To put it mildly, 2017 was a challenging year.
Nationally, the most noteworthy event has been the inauguration and continual dysfunction of Donald J. Trump as President. I will not waste space recounting every one of Trump’s lies, outrageous tweets, bad appointments, and bad decisions. Trump is not worth my time, other than to say that by mid-February, my first thought upon awakening was commonly “What stupid thing did Trump do overnight?” I’ve since found the best way for me to cope with the stress of a dangerously demented President is to adapt an air of detached bemusement – and occasionally fire off brazen tweets which, surprisingly, have not gotten me blocked.
I have had more than enough to deal with otherwise.
I slammed into my 50s with an almost simultaneous diagnosis of high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and an inguinal hernia. Surprisingly, dealing with the hernia was considerably less complicated than the apnea: I was diagnosed, surgery was scheduled, performed, and I recovered. Sleep apnea was first suspected by my doctor in February. It was not until June that I was able to undertake a sleep study, another month to get the results, then a dental consultation in October, fitting for an oral appliance in November, which I finally received in December. And American politicians have the gall to warn about the dangers of universal healthcare by trotting out waiting times in the UK and Canada! Of course, none of these politicians have ever had to deal with private health insurers or providers.
Prepped for the sleep study
2017 marked nine years since Dan & I bought our home in South Euclid. On the home front, we only undertook one project this year – a new fence. 2018 will bring a small expansion – a small mud room leading to the back door. There was a time, mostly 2009-2011, when I worried moving here was a mistake. But 2017 saw continued evidence of a renaissance in our city. The newly rebuilt shopping center and Mayfield and Green Road opened to 100% capacity and brisk business – so much so that the parking lot had to be expanded. This is on top of Oakwood Commons and the newly renovated Cedar Center North - both of which are well filled and busy.
2017 is also the year South Euclid city council began work on a new, comprehensive non-discrimination ordinance. City Council, for the most part, have courageously stood up to the bullying tactics being carried out by the local Catholic Church – including an outrageous web posting I previously blogged about. I am hopeful the ordinance will be passed in early 2018.
2017 was not all gloom & doom, nor hell-fire and brimstone. Dan & I enjoyed our first ever cruise in March, and had a brief but eventful visit to LasVegas in September. We have tentatively signed on for another cruise in 2018.
And there will be other events on which to report.