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happy new year

Here were the predictions and resolutions you all made for 1998, FYI:

  • Nine provinces simultaneously secede from Canada, leaving Quebec as the only one left. "Hey, that's not what we planned!" a Quebecois nationalist complains.
  • Someone in a small town in Arkansas will be arrested and convicted of obscenity for using the expression, "Show me the money!"
  • Voters in several states in the U.S. will make passage of tests in history and science a requirement for public office; 90% of state legislators will fail the tests.
  • "Aliens and Freddie Party and Slaughter on the Beach" becomes mega-blockbuster hit of the summer.
  • "Puppies Cooked in Brine" wins Pegasus for Best Filk Song.
  • Now that it's no longer functioning, Mars Pathfinder will officially become the BHA Station.
  • Landlords in Toronto decide together to raise rent just enough to put the cost of living higher than in New York City.
  • Burger King decides to bring back its old fries, dubbing them Classic Fries.
  • Bill Clinton decides he's moving to Canada after his second term ends, "because I can still win an election there."
  • Microsoft will copyright the English language.
  • Hmm . . To keep my cat on a diet, do another "filk road trip", eat Pringles only _once_ a month, and work out a bit more (note that I only say "more," no real specifics!) : )

Don't forget to make your predictions and resolutions for 1999 in

Jeff and I went to a friend's house party last night, saw some folks we haven't seen in years. Today I'm helping Jeff out at his office (hey, I figure that at least that way we'll be spending time together :-)).

Happy New Year, everyone!

p.s. Hey, looks like I'm going to be interviewed on a nationally syndicated radio show called Moneyroom. Also for Sympatico Netlife magazine.

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