Well, we all made it to another new year. A year of voilence, disorder, chaos, love, hate, compassion, destruction, hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, severaly cold weather, severly hot weather, tornados, criminal convictions, abductions, newly built mega-shopping plazas, murders, rescues, tenderness, enlightening, ultimatums, embarassments, perserverance and anything else that falls between the spectrum extremes of evil and good.
2005 was the World Year of Physics, the Year of the Rooster in the Chinese calendar, and the International Year of the Eucharist in Catholicism.
The number of U.S. Soldiers killed in Iraq in 2005 is 841. This number doesn't include people wounded in action, then died later due to complications with their injuries, or U.S. civillians or service workers killed. This number factoid is brought through a MSNBC linked media outlet. At Iraq Coalition Casualties, their tally 844 killed in 2005 and 5557 wounded in action.
In Afganistan, still carrying out "Operation Enduring Freedom" in 2005 99 U.S. Soldiers were killed in action, and 240 were wounded.
I'm having a hard time finding the number of Iraqi civillians killed by military intervention in 2005, although the web site Iraq Body Count lists a minimum of 27,707 killed since March 2003.
Another 2005 factoid: "The Rolling Stones' 2005 tour of North America has become the top-grossing US concert tour of all time, by selling 162 million dollars worth of tickets, and playing 42 performances in front of 1.2 million people."
Let's not forget the drama surrounding the Space Shuttle incident.
I don't like to make new year's resolutions. I like to act on something I want to change as soon as I determine it's something that needs to be elimiated. Sometimes the rate in which a personal goal is met frustrates me, so in general I am working on employing more patience. For the most part, the resolutions you hear being made are from that weird aspect of our culture, the people who enjoy shopping at Wal Mart, and choose to purchase and consume chemical or artificial products. Resolutions to eat less, exerscize more, stop smoking, spend more time with the kids, whatever.
New Year's day doesn't really signifiy a whole lot for me, other then I get to do my income taxes really soon, and it's going to warm up a little in a couple of months. Not even many of the stores are closed on New Year's day, like when I was a kid...everything was closed, the restauraunts, the grocery stores, businesses, not too much traffic around. The skies always seemed to be washed with a low muted pale, washed out feeling, a barely audible foot ball game was on somewhere, serving as background noise to your hangover or quiet reflection.
From Wikipedia: Auld Lang Syne—literaly “old long since”—might better be translated as “old long ago”, “times gone by”, or “days gone by.”