Hardcore cynics love the old saying that goes like this: “Life was going badly for me and my friends said, ‘Cheer up, things could be worse. So I then cheered up and, sure enough, things got worse.”

Pessimism aside, I believe life might be looking up for those of us hoping for a better 2019.

In the Chinese Zodiac, 2018 was the Year of the Dog and that old hound took a beating as the world suffered wildfires, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and some of the coldest weather in history.

But things are looking up for 2019, the Year of the Pig, and a year of fortune and luck. It is expected to be a great year to make money and a good year to invest.

An almost-famous coach once said that fighting with the press was like wrestling with a pig. You both get dirty but the pig likes it.

I’m not sure how that story relates to the new year but it’s always been a favorite of mine to share with politicians who learn the hard way that they cannot outsmart the media.

A good comparison would be those who disagree with climate science findings that the warming earth is causing extreme weather everywhere.

No one is going to convince the former residents of Paradise, California, that global warming is a myth. Prolonged drought, strong winds and a single spark destroyed their town in a matter of minutes.

I, for one, am hopeful that 2019 gives us a break in terms of fewer gun-related deaths. Also, going without federal elections this year should spare us from most hate speech in politics. Pork sausage is my favorite meat, no doubt. I am resolved to eat considerably less of it during 2019 as my personal observance of the Year of the Pig.

And, only if my wife agrees, I may try some new investments just to see if the little porker knows his stuff about the stock market.

Keith Kappes can be reached at keithkappes@gmail.com or by telephone at 356-0912.

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