December 30, 2016, Chula Vista- I arrived here at 8:30 PM, PST. It will be my last time visiting the San Diego area, for the purpose of spending time with my son. The next time I see him, it will be in Arizona, then in LA, as he gets ready to go overseas, albeit to a “safe” duty station.
I had an interesting drive out here, from Prescott, in the rain. Our Arizona Outback got a goodly amount of precip, as did SoCal. Both are parched, so these little sips of dew will slake the earth’s thirst for a week or so. I am hoping the reservoirs, in both states will benefit, at least an inch or two. I noticed mostly responsible driving, all the way here, even at the often dreadful Morongo roundabout. Patience, on my part, and that of the three drivers behind me, got all of us into the parking lot of Ruby’s Diner, without so much as a honked horn. The only exception to the orderly flow came later, in Hemet, when an SUV, going at least 50 mph, blew past three of us, and through the red light, at which we were waiting. I was reminded of why the driver might have behaved in this way, when going through a DUI checkpoint, set up by the Chula Vista police.
Now, to look back at this curve ball of a year. 2016 saw the end of many lives, both public and private. I appreciated the accomplishments of John Glenn, Muhammad Ali, Nancy Reagan, David Bowie, Merle Haggard, Prince Nelson, Glenn Frey, George Michael, the mother-daughter duo of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, and Harper Lee. I also am much appreciative of the sacrifices of all First Responders and Military who gave their lives in service, thes past twelve months. Personally, I will miss two aunts, a cousin, and four friends who passed on, in 2016, also.
The changes that happened, as common folk raised their voices, worldwide, and demanded to be heard, will be long in their unfolding and in their repercussions. The key to living through those, though, is to remember the power of attraction- and focus on what GOOD one wants to see. The bad will, otherwise, not fade.
Tomorrow: The good parts of 2016