We are about to end this year and start a new one. It kind of makes me sad. I loved 2012. It’s been really good to me. For one, I got to survive the “12. 21. 2012 End of the World”! Just kidding here. Like most of you I knew, of course, that nothing was going to happen. But it’s been fun watching the others (especially my sister-in-law) panic. Don’t you ever think that the Mayans may have had a sense of humor and pulled the prank of the century on us? Or even better: a prank of ALL TIMES. And since we are all still here and most of us still have our wits together, I’d like to know only one thing: Where is Peter Gersten? This crazy kookoo said that he was going to jump through a portal in the sky at exactly 11:11 am on 12/21/12 and thereby save the world because the aliens told him that it is the only way to rescue humanity from an ancient prophecy. Please watch this nut-job here:
And since he didn’t jump (or as he says he did, but his camera malfunctioned and nothing could be recorded), yet earned lots of cash to do so because of his website set up to collect donations (seriously, why do you need money to jump off a cliff? It’s FREE. And he should have done it in his birthday suit to make it count!), I say to those who donated money: hunt him down and throw him off the cliff (you never know, the portal may still be open). Or just beat the crap out of him. Peter Gersten belongs to the kind of people who prey on other people’s fears. He truly should jump through a portal and land in a place where it’s raining money, but where one pays for stuff with water.
Anyway, enough of nagging about that scumbag scammer. As I’ve said, this year has been good to me. My health and sanity are still functioning quite well, my imagination and Muses still hang around, and that’s pretty much all I really need. I also did a little traveling this year. I got to visit India, Afghanistan, England, Japan, and France, all without ever leaving my couch. No, I did not browse the internet. I used a device that smells great, feels wonderful to the touch, lets you know what others are thinking, can move you back and forth in time, and requires no electricity, gas, or batteries. What could such a sophisticated device be, you wonder? A BOOK. Here’s my TOP 5 of the books I’ve read or re-read this year:
Life of Pie by Yann Martel
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseinin
The Hours by Michael Cunningham
A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro
Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
Michael Cunningham even signed his book for me; check it out.
To Aneta, here's to your own literary future, Peace, Michael Cunningham
What were your favorite titles? And do you already have your book stock pile for next year? I’m working on mine and am always open to suggestions, so please comment below. I’d like to get started before my birthday, which is only 11 days away. Turning older is no fun, but I look at it as a strategic move because with age comes wisdom (or so I’ve heard) and I always enjoy getting a little smarter. And I’ve heard that books make you just that. One thing my gained wisdom has taught me over the years is to never make a new year’s resolution. In my case it never works. I am known to procrastinate, so by the time I even come up with a resolution to make, the new year is already here, and then it just makes no sense to follow through with something I was reluctant to come up with in the first place. Instead, I make long term goals. When I was 10, I said I would become an astronaut; when I was 15, I said I would move to America; when I was 20, I said I would write books; when I was 25, I said I would get a Master’s Degree; when I was 30, I said I would never make any new year’s resolutions. I can see that all’s working out as planned, well, except for the astronaut thing…but, hey, you never know...
So let’s not break our brains trying to figure out what we’re going to do next year. Take it one day at a time. So far, there are no threats or prophecies to be fulfilled as far as the end of the world goes for next year, so only the people with Triskaidekaphobia, which is the fear of number 13, have something to worry about. The rest of you...have a fabulous new year, make memories, make love, make the people around you happy, and above all, make good choices.
Happy New Year! Cheers!