Mal: Then I call it a win. What's the problem? Inara: Should I start with the part where you're stranded in the middle of nowhere, or the part where you have no clothes?

'Trash'


Goodbye and Good Riddance 2020: Do Not Taunt Happy Fun Year

Take stock, reflect, butch, moan, vent. We are all here for it.


-t - Dec 03, 2020 12:01:11 pm PST #3 of 127
‘if you had committed a murder and were trying to get away with it, you wouldn’t let a trifle like a second breakfast stand in your way.’ - The Five Red Herrings

Good threadname

My team at work is going to have a call every other Monday starting next Monday and the first topic is "How did 2020 impact you?" and I'm just like, no, there is too much, I can't even sum up. I may be able to eventually here...


meara - Dec 03, 2020 1:33:16 pm PST #4 of 127

I am too scared to reflect on 2020 until it's all over. Agree with thread name!


msbelle - Dec 03, 2020 1:55:06 pm PST #5 of 127
Now if your car ain't got it, go out and get it. We like the boom and don't you forget it. So turn down the treble and front your bass.

I think I can start with some good things:

I moved to Baltimore, my parents moved to CA, I got a job a month before my severance ran out, I sold my house before it went on the market, parents sold their house, I adopted Miley.


amych - Dec 03, 2020 3:19:51 pm PST #6 of 127
Now let us crush something soft and watch it fountain blood. That is a girlish thing to want to do, yes?

WHERE DOES ONE EVEN BEGIN WITH 2020


amych - Dec 03, 2020 3:20:25 pm PST #7 of 127
Now let us crush something soft and watch it fountain blood. That is a girlish thing to want to do, yes?

Although I do appreciate that we had a long tradition of hating years before it was cool.


Theodosia - Dec 03, 2020 3:27:42 pm PST #8 of 127
'we all walk this earth feeling we are frauds. The trick is to be grateful and hope the caper doesn't end any time soon"

Trump getting voted out was definitely the best thing that happened for me.


Steph L. - Dec 03, 2020 3:37:39 pm PST #9 of 127
It's actually been a really hard year, when you stop and do the math. Eliot would cry, too, if it didn't take him seventy minutes of therapy, two cocktails, and a Sondheim medley before he can experience a human emotion through the haze of his PTSD.

I was not a fan of how the year started with Tim's unexpected heart surgery, except I *do* love how his doctor caught the mitral valve damage so early that it was repaired before it could cause any permanent damage. So I guess I put that in the win column for 2020.

Also, 2020 brought us 2 new great-nieces and 1 new great-nephew, and although family gatherings are severely curtailed, new babies are still awesome.

I got an enormous increase for my freelance rate for 2021, which was a definite unexpected good thing from 2020.

Because of quarantine, I've seen several shows from musicians I love, because they turned to livestreaming since concerts were cancelled. I've seen Lyle Lovett livestreaming maybe 4 times now (5 next week with motherfucking Elvis Costello, HOLY BALLS), and there's no way in a regular year I'd get to see him perform more than once. So I appreciate the opportunities that have come about from musicians figuring out how to still perform during a pandemic.

And god YES, the election.

Oh! Also the prospect of a coronavirus vaccine starting to be rolled out some time this month. That will be good.


Steph L. - Dec 03, 2020 3:38:01 pm PST #10 of 127
It's actually been a really hard year, when you stop and do the math. Eliot would cry, too, if it didn't take him seventy minutes of therapy, two cocktails, and a Sondheim medley before he can experience a human emotion through the haze of his PTSD.

That's...more good things than I thought I was going to post when I started typing. Wow!


-t - Dec 03, 2020 3:39:43 pm PST #11 of 127
‘if you had committed a murder and were trying to get away with it, you wouldn’t let a trifle like a second breakfast stand in your way.’ - The Five Red Herrings

Although I do appreciate that we had a long tradition of hating years before it was cool.

Ha!

I'm not going to think too hard about the ramifications of that


Laura - Dec 03, 2020 4:14:31 pm PST #12 of 127
I didn't know how to respond to the bat-shit crazy. And then I realized I didn't have to. -Victor Infante

Focusing on the good. We've been pretty healthy this year. We were in a business that wasn't hurt by the pandemic, although things were pretty hectic for a while there while my doctors were trying to figure out how to function.

My eldest child spent the summer with me in Otter Lake, and I didn't kill him. He ended up getting a job he likes, an apartment he loves, and is happier and more stable than he has been in a decade or more. And he sends me pictures of snow because he still finds it a shiny new experience.

My younger son bought a house and moved out of mine, and he and his wife are making me a grandmother in January. Our relationship is very strained at the moment, but I believe the issues are the piles of stress in his life so I am just responding to him when he communicates and letting it be for the time.

OMG, I don't have to move to Canada! The damage that still can be done before January 20th is a daunting thought, but an end is in sight. There are effective vaccines being rolled out, and although there will still be so many thousands of people who will become ill and possibly die, there is an end in sight.

I'm very grateful that most (alas not all) of my loved ones have taken this pandemic very seriously and remained safe and healthy.