personally ? Not too bad.

Globally ? Not looking so great ...

Nationally ? An absolute disaster.

Perfectly said.


This has been a year from hell, my french partner left over brexit and took our son. Health took a hit due to the stress on an already unhealthy frame. Trying to hold it together today as they have been here for few days and return to france tomorrow and I will be climbing into a large bottle of vodka. No idea where I go from here. Bah humbug

I care where you go from here. Do take the time to mourn any losses, but I hope you can mend any broken relationships into something healthy and form newer and more positive ones this year!

@forgo Thanks. Tranquillisers got me through the worst and xmas was the worst. But now I am picking up the pieces and making plans. I never plan small, so this captain looking for a crew to launch a French adventure.. PIRATE. 😉


I have to say, 2017 was probably the worst year of my life, and I'm not being hyperbolic about that. I cannot wait until I get to stop writing 2017 on any correspondence legal documents. It's a year that I will black out on every calendar I come across.

I hope 2018 sees a comeback and unprecedented rise in your life! Stay strong.


Trump has exceeded all of my expectations....(which is NOT a good thing). I can only hope that Congress turns blue and they will impeach Trump's dumb ass and undo the horrible tax legislation that was just enacted. Our country needs much better leaders in government and I am sorry to say that I'm not holding my breath that it will change anytime soon. I have been unemployed since moving to Alabama and hope that next year will bring better job opportunities.

I trust you will seek out greater opportunities this year than you thought were possible in the past. Things are a mess politically, of course, but I have hope that the natural balance of things will bring about more positive thoughts and critical thinking.


Best year of my life so far.

skado Level 8 Dec 25, 2017

Several pros and cons for me.

  1. Trump
  2. Skin cancer discovered and removed.
  3. Friend given a cancer life expectancy.


  1. Finances in order.
  2. Daughter’s graduation.
  3. Sons’ success with school.
  4. Ability to travel.

I’m good. 😉


Terribly disappointed. I never thought I would see the day when such a corrupt, egomaniacal, sociopathic idiot would be elected President of the USA. And I also never thought I would see the day when almost the entire Republican Party sold out its integrity, honor, and patriotism to the culture of corruption and greed. And, they continue to spiral downward into the depths of political depravity -- aided by so-called evangelical "Christians."

This year was a wake up call. For all the mess, we must admit it brings clarity to the reality of the world we live in. Here's to understanding and progress in 2018!


I honestly thought we'd all be dead by now, so yay for us!

dkp93 Level 7 Dec 25, 2017

The secret to happiness... low expecations! LOL. Seriously, though, it sometimes helps when it comes to expectations for other people. Personally, I think my own goals should exceed my expectations. That way, even if my target is out of reach, at least I'm making progress and in better control of myself =)


Personally, my year had been pretty decent. I've accomplished quite a bit.
Like @VictoriaNotes and @MsOliver have pointed out, this has been an extremely disappointing year politically.And it's only going to get worse.


It was a big transition year for me. I became healthy again. Saved my house, Started dating again. Made new friends. Extended my family. Politically it blew.

I'm happy to hear all the positive changes! Nothing I love more than a good transition.


It's been an extremely disappointing year, waking up every day to the White House and Capitol Hill reality show. I am embarrassed to be an American.

Agreed. As far as social justice and moral code are concerned, this year had been an utter disaster.

@Plainjane -- Indeed, and will likely get much worse.

couldn't agree more ...

Agree about the second-hand embarassment. I hope it didn't affect your personal progress, though!

@forgo Yes, it has. I live in Trumpville. If I have sex out of wedlock, say, live with a romantic partner, or invite a date to stay the night, I can be evicted if the landlord objects due to "sincerely held religious beliefs". We're talking heterosexual sex. I could be denied all goods and services, and jobs and it's perfectly legal. In other words, in order to be an adult doing adult things, I have to sneak around like a teenager still living with mommy and daddy.

Oh, and Trump promised to sign a nearly identical law, nationwide. He states: "If I am elected president and Congress passes the First Amendment Defense Act, I will sign it to protect the deeply held religious beliefs of Catholics and the beliefs of Americans of all faiths."


If he repeals the Johnson Act, then I'm fairly confident this will happen. As Will Rogers once said, we have the best Congress money can buy.

@VictoriaNotes Duh, I just noticed the @ sign at the top of the comment.
It feels funny to hit 'like' when one doesn't really like the situation but what the person is saying.

I sometimes get in trouble for rolling my eyes at something someone is saying. They think I am doing this to them when I am doing it because of what they are saying?? body language miscommunication.


It's ok... everything was an experience.


50/50. I've integrated well in Las Vegas and I'm slowly edging into the arts community. Still its all about the money here. Absolute beginners who should be paying me for the lessons (which I offer free to potential act leads) want to be paid for "rehearsals". Sheesh!

Are you a musician in Vegas?

@forgo I am but a very specialized one with an original act trying to find a female lead to sing, dance and act it. Tales from the Last Inn I call it and you can see some of my "Treasures", songs and photography for it in my profile pix.

& @atheist Yes, it has been a blast though...I've met some stars I adore, worked with several international rising stars and still have much to explore of this ethereal desert jewel!

That's more important to me than, say, getting in a copy band. I have enough artistic outlets to keep me busy.

@DangerDave Cool man. I was asking because my dad grew up there and is a piano player. He lives there again (taking care of my grandma) and still does a variety of gigs and some of his own stuff.

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