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January 4, 2014

ROWLAND: Facebook says 2013 was yuck; I say not so fast

MILLEDGEVILLE — Well, 2013 has come and gone, and if the Facebook chatter is any indication, it was a pretty rotten year for most people. That only goes to prove that the majority of my friends in social media are either really down on their luck or mostly glass half empty people.

Who can figure?

I have less emotional reason for being glad to see 2013 come and go. It was hard to write. Really!  At least several times each day I write the day’s date. Maybe 2012 was easier to write because there was already one 2 in the number and my mind just figured another 2 didn’t complicate matters much.

But there is no easy transition from writing a 1 to a 3. Call me eccentric, but that’s my reason, and I’m sticking to it. I am already basking in the glow of how much easier it is to write 2014. Humor me; try it sometime.

I did try to take an inventory of everything that happened to me in the previous year. Apparently, I don’t dwell much on the past, because I could only come up with really one earth-shattering event.

More about that later.

Let’s see, during the year of 2013, I remained gainfully employed. That’s a good thing when I think about the fact that so many people aren’t.

We did have a big hail storm out my way, and it did cause some damage to the roof of my house, shop, and boat house. My insurance covered most of the repairs except for the deductible. I guess that is a good thing, too.

I had enough money in the bank to cover the deductible, which hasn’t always been true. Another good thing.

Mama is still retired, but we had some repairs that were necessary to some rental property we own. She is pretty good at organizing that kind of thing, making phone calls, and coordinating repairmen. That also gave her something to do. Two other good things.

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