You what really grinds my gears? It's all this "Happy New Year" crap.
Let's be honest. Do you think this year will be any better than last? Hardly. On the contrary, it will probably be worse, what with inflation, rising immigration, joblessness, and of course our politicians who refuse to pull their heads out of their asses - and the jerkwads who keep reelecting them.
There's a little speech in Dicken's "A Christmas Carol" where Scrooge tells his nephew Fred exactly how he feels about Christmas and why. I take that same speech and substitute New Year for Christmas.
"What's New Year except a time for paying bills without money. A time for finding yourself another year older and not an hour richer. If I could work my will every idiot that goes about with Happy New Year on his lips should be boiled in his own pudding and buried with a stake of holly through his heart!"
Okay, you can call me a New Year's Scrooge or a buzzkill if you like, but I see no reason to make such a big deal of the beginning of another year. Maybe if things really were going to be better, but they aren't. They'll probably be worse.
Besides, a year is just an arbitrary thing created by Mankind to measure the passage of time. And any physicist will tell you that in reality there is no such a thing as time. Time is a concept invented by Man and has no basis in scientific reality.
So as far as I'm concerned you can take your Happy New Years and stick it where mommy used to put the thermometer!
That's what really grinds my gears this week.