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2015 leaves us with noise, selfies and drones

 

Another year has passed and another one will arrive at midnight. The year 2015 will make way for 2016. And what does that really mean? Well, 12 months have passed and in that time a lot has happened.

But trying to recall all it can be difficult. Yes, I can remember the endless shootings that have resulted in needless deaths. That makes up most of the major headlines during the year. It was a year of storms, politically and due to the weather.

A lot of people seemed angry, or at least they gave the impression they were. With smartphones, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc., we can be in constant communication with someone. That means a lot of people were sounding off about how Black Lives Matter, All Lives Matter and 16 shots. Of course, people also comment on Charlie Sheen, Steve Harvey and Adele.

Of course, there is also Kim Kardashian. Her contribution to society is to continue sending out photos of herself. Kardashian not only posted photos of her face but her backside as well. Welcome to 2015, where people can shout, tweet their indignations and also provide us with plenty of narcissism.

During the course of the year, strange occurrences happen. Let’s take the weather, for instance. For the past month up until Monday, we have not seen any snow. We did have a minor snowstorm before Thanksgiving that resulted in about six inches of the white stuff in the southwest suburbs. But that quickly melted and the temperatures have been in the 40’s and 50’s throughout December.

The mild temperatures were welcome but they were accompanied by dark clouds that seemingly would cross the sky at a rapid pace. That would result in some heavy rain or mist. It was not a White Christmas but the weather was eerie. The cold weather took a vacation in December, along with the sun.

Most of the East Coast has also had mild temperatures. Buffalo, which usually has snowstorms in November, just recently had their first snow. But the weather has played havoc in Texas and Oklahoma. Major tornadoes have ravaged parts of Texas near Dallas. I was flipping through my remote Saturday afternoon and paused for a few minutes to watch the Sun Bowl, which was played in El Paso, Texas. However, there was no sun to be found. Snow was falling heavily throughout the game. It was a strange sight.

However, if you turn back the clock to last January, we were dealing with a near record-breaking cold wave. Temperatures were below zero for most of the month. As far as spring, it never really arrived. The cold winter was followed by some spring snow, rain and more rain. And it was cold. Temperatures seemed to get better in July and the fall had warmer than usual temperatures.

Perhaps we will be jolted by more cold temperatures in January. The temperatures were mostly mild in December 2014. So, I guess we will just have to see.

In most of these years in reviews, there is always a story on noted obituaries. On one hand it seems a little morbid but we are interested to see some famous names that have left us. When the subject is brought up at the end of the year, I can’t really remember. The most recent names come to mind. I heard that Meadowlark Lemon, the clown prince for the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team for years, died Sunday. I haven’t followed the Harlem Globetrotters much lately but I knew that Lemon was long retired. Dave Henderson, a stylish slugging outfielder for the Oakland A’s and Boston Red Sox, died Sunday at age 57.

However, during the course of a year, the names escape me. I had to look them up. The list includes actors Omar Shariff, Marjorie Lord, Robert Loggia, Leonard Nimoy, Maureen O’Hara, Anne Meara, Rod Taylor and Donna Douglas, who played Elly May Clampett on “The Beverly Hillbillies.”

Scott Weiland, frontman for the Stone Temple Pilots, also died in 2015. He was joined by country singer Lynn Anderson, who sang “Rose Garden.” ESPN anchor Stuart Scott succumbed to cancer. The woman once known as Cynthia Lennon also died. She was John Lennon’s first wife.

Besides Lemon and Henderson, Cubs Hall of Famer Ernie Banks and White Sox legend Minnie Minoso also died in 2015. And we can’t forget New York Yankee great Yogi Berra.

As the year quickly comes to an end, we are apparently being invaded by drones. With little regulation over the use of them, these flying contraptions have been falling out of the sky of late, almost injuring a skier while dropping on a jogger. Two tourists were also being detained after flying a drone over the Vatican recently.

So, be careful out there. Have a safe and Happy New Year.

Joe Boyle is the editor of The Reporter. He can be reached at [email protected]

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