Odd Thoughts: Langley columnist says it was a very good year… or not

Columnist Bob Groeneveld’s predictions for 2018.

A year ago, I predicted that 2017 was either going to be worse than 2016… or better.

And I was right!

I was totally right, and no one has been more right than me in the history of predictions.

What is that? One hundred per cent right? Is that what it is? One hundred?

Yeah. One hundred per cent.

The Fake News people will try to tell you that 100 per cent isn’t very good. Not good enough.

What do they know?

Whatever.

I was completely right, and no one else was as right as me.

That makes me a great predictor and a stable genius. Can you believe it?

I never get tired of winning.

I figured the world was still going to be here, or else we were all doomed by the level of education in large parts of the United States dropping below that required to sustain sentient life.

So… the world is still here.

Surviving an entire year with Donald Trump as “leader of the free world” seems such an accomplishment, I am optimistic that 2017 was better than 2016.

There are more reasons 2017 was better than 2016, although Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Roy Moore, and a few others might not agree. Add Trump to that list, and it could help boost 2018 onto the “good” side of the ledger.

Admittedly, threats last summer of Yellowstone Park’s imminent metamorphosis into a planet-threatening mega-volcano put a bit of a damper on things for a while… until people started to realize that it’s doubtful many of us will need to worry about Yellowstone blowing off some lava in 22018.

We will, however, face some political blow-hards this year.

In Langley Township, Councillor Kim Richter’s announcement that she will seek to replace Mayor Jack Froese set a new local record for getting an early start on the election cycle. The earliest I can remember previously was a spring announcement launching Councillor Heather McMullan’s ill-fated run at Mayor John Scholtens (both lost to Kurt Alberts) in 1999.

On the other hand, more than a decade before that, practically unknown Joe Lopushinsky spent nearly nine months to successfully step past Langley City Mayor Reg Easingwood.

I’m now going out on a limb to predict that this coming fall’s elections will have a large impact on whether 2018 is judged a good year… or not.

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