As the year begins, I am 16 years old and somewhat depressed. I live with my wonderful parents and have a part-time job helping them clean the Social Security Office building next door to us every night. I'm one of the smartest students in my Junior year of High School but I hate it. I have one close friend that I've known since 3rd grade and I have not had a girlfriend since the 6th grade. I am heavily into Beatles music, comic books and movies.
11:57 PM, Wednesday, December 31st, 1975:
In a few minutes it will be January 1st, 1976! For years, I've been saying that my seventeenth year would be the best after my eleventh and it's almost here! I have faith that I'll be right. Especially since it's the Bicentennial year and a Leap Year, too! Last year was kind of a bad year I'll admit but it was still better than the few that came just before it. This year will be even better.
12:01 AM, Thursday, January 1st, 1976.
Just moments ago now, 1976 began. Yay! It's raining both here and in Times Square. It's not 1975 anymore so I'm putting it behind me and living for the coming 366 days. I'm expecting great things. Happy New Year!
6:00 PM, Thursday, January 1st, 1976
We watched the parades this morning as we packed up the trees and decorations again. I found myself paying more attention to it than usual. My continued reading of the Sherlock Holmes volume I got for Christmas has made me more conscious of details than ever before. It helps me really get into TV shows lately for instance, like today when I watched one of my favorites, Lily Tomlin, on with Dinah Shore on her talk show. It was almost like I was actually there!