Fandango’s Flashback Friday — December 30th

Wouldn’t you like to expose your newer readers to some of your earlier posts that they might never have seen? Or remind your long term followers of posts that they might not remember? Each Friday I will publish a post I wrote on this exact date in a previous year.

How about you? Why don’t you reach back into your own archives and highlight a post that you wrote on this very date in a previous year? You can repost your Friday Flashback post on your blog and pingback to this post. Or you can just write a comment below with a link to the post you selected.

If you’ve been blogging for less than a year, go ahead and choose a post that you previously published on this day (the 30th) of any month within the past year and link to that post in a comment.

This was originally posted on December 30, 2017.

Almost Over


The year 2017 is almost over and many of us are quite happy about that. It was, in the macro sense, a pretty shitty year. Can the upcoming year be any worse?

Personally speaking, though, 2017 wasn’t a bad year. I retired at the end of last year and managed to survive. Someone once told me that fifty percent of men die within their first year of retirement. I don’t know if that’s true, but if it is, I’m happy to still be among the living.

No one I personally know died in 2017, which is a good thing. And my wife and I remain relatively heathy for aging Baby Boomers, so there’s that, as well.

I also started this blog in May of 2017, and I consider that to be an accomplishment. My wife is happy about it because it keeps me occupied and out of her hair.

So while 2017 saw the world cratering, I’m doing okay. I just hope that next year at this time, when 2018 is almost over, I will not be calling it yet another truly shitty year.

Assuming, of course, the world doesn’t end and I live through my second year of retirement.

Written for today’s one-word prompt, “almost.”

18 thoughts on “Fandango’s Flashback Friday — December 30th

  1. donmatthewspoetry December 30, 2022 / 3:14 am

    Each year seems to be turning a shitty one these days

    Each year is getting shitty (yep)
    Shittier than before
    But folks I bear glad tidings
    Will improve in 24

    I looked in my crystal ball Fan………..

    She smiled and said Don, you’re in luck………

    24 is the glory year. Hang on there………

    Edge of my seat Fan……….

    Then she smiled and floated off?………

    Gosh….why Fan? Why me? ………

    PS I know of people who retired then shortly after carked it. Nothing useful to do anymore?

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  2. donmatthewspoetry December 30, 2022 / 3:18 am

    PPS Maybe I’m meant to be a disciple and spread the word ? ’24, shit no more’ . Catchphrase?

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  3. Marilyn Armstrong December 30, 2022 / 10:28 am

    I think we are still in the slough of “shitty years” past and present. I keep hoping SOMETHING will make 2023 BETTER or at least LESS shitty.

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    • Fandango December 30, 2022 / 3:02 pm

      Let’s hope so, but don’t hold your breath!

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  4. Marilyn Armstrong December 30, 2022 / 3:15 pm

    Not holding my breath. Just trying to feel something about which to feel better. I ready to grasp ANYTHING.

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  5. Nope, Not Pam December 31, 2022 / 2:10 am

    And just think, you didn’t know of Covid or Trump then

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    • Fandango December 31, 2022 / 7:21 am

      I knew Trump. He somehow got elected President in 2016 and 2017 was his first year in office.

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      • Nope, Not Pam December 31, 2022 / 10:57 pm

        Was it that long ago? Gee, time flies when you’re in excruciating agony

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        • Fandango December 31, 2022 / 11:19 pm

          Yes, he started his presidential campaign in early 2015.

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          • Nope, Not Pam January 2, 2023 / 2:14 am

            Gee, and he’s still alive. Such a shame

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