For my final post of 2017, here are my wishes for myself, my family, my friends and my country.
For me, a winning lottery ticket worth at least $250,000 after taxes, so that I can retire even earlier to my RV lifestyle. (Let's get the most important one out of the way, right?)
For my friends and family - a year of health. No colds, flu, or serious illnesses. May all your doctor visits be for annual checkups, and may those checkups bring nothing but good news to you.
I wish to be an empty-nester for more than 3 weeks in 2018.
I wish for limited drama, both generated and received for all my friends and family. Wishing for no drama is clearly impossible, but if it can be limited in some way, I'll consider it a win.
For the country, I wish for less extremism and more cooperation. The world is not black and white; there are subtle hues of gray all around us, and if this country is to survive, we need people in general (and our elected officials specifically) to work towards those common ground issues on which we can all agree.
I wish for a news media that just tells us the news straight up. I do not care about their opinions.
I wish for a balance between respect for people's differences, and less sensitivity when people realize they aren't the center of the universe because of those differences.
I wish for a 2018 where people think before they react, and doubt what others tell them until they research whether what they've been told is actually true.
I wish for eternal silence from the Clinton camp,
I wish for prosperity at the end of a hard year's work. There is nothing so frustrating as treading water after breaking your back working.
It is my wish that Twitter would be hacked in 2018, and shut down for good because they refuse to pay the ransom. Nothing is killing civilization more than Twitter. It is a singular affront to intellectual discussion, thoughtfulness and civil discourse.
I wish for one more Super Bowl win for Tom Brady and my New England Patriots. Because he's the GOAT and a second set of three-in-four-years would just be super cool.
I wish for my daughters a new sense of independence, knowing that as of this day, in one year, eight months and three days they will have to work very hard to find us.
Finally, I wish that everyone would take the time to slow down and enjoy their lives, their co-workers and their family. Life is too precious and too fleeting to run from appointment to appointment, to game after recital, to meeting after meeting, and not enjoy our surroundings, our communities and our loved ones. We still live in the greatest country this world has ever known, and we need to change the way we measure the time we spend in it; not in quantity, but in the quality of that time we spend.
Make 2018 a GOOD year! Happy New Year!
Hi! I'm Dave Richard, your host. I hope you enjoy your visit. We'll be talking about current events, politics, the occasional sports (I'm a HUGE New England Patriots fan, so get over it), and some "Get off my lawn!" issues.