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Basic Biittner : Happy New Year

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Happy 2008 to you-all. As one who hasn't really adjusted yet to the current date not being 19-something, I am amazed to realize that the new millenium is getting close to being a decade old.

As much as I cling to the past, though, it is truly 2008. Over the last eight years, it seems that most people have chosen to call the years of this millenium "two thousand ," or occasionally "two thousand AND ," with the exception of NPR/CBSTV's Charles Osgood, who refers to the current date as "twenty oh ____."

Anyway, back to the point . To what do we have to look forward in 2008? First of all, 2008 is the year, in a four-year cycle, which hosts the American Presidential election, Leap Year, and the Summer Olympics. It also used to host the Winter Olympic Games, but that hasn't happened since 1992, when the International Olympic Committee apparently decided that was "too much of a good thing," and the Winter and Summer Games are now held in alternating years. The last Winter Olympics, for those of you (like me) who don't remember, was held in Turin, Italy in 2006, and the next Winter Games will be in Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada) in 2010.

Let's take the year 2008 highlights one by one. The first, chronologically, is "Leap Day," as I THINK February 29 is termed. I'm not sure because it is not a holiday, and is not listed on the calendar. Anyway, the "extra day" falls on a Friday this year. Rumor has it that President "Dub-ya," in a desperate attempt to leave some kind of positive legacy for his presidency, has declared it a holiday this year, to make it a "three-day Holiday weekend." Just a rumor, mind you ... For all you people out there who turn 84 this February 29th, by the way, congratulations on your 21st birthday - you're now "legal."

Next up is the Summer Olympics, to be held this year, starting on "08-08-08," in Beijing, China - which was called Peking or Peiping when I was a lad - and this is viewed as a great opportunity for the people of China to show the Western World how advanced they have become. In another rumor, word has it that the Racquetball competition at Beijing will take place at a new BIG court, to take advantage of using the Great Wall. All matches will take place on one day, with competitors being taken to their matches by golf cart.

Next up would be the Democratic and Republican Presidential Conventions, but they're usually so unnecessary these days - with the nominations wrapped up beforehand - that I'm not even sure where or when they are being held this year. Maybe this will be the year that the races are still undecided at Convention time, and we might get some interesting television viewing out of it, and not just a week-long party for delegates.

On a date-to-be announced, probably this summer, the Aurelia Class of 1968 will be holding its 40-year Class Reunion - the first class whose members all graduated at the age of 8, by the way! That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

This fall will bring the first Cubs-Yankees World Series since 1932, when the immortal Babe Ruth either did - or didn't - point to the outfield befor delivering a home run to that spot

November will bring the actual Presidential Election, and, following the tradition established in the 2000 election, the results will be announced at a later date.

Dan Whitney
Basic Biittner