1. Did you know, there are more chickens in the world than people?
  2. I didn’t like him, I didn’t support him, I didn’t vote for him and I didn’t think he had any chance to win; however, since he is the president-elect, it pays to heed the advice of Maureen Dowd’s quote in the N.Y. Times. “The press (the pollsters and all his opponents) took him literally but not seriously.  His supports took him seriously but not literally.”  At this point, we would all benefit from letting go the literal rhetoric of the campaign and see how he does.  He could accomplish a lot!
  3. My goal for 2016 was to lose 10 pounds…only 15 to go!
  4. I don’t mean to brag, but I finished my seven-day diet food plan in 1-hour and 42-minutes.
  5. I love being over 80. I learn something new every day, even though I forget five others.
  6. If President-Elect Trump is as fiscally responsible as his supporters think, he would cancel all plans for those megastar inauguration day and night activities. It would demonstrate fiscal responsibility and his desire to not be beholden to big contributors.
  7. We have enormous debt, but leadership is our country’s biggest deficit.
  8. About seven million men ages 25 to 54 have dropped out of the labor force (wonder what they’re doing). A little over 21 million people left the labor force in the last seven plus years and none of those people are counted as unemployed.
  9. In working through my issues, I realized that I cannot blame anyone else for my decisions. I’ve developed an equation of sorts for life:  life is 20% what happens to you but 80% what you do about it.  I’ve learned that the beautiful thing about life is that you never know when a sunny day is around the corner.  Today could be the day!
  10. If you’d told me only a few years ago that there’d be a national debate over whether men should be allowed in women’s restrooms and showers, I’d have said you were nuts. The Obama administration has ordered public schools to allow students to use locker rooms and bathrooms consistent with their “gender identity” or lose federal funding.  “Gender identity” is BASED SOLELY ON AN INDIVIDUAL’S SAY-SO.  Even worse, the administration’s directive specifically forbids schools from constructing special facilities to accommodate transgender students…and those pretending to be transgender students.  This is political correctness run amok!
  11. About 40% of Americans choose not to vote. My daughter thinks this is terrible.  I think it’s a shame, but it is a statement they are entitled to make.
  12. When are we going to convince or ignore the farmers and stay on Daylight Saving Time all year?
  13. Why do so many think their websites are user-friendly and easy to navigate—only for the techies who created them?
  14. There are 168 hours in a week and sufficient time to do anything you really want, if you set your priorities.
  15. Why do all TV commercials sound louder than the programs?
  16. The biggest lie I keep telling myself is, “I don’t need to write that down, I’ll remember it.”
  17. If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would’ve put them on my knees.
  18. Why do I have to press one for English when you’re just gonna transfer me to someone I can’t understand anyway?
  19. At my age, “getting lucky” means walking into a room and remembering what I went in there for.
  20. Paul White told me his friend, Ron Chester, 89 years of age, was stopped by the police around 2am and was asked where he was going at that time of night. Ron replied, “I’m on my way to a lecture about alcohol abuse and the effects it has on the human body, as well as cigar smoking and staying out late.”  The officer asked, “Really?  And who’s giving that lecture at this time of night?”  Ron replied, “That would be my wife.”  The officer replied, “You have a great night, sir; I understand.”
  21. I recently saw a quote by Kahlil Gibran that captures the joy of this season: “I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy.  I woke and I saw that life is all service.  I served and I saw that service is joy.”
  22. I think it’s time to dump the Electoral College EXCEPT it will raise the cost of campaigning to unbelievable new heights. We can only do that after we give each qualified candidate X dollars and limit campaigning to 90 or 100 days before the election.
  23. I find it very curious that when Obama started campaigning in 2007 to be president, he resigned his law license, instead of putting it on hold, and sealed all his school records. Wonder what he’s been hiding?
  24. I wish I still had a sled and a snowy hill to go down.
  25. For 20 years or more, I’ve had to take a driving test every two years to renew my driver’s license because of my poor eyesight. This year on my 85th birthday, I took the driving test again.  I passed; and lo and behold, the DMV sent me a new license for five years.  Will bureaucracy never cease to amaze us?

Ahe’hee’ (Navajo), Miigwech (Ojibwe), Wa’-do (Cherokee), A’No (Rrow).  Thank you for listening and have a Merry Christmas and a wonderful Chanukah and Kwanzaa.



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6 responses to “RANDOM OBSERVATIONS IN 2016

  1. Judy

    I loved this! My love and best wishes to you and Gabrielle and Ellen for a happy holiday season and a safe, prosperous and healthy New Year.

  2. gordon roberts

    Pretty good random’s

  3. Ellen

    Read to the ski crowd – loved it!!!!

  4. Nice to end the year ALMOST in total agreement with you. Just want to point out that the question you ask in # 8 is answered in #14. And I can’t let the year end without wondering how difficult – maybe impossible – it would be to live in society as transgender. Imagine all the suicides, denials, depression, disgustingly hateful and negative judgement thrown at you; then consider who would want to do that “pretend?”

    Thanks for the year of blogs Art. It has been great to stay in touch. I wish you good health and happiness in the new year(s) and look forward to reading your 2017 thoughts.

  5. Virginia Miller

    Happy Holidays to you and Gabrielle! Loved reading your ramblings in 2016 and look forward to more wisdom and humor in 2017. Christmas in MN for the Millers and then a New Year celebration in LA.

  6. Harold garner

    Very good Art. Happy holidays to you and your family Deke

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