With the most-hyped New Year's of the 20th century (or was it the 21st?) now behind us, mental health experts say we should expect to see a higher-than-usual number of people with the post-holiday blues. Certainly the highest number of bummed-out people in this millennium, so far. Think of the disappointment--all the worrying, all the preparation, all those bags of freeze-dried beef stew--and nothing bad happens. What a letdown!
* But besides the Y2K cataclysm that never was, the other source of this depression must be the multitude of "best of the century" lists--best movie, best athlete, best novel, best actor, best show, best song, best kitchen utensil, best this, best that, and on and on. These lists are fine for people who like their apples and oranges in a single bowl. But other than serving as fodder for innumerable arguments over cocktails, these subjective lists really serve no useful purpose, except to irritate.