February 16, 2009

Stupid Year

Just my observation, but so far 2009 hasn't exactly been a banner year. Then again, I'm not sure what constitutes a banner year. I'm guessing a banner would be involved.

For that matter, at which point to you write off a year as not being a banner year? It's probably premature for me to do so, since it's only the middle February, but there simply has to be a sweet spot time of year when you can confidently proclaim a year to be bannerless. If July passes without so much as even a token banner, for example, you should be able to say "well, 2009 isn't a banner year." Sure, someone might sneak a banner into November or December, but you can downplay those as being "too little, too late."

What happens if a banner year presents itself too early? What if 2010 is declared a banner year on Jan. 2? Wouldn't that sort of set the bar kind of high for the rest of the year? I mean, a year that hits its stride that early in the game is bound to be winded and gassed by June. I'm not saying it would be a waste of a banner year, necessarily, but it would be nice if a year was better paced and established its banner bonafides a bit later in the game. . . maybe around June or so. That way, we'd be able to appreciate the banner year, with the hope of an additional banner year just around the corner.

On the other hand, how disappointed would you be if a banner year didn't appear until December? What if we spend the rest of 2009 waiting for it to become a banner year, but the banner doesn't unfurl until Dec. 28? Can you imagine a banner year emerging between Christmas and New Years? No one would even notice. Years from 2009, people will say "hey, remember that banner year of 2009?" and no one will be able to answer in the affirmative.

2009 is shaping up to be a forgotten year, like pretty much all my college years.

Posted by Ryan at February 16, 2009 11:04 AM | TrackBack

You mean a banner like "Mission Accomplished"?

And, sorry, but 2009 has been a huge year for the majority of Americans in seeing a black man sworn in as President of the USA.

This year because bebannered on January 20th.

All of this will be moot, of course, if/when I lose my job to cutbacks in education.

Posted by: Erik at February 17, 2009 01:18 PM

I was thinking more in terms of the economic situation. As historic as swearing in a new prez was, black or otherwise, that will mean precious little if the economic situation craters entirely and we're back to soup lines and "Obama-villes."

Posted by: Ryan at February 17, 2009 01:57 PM
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