Dave Duncan

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I Bid You Adieu, 2008. Don’t Let the Door Hit You on the Way Out

Coming to the end of something is always very sobering, which is probably why so many people are going to get drunk tonight.  As much as we’ll all be celebrating the beginning of something new, we’ll also mourn and celebrate the year that was.

Naught-Eight was a year that will be remembered in this neck of the woods for back-breaking shovelling during record snowfalls.  It’s the year that the Canadian parliament was prorogued and we went from having insanely boring politics to having insanely weird and exciting politics, all with the same players.  It was the year the Leafs didn’t make the playoffs (like most) and the year that the Oscars were boring (like most).

For me, this year was full of milestones.  In March, I turned 30 and cried for days on end, and I also drove in the worst snowstorm I’ve ever seen to be with my Grandma on her 90th birthday, after which she smiled and laughed for days on end (I have a lot to learn from her about aging gracefully).  In October, I got caught in a romantic rainstorm on the streets of Madrid with my beautiful wife by my side, on our one-year wedding anniversary, and I learned that when everyone says the first year of marriage is the hardest, it may be true, but it’s not that hard at all.

So, 2008 was a pretty great year for me and I’m really looking forward to 2009.  Many of our friends will be having kids, my sister and brother-in-law will have their second (making me an uncle for the second time) and we’ll spend weekends abroad with friends and family.  We’ll spend time at the cottage alone and with others, and I’ll play lots of guitar and write in my Moleskines, but the surprises will be the best part.

In case I don’t see you tonight, Happy New Year to you and yours and best of luck shaking off 2008 and welcoming 2009.

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