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Happy New Year!

Postby Ann » Sun Jan 01, 2017 6:52 pm

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Happy New Year, everybody!

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Re: Happy New Year!

Postby Chris Peterson » Mon Jan 02, 2017 12:12 am

Ann wrote:Happy New Year, everybody!

2017 comes to Pikes Peak: the annual midnight show from my deck, 24 miles away, after a team makes the hard, two-day winter hike to the top with fireworks on their backs. Happy New Year! Sure hope it's an improvement over the last, which ranks as the worst year ever in my life.

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Re: Happy New Year!

Postby geckzilla » Mon Jan 02, 2017 12:16 am

Chris Peterson wrote:Sure hope it's an improvement over the last, which ranks as the worst year ever in my life.

Wow, I feel ya. I don't know your specifics, but my last month especially has been rather hard on me too. I don't know what the worst year ever in my life is. I'm definitely battling depression and filling up a newly created hole in my life with my Hubble hobby.
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Re: Happy New Year!

Postby Chris Peterson » Mon Jan 02, 2017 12:34 am

geckzilla wrote:
Chris Peterson wrote:Sure hope it's an improvement over the last, which ranks as the worst year ever in my life.

Wow, I feel ya. I don't know your specifics, but my last month especially has been rather hard on me too. I don't know what the worst year ever in my life is. I'm definitely battling depression and filling up a newly created hole in my life with my Hubble hobby.

We lost three pets in the last couple months. Two close friends died this year. Two more close friends are on their way out, probably this year. Brexit. The U.S. election. The increasing shift of the world towards Idiocracy.

Not the happiest of times.
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Re: Happy New Year!

Postby geckzilla » Mon Jan 02, 2017 12:45 am

It adds up, doesn't it? I can live with the rest of the world idiocrifying. The personal stuff really hurts when it's layered on top of current events, though. I'm sorry your best friends and friends are dying. That's something I've been spared from, at least. I don't know how I would handle it if someone I was close to died tomorrow.
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Re: Happy New Year!

Postby Ann » Mon Jan 02, 2017 5:32 am

Chris Peterson wrote:
geckzilla wrote:
Chris Peterson wrote:Sure hope it's an improvement over the last, which ranks as the worst year ever in my life.

Wow, I feel ya. I don't know your specifics, but my last month especially has been rather hard on me too. I don't know what the worst year ever in my life is. I'm definitely battling depression and filling up a newly created hole in my life with my Hubble hobby.

We lost three pets in the last couple months. Two close friends died this year. Two more close friends are on their way out, probably this year. Brexit. The U.S. election. The increasing shift of the world towards Idiocracy.

Not the happiest of times.


I have sensed that you and Geck have been feeling low lately, but I thought it was "only" because of the outcome of the U.S. election. (Which is scary enough, I'll grant you that.)

My mother died in November this year, which was a big loss for me. I've been feeling a bit morbid after that, getting particularly hung up on the Carrie Fisher/Debbie Reynolds daughter/mother tragedy.

But I haven't had as many losses as you, Chris. I'm sorry for your losses. And I'm not, in a medical sense, depressed. I hope your Hubble hobby can help, Geck, for your sake and for every Hubble fan out there.

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Re: Happy New Year!

Postby Chris Peterson » Mon Jan 02, 2017 5:46 am

Ann wrote:
Chris Peterson wrote:Not the happiest of times.

I have sensed that you and Geck have been feeling low lately, but I thought it was "only" because of the outcome of the U.S. election. (Which is scary enough, I'll grant you that.)

My mother died in November this year, which was a big loss for me. I've been feeling a bit morbid after that, getting particularly hung up on the Carrie Fisher/Debbie Reynolds daughter/mother tragedy.

But I haven't had as many losses as you, Chris. I'm sorry for your losses. And I'm not, in a medical sense, depressed. I hope your Hubble hobby can help, Geck, for your sake and for every Hubble fan out there.

Sorry about your mom. Mine's in pretty poor health... just the decline of age... she could live a few months or a few years. Not so easy to deal with. Like you, I'm not medically depressed, just not very happy with how things have been going, not very optimistic with where things are heading, and generally disappointed with much of the world. I'm glad I live in a place that is at least a little insulated from much of that, though.
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Re: Happy New Year!

Postby Markus Schwarz » Mon Jan 02, 2017 9:47 am

Wow, that subject turned bleak quickly! The past year held some great ups and downs for me and I feel the atmosphere of nervous apprehension too. But I will start a new job and my own family in 2017, so I am a bit more optimistic.

I found that xkcd nicely sums up the current feelings. And since I had my first encounter with an internet troll on the Asterisk* last year, I will warn you that "this comic occasionally contains strong language (which may be unsuitable for children), unusual humor (which may be unsuitable for adults), and advanced mathematics (which may be unsuitable for liberal-arts majors)." ;)
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Thus, I wish you a Happy New Year 2017!

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Re: Happy New Year!

Postby rstevenson » Mon Jan 02, 2017 1:31 pm

XKCD always lifts my spirits. Thanks for that one Markus.

May all my fellow asteriskians have a good (or at least, better than last) year.

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Re: Happy New Year!

Postby starsurfer » Tue Jan 03, 2017 3:11 pm

geckzilla wrote:
Chris Peterson wrote:Sure hope it's an improvement over the last, which ranks as the worst year ever in my life.

Wow, I feel ya. I don't know your specifics, but my last month especially has been rather hard on me too. I don't know what the worst year ever in my life is. I'm definitely battling depression and filling up a newly created hole in my life with my Hubble hobby.

I know what that's like and I hope things get better for you, at least we all have astronomy.


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