2020: A Year in Review/Memoriam
It is 6PM on the last day of 2020 in So California, USA. It is Thursday, 9PM in New York and already most of the world it is 2021. 2020 started out with nothing unusual situation normal. It is an election year, the Super Bowl teams are set. Life is good. We didn’t make it past January for the year to start going down hill. Well at least as I see or feel it, it was Sunday 26 January, we are at church, service is just about to end as Pastor is wrapping up his sermon. It is around 9:40 or so AM, my phone is on vibrate and it goes off, I take a peak as I also notice several other members discreetly take a peek. I did and the news coming across is quite shocking. I have never seen so many people leave the church at a pace that was like running out when Pastor dismissed service. I was one of them. to open the KABC 7 breaking news app to get more info on the crash. The crash that took Kobe Bryant’s life and his daughter as well as the rest of the souls aboard that Sikorsky S-76. Locally here in the greater LA area, Kobe was one person that we all knew, and was more than just an athlete. He was starting to assert his talents in areas that was really benefiting So California kids sports. Not just basketball, for me not a big basketball fan, just a Laker fan. But Kobe was something that everyone knew and see this kid grow up and become someone that was really making an impact not only in the LA area but nation wide. So it was a long week, already aware of what was going on in China and the feeling was at that it was like previous outbreaks, it would be contained. Like the other outbreaks before, Ebola, etc. But by Mid March the country was under a pandemic and California is now under a stay at home order and certain unessential businesses are forced to close. Thank God I was in the automotive industry we were able to continue to operate. As the year crawls along, we also lost a lot of people. naturally by accident and to Covid. Some in the hobby, but those I grew up with like in baseball, my passion next to building. Those we watch play as we grew up, Tom Seaver, Joe Morgan, Lou Brock, Bob Gibson, Jay Johnstone Whitey Ford and Phil Niekro, in the movie/entertainment industry, Kirk Douglas, Olivia de Havilland, Regis Philbin, Alex Trebek, Naya Rivera, Chad Boseman, Sean Connery, Dawn Wells, Charley Pride and Charlie Daniels Johnny Nash and my good friend Eddie Van Halen. In football again watching this guys play was like yesterday, Gale Sayers. Then recently Chuck Yeager. Will stop there, just seems like an unusually large loss of incredible people that well not even touch the more important people we lost this year, and that are those within our own family and friends. Some expected some with their whole lives still ahead of them. With the holiday season about over, a season that didn’t even feel like Christmas or Thanksgiving as we couldn’t go anywhere, even if we could family and friends were not so welcoming for fear of the virus. So that really put the kabbash on any thought of a gathering this year. Can’t even go skiing as I was hoping as all the lift tickets were sold out online. So much for that! Otherwise build wise I was able to get few finished with several others in progress. I hope and pray that 2021 will end better as 2020 started. We already know what is in store at the start of the new with shut downs still in order, masks to wear, keep washing those hands. As the new administration takes over, who knows what lies ahead. So everyone a Happy New Year, stay safe and may God continue to bless us all.
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