Some people love memes. Others can’t stand them, and just ignore it if someone tags them. And then there's the rest of us, who do some and ignore others. I’ve done a few, but the only one I ever did regularly (i.e. 75 out the last 80 weekly editions) was Thursday Thirteen. It was a lot of fun, and now it’s over. The administrators of the meme won’t be able to devote the necessary time to running it, for personal and overwhelming reasons. It would be churlish to complain, and I understand completely why they must bring it to a halt, but even so I shall miss thinking up new lists, trying to be informative and reasonably entertaining, and getting comments. I think just about everyone on my blogroll is someone I met through T13. Some of them I think of as real friends and it comes almost as a surprise to remind myself that I haven’t actually met any of them.
So, that’s the end of making book lists, DVD lists, trying to think of thirteen interesting places I have been, and thumbing through history books to find thirteen historical events involving socks. I shall miss it.
Goodbye, too, to 2008. It’s been a reasonably good year, all told. The highlight was going back to England for the first time in five years, and the rest of the year life in Florida jigged along nicely. I’m curious to see what 2009 will bring. Meanwhile, I’d like to wish all of you a very Happy New Year. T13 may be gone but I shall still be frequently lurking round your blogs .