Happy New Year!

Odessa, Ukraine. 1973

When I was growing up©, I used to calculate how old I will be in the year 2000. This was my Mayan Calendar of sorts – the year 2000 was so far away and the double-digit age of 31 seemed so unbelievably huge that I didn’t bother to look beyond the year with too many zeroes. Now, ten years on the other side of that imaginary horizon I still can’t believe I made it so far without any outstanding achievements. No lives saved, no cure for cancer discovered, no small town square named after me, no major scientific problems solved, no bestselling books written and no spread in the Blind Playgirl Magazine. The only thing I can show for the previous 40 years of my life is a steady weight gain and a child who is extracting the most aggravating noises out of the Nintendo WII as I type this.
This year started with me trying to decide if that’s what an alcohol poisoning feels like and will end at the same place in another attempt to achieve it. As always I hurt some people, made some people laugh, got fatter but not any wiser. In other words, a pretty average year, just another one in now a long line separating me from that naive age when I couldn’t imagine the life past 31.

Odessa, Ukraine. 1976

I would like to thank many readers of this blog, people who thought enough of my writing to stop by and leave a comment, and many others who know me on Twitter, Facebook and in real life (there are about 4 or 5 of the lucky ones). I hope you all have a great year, stay healthy, employed and sexually active happy.

This is an old (1956) Soviet song – “5 minutes til the New Year”:

  • С НОВЫМ ГОДОМ! to you too. Try to be sober by Sunday.

  • I travel for JOOLS

    I love that first pic of you – it so suits your personality..lol And, of course I have to comment on the vintage clothes, etc. in the video. I loved the singer’s dress. She has a Scarlett O’Hara waistline.

    Happy New Year to you and your family.

  • You have more impact on the world than you think: after all, you taught an aging hillbilly woman to make borscht!

    • Donna, I was more excited that you lived to tell the story 🙂

  • I don’t comment as much as I should, but I DO look at all your pictures with fascination. I especially enjoy the ones like here that show you and your family.

    I saw on twitter the other day that you were off for the rest of the week, I hope you didn’t get TOO much of a head start on your drinking!

    Happy and safe new year to you and yours.

    • No I am still sober and still in KC, but not for much longer 🙂

  • mark smith

    Have a happy new year. Lets do lunch soon.

  • Why are you touching Santa in his special place?

  • I don’t think the knee was so special to him