To suck or not to suck: 2018, a year in review

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There is no article here. There will be an article along this theme at a later date. Like, uh....Monday. Yeah. No later than Tuesday morning.


I want your input. Any and all. No dissertations, please. Just give me your top five in the categories of suckage and non-suckage for the calendar year 2018. Or not. Whatever.


Please and thank you. Except a couple of you. You know who you are. Need I say it? Nah! Save it for later.


Look forward to your responses :)


Jeff Jackson Added Jan 5, 2019 - 8:49pm
They still make whiskey, though I don't indulge it's nice to know it's there.
There are still beautiful ladies.
I can still buy gas and two-stroke oil for my vintage Husqvarna.
I can still listen to the Beatles and prog-rock.
I can still have my clothes tailored.
Cliff M. Added Jan 5, 2019 - 8:58pm
The weather sucked. Now we have a monsoon season in the NYC area . I think everybody sucked a little harder. 2018 qualifies for things that sucked. The Giants, Jets and Mets sucked. Republicans sucked. The Knicks are suck. ( quoting polish english grammer from someone I worked with in the past). 2019 will probably suck too!
Flying Junior Added Jan 5, 2019 - 9:42pm
The worst thing that is going on out here in Reagan Country has to be the trolley extension project and perhaps to some extent the high-speed rail boondoggle.  The democratic supermajority and our hippie governor have foisted several mass transit projects on an unwilling public.  Locally the worst has to be the trolley extension.  It sounds harmless, right?  Everybody loved the trolley when it opened in 1981.  Me and my buddies rode down to Tijuana to celebrate.  We rode home drinking Carta Blancas on the trolley.  It still is a great way to get downtown and take drugs or get plastered at the good concert venues and still have time to sober up and drive your car home from the trolley station.  It's fucking awesome.
The problem with the trolley extension is two-fold.  First the trolley will run through sensitive habitat in Rose Canyon that already has a train track that is used for freight and passenger service.  So as near as I can tell the entire line through the canyon will be elevated.  Earthquake-safe, elevated lines.  We're talking extreme costs.  Plus the environmental disaster cannot be calculated as heavy equipment treads on some of the last riparian habitat and a little copse of oak trees on a natural stream.  The area is one of the largest wildlife corridors in the city, home to coyotes, rabbits, hawks, skunks, raccoons and maybe even bobcats.  It is also a major migration route for thousands of species of birds.  The construction is appallingly slow.  Each support tower seems to need several weeks to be installed.  The prefab rebar sculptures alone probably cost several hundred thousand dollars.  My best guess would be that these tracks will cost upwards of ten to twelve million $$ per mile.  $50 Million for two new trolley stations, maybe $300 million for 10-15 miles of track.  Double that amount and add three billion $$ to cover cost overruns and delays.  (Workers gotta be paid.  Contractors get their due.) 
The eventual cost is easier to discern at the UC San Diego where several of the elevated concrete track beds have already been cast.  Each two hundred feet of track bed begins with a complicated sculpture of huge wooden joists and sway bars and wooden concrete molds which would actually be quite beautiful to behold in other circumstances.  Of course, these wooden structures are removed once the glorious concrete superstructure is gleaming in the sun.  Worst of all is the elevated track running through, over? the hallowed campus of the University of California and the nearby hospitals.  The streets that I walked, rode my bike or still drive today are in the shadows of an elevated light rail project.  I imagine the future as the streamlined, quiet trolleys glide high over the heads of the students and faculty blotting out the sun and changing the climate.
Seeing these projects taking shape around the state at unknown costs...
Flying Junior Added Jan 5, 2019 - 9:44pm
Yeah and that cocksucker Trump capitulating to Saudi Arabia!
Nobody's Sweetheart Added Jan 5, 2019 - 10:34pm
So far, Stormy Daniels gets the "Suck" award for 2018. After hearing about her, I had to go on Pornhub to see what the fuss was about. For some reason, I thought she was a nude model or did soft porn, but NOOOOOO....she has a very protein-rich diet. I wonder if the Donald munched down on some pineapple or fruit cocktail before munching on Stormy and feeding Stormy from his allegedly misshapen mushroom-tip, lol.
FacePalm Added Jan 5, 2019 - 10:34pm
Interesting, TBH -
As best i recall, you had requested 5 suckage and 5 non-suckage points to 2018...and not a single soul cooperated.
Well, i'll try:
Suckage, 1-5
Continued pain from various quarters.
1.  i got a nice job that lasted a couple of months
2.  i got a real nice bonus afterwards, in late April,
3.  A friend turned me on to a place where i could get cheep healthcare.
4.  A different friend gave me a hand-made mandolin
5.  The same client as gave me the job and a nice bonus also gave me a Christmas bonus
i could go on with the non-suckage portion for some both my experience and from my observation, those who express gratitude for the little things create the "atmosphere" to welcome more Good.  Those who complain?  Oy, vey.
Lotta truth to "laugh, and the world laughs with you; cry, and you cry alone."  Even the precursor to crying, whining, doesn't have a positive effect on the ol' zeitgeist, ya know.
Flying Junior Added Jan 6, 2019 - 1:34am
No offense, Michael.  But who the hell cares about some tired old whore?
The Burghal Hidage Added Jan 6, 2019 - 1:43am
No offense FJ, but.... What kind of drugs are you on man?
The Burghal Hidage Added Jan 6, 2019 - 1:43am
A pointed and accurate observation FP. Being that this is WB I expected nothing less :)
FacePalm Added Jan 6, 2019 - 1:50am
(i strongly suspect that FJ posted his comment to the wrong thread.)
But i'd suspect he's on Good Drugs!(are there any other kind?)  Ok, well, acetaminophen is bad for the liver...
Flying Junior Added Jan 6, 2019 - 2:01am
I took drugs when I saw Bob Dylan at the Monterey Fairgrounds!
These days I'm mostly about brownies.
Nobody's Sweetheart Added Jan 6, 2019 - 2:22am
@ FJ - I got kicked out of the Boy Scouts for eating Brownies, but for some reason, Brownies has an entirely different meaning to you, lol.
Ward Tipton Added Jan 6, 2019 - 3:57am
If at first you don't succeed, keep on sucking til you do suck seed! 
I would like a hamburger today for which I will gladly provide you an article on Tuesday? 
Wimpy? Is that you? 
As for me? I yam what I yam and dass all! 
I have been out of "normal" society for so long, I really do not have anything that stands out as sucking for me personally. My apathy grows stronger even as we write.
Ward Tipton Added Jan 6, 2019 - 3:59am
Jeff Jackson - "I can still buy gas and two-stroke oil for my vintage Husqvarna."
I use mine for my 72 Horsepower McCollough Drone engine for my gyrocopter ... does that count? 
opher goodwin Added Jan 6, 2019 - 4:56am
Mark E Smith
Pete Shelley
Marty Balin
Aretha Franklin
opher goodwin Added Jan 6, 2019 - 5:01am
Conexion (a Sci-fi novel)
Weaponising of Words (poetry)
Diddles, Riddles & Political Tribbles (Poetry)
Guns Rhymes Elephants and Dreams (Poetry)
+ 2 more Sci-fi novels being edited.
A productive year.
FacePalm Added Jan 6, 2019 - 5:05am
i always thought flying a gyrocopter would be totally cool; i seem to remember a Popular Science article back in the day that featured a VW engine as the motive power.
But then, i considered the dangers; i thought that having a wearable inflatable might increase survivability, that is, yank a ripcord and have basically a life-raft inflate around you sufficient to allow you to bounce when you hit the ground, instead of ending up like John Denver, a bloody mess on a mountainside...
Ward Tipton Added Jan 6, 2019 - 5:24am
The one my dad had as a kid did not have any engine ... it had to be towed behind a car until it built up enough lift to rise. I always hated the idea til I tried it ... I am scared to death of heights ... almost got folded over by an F4 with its afterburners on coming across the desert floor ... wonder if the pilot's eyes were as big as his goggles ... I know mine were. Just make sure you remain high enough to ensure the rotary wing begins turning before you hit ... kinda like a motorcycle except it flies. 
Leroy Added Jan 6, 2019 - 7:38am
Can't say that I keep lists, but Michael sparked one memory.  The whole #MeToo movement should be on the list.  I am not sure whether is is suckage or non-suckage.  It has been entertaining.
In the non-suckage department, I would add the return of jobs, especially jobs for the older generation.
If you depend on the stock market for your retirement, then the stock market is a major suckage for 2018.
Stone-Eater Added Jan 6, 2019 - 7:55am
After a long meditation about the past year I found out that last year was 2018, and now we have 2019. And if I'm not mistaken, the next year will be 2020 ! Changes ? Not really. So ..... what the hell :-)
Steel Breeze Added Jan 6, 2019 - 9:28am
overall, same-o same-o, as its been since 71 for me....
The Burghal Hidage Added Jan 6, 2019 - 9:55am
Ward -  No, it's actually more like the poetry of the great Scottish Laureate, Dylan MacDeaghol....
Aye, can ye lend me five bob 'til Tuesday?
You seem to be enough of a reprobate to remember that one :)  Anyone seen that bloody psychiatry van?
The Burghal Hidage Added Jan 6, 2019 - 9:56am
Thanks to everyone who has contributed thus far. It's all to a purpose and hope to have some further input before wrapping up the whole idea.
Ward Tipton Added Jan 6, 2019 - 10:09am
I sir, am the very epitome of innocence. And that's my lie and I am stickin' to it!
George N Romey Added Jan 6, 2019 - 11:00am
Actually it was a good year to watch the sheep do battle.  Those that think Trump is God's savior against those that think he is the anti Christ.  None of them seem to know he's nothing more than a Washington character that is in the end is pretty harmless or ineffective.
Ward Tipton Added Jan 6, 2019 - 11:06am
"None of them seem to know he's nothing more than a Washington character that is in the end is pretty harmless or ineffective."
AND not or 
Perfunctory characters in peripheral roles serving as bought and paid for political commodities, there only to give the people an illusion of choice. Politicians are mid level management at best ... and have by and large all sold their souls ... even if they really do believe they are only leasing them out. 
Mustafa Kemal Added Jan 6, 2019 - 1:18pm
The Burghal Hidage
Moved Embassy to Jerusalem
Canned the Iranian deal
The Wall; the whole circus
The Kavenaugh hearings: the whole circus
Signs that some on the left may be willing to learn something. 
Kashoggi killing; does anybody really believe all that fuss made over a Saudi ex spy? It really shows who is buttering whose bread and is one of the finest lenses into the machinations of the deep state.
Russian moving S300s into Syria. Bring on those F35s!
Getting out of Syria, oh wait, i will believe that when I see it.
Getting out of Afghanistan, oh wait, does that mean we just privatize and hire Erik Prince?
Neil Lock Added Jan 6, 2019 - 3:35pm
The Darn-Poor Rhymer replies:
To yawn, or not to yawn? That is the question.
Whether 'tis better to look back in rhyme,
Orwell to posit freedom in our time?
Whether you shop at WalMart or at Tiffany,
I wish you all a great epiphany.
Ward Tipton Added Jan 6, 2019 - 3:53pm
Unfortunately, I believe if the vast majority of people in the world today ever experienced a true epiphany, they would mistake it for an aneurysm and their heads may very well explode ... figuratively if not literally. 
The Burghal Hidage Added Jan 6, 2019 - 4:38pm
we've been watching a steady parade of exploding heads Ward, usually in those whom we might prefer the more literal version of the event
The Burghal Hidage Added Jan 6, 2019 - 4:40pm
ah yes Neil....Feast of the Epiphany today? Is that right?
Jim Stoner Added Jan 7, 2019 - 1:48am
2018 was better than 2017.  I am hopeful for 2019, but two points don't make a trend. 
Suckage:  Kavanaugh hearings
Helsinki press conference
Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby
Natural and man-made disasters
War in Yemen
Not suck:  Republicans getting their butts deservedly kicked in 2018 midterms
Return of Tracey Ullman
The Greek Freak (Giannis Antetokoumpo)
David Byrne's American Utopia tour
opher goodwin Added Jan 7, 2019 - 4:43am
Nice list Jim.
Ward Tipton Added Jan 7, 2019 - 4:55am
Looks like Dr. Hook started off 2019 :(
Doug Plumb Added Jan 7, 2019 - 6:30am
Just for clarity: the things that suck are the bad things and the things that don't suck are the good things? I always find that expression confusing.
Someone at work told me a vacuum cleaner sucked, perfect, that was the kind I was looking for.
Doug Plumb Added Jan 7, 2019 - 6:39am
Good things
(1) My keto diet
(2) My math course
(3) People waking up to reality and leaving the fiction behind in their minds
(4) Trump pulling out of Syria and other countries. I can't figure this out since Trump has no say in what the armed forces / banks do internationally.
(5) The satanist pedophile network being exposed.
Bad Things
(1) Censorship. Patreon is censoring people based on requests from companies like Mastercard. Many are leaving the platform. Uncensored free speech is becoming a thing of the past.
(2) The wars and foreign occupations
(3) Our use of human slavery
(4) Continued dying and misunderstandings of Christianity.
(5) Revenue Canada still preventing me from using regular banking, public in general approves of authoritarian/ greed rule rather than rule of law.
Spartacus Added Jan 7, 2019 - 12:25pm
Not understanding this one, TBH.
As some have said, sucking is not always a bad thing.  In fact, "sucking", as you imply, is jargon used to describe fellatio.  Is that a bad thing?  Hell no!
I'd say this is the worst article you have written to date.  You provide no context for your question. 
Are you lacking writing material and need to poll the group -- foraging for more material?  Well, I'd say to you TBH, if you are lacking material for writing, you probably need to get more life experiences for yourself rather than farming them from us.
Just my opinion.
Ryan Messano Added Jan 7, 2019 - 12:44pm
Between TBH's incoherent couple of paragraph's, and FJ's wildly off topic comments, this is one crazy thread.  It's got the crazies from both sides congregating.  It's only missing the craziest loon on WB, Haha, and no, that's not yours truly, for the deluded and corrupt types.
Ward Tipton Added Jan 7, 2019 - 12:47pm
"As some have said, sucking is not always a bad thing.  In fact, "sucking", as you imply, is jargon used to describe fellatio.  Is that a bad thing?  Hell no!"
Umm, for some that are more well endowed, yes it can be ... and painful if not outright dangerous. 
The Burghal Hidage Added Jan 7, 2019 - 12:56pm
Well Spartacus, as I said " Not an article here ". It is regrettable that you are disappointed. Perhaps you'll be more pleased with the fruit it bears. Or not :) Either way, you read, you think. 
The Burghal Hidage Added Jan 7, 2019 - 12:59pm
Rev - what are you doing here? Aren't you concerned that your precious halo will be defiled by entering the environs of a known and unrepentant lecher? No contributions to offer? Move along then. Wouldn't want to soil your robes
Spartacus Added Jan 7, 2019 - 1:17pm
Perhaps you'll be more pleased with the fruit it bears.
Eagerly waiting!  Or not . . .  :)
Leroy Added Jan 7, 2019 - 3:29pm
"It's only missing the craziest loon on WB, "
I've already commented.
Dave Volek Added Jan 7, 2019 - 4:37pm
"It's only missing the craziest loon on WB, "
It must be me! Now the thread is complete!
Jim Stoner Added Jan 8, 2019 - 12:39pm
Doug Plumb:  An old meme--"There is no gravity--the earth sucks!"  Not that I believe that, but his clarification was unnecessary, but not ridiculous. 
TexasLynn Added Jan 8, 2019 - 3:56pm
Maybe I'm not too late... and maybe not the "crazest loon"...
♦ Continued and exasperating TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome) and its cousin TARDS.
♦ The Swamp alive and well and fighting
♦ Political correctness alive and well and fighting
♦ The main stream media alive and well and fighting
♦ The US gravitating closer to socialism thanks to Millennial snowflake idiots
♦ Job, jobs, jobs
♦ A good economy (no really... not just smoke and mirrors)
♦ Two Supreme Court picks (c'mon #3)
♦ Private Citizen Robert 'Beto' O'Rourke
♦ ELO (Electric Light Orchestra) US Tour