Whose year was it?

Over the next few hours, as in the last few days, we are likely to be told — again — that 2008 is a year to forget. I recognize the news has been bad — the news is always bad — and many people are hurting.

But whose year are we talking about? If I say to you, “2008,” what do you think of? The election? The recount? The economy?

Those may be events in our lives, but are they our lives? Are they our years? I have a hard time saying “2008 was a bad year” to someone who, for example, watched their kid walk across a stage to get his or her high school diploma this year? Or the person whose biopsy showed the tumor was benign.

But we don’t do news stories about high school graduations or medical test results for people who aren’t from Hollywood. And yet, that’s the way we live our lives. Personally. Individually. Quietly. It stands to reason that it’s not up to people like us to review and define 2008; it’s up to you.

As the old question goes: How was it for you?

  • Patrick

    Regarding Question 2. “Laying of employees?” That sounds like it would cost a company a few bucks in losses.

  • http://www.PublicRadioRedux.com Jen

    I have a hard time saying good riddance to 2008 because it’s the year that is engraved inside my wedding ring. My fiance and I had a wonderful wedding full of great friends and family in mid-October, right at the height of the economic meltdown.

    It was a bittersweet day for sure, but the coming together of two families was something wonderful that only happens once in a lifetime. I wish we could share some of the happiness of that day with the rest of the world.

  • Bob Collins

    Fixed. We had to let the News Cut proofreader go. Proper punctuation and good grammar is just so pre-meltdown.

  • Minn whaler

    women should be woman in question about what didn’t happen in 2008. proofreading services purely voluntary. scored 9 out of 15..

    so glad school is not a necessary part of my life now.

  • Cheryl Collins

    Hey Bob I got 2 out of 15 and live in Maine!!!

  • DN

    12. Thanks to the hints.

  • Alanna in MI

    I don’t want to forget 2008 because I graduated college this year, my first niece was born, several of my good friends got married, and I finally have a job. Just because the economy’s gone downhill doesn’t mean I want to forget all the wonderful things that happened.

  • Tonya

    The results aren’t in English…what do they mean?

    0-3: Bliain nua fe mhaise dhuit

    4-8: Chuc Mung Tan Nien

    9-12: Godt Nyttar

    13-15: Gelukkige nuwe jaar

  • Bob Collins

    All of the results say “Happy New Year” in a different language.