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Out With the Bad …: December’s issue of the good from 2020 is on the streets in the Scene

This has been a tough year for all of us.

Take me, simply because my fucking byline is on this story and I’m an aggrieved, middle-aged, white, heterosexual male who hates to be inconvenienced.

Not only did I think it a wise career decision to launch, with friends, a print publication mid-pandemic, but also chose 2020 as the year I’d follow my dream and become a chainsmoker dallying in morbid obesity. 

Fair enough.

Lesson learned.

But the good Lord took a little bit of a victory lap around my personal dumpster inferno, when he made me spill, let’s say, “coffee,” on the laptop which am currently composing this on and which contained most of the new issue ready for layout. 

Have you spent a week without your laptop? It’s literally like dying after being beaten about the head with a broken laptop. Literally. Or ironically? 

(Un-unsolicited advice: If you ever have an issue or emergency with your Mac laptop, go to Apple Expert Mac Repair Centre Calgary at 1504 14 St. S.W. — a small, exceptional local business worth supporting. Good people, amazing work.)

So there the issue sat. Deadline approaching. The only access to it being a coal-powered, Cold War-era Mac that prints using mercury ink on asbestos sheets.

But, not to pat ourselves on the supple, well-toned shoulders too much, we still persevered, muddled through and delivered to you, presumably, the December/January issue of the Scene.

Even if fewer people will likely read it over the first couple of weeks that it’s on the streets, we still put a great deal into it and are proud of the stories we’re telling, the people and businesses we’re supporting in our city.

We thought we’d put more of a positive spin on the idea of an annual look-back in lockdown — yes, COVID looms large, but we chose to celebrate the good that came from or during it, showcase ways to get away from it, and keep on, you know, keepin’ on, man.

We’ll hopefully be back in February and hope that you’ll continue to support us.

Have a safe and happy holiday and amazing New Year.

It can’t get any worse.

Can it?

Cheers to 2021.

We acknowledge that we live, work and play on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, Piikani), the Tsuutina, the Îyâxe Nakoda Nations, the Métis Nation (Region 3), and all people who make their homes in the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta. And we thank them.

— Mike Bell