Marvin's Window: Looking at a new century
I looked out my window after Christmas Day and saw the hope and dreams of a new century.
I know we were told a year ago that the world would end in a huge computer meltdown.
I worked last New Year's Eve to cover the anticipated Y2K disasters.
The evening was totally uneventful all over the world.
The Kingman city staff was totally prepared with the heads of police, fire and public works and their spouses at command headquarters in the newly remodeled police station.
The biggest problem was what to do with the leftover food!
My biggest challenge was writing a front-page story about something that did not happen.
Creating news or writing fiction are both frowned on in this business.
Now the experts tell me the new century did not really begin Jan.
It happens this year.
Americans always get ahead of the curve and it seems we began the new century a whole year too soon!
This year I will let someone else cover the news and properly celebrate the advent of the new century.
I am sure city staff will enjoy their individual celebrations more than last year when everyone had to be prepared for any emergency come midnight.
That left little time for a traditional celebration.
This year Las Vegas will have a costly light show and few people fear any kind of terrorist attack or computer meltdown.
As I look back at the 20th century, I am glad it is over!
We fought two world wars plus Korea, Vietnam and 50 years of the Cold War.
We survived one of the worst depressions in the history of the country and the world.
We survived a total meltdown of the stock market.
When I see those charts on the continuous growth of stocks over the past 80 years, I wonder what they do about all those companies that disappeared in 1929.
Maybe they do a 70-year chart and miss 1929!
So, I say I am glad to begin a new century with renewed hope, enthusiasm and dreams of the future.
That is the blessing of New Year's.
We can mark a new beginning, make new resolutions and renew our hope and dreams.
I am not dreaming of living through the 21st century to see the dawn of the 22nd but I am grateful to have lived so much of the 20th.
I resolve to savor and appreciate every single day that I live into the new century.
As a friend often says, "Better do it now because in 50 years you may not be able to do it at all!"
I see peace and prosperity out my window for the coming year, decade and century.
Some of you may think I am using a crystal ball rather than a window.
I think it is as much attitude as location of the window.
Mine may be rose-colored.
Some of you have told me of the bad things you see from your window.
Maybe you should change windows!
I like the idea that we are arguing over what to do with the tax surplus in Washington.
That is better than decades of deficit spending.
Arguments over endangered species, including salmon in the Northwest, are an indication of a country with surplus resources.
In the thirties the endangered specie was people without jobs.
Have you seen the pictures of the thousands of families camped in the Mohave County desert in the early 1930s waiting for the jobs to begin to construct Hoover Dam?
Now, Kingman cannot qualify for some kinds of aid because too few workers need jobs.
I prefer to argue about how many, if any, American troops should be stationed around the world to keep the peace rather than sending men and boys to die in WWI and WW II.
I like instant access to family and friends all over the world with the wonder of the computer and email.
My daughter was in contact all summer form Chiapas, Mexico.
It was access to rapid communication by fax that helped break up the USSR after the Gulf War.
I cherish the piece of the Berlin Wall my son brought me from Germany.
He was there with a hammer and chisel the night people tore the wall down.
I liked the quizzical look on my grandson's face when I told him I bought a black and white television and stayed up all night to watch men walk on the moon.
He is looking forward to NASCAR games on a big screen in his new home in the new century and making a history report on Apollo and the moon landing.
The new century has arrived and we have surpassed the wild stories of Jules Verne.
Science fiction may predict the future better than I can!
As you celebrate the going of the old and the coming of the new this New Year's Eve, it is my wish that you see great and awesome things out your window.
Happy New Year!