Housekeeping: Merry New Year

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

2021 is finally ending. We lurch into 2022 still dealing with a global pandemic, and supply-chain shortages, and climate change, and everything else, but we can at least take three days to pause, watch a ton of college and NFL football (Go Irish, Bear Down), drink cheap champagne, and hope that 2022 is better — and brings about the end of the pandemic phase of COVID.

Whether you make resolutions or not, I hope your next year is safe and treats you well. I also hope that we finally return to a semblance of normalcy. This year has dragged — the famous Bernie Sanders mitten photo isn’t even a year old yet.

As for us, we’ll stop posting sometime this afternoon. It’s always possible something may pop over the weekend, but we’ll likely be pretty quiet till Monday.

Oh, and if you think I got “Merry Christmas” and “Happy New Year” mixed up in that headline, you have homework to do — you need to spend a couple of hours watching the Eddie Murphy/Dan Aykroyd flick Trading Places so you can understand the reference.

Keep your partying COVID safe, don’t drink and drive, and we’ll see you next year.

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Slavuta Slavuta on Dec 31, 2021

    "We lurch into 2022 still dealing with .... climate change"\ I nearly fell off my chair. So.... from the beginning of history, we have not dealt with a climate change? I hope that was a joke. I remember learning that one day -- "Ice covered Manhattan Island and the Upper New York Bay, the northern tip of Staten Island, and the northern half of Long Island. At its thickest it was taller than the Empire State Building, perhaps 2,000 feet or more"

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    • Slavuta Slavuta on Jan 01, 2022

      @JD-Shifty Most countries have a wonderful way to regulate themselves. US birth rate is under 2, which means we should experience decline. But because someone opens borders we get millions of illegals and legals to come here and produce in good conditions. Many countries unload people into other countries and keep producing, while those who live in better countries keep sending them money and this promotes production. Shut down migration and watch decline in populations. Need no invent of special programs.

  • JD-Shifty JD-Shifty on Dec 31, 2021

    "I wish you in the new year to jump off this unsustainable train. The riders of which are going off the cliff anyways. Remember how supporters of the regimes end. Look what French, Czech, Polish, Russian, Dutch, Italian people did to them. Normal people want to have children, eat real beef and you will not stop it.' folks like you should eat more beef. and bacon. and drink a lot.

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    • JD-Shifty JD-Shifty on Jan 01, 2022

      @Tim Healey "Can’t speak for the commenter, but I like beef and bacon." sure and ice cream too. doesn't make it smart. have you seen the rates obesity, heart disease and diabetes? Not everyone wants to be a rolling lardass like trump

  • Master Baiter Master Baiter on Jan 01, 2022

    In 2022 I will turn 60. I really hope climate change doesn't do me in this year.

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    • Slavuta Slavuta on Jan 01, 2022

      @Master Baiter You'll be fine. When Ice melts, and water comes closer to your home, it will bring more fish closer

  • Inside Looking Out Inside Looking Out on Jan 01, 2022

    MS Exchange just crashed. No, not ecause of climate change or racial injustice, but because (according to rumors) it could not convert 2022 01/01 (date) to long integer.