happy new year 2011

January 1, 2011 at 1:05 pm 3 comments



it was a wet and windy new year’s eve. i’d decided against going out in the cold to celebrate so i just stayed home and watched dick clark welcomed the new year on tv. in my neighborhood, the new year was welcomed not with the usual bang but a whimper. when dick clark finished his countdown and the new year ball dropped, there was hardly any sound of firecrackers heard. blame it on the pouring rain. it must have warded the revelers away.

so there i was, sitting in front of the tv, bidding the old year good-bye and greeting the new year with mixed feelings. it was the same emotions that i felt as soon as the plane that took me to america got off the ground at the manila international airport many years ago. it was with sadness leaving the familiar, my family and all, that i’d known since childhood. it was also with anticipation and trepidation facing the unknown in a foreign land.

2010 had its ups and downs. it was a mixed bag. i’d gained friends and lost some. i’d laughed and cried. i’d experienced moments of triumphs and faced disappointments. but overall, it’s been a good year. there’s nothing much to complain about.

2011 promises to be better befitting mankind’s last hurrah. that is, if you subscribe to the 2012 doomsday scenario. it’s said that the world will end on dec. 21, 2012. but personally, i believe it’ll be more of the same. as the saying goes, “what has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done; there is nothing new under the sun.”

it’s been forecasted that another pacific storm would be hitting the greater san francisco bay area on new year’s day. when i woke up this morning, however, the sun was out. it’s past noon, as i’m writing this, and the rain hasn’t come, but it’d just be a matter of time as the sky has already turned gray.

california hasn’t seen this much rain in many years. it has caused flood and landslides in the southern part of the state. these rains will ensure that california won’t experience draught this year. however, it doesn’t mean the monthly water bill won’t be going up. i think there’ll be a rate hike to compensate for lost revenue due to the decreased demand in water usage. incidentally, on those dry years when we had to use more water, there were price hikes, too. go figure. any way you look at it, it’s a lose-lose situation for the consumer.

one benefit to this stormy, miserable weather is that it has discouraged me from going out and spending money at the mall. another is, finally, i’ll be able to keep up with my favorite blogs.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. SkippyHeart  |  January 3, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    with all of the rains we’ve been having, the saying “It never rains in California” no longer rings true. I too welcomed the New Year at home for it’s too cold to be skippin’ my heart outside to party.

    Anyway, nice to see you back at my blog. Cheers to 2011! Take care, Plaridel and GOD BLESS! 🙂

    Reply
  • 2. jeremy  |  January 6, 2011 at 11:55 am

    i like it

    Reply
  • 3. sub  |  January 7, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    happy new year! it was rainy here too but (you know Filipinos) that didn’t stop us celebrating the new year! 🙂

    Reply

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