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Tears and cheers

Red Card Roberts

By Amy Roberts
Park Record columnist 

I’m not a big fan of people who mope, moan, complain and otherwise feel sorry for themselves. If you think your glass is half full, pour it in a smaller glass and stop whining. Given my rather limited patience for a pouter, I put a concerted effort into not bitching about life. I wake up in Park City, not Aleppo; it can’t be that bad.

But as 2016 comes to a close, dare I suggest it was a pretty crappy year and I’m anxious to see it off.

This year was awful across the globe. There were bombings, blasts, plane crashes and mass shootings. Unarmed black men were killed by police. Police were killed by a sniper in Dallas. Syria is a devastating catastrophe few people seem to care much about. It’s not even the top story on CNN. Buried bodies 6,000 miles away don’t bring in ratings. But the incoherent and often mean-spirited tweets from a petulant, spoiled child apparently do. I guess that’s because we elected him to be our president. Another disaster courtesy of 2016. Our country is so divided; some say we’re on the cusp of another civil war.

Locally we lost two young students, in what was later learned to be drug overdoses from a lethal drug ordered online from China. Those deaths knocked the wind out of our town. For me personally, I experienced a level of heartache I never knew existed when my sister passed away last month. There was a lot of sadness and loss this year.

All I can say is this: Suck it 2016.

The countdown is on and 2017 can’t come soon enough.

But in the spirit of rationed self-pity and grumbling, we can lift our half-empty glasses to some things. In November our town raised over $1.5 million for nonprofit organizations that enrich our lives. A few months prior we reached a settlement of sorts with Vail Resorts, putting months of hard feelings and unease to rest after the company agreed not to pursue trademarking the town’s name. They’re proving to be a good community partner and ski season is off to a good start. Just recently Travel + Leisure magazine named Park City America’s favorite town. And a number of local businesses made the switch, helping the environment and putting our town in the running for a $5 million energy grant.

With just over a week left in what was otherwise a rather dreadful year for so many, there are a few other reasons to raise our glasses and say “cheers.” Most of which we’ll experience in the coming days.
So I say: Cheers to the holiday office parties, where you can finally meet all the people you’ve been emailing from 10 feet away.

Cheers to the people who are the drunken equivalent of WikiLeaks at those holiday office parties.

Cheers to those who travel thousands of miles to be with people they only see once a year. Only to be reminded why they live thousands of miles away.

Cheers to all of us who were born in this month. All we want for Christmas is someone to remember our December birthdays.

Cheers to the people whose diet plan is to bake cookies for all their friends. That’s one way to look thinner.

Cheers pushing your body to the brink of alcoholism and diabetes. It’s what the holidays are all about.

Cheers to Santa. Some say he’s jolly, but I think he’s a bit judgmental.

And most of all, cheers to 2017. It can’t come soon enough.

Amy Roberts is a freelance writer, longtime Park City resident, and the proud owner of two rescued Dalmatians, Stanley and Willis. The opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the writer. Follow her on Twitter @amycroberts.


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