Well, yes, 2020 is a bit of a funny number, but two months into this New Year and we just can’t keep up with everything that’s going on. As if ending the drought after the worst bushfires in a long time weren’t enough, along comes the virus we all thought was named after a Mexican beer.
There’s nothing funny about coronavirus, let’s make that absolutely clear.
But if there is someone out there reading this who did not laugh while watching people panic buying dunny paper, please stand up because you deserve a medal.
Maybe you shed a tear too on seeing the desperadoes at Costco lining up at the checkout with stacks of toilet paper taller than them.
No doubt like the rest of us you thought: idiots, selfish bastards,d why?
And then it hit you: these are members of the dominant species on the planet, we the humans.
You just hope the run on toilet paper only means that some humans have a highly developed sense of survival, one that kicks in before everyone else.
But it’s good to have a bit of a laugh to release some stress when such a health scare comes along.
Goodness knows what else is in store for us the rest of the year, but either way we won’t forget 2020 in a hurry.
Which brings us to the Top 5 memorable years we have lived through so far:
Number 1. We spent 1999 worrying about the Y2K computer virus, which, alas, never materialised.
Number 2. There’s no way 2005 isn’t getting a run here because we will always remember how we partied like it was 1999 when the Wests Tigers beat the Cowboys to win the premiership.
Number 3. The year we had our first prime minister, Julia Gillard, 2010.
Number 4. In 1975, John Kerr, a Governor General who liked to get plastered, sacked the Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam.
Number 5. I know it’s going back a bit but in 1966 we changed over from pounds and shillings to dollars and cents. There was no social media then, so it was a relatively smooth changeover.