That means two things.
1. My birthday gift to myself includes finishing my normal Wednesday work requirements. Yay!
2. We’ll sneak one more issue of The Cadiz Record into the calendar year of 2013.
As has become our annual custom, next week’s issue will feature a look back at the previous year from a local perspective. While you wait for that, here’s a refresher on some other things that happened on our planet in 2013.
• On Feb. 15, a meteor exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia, injuring 1,491 people and damaging more than 4,000 buildings. It was the most powerful meteor to strike Earth’s atmosphere since 1908 in a remote area of Russia.
• Later that month, scientists at Cornell University used a 3D computer printer to grow an artificial ear. So we may not be that far from a situation in which we need to transplant a new body part and can create said body part using computers. Crazy.
• Also in February, Benedict XVI became the first pope in nearly 600 years to resign. Two weeks later, Pope Francis was elected, and he’s spent most of that time since being, arguably, the coolest Pope ever.
• On April 15, the city of Boston was rocked when a pair of bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring 264. News media marked the occasion as an opportunity to spread incorrect information as fact, leaving the country wondering what had happened and who was responsible for most of the day.
• Edward Snowden became a household name in June after he leaked information on US government mass surveillance programs to news media. He later fled and was granted temporary asylum in Russia.
• Just over a month ago, a typhoon hit the Philippines and Vietnam, killing more than 6,000 people.
I consider lists like this to be a test of the power of human memory. Not that human memory is a constant from person to person – not all of us remember things the same way.
As I researched these items, a few of them were fresh to me because they are ongoing – the development of 3D printing and its use in the healthcare field, the new Pope and everyone’s infatuation with him, etc.
Others serve as odd reminders. Kind of like, “I remember that happening – that was this year?”
Here’s another one that happened within the last week – Phil Robertson, of Duck Dynasty fame (or “fame”), said some pretty specific things about homosexuality and got people all riled up, both in support an opposition.
Prediction: Five years from now, we will barely – if at all – remember who Phil Robertson is.
For now, most of us only know Phil because of Duck Dynasty, which, I remind you, is a “reality” television show. Should we really care so much what he thinks about anything, much less homosexuality?
I sure don’t.
Justin McGill is the general manager of The Cadiz Record and can be reached by email at email@example.com.