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2020: Not Such a Bad Year

2020: Not Such a Bad Year

You probably noticed that the year 2020 was unusually challenging. But I want to point out that it could have been much worse. Let’s focus for a moment on some things we can be grateful for.


1. The incredibly vicious Murder Hornets seldom attacked me.


2. Obnoxious Martians didn’t land and make a nuisance of themselves.


3. My take-out orders were no more error-prone than usual.


4. Wardrobe failures were minimal.


5. There wasn’t much quicksand. 

I like to think that 2021 will be better. But if it turns out to be no better than 2020, I’ll take comfort in the knowledge that it could probably be even worse.

Don—Pittsburgh, December 11, 2020
PS: By the way, if you need a strangely opulent keepsake to help you remember 2020, we have a ridiculous, limited-edition print here.

Comments on this post (27)

  • Dec 27, 2020

    Although many skunks ventured forth this year none attacked me. Thanks for reminding me to count my blessings.

    — Sharon in Philly

  • Dec 27, 2020

    Santa couldn’t locate his sled and Rudolph tripped and broke his leg but Last I heard they are still coming tonight’

    MAYBE !!

    — Judith

  • Dec 21, 2020

    I survived Covid19 and other calamities in 2020. Holding out for 2021 :)

    — Andrea D

  • Dec 14, 2020

    Our children haven’t ask us to move in with them yet?

    — Nancy

  • Dec 14, 2020

    RE: #2 — YET, Don. YET. Year’s not over, my friend.

    — Lisa Hicks

  • Dec 14, 2020

    Ya , I miss quicksand too ! Also , a little sad the Martians didn’t show up.
    Would you please offer your T-shirts in long sleeve !!!!!
    We had a cold day here in Arizona , the other 364 days we need UV protection.
    Best regards and keep going ,

    — Diana

  • Dec 14, 2020

    Another year when I wasn’t eaten by sharks!

    And I agree with Kathy about the quicksand. I used to worry about that as a kid, too.

    — Diane

  • Dec 14, 2020

    Mothra did not emerge from the Hudson River and devour New York City. I don’t know where the quicksand went. Yes, in the westerns of my youth, it was everywhere.

    — Solange De Santis

  • Dec 14, 2020

    Well, the electrician’s van missed me when it drove up on the sidewalk to make a left from the parking lot exit last Sept.
    while I was walking from my doctor’s office.

    — Debbie Fritts-Boyce

  • Dec 14, 2020

    my house burned to the ground yet i feel truly blessed that my garden survived….mostly. truth is i never liked some aspects of the house; example, the dark dark dark granite kitchen countertop. wouldn’t a calamityware countertop be amazing?! one can always fantasize!!!!

    — Annette

  • Dec 14, 2020

    The problem with optimists is that they never see it coming! Optimism is why people get into fender benders, are caught in down pours, and answer jury summonses.

    — Marlene Teter

  • Dec 14, 2020

    I got stuck in quicksand once, many years ago. It was kind of funny until I sank in above my knees.

    — J.M.

  • Dec 12, 2020

    I haven’t been attacked by one zombie poodle!

    — Sue

  • Dec 11, 2020

    Well, I didn’t get hit by a truck. But seeing as I never went out that was a given.

    — Betsy

  • Dec 11, 2020

    The mostly obnoxious events of this year did inspire us to do what we could to improve things that were in our power to control. So we’re packing up all our Calamityware and moving to Portland on Monday. I’m feeling a bit of optimism- yep, things definitely could be worse! Happy Holidays, Don. Keep making awesome stuff that keeps us all smiling!

    — Robyn

  • Dec 14, 2020

    Hello! My son and daughter (in-law) gave me the teapot for my birthday yesterday (12/10). I already had the cups. I love it! It is sitting in the the show place on the living room table. Thank you! Jay T

    — Jay Tarleton

  • Dec 11, 2020

    I didn’t get covid 19.


    — Erin

  • Dec 14, 2020

    The Pittsburgh Steelers almost had a perfect season in 2020.

    The Lagoonies haven’t attacked us yet.

    — Sari

  • Dec 11, 2020

    Love your art; love your sense of humor!!

    — Jana Brenning

  • Dec 11, 2020

    I agree. I had many opportunities to learn and time is never wasted if you spend it on love or learning.

    — Jan C.

  • Dec 11, 2020

    Where has all the quicksand gone? When i was a kid, quicksand was rampant in the kids’ cartoons and in westerns. But i have never encountered it, even though i grew up thinking it was an ever-present danger. Do you suppose its disappearance is because of climate change? That would be a positive effect!

    — Kathy Dunbar

  • Dec 14, 2020

    Hi Guys!
    Please,please work on a way to get ApplePay back in your shop! It is the only way I can charge things without going through a painful process of getting onto my husband’s computer, getting special charge numbers, etc. I am so spoiled in the Apple way of computing!
    Happy Holidays, stay safe!

    — Beckee

  • Dec 14, 2020

    No 20 0z. mugs. Little Billy is so sad.

    — William Shuck

  • Dec 14, 2020

    Thanks for putting things into perspective!

    — Connie

  • Dec 14, 2020

    The mugs were a huge success as early Christmas gifts or on time Hannukah gifts

    — Judi Israel

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