A few meaningless 2013 forecasts.
TV will remain as dismal as ever. On Demand service by Comcast will increase the number of shows viewers cannot fast-forward through the ads.
The popularity of the Gangnam Style video will fade. So will Gangnam-inspired videos. A new video just as silly will replace it as the #1-watched YouTube video in the world.
The world will not end. New predictions that the world will end will arise.
The Tea Party will endure another year.
New Jersey Governor Christie will win re-election and become a formidable force in the 2016 Republican Presidential pre-election games.
The National Hockey League resumes playing but no one cares.
The number of professional football coaches fired will negatively impact the January 2013 unemployment rate.
There will be another financial scandal involving bribes, hedge funds, and traders.
The stock market will rise about 10%.
Tom Cruise will leave the Church of Scientology.
Apple will introduce yet another improved electronic device with yet to be discovered capability, as they continue to create ways to make money while, at the same time, diminishing the funds of the younger generation eager for the latest e-gadget(s).
Anne Hathaway will reap rewards for her role as Fantine in Les Miserables.
Everyday expenses – food, gas, entertainment, medications, health care, etc. – will increase. Some prices will skyrocket.
The housing market will continue to recover throughout 2013.
Despite lobbying by the NRA, ESA, CCRKBA and other groups, Congress will pass gun safety legislation.
More hope than prediction: 2013 will be a quiet weather year with no major meteorological event causing havoc such as tornadoes, hurricanes, derechos, floods, rainstorms, fires, etc.
The Middle East will remain chaotic. Syria’s Assad will fall.
I hope our troops return from Afghanistan and the year ends with the U.S. for the first time in more than a decade not engaged in war overseas.
Food (a favorite topic!) predictions -
More unusual salad and vegetable greens will continue to appear in stores and on restaurant menus. Kale, for instance, is gaining recognition. I never heard of kale as a kid. Now there are recipes for kale salads, kale chips and kale as an ingredient in soups, stews, etc.
Complementary bread with free replenishes is becoming a restaurant practice of the past.
More people will categorize themselves as flexitarians - vegetarians who occasionally eat meat. Sometimes called semi-vegetarians.
Twinkies will return to store shelves.
I hope every one experiences interesting, inspiring, exciting,
surprising and amusing happenings in the coming year.
Happy New Year!