Last weekend I spent at an AVP workshop at the penitentiary - one of our best, actually, which may or may not have been because the temperature outside was 10 degrees for the high, which meant that in the chapel (where we were assigned) it hovered around 55-60 degrees. I've read before that it was the Ice Ages that made us humans cooperative, compassionate, and creative - so maybe the weather did the same for us.
Then, when the weekend was over, we came back home to a house that was at 55-60 degrees. The furnace had died. We got it repaired on Monday, and then went promptly out to hock our valuables to buy a new one, which will be installed before the next Ice Age. Which looks like it's going to be tonight. So, before the woolly mammoths come over the rise,
Fearless predictions for 2020!
Between House, Senate, gubernatorial, and presidential races, the 2020 elections will surpass the $1.6 billion on advertising, polling, etc., spent in 2016. This leads me to predict:
- The media will make out like a bandit.
- Someone will figure out that $1.6 billion is the GDP of a number of smaller countries, and make memes about that.
- Someone will figure out that $1.6 billion could be better used elsewhere.
- Nothing will change.
Woolly mammoths will be cloned, and will become the hot new pet of 2025. (The last woolly mammoths were on St. Paul Island, Alaska, and were pgymies - they stood 5'6" - and I want one!)
President Trump will continue to tweet at the same rate most of us breathe.
There will be new record fires in California, and new record flooding all along the US Atlantic and Gulf coasts. Climate change will continue to be considered a radical theory of why such things are happening by some.
Sloths will become the hot 2020 Christmas toy / doll / sling purse / baby carrier.
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Uh, shingles is a reactivation of the chicken-pox virus. No chicken-pox, no shingles… But by all means, make sure to give your children a virus that could very well cause them chronic pain, neuropathy, and even blindness, if not in childhood then as an adult.
To continue raging/ragging on the above, old teachers cannot stop fighting against deliberate ignorance, and the amount of time I spend trying to combat it is a major reason why I will never write enough fiction to satisfy my inner taskmaster.
Most people will go for popcorn, bathroom break, or a quick nap through the following Oscar categories: make-up, costumes, sound, and short-film (animated and live action). Some will start streaming something on Netflix until the next "big" award.
The winners of the Super Bowl LIV (2020) will be PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, General Mills, Kellogg's, Mars, Anheuser-Busch, MillerCoors, and the Pabst Brewing Company. Yes, and a team will actually win the game.
Axe throwing will remain a popular activity at many bars here in the Upper Midwest, because the winters are long, and nothing could possibly go wrong,
Xi Jinping will remain President for Life of China. Vladimir Putin will make himself President for Life of Russia. (Russian government resigns) Major pissing contest follows.
Antonio Banderas will indeed get sexier with age.
Brexit will happen. Almost no one, including Brexiters, will like it.
Future quote: "It isn't what I expected it to be. I thought everything would be cheaper, we'd have more freedom, and all those foreigners would be gone."Speaking of Brexit, even money that:
- Scotland will vote for independence.
- Northern Ireland will vote to join the Republic of Ireland.
- Scotland will join Northern Ireland and Wales in a Celtexit from Great Britain.
- Normandy and Brittany will consider joining them. The beginning of the Great Celtexit from Europe will begin. Catalonia will try to join, but will be told to cabrear.
Anthony Trollope will become the hot new Victorian author in print, Kindle/Nook, movies, and television. (And with 70 novels / short stories, there's a lot to mine.) Speaking of Trollope, join the rest of us fanatics at https://trollope.groups.io/g/main.
Fake news and deepfakes will receive their own category at the Grammys, Emmys, Tonys, and Oscars. No one will ever know who truly wins.
Ford v. Ferrari will not win Best Picture Award.