To be honest, there isn’t much about 2016 I am going to miss, and I am glad it is finally coming to an end. Still, with one month to go, I have some random thoughts to get out so I can start off 2017 with a clear mind (at least as clear as my 57 winters have left it). Here goes.

•Sure, I voted for Hillary, but so it goes. I really don’t think the call for a recount will amount to much. Donald Trump will be President and I will get used to it. I’m not one to approach the new administration with rancor. I survived Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush 1, Clinton, Bush 2 and Obama, so I’ve had a lot of experience.

I am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt knowing full well that he will have to navigate Congress and the Supreme Court just like any other President. I sincerely hope he can shake up Washington and get things done, but I have my doubts, not because of who he is but because of the entrenched special interests who control Congress. It will be interesting to say the least, but not apocalyptic as some would lead you to believe.

•I have the same amount of Christmas Spirit as the next guy, but the All-Christmas-All-the-Time music beginning in late November on area radio stations is a bit much, especially since they play the same music over and over again. You would think with as many Christmas songs that have been released over the past six or seven decades we wouldn’t have to listen to Elvis’ “Blue Christmas” five times a day.

In my opinion, there are certain songs that should be banned from the rotation all together. “A Wonderful Christmas Time” by Paul McCartney is one of them. “Last Christmas” by Wham guarantees I will listen to another station. “The Christmas Shoes” can bring about waves of nausea.

It’s little wonder why young people listen to Sirius/XM or the music on their phones in the car. I’m old school, so I like to listen to local stations, but radio’s got to find a way to be more responsive to its listeners to survive. One idea I had would clean up the airwaves and raise money for a good cause at the same time. Allow listeners to pay to have a song removed from the Christmas playlist for a day or even longer depending on the donation. All the money raised could go to Make-A-Wish or the Salvation Army. I’d cough up some cash to prevent Elton John from stepping into Christmas or to keep the reindeer from running over Grandma.

•I have to admit, I do get sentimental this time of year. There’s just something about a white Christmas that brings out the kid in me. I am hopeful this year will grant my wish after last year’s record high temperatures. I am concerned, however, about one anomaly I have noticed. The only place it seems that can guarantee a white Christmas is Southern California. Let me explain.

Despite saying goodbye to cable TV, the Internet still provides enough programming to watch, what with Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Sling, etc., so my wife and I are able to watch the Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas. After watching a few of these movies, I have come to the realization that no matter what, it will snow on Christmas Eve in Southern California. That’s where they crank out these films. It’s amazing. I wonder why The Weather Channel hasn’t featured this phenomena on one of its programs.

•Speaking of the weather, the powers that be can stop naming winter storms. It’s just silly. No one I know ever calls the storm by its given name as they do with hurricanes, and I seriously doubt anyone ever will (other than the graphics department at The Weather Channel). Unless it’s Winter Storm Sam. I will call it by its name if it’s Winter Storm Sam.

So, now I can approach the new year with a clear mind and a flashing cursor ready to comment on what will unfold. No one can predict the future, but there is one thing that’s certain – I have little doubt that 2017 will trump 2016.

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