The Union Recorder


January 4, 2014

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



My father turned 80 this year. I figure at 80 years old, everything that leads to a memory of the next day is a good thing. He is really in pretty good health for his age, although we had a little scare around Thanksgiving.

Two days in the hospital, a couple of pints of blood, and he was good as new. Well, not really good as new, but as good as you can be at 80 years old. I have tried to convince him that just being here is a good thing, but he isn’t buying it. He’s pulling for quality of life, and that by itself puts enough fight in the old mule to make him kick once in a while. A very good thing.

The government shut down. I’m still debating whether that was a good thing or not. In a lot of ways, we all learned of a few government services we could do without since government was open to provide them. That may have been a good thing.

My sister and brother-in-law were furloughed. That wasn’t good, but I reminded them that teachers across this state have been taking up to 10 furlough days each year for the past four or five. Another thing that isn’t good.

Government finally reopened, and as far as I know federal workers were promised the money they would have had had they worked — something that would never happen in state government, by the way — and hopefully life for most people returned to normal. I think all of that was mostly good.

The economy seems to be getting better. There are still teachers that face at least a few furlough days depending on where they live, but most school systems are now paying their teachers a full salary. Good and bad, I guess, but I refer you to my aforementioned analysis of being gainfully employed.

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