Here it is the last day of 2008. I almost feel obligated to reflect on the past year.
Then again, I’d rather not.
There’s not a lot to look back on and smile. The economy went down the proverbial toilet and took a lot of truckers with it. While the brain trusts had to wait until almost year’s end to call it a full-blown recession, we knew it months before.
Scandal on Wall Street. Mortgage meltdown. Bailout blunders. Consumer confidence hits record low. Unemployment the highest it’s been in years – the list goes on and on.
But, enough. I can’t take any more of even trying to hit the “low” high points.
No matter what all happened, here we are at year’s end a little battered, beaten and bloody. But, many owner-operators – the strong-willed, independent, never-say-die sort that are the backbone of this Association – are still standing.
A new year brings hope and new opportunities to “do things right.”
So, here’s wishing you a 2009 filled with opportunity and success – and let’s put 2008 in the rearview and never look back.