Invited to assess prospects for 2008, a surprising number of people on the streets and in the shops of Colorado Springs voice low expectations, with economic decline, runaway health care costs and the continuing war the most oft-cited concerns.
Who, to you, was the key figure of 2007? My ex-girlfriend.
What's something you'd change about 2007 if you could? Some decisions involving my ex-girlfriend.
Name something you want to happen in 2008. I'll finish remodeling my house. I'll find a little happiness.
What's something you'd like to change about yourself in 2008? Be more honest with myself and other people.
Make a New Year's resolution for some public figure. For once, the cabal behind the criminal military- industrial complex that runs this country will put people before profits.
What's in store for the economy in 2008? The housing market will keep sinking, with no recovery in sight. Unemployment will rise. We're headed for a full-on depression if not this year, then eventually.
Name the key person for you in 2007. George Bush, because of his poor decisions about the war, and his refusal to correct, or even admit, mistakes.
What was your peak moment in 2007? My first anniversary with my boyfriend.
Name something this past year you wish you'd done differently. Move into a cheaper house.
Is there something you fear happening in 2008? We'll go into Iran.
What's your forecast for the 2008 economy? It'll improve if Ron Paul gets elected, because he'll decrease spending and make our money actually worth something.
What was the key event of 2007? The assassination of Benazir Bhutto, the world's only important female leader of a Muslim country. I was crushed.
Cite the highlight of 2007 for you. A boat trip down the Grand Canyon. It made me realize there are beautiful, pristine, hard-to-get-to places left on the planet that still have clear, blue water you can open your eyes in.
Name something you'd like to see transpire in 2008. Electing a female president. Getting rid of No Child Left Behind. Greater spiritual tolerance between peoples.
Suggest a good New Year's resolution for some public figure. I'd resolve for Hillary Clinton to be true to herself if she's elected president.
Predict how the economy will fare in 2008. The "R" word we're headed for recession.