The year was like a movie. Maybe the year was a movie, and we’ve finally closed the razor-thin gap between reality and entertainment. America in 2016 was an episode of “Stranger Things,” with its alternate reality called the Upside Down — from which we try to communicate with the other side via flashing Christmas lights.
We were always minutes away from a shocking plot twist, and the twists came so fast that we had to keep reminding ourselves of the basic order of the universe.
“This isn’t normal,” people said when white supremacists did a Nazi salute to Donald Trump during a conference on Pennsylvania Avenue.
“This isn’t normal,” people said when the temperature at the North Pole registered 50 degrees above average.
Congratulations, you guys have made it past the most difficult first five years! Here is to 50 more years to come.✌