Happy New Year!

One of the ways I celebrate the new year, with varying degrees of success, is to make predictions. In 2014 I was more rightish than wrongish, but last year, 2015, I was pretty much mostly wrong. 2016-new-year-ss-1920

So here goes my predictions for 2016.

  1. Donald Trump will not win the Republican nomination for President.
  2. The San Francisco Giants will win the World Series, because this is their on year.
  3. North Korea will attack South Korea, thus ending the decades long cease-fire. This will happen before President Obama leaves office.
  4. Saudi Arabia will form an uneasy alliance with Israel and the two nations will attack Iran.
  5. Bashar al-Assad will still be the leader of Syria on December 31, 2016.
  6. One major Protestant denomination in the United States will dissolve.
  7. The new Star Trek movie, Star Trek Beyond, will be terrible, absolutely terrible.
  8. A biological agent (like algae or bacteria) that dissolves plastic will be devised for large scale commercial use, thus solving a major environmental problem.
  9. Auto-makers will produce a wide range of electric cars, and they will be commercial flops.
  10. Wal-Mart will continue its decline, and by the end of the year will announce major closures and layoffs.

Okay, those are some of mine. What do you predict for 2016?



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Last week I was at the Wal-Mart with Mrs. Greenbean buying stuff.  We do not frequent the Wal-Mart often because we try to shop local and avoid the whole sweatshops and “made in China”   and all that stuff.  Yet we were there because sometimes you need stuff and it is only at the Wal-Mart or the Wal-Mart equivalent.  One of the reasons we were there was to buy a DVD for a friend’s birthday gift.  The movie was some light-hearted fluff piece that Mrs. Greenbean was picking out.

While she was doing that I spotted, a copy of Bullitt starring Steve McQueen, the King of Cool.

It has been years since I’ve seen that movie—which has one of the greatest car chase scenes ever.  It was when I saw that movie as a teenager that I decided someday, someday, I would own a Ford Mustang.  That day has still not come, but alas, someday.  The price tag for the movie was a whopping $5 so I grabbed it.  That’s roughly the price of a latte and far more valuable. 

I began to skim more of the movies and wouldn’t you know it, another $5 classic was staring me in the face.  The Wal-Mart had The Maltese Falcon for $5.  Humphrey Bogart is the absolute best.


So last weekend I watched Bullitt and this weekend I watched The Maltese Falcon and I thoroughly enjoyed both.

But, here is where I’m worried about what I’m saying to me.  I’ve seen both these films before, I just didn’t own them.  What I didn’t fully realize until the opening of The Maltese Falcon was that both films are set in San Francisco.  Is my subconscious trying to tell me something about San Francisco?

  • Should I book a trip soon?
  • Am I craving Rice-A-Roni and don’t know it?
  • Will the Giants repeat as World Series Champs?
  • Is the Chronicle a paper I should read?
  • Maybe I must download a Tony Bennett album on iTunes?
  • How good is my fire insurance?
  • Will my daughter(s) live there?
  • Is Karl Marlden still alive?
  • Isn’t Star Fleet HQ and The Academy in San Francisco?

I don’t know what it all means, but it was odd.  If I go to the Wal-Mart anytime soon and my eye catches Escape from Alcatraz then I’m going to know that something is truly amiss.