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Good Riddance 2014

Filed under: General — JD @ 7:21 am

[guest post by JD]

I can’t say that I will miss 2014. It was a challenging and crappy year on many levels. I am taking my girls to Mexico, welcoming in 2015 from a beach.

Thanks to all of you for making life more interesting.


56 Responses to “Good Riddance 2014”

  1. It was the first year, since 2010, that I did not spend any time on hospital gurney, only saw my doctors for a semi-annual and annual checkup, and the most serious medical procedures I had were on my teeth by pretty, young women. My family, likewise, is healthy and well, although their dentist are nowhere near as pretty as mine. It has been a good year, and I hope next year will be better.

    nk (dbc370)

  2. I am back with my ex-wife after 25 years. We may have a few more years together. No complaints.

    I still have the bottle of Champagne that I had for Romney’s victory in 2012. Maybe I’ll get to drink it in 2016.

    Mike K (90dfdc)

  3. JD, I hope you have a wonderful vacation. I am truly sorry for the sorrows and challenges you have faced; you have always been a good man, and a fine electronic friend.

    nk, I am glad to read about your having a good year. I always appreciate your classic, and classical, posts.

    Dr. K., I wish you and yours a wonderful year. Such a great story about reconnecting with your ex-wife. Thanks for being another valuable electronic friend.

    Darkness is part of all of our lives in one way or another. It may be Hallmark-card-ish, but the dark gives the light meaning. Too often (and I am so very guilty of this) we focus on inconsequential woes and are unaware of the riches all around us.

    My mother’s aunt (long passed away) had horrific arthritis and was wheelchair bound. Her hand were so bad she could not even hold a fork well. She was in constant pain. But every Sunday, her friends and family came to see her (taking up all available parking around her little house), and there was never a day that her warmth and smile didn’t fill the room with light. She once told me that it was easy to be happy when times were good. It took “good Christian work” to be happy when times were bad.

    Thanks to all of you who sent me kind words and wishes (I’m looking at you, Patterico) during my own ups and downs this year.

    Let’s all hope/pray for a great 2015. JD, you deserve one. Hug those girls.

    Simon Jester (6f9b1b)

  4. Thank you, Simon. Mike K., you will forgive me if I find the existence of a woman that a man cannot get out of his system after twenty-five years both fascinating and frightening.

    nk (dbc370)

  5. I really wish I had a better sense of what the future holds, in that I’m never sure if I’m being too pessimistic or too optimistic about the here and now and upcoming years. When I think the first portion of the 21st century is noticeably bad, I then have to to remember what the first 50 years of the 20th century were like, with 2 world wars, a miserable depression, the Cold War, atomic bombing, and the goofiness of the 1950s (ie, bulbous, funny-looking cars made in Detroit, and housing and household technology that would be laughed out of existence by today’s standards, etc—or an era when the US was considered exceptionally ascendant).

    I continue to suspect, however, that America’s (but particularly California’s) future is wrapped up in that of an interminably mediocre nation like Mexico, where poverty, low academic standing, corruption and crime (and leftist politics) always reign supreme. But the fact that quite a few Americans, including JD, nonetheless, deem our neighbor to the south worthy of visiting on various occasions is the epitome of the idea that hope springs eternal. Similarly, even the general vicinity where Patterico’s job is located, long infamous as a failed place, may be another example of hope springing eternal., April 2014: After selling their sprawling mansion for about $37 million in the summer, businessman and TV producer Burt Sugarman and his wife, former “Entertainment Tonight” host Mary Hart, gave up lush Beverly Hills and moved to an area better known for urban blight: downtown Los Angeles. “Our friends thought we were crazy to move downtown, but we love it,” says Mr. Sugarman. “There’s so much energy here. We can walk everywhere. There are people on the street—and not just homeless people.”

    In the latest plot twist for downtown L.A., gritty is giving way to hip gentrification, with million-dollar condos, new restaurants such as Bestia and hot spots like the Ace Hotel. And although downtown L.A. includes Skid Row, a 50-block neighborhood with the highest concentration of homeless people in the country, an influx of affluent new residents like Mr. Sugarman and Ms. Hart signal the dawn of a new era downtown.

    Real-estate agents say L.A. Live, which opened in 2007 but wasn’t completed until a few years ago, has helped spur interest by giving the area a new symbolic center. “It helped potential residents understand the landscape,” says Emily Karaszewski, a real-estate agent. “Suddenly, downtown became a place you could live.”

    Demand for luxury housing downtown is approaching an all-time high as the area’s population soars, nearly tripling over the past 14 years to 52,400 people, according to the Downtown Center Business Improvement District. A decade ago, “it was so empty down here you could shoot a rocket down the street and not hit a thing,” says Rhonda Slavik, a consultant for real-estate research firm Polaris Pacific. “Now, there are young people walking their dogs, families with strollers, restaurants teeming with people.”

    Judd Payne, a film and TV producer in his 40s, moved to Barker Block a few years ago with his wife, Olivia Miles, a costume designer. They paid $675,000 for a 1,550-square-foot loft with 25-foot ceilings, timber beams and exposed ductwork. “One of our friends literally turned white when he heard we moved downtown—like I had made some terrible mistake,” says Mr. Payne. “But we love the sense of community down here, the way there’s an immediate bond among people who live downtown.”

    Real-estate agents say that many new residents are empty nesters. Terry and Howard Rubinroit, 51 and 69 respectively, lived in Malibu for 25 years before moving fulltime to downtown Los Angeles three years ago…. “There are just so many things to do here,” says Ms. Rubinroit.

    ^ I next expect to see a story saying that Mexico is becoming the hottest, safest, smartest place to live and work in the American continent. After all, with enough human ingenuity and willpower, anything apparently is possible. So who knows what the future — including 2015 — holds?

    Mark (c160ec)

  6. Stay safe. Mexico is a broken place.

    bobdog (7e6950)

  7. Most downtowns go through a renovation phase every so often. Now might be a good time to invest in Detroit real estate, if you can afford to be really long term.
    Meanwhile the homeless people will be shepherded to snotger place in which to be homeless.

    kishnevi (294553)

  8. snotger…what Android fingertyping produces in place of “another”.

    kishnevi (294553)

  9. Safe travels JD. Wish I was heading south for the New Year, but alas, no can do. Wishing you all a Happy New Year.

    Bill M (906260)

  10. For me, the last 3 years have been increasingly crappy. There’s a lot of hope for 2015, but then there was the same for 2014. I blame Obama.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  11. Mike K., you will forgive me if I find the existence of a woman that a man cannot get out of his system after twenty-five years both fascinating and frightening.

    She had some problems and I was too intolerant. We stayed in touch all those years and I would sometimes go to a movie with her or even take her out to dinner if her husband was out of town on her birthday. She remarried and I didn’t.

    We’re both in modest health these days. I hope we have some time. There is a lot to make up.

    Mike K (90dfdc)

  12. if i want to visit Mexico, all i need to do is head over to Van Nuys, or North Hollywood, or Pacoima, etc…

    all the crime, filth, poverty & disease as the real thing, with slightly less corrupt cops and a whole lot closer to home. as with feeding the homeless, encouraging illegals results in you having more illegals.

    redc1c4 (cf3b04)

  13. mexico is a sunny happy land with interesting foozle and hardy burros and wise old ladies who have secret knowledge

    it also has nine of the world’s deepest caves

    happyfeet (831175)

  14. I don’t think we will really experience Mexico, but rather, tourist Mexico. We are going to an all-inclusive resort with 7 pools, a private beach, and a golf course. We will go diving in Cozumel, an evening in Cancun, swim with dolphins, and hopefully a guy excursion to dive in one of the underground caves.

    JD (2e13be)

  15. Sweet, you really don’t want authentic Mexico, much like you wander away from Beale St in Memphis at your peril.

    Gazzer (c44509)

  16. Mike K., you will forgive me if I find the existence of a woman that a man cannot get out of his system after twenty-five years both fascinating and frightening.

    Sounds terribly romantic. And passionate.

    JD, may your trip be a wonderful escape and provide some priceless memories for your family to hold onto throughout the next year, no matter what it brings.

    Dana (8a69ce)

  17. Mike, were you apart for 25 years and now together? Or were you together 25 years, then apart for X years, now together again?

    This is my prediction for 2015: The environmentalist left will come up with some new thing to ban, and this’ll finally open everyone’s eyes (ie: toilet paper).

    Denver Todd (5f001f)

  18. Or were you together 25 years, then apart for X years, now together again?

    We were together for ten, then apart for twenty five. She is in the second photo in this post along with my crew in the 1981 Transpac, That post was to remember a crew member who died. She looks a bit older now but then, so do I

    Mike K (90dfdc)

  19. Have a safe trip JD.

    Ipso Fatso (10964d)

  20. Politically, if you’re still feeling abused by 2014, just remember how much worse 2009 was.

    At least the 2014 election was satisfying — not enough to make up for 2008’s or 2012’s disastrous ones, but quite an improvement. I ended up batting 100% on my targeted out-of-state contributions, which ended up including a few very close races. And watching Wendy Davis’ political self-immolation — going from “flavor of the month” to “how could anyone have ever thought she had a chance?” in a single general election — was genuinely entertaining.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  21. Politically, I never would have thought ruling republicans would cut and run on so many Americans. Worst year ever for the conservative republican.

    mg (31009b)

  22. Geeze, I had a nightmare last night and in the nightmare I found myself nude in bed, and I was looking at a mirror on the ceiling, and I discovered that I am a Negro, and I’m circumcised!

    Quickly I sat up, found my pants and looked in the pockets to find my driver’s license photo and it was the same… Black.

    I felt myself being very depressed, downcast, sitting in a chair.
    But it’s a wheelchair!

    That means, of course, besides being black and Jewish, I’m also disabled!

    I said to myself, aloud ‘This is impossible. It’s impossible that I should be black and Jewish and disabled.’

    ‘It’s the pure and holy truth’, whispers someone from behind me.

    I turn around, and it’s my boyfriend.
    Just what I needed!

    I’m a homosexual, and on top of that with a Mexican boyfriend.

    Oh, my God….. black, Jewish, disabled, gay, with a Mexican boyfriend, drug addict, and HIV-positive!

    Desperate, I begin to shout, cry, pull my hair, and Oh, noooooo… I’m bald!

    The telephone rings.

    It’s my brother.

    He is saying, ‘Since mom and dad died the only thing you do is hang out, do drugs, and laze around all day doing nothing. Get a job you worthless piece of crap… Any job.’

    Mom?… Dad?… Nooooooooo… Now I’m also an unemployed orphan!

    I try to explain to my brother how hard it is to find a job when you are black, Jewish, disabled, gay with a Mexican boyfriend, are a drug addict, HIV positive, bald, and an orphan.

    But he doesn’t get it.

    Frustrated, I hang up.

    It’s then I realize I only have one hand!

    With tears in my eyes I go to the window to look out.
    I see I live in a shanty-town full of cardboard and tin houses! There is trash everywhere.

    Suddenly I feel a sharp pain near my pacemaker…. Pacemaker?

    Besides being black, Jewish, disabled, a fairy with a Mexican boyfriend, a drug addict, HIV positive, bald, orphaned, unemployed, an invalid with one hand, and having a bad heart, I live in a crappy neighborhood.

    At that very moment my boyfriend approaches and says to me, ‘Sweetie pie, my love, my little black heartthrob, have you decided who are you going to vote for in the Primary? Hillary Clinton or Michelle Obama?

    Say it isn’t so! I can handle being a black, disabled, one armed, drug addicted, Jewish queer on a pacemaker who is HIV positive, bald, orphaned, unemployed, lives in a slum, and has a Mexican boyfriend, but please, oh dear God, please don’t tell me I’m a Democrat!!

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  23. mg–as I know you are aware, the newly elected congress hasn’t been sworn in and seated yet. We’ll very likely have plenty to complain about in 2015-16 the least of which because of who is sitting in the WH holding the veto pen. But maybe at least give the new house and senate a wee window, a small chance to not screw up holding the majority first, before you pronounce it the “worst year EVER for the conservative republican”.

    elissa (87425c)

  24. Colonel, an old favorite on that subject from Mr Hope.

    Gazzer (c44509)

  25. Duh, Haiku! What else could you be?

    nk (dbc370)

  26. elissa- I meant 2014 was the worst year for a conservative republican. Sorry for the confusion.

    mg (31009b)

  27. no problemo, mg–I just think of you as our lovable resident eeyore:

    “Good morning, Pooh Bear,” said Eeyore gloomily. “If it is a good morning,” he said. “Which I doubt,” said he.
    “Why, what’s the matter?”
    “Nothing, Pooh Bear, nothing. We can’t all, and some of us don’t. That’s all there is to it.”
    “Can’t all what?” said Pooh, rubbing his nose.
    “Gaiety. Song-and-dance. Here we go round the mulberry bush.”

    elissa (87425c)

  28. And here’s one for Gary Gilrud–another long-time classic commenter who bears a passing resemblance to Eeyore, the generally characterized pessimistic, gloomy, depressed, anhedonic, old grey stuffed donkey who is a friend of the title character, Winnie-the-Pooh.:

    “It’s snowing still,” said Eeyore gloomily.
    “So it is.”
    “And freezing.”
    “Is it?”
    “Yes,” said Eeyore. “However,” he said, brightening up a little, “we haven’t had an earthquake lately.”

    elissa (87425c)

  29. Eeyore is an optimist…

    redc1c4 (2b3c9e)

  30. JD, make sure to see the Mayan ruins. Tulum is close to Cancun, Chichen Itza more impressive. And whatever you do, have a goid trip.

    kishnevi (3719b7)

  31. JD, I hope the sun and the tequila bakes out all that 2014 badness.

    It sounds like everyone had a challenging, romantic, humorous year. Happy New Year to a great bunch of commenters at Pat’s Place.

    Patricia (5fc097)

  32. kishnevi #31 – Tulum is still worth a visit … JD – enjoy your trip !

    Alastor (2e7f9f)

  33. 29. The absent Mr. Gulrud appreciates the thoughtful ribbing having endured a less than optimal 2014, and a second Christmas in a row separated from the light of his life by a vengeful, clinically disturbed spouse in her effort to dissolve a loveless marriage of her making thereby to gain a $15K savings account and at the same stroke unload a similar sum in credit card debt.

    In the interim he has seldom been happier an has resolved to be a blessing to everyone God brings into his life. It is at times a perceived unfortunate outcome when this means for Patterico commenters they suffer correction for poor performance.

    “God loves those whom He disciplines.”

    DNF (a6032a)

  34. funny elissa, but most people would say I resemble a jack-ass, not a donkey!!

    mg (31009b)

  35. 34. I drove mine to the airport on Christmas Eve and will pick them up tomorrow evening. Αλαργα, αλαργα το φιλι για ναχει νοστιμαδα.

    nk (dbc370)

  36. Say it isn’t so! I can handle being a black, disabled, one armed, drug addicted, Jewish queer on a pacemaker who is HIV positive, bald, orphaned, unemployed, lives in a slum, and has a Mexican boyfriend, but please, oh dear God, please don’t tell me I’m a Democrat!!

    LOL. However, what’s scary is that such humor is becoming more and more a description of today’s reality, and not just merely a joke.

    Mark (c160ec)

  37. 2014 isn’t over!

    This time, though, not Malaysian airlines, but its chief competitor, Air Asia.

    Sammy Finkelman (1b38fa)

  38. The pilot of the airplane radioed that he wanted to change course and raise his altitude to 38,000 feet but was refused permission by Indonesian air traffic control. He was flying into a storm. The plane disappeared from radar five or six minutes later.

    I think that in the U.S. (and maybe internationally) a pilot is allowed to declare an in-flight emergency and disregard air traffic control’s instructions but maybe some pilots don’t have enough initiative or are too afraid of an investigation

    The crash was probably caused by ice that affected instrument readings, and is probably similar to the Air France crash in 2009.

    That particular airline, unlike many airlines in that part of the world, actually has a very good safety record and is not on a European blacklist (the blacklist not only stops airplanes from a company on the blacklist from flying into Europe, but warns European passengers booking connecting flights that such and such an airline is on a blacklist.

    Sammy Finkelman (d542b2)

  39. Last week on a particular now dead thread there was quite a heated discussion among commenters about getting cops to “talk” to suspects–reason with them even without knowing if they’re armed or dangerous or crazy– and trying to find ways to “incentivize” cops to be just over all nicer and more trusting and less gun-happy and less brutal during encounters. Weeeel- This is for MDinPhilly and Leviticus and DRJ and Dana among others.

    Less than a week after two New York City policemen were executed as they sat in their patrol car by a black man seeking revenge for the recent deaths of Black criminals who were resisting arrest, a Durham, North Carolina policeman is lucky to be alive after six shots were fired at him on Christmas night. The officer was shot as he got out of his patrol car to speak to two black men approaching his car from the rear.
    Officer J.T. West was said by police to be working on a report in his patrol car around 10 p.m. when he saw two Black men walking up behind him from an abandoned apartment building he was patrolling. As he got out to speak to the men one of them pulled out a gun from his waistband and opened fire on the officer. All six shots fired by the gunman missed the officer with one hitting the driver’s side door of the patrol car.

    No words were exchanged with any of the three men.

    The officer squeezed off two shots at the men while taking cover. The gunman and his accomplice ran off. It is not known if either was wounded.

    elissa (966081)

  40. Elissa, I agree completely, as you know. Progressives don’t like the current “meme” of police being racist thugs. Libertarians don’t like how many police act.

    Most objectors don’t know what it is like. I recommend that such people sign a release, and then show police how to interact with their every day lives. You know?

    But they would need to sign a release first.

    That would incentivize people to be more thoughtful, perhaps. And a little less slogan-prone.

    My opinion only.

    Simon Jester (2b3038)

  41. Thank you, elissa
    I don’t know whether to give one of several snarky comments I can quickly think of and then disavow it, or just say I’m not in the mood for this,
    because I am so not in the mood to put up with this….

    Well, since I wrote that I looked up Johnathan Gentry’s YouTube rant and I’m feeling better.

    MD in Philly (f9371b)

  42. The sad event in AZ I think is not related to the other stuff. Domestic calls are among the most dreaded.

    All this really just makes it worse for everybody. Police will either be too jumpy or too restrained, they will want to stay in their cars and just respond to calls, no active surveillance and engaging the community, minimal involvement means minimal risk of confrontation.
    The law abiding citizens (there are some) of the crime-filled neighborhoods will be the ones who suffer most.

    MD in Philly (f9371b)

  43. I hope Leviticus sees what elissa and kishnevi posted.

    MD in Philly (f9371b)

  44. In this Scientific American article, they don’t mention the one ebola cure that’s definitely known to work (dialysis) and doesn’t require quite as much gearing up – a cure, by the way, that with slight modification could probably work for many other infectitious diseases; do not notice that ZMapp is nothing but ebola antibodies manufactured through a Rube Golderg (and therefore highly patentable) process that could be done much sooner in an already standardized way; and almost come out against competition in research.

    They don’t mention palliative treatment using statins either.

    Sammy Finkelman (d542b2)

  45. Oh, dear Lord, Sammy. I’m not going to argue with you again, but would you PLEASE stop using terms like “definitely” and “palliative”? This always comes to mind when I read your quite, um, self confident posts:

    Simon Jester (2b3038)

  46. MD, I have always found that people who seem to know all about what something is like without having done it (i) have a political axe to grind, and (ii) have lived quite privileged lives.

    I honor your son, and because of my father, I know the dangers he faces each day. He is trying to make life better for others, instead of being more than a little sanctimonious, as I am in this post.

    Simon Jester (2b3038)

  47. Thanks, Simon.
    While it is personal to a degree with my son, I sometimes just get beside myself observing how so many people fall for what looks to me quite obvious.
    I know it is largely not acceptable in the West, but I do believe that the father of lies, Alinsky’s patron demon, does assist people in their delusions and mistaken beliefs.

    MD in Philly (f9371b)

  48. It’s oikophobia and self-congratulatory narcissism, MD. Back to Sowell’s “Vision of the Anointed.”

    Simon Jester (2b3038)

  49. 48. 49. Of course it’s known to work. It cured someone in Germany:

    …Aethlon had to seek special approval from the German regulatory authorities in order to ship the piece.

    “Hemotherapy was administered on day 12 after diagnosis and at that point in time he had multiple organ failure,” Joyce said.

    The patient was administered hemotherapy treatment for more than six hours and had no adverse effects.

    The physicians measured data points related to the treatment. The patient was monitored for changes in viral load, with the hope being for a reduction. Before treatment, the viral load was measured at 400,000 copies per milliliter for the Ebola virus. At the end of treatment physicians measured a reduction to only 1,000 copies per milliliter for Ebola.

    The patient is now free of the virus

    Now unless this is a big hoax, which I seriously doubt, it definitely is a cure. I don’t know if it is the only one.

    And the reason it has not been taken up and built upon by the medical community and sopread like wildfire has nothing to do with any doubts or uncertainties about whether it will help (although there could be some questions as to how much and how close can someone be to death’s door for thiss to cure somebody) but rather has to do with the way FDA regulation suppresses numerous cures or good treatments for diseases not for years, but decades.

    That is the truth.

    It is not being publicized by the inventors precisely because it does work and they hope to get it approved some time in the next decade or so. They dare not be caught promoting it before.

    On the other hand, the sstatin treatment could only be palliative, which is maybe eniough for some people to survive the disease.

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  50. Google ( or just type Google) seems to think the New Year is 2014.

    Or is that for the old year?

    Sammy Finkelman (b47846)

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