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Top 5 Indicators That the Year’s Almost Over

by Kelly Kilpatrick, Guest Writer

If you’re like many Americans, you probably have a tough time knowing what day or month it even is. Unfortunately, our society is so busy staying busy that the holidays have become more of a formality and reason to blow your budget and spend the next ten years paying off that Wii that you got on eBay for the kids. If life is passing you by as well, look for these five indicators that another year has come and gone.

Celebrity Stories Turn Sappy

All of a sudden, the paparazzi scrounges up what they collectively don’t have and show some heart. Now, rather than reading about Jennifer Aniston’s fiftieth breakdown, we get to read about what celebs are buying one another for Festivus, or whatever holiday they’re celebrating because it’s trendy. Keep your eye out for these stories—they won’t be around for very long.

Rampant Consumerism

You’ve been warned: if you even attempt to go to Wal-Mart in the next couple of weeks, you are risking serous bodily injury and even death. People are out in droves, wasting whatever credit they have left on stuff they don’t need, just in time for the real recession that will begin six weeks from now. If you haven’t been paying attention so far, just know that you probably shouldn’t be breaking any banks for gifts this year. Unless, that is, you really like bailing out banks with your tax money.

The Big Lie

Without wishing to piss anyone off, I won’t name names. However, his last name rhymes with flaws, which is about as far as I’m willing to go. The myth will evidently continue until the release of The Santa Clause 32 – Just Joshin! Until that point in time, nobody better say a damn thing.

Recap Shows and Magazines

The Year in Review, Best Year Ever, Worst Year Ever—whatever you want to say about 2008, someone has already trademarked the title and created a reality series about it to be shown until someone finally is ready to admit that reality TV sucks and that none of it is actually “real” per se. Hopefully you know what happened; you lived through it. If not, enjoy the one-sided take many of these programs and publications have to offer.

An Abundance of Arbitrary Rankings Lists

For example, this one. You may also find the most watched clips on YouTube, the worst dressed celebrities, and the best pictures of Kourtney Kardashian (good luck with that one, though). Around this time of year, everyone has to put in their two cents about the best and worst of the year, so just let ‘em. You really only have to put up with it once a year.

This post was contributed by Kelly Kilpatrick, who writes on the subject of top sport management colleges. She invites your feedback at kellykilpatrick24 at gmail dot com.

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