First, let me wish you all a very happy, healthy and successful
new year. I think we are all very grateful that 2016 is over,
even though we cannot imagine what the year 2017 will bring. It
could go either way. It could, as some predict be the beginning
of the end of what we know till now as a way of life; or it
could be the beginning of a new golden age. The different
philosophies are adequately written up on the internet.
Personally, I lean towards the darker side of the predictions
but hope for the opposite. Canada has not been too badly off,
even throughout the last financial disasters. Canadians appear
to be hopeful that his year, despite higher prices on anything
that counts, is going to be a better year than the last.
December was a very busy month for most people. I was laid off
mainly due to illness, but I managed to still put together a
respectable Christmas for a couple of guests. By the time,
Sylvester rolled around I was not in good shape and we had to
leave the celebration at the Hansa Club early. This is the first
time in my adult life that I did not toast the new year with a
glass of champagne. It was very kind of Siegfried Sticht to
volunteer taking the photos for the rest of the night, as he
also did at the children’s Christmas party, because I was laid
off. He also shot the picture for the front-page. We are very
grateful for the back-up.