Bill Kirby

Online news editor for The Augusta Chronicle.

What will 2013 bring?

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Time can be managed, filled, passed, planned, saved, spent, lost, occasionally found, and, tragically, wasted, but it cannot be stretched, showed, sped up or stopped.

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– Old Farmer’s Almanac

A new year begins and if you’re like me you are curious (apprehensive, frightened, anxious) what it might bring.

I don’t have a crystal ball, but I do have The Old Farmer’s Almanac for 2013, which offers, among other things, these trendy expectations for the next 12 months.

• “Casual Fridays” are on the way out, and more men are “dressing up” for the office.

• “Slow food” beginning to make a comeback for families tired of “fast-food meals.”

• Banks are holding raffles, giving customers a chance to win each time they make a deposit.

• The decline of smoking means a rise in vintage tobacco products such as ashtrays and even matchbook covers.

• Aerobic house cleaning, involving sofa lifts and lunges while vacuuming.

The Almanac is far more predictive when it comes to weather, offering a fairly detailed forecast. The publication predicts the year 2013 will start off colder than usual, with a chilly January keeping us inside until next month’s Valentine’s Day.

When summer arrives in the American Southeast, it is predicted to be hotter and drier than normal, which is disappointing because normal the past few years has been hotter and drier than it used to be.

I always wonder what things will be like during Masters Week. This year, the Tournament starts pretty late (April 8), and the Almanac calls for rain showers early that week, giving way to sunny and warm days through the actual Tournament (April 11-14).

That was the same forecast for last Masters Week, which turned out pretty accurate.

YOUR TRAVELS: Pat and Wayne Fuller, of North Augusta, have been in warmer weather. They sent at least four postcards from a 23-day adventure, including stops in Brazil, St. Lucia, Aruba and Barbados.

Woody and Cathy in Aiken send a similar postcard greeting from their cruise that included Key West, Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico.

I also need to thank frequent travelers Joe and Lorinda Fournier, of Evans, who not only sent so many postcards from the summer, but also sent me a Christmas gift refrigerator magnet celebrating 100 years of baseball at Boston’s famous Fenway Park.

TODAY’S JOKE: “Flight 1234,” the control tower advised, “turn right 45 degrees for noise abatement.”

“Roger,” the pilot responded, “but we’re at 35,000 feet. How much noise can we make up here?”

“Sir,” the radar man replied, “have you ever heard the noise a 727 makes when it hits a 747?”


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