Friday, December 30, 2011

Funky Friday, Farewell to 2011 Edition

Sometimes the end of a calendar year finds me wistfully wondering where the time has gone, bemoaning the lack of accomplishments under my belt, and getting all introspective about missed opportunities and such. But frankly, I'm glad to see 2011 go, even if it means the Mayan Apocalypse is fast upon us. (Just please don't let me spend the last day of all time sitting in the customer lounge at the Volvo dealership while my suspension is getting repaired, ok?)

It's not that 2011 was a total wash. I had the opportunity to become more intimately acquainted with various local health care establishments, and lived to tell about it. Career-wise, I held the hands of 42 more summer institute participants as they immersed themselves in the latest research in our field - and in the New River. My travels took me to both coasts, and even to central Virginia where my new friends Billy and Apple live, along with their human. (So far, Billy's the only one I'll let sit on my lap, but that may change in 2012.)

Nevertheless, and in spite of all the things that could have but didn't go wrong in 2011, I'm more than ready to move on. And I don't necessarily believe that 2012 will be all bright and shiny and full of good fortune (I've learned that the best way to avoid being disappointed is to have very low expectations). Maybe I just like the idea that after midnight Saturday, I will have an entire year to get done all the things I put off doing this year. And that makes me feel rather optimistic. Almost giddy, even.

Here's wishing you an adequate New Year. 


  1. And here's adequateness to you as well, intell.

    Also I want to take this opportunity to wish all of the Republican wannas out there a STFU New Year (this seemed like a good as place as any to do that).

  2. Generally, I can only see as far as the next payday, so I'm not optomystically predicting any big challenges or turnarounds in 2012.
    Steady as she goes, Intell, and may all your surprises be in your favor.
    Happy New Year!

  3. and a most adequate new year right backatcha!!
    love your humour and irony.. and also your rants and reality.
    looking forward to more lyricism in the new year.

  4. Tolerable Twenty-Twelve to ya, kiddo. (My resolution: Full realism in the New Year. Optimism seems to be underfunded by the new austerity budget.)

  5. Thanks for posting that farewell to 2011 and the music was down to earth, funky and good!

  6. Jaded, thanks. I can only wonder why you placed your STFU wish to the Rs here, though. Does my blog have a secret readership you're not telling me about???

    Doug, maybe if you took off those dark shades you'd see a little bit further :-D

    Harlequin, thank you. I love your own sensibility & sensitivity, even if I don't always feel adequately articulate to let you know.

    Nance, I think you're on to something, and yet reality is usually, almost never, all it's cracked up to be.

    jeffrey, thanks for stopping by. I hope you could at least tap your foot, if not dance, to the tune! :-)

  7. I too am glad to see 2011 go. Who wouldn't be? Happy new one to you Intelli.

  8. Great Blog....Really Like This..

  9. I love old fashioned brass bands


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