Some bureaucrat must have come up with this idea for changing the number on our calendars every year. It's probably a conspiracy of calendar manufacturers, and the Alameda Daily Noose and I are irritated at being forced to change anything. However, just because the artificial numerical value assigned to the year is changing, that doesn't mean that anything else has to.
As we look back at 2007, we can see many things that Right-Thinking Alamedans ought to insist upon keeping the same in 2008. We can count on Cap'n Everett's annual Yard Sail of course, and the Alameda Cultural Heritage Education Society's ongoing efforts to raise money whenever it doesn't cut into their social schedule too much. With luck, the old Carnegie Library will remain vacant for another year. And, with a last-ditch heroic effort of coordinated complaining, it might even be possible for citizens to postpone the opening of the Super-Mega-Monster-Plex That Everyone Hates.
One other thing that we can be sure will stay the same is the preeminent popularity of the Alameda Daily Noose. The phenomenal number of visitors to our soon-to-be-award-winning daily noosepaper is one that will surely keep going up, no matter how much our natural modesty might make us wish that it would simply stay the same.