In With The New

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In with the new and out with the old, so begins another year. Shake off that fireworks hangover (who doesn’t like fireworks, but was it really necessary to shoot off that many?) and turn those calendars over to the 2012 page (what you haven’t bought your 2012 calendar yet? You’ve certainly had plenty of time, they went on sale in October just after the Christmas decorations hit the shelves). It’s time to get moving for the New Year (okay, maybe not quite yet, but think at least about getting going).

In Xela and Guatemala, here are a few of the things that will be on the way out with the end of 2011:

  • President Alvaro Colom, who is ending his 4 year term as president (well, technically his term isn’t over until mid-January, but it has been over for all practical purposes since the November elections, if not before)
  • Election year graffiti, which is fading from rocks, walls, and signposts everywhere, not to be refreshed again for another few years in support of the next round of political candidates
  • The rein of the year’s beauty queens, setting off innumerable contests to select the next round of beauties (anyone want to be Ms. Electrical Company 2012?).

And with the beginning of 2012 here are some things that are there way in:

  • A new era of safety, if you believe the words of incoming-President Otto Perez Molina who has promised substantial security gains in the first 6 months of his term
  • Guatemala’s new role on the United Nations Security Council, perhaps bringing an increase in diplomatic activity to our off-the-beaten path country
  • Another mango season, bringing an uncountable number of varieties of this tasty fruit to a market place near you

Finally, the entrance of 2012 means the last year of the world’s existence, maybe. According to the Mayan calendar, the world’s last day is on December 21, 2012. Whether this means an actual end of the world apocalypse- or just a new phase of being- is open to debate. But to be on the safe side, it might be best to get things in order before December 21. That gives you almost full year to take care of your affairs, but don’t procrastinate too long….

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