2017, Don’t Let Me Down

Happy New Year!


I hope you had a great time saying goodbye to 2016.  While I worked Saturday night, I was home in time to ring in the new year with my husband, Ray, enjoying some champagne and shrimp cocktail.


Our 15-year-old daughter, Gretel, is growing up and growing out of her parents — she welcomed in 2017 with her friends.

I’m always pontificating about life (the past, the current, and the future).  It’s like being visited by the three ghosts (spirits) at Christmas, but I do it year around.

A Christmas Carol

While reflecting on where I’ve been, the mistakes I’ve made, and what I’d change if given the chance to do it all over again, I still look forward.  I’m always counting down to something.

I remember so many times, as a kid, saying that I wished a certain event or date would arrive and my grandmother, Helen, telling me, “you are wishin’ your life away.”

As I became more prospective as a teenager and being 51 years younger than my grandmother, I foolishly thought that she meant I was wishing her life away.  After all, I was young and I was looking forward to the rest of my life.

Now that I’m 52 and approaching those golden years like my grandmother, I realize two things:  I’m still always planning and counting down to something, but I’m also very aware that I’m no longer a youngster.

Anthony April 1969

It doesn’t help knowing that my mother died at the age of 47 and my father died at 55.  With each passing year and each celebration of the new year, it makes me think even more.

The bottom line is that I’m blessed in life.


I have a wonderful family, my health, and a job that I love for the most part.  While I’d love to make more money (who doesn’t?), I’m in a position to travel and see places that many may never visit.

AP Ray Night View Vegas

Last year, I got to visit China, see New York City, Las Vegas and Cleveland, Ohio, again, and I checked out Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia, and Charleston, South Carolina, for the first time.

I already have a few things planned for 2017.  As I often joke, I work just so I can travel.  Honestly, I do it to pay the bills, too!

Speaking of work, I can’t believe I’ve now worked in the Quad Cities television market as a meteorologist for more than 11 years.  I love what I do, but I also love to write.  There are times when I think about changing careers.  Will that be in 2017?

We all know that life is full of changes and uncertainty and I’m not shy about my feelings of dread for the next four years.

Almost two months after the shocking presidential election, I’m still devastated with the results.

Hillary AP

While three million more Americans voted for Hillary Clinton to be the 45th president of the United States, the electoral college was obligated to vote otherwise.

Since I live in the real world, I know some of you voted for someone other than Hillary and you got your wish!  I hope I never hear you express regret over that decision.  You won’t find a bit of sympathy coming from me.

With that being said, I sincerely hope for the best for America (and the world).

As someone put it after the stunning election — wishing for the new president to fail is like boarding a plane and hoping it crashes.

Flight 1549

If we look at the next four years as a flight, I sure wish that Sully was in the cockpit.  Hell, I’d be happy if it was Tom Hanks playing Sully in the cockpit!

“Oh, but I need some time off/From that emotion/Time to pick my heart up off the floor.”

As the late George Michael expressed to us, we got to have “faith”!

With all this in mind, I wish you and yours the very best in the year ahead.

If you had a great 2016, I hope 2017 is even better.  If 2016 was less than stellar, I hope the new year treats you better.

As Mariah Carey laughs off in my favorite version of “Auld Lang Syne”, “does anybody really know the words?”.  That sounds like life to me!

By the way, I get to see Mariah and Lionel Richie in Nashville, Tennessee, this spring!  See, that’s something I’m counting down to. 🙂

If life gets you down or gives you lemons, make lemonade.  If there’s no sugar to sweeten the lemonade, just smile, say “f*ck” it, and add a shot of vodka!

Happy New Year!


6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Shirley Ferguson on January 1, 2017 at 8:45 am

    Great comments, Anthony! And a Happy New Year to you and Ray (and Gretel!) as well. May we all learn to deal with the disappointment, sadness, and fear that so many of us have felt and are still feeling so that it does not paralyze us from taking positive steps.


  2. Posted by Connie Huizenga on January 1, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    Happy New Year to you, Ray, and Gretel. I hope that 2017 is a spectacular year for all of you.

    I was always told that when you run out of goals, and you stop looking forward, you die. Keep on living large and planning the next great adventure. You take many of us with you.


    • Connie & Dale,

      Happy New Year to you! I hope you have an incredible year ahead.

      I’ll definitely keep planning for the future, but also take time to enjoy it. 🙂



  3. Posted by Donna Libby on January 2, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    Another great “read”, Anthony. I also enjoy your personal thoughts. Had to giggle a few times. Gretel is losing that “childish” look &’is developing into such a beautiful young lady! You & Ray always appear to be so much in love. You both have million dollar smiles. We lost so many wonderfully talented artists the past year. Even worse, some of us will experience four years of nervous-gut syndrome while we wait to see what is going to happen worldwide. I want to think more positively….maybe we’ll be pleasantly surprised. We can only hope (& pray for a miracle). Many blessings to you, Ray, Gretel & Tammy in the New Year! 😘🎉🎈🙏💕


    • Donna,

      Thank you very much for reading my thoughts and for taking the time to share yours.

      While I may write about serious things, at times, I still try to find some humor. We have to do that.

      I appreciate the kind words. We’re going to need a lot of strength and compassion to get through the next four years. Lord help us and I mean that in every sense!

      I wish you the very best in everything in 2017!



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