Welcome to 2020.

A new year and a new decade.

Welcome to the time where change moves at an alarming speed.

We are now 20 years into the New Millennium. While that’s only 2% of the millennium that’s already past us, keep in mind that a millennium is a long time.

The good news is that Y2K thing doesn’t look like it’s going to be a problem.

If you were born before the turn of the century, you will turn 30 in this decade. If you were born in the 1960s, you will turn 60.

Now for my predictions. Here I offer the standard disclaimer that these predictions are only my opinion and that you should not base your actions on them. Attempting to do so may result in serious harm or injury to you. That being said, here goes.

Sports. I predict that the Yankees will win at least one World Series, the Patriots will win at least one Super Bowl, and Alabama will win at least one National Championship. Those are pretty much no-brainers.

In the 2020s, there will be at least one major political scandal in Washington, DC. It could last up to ten years.

During this decade, we will find out that something that we thought was good for us is really bad for us. I would like to nominate kale. Experts will also discover that something we thought was bad for us is really good for us. Here, I would like to nominate the Big Mac super-sized value meal.

The coming ten years will also see some iconic things disappear from the American landscape. Who could have predicted that Sears, Kmart, RadioShack, and Blockbuster would be pretty much gone by the end of the last decade (2019)?

Many years ago, I read about a movie theater (somewhere in Kansas, I think) that had a light bulb that had burned constantly for like 70 years. Now whoever wrote down the day they installed that bulb was quite a record keeper. Surely that bulb is gone out now, but somewhere in an obscure closet or storage room, maybe in your home, the last functioning incandescent bulb is still functional. But one day, maybe before the end of this decade, it’s going to blow.

Other things that have to be on their way out are Redbox, keys, snail mail, manual windows in cars, fax machines, daily newspapers and magazines, and tangible recordings (records, cassettes, and CDs). Sadly, in my lifetime, the last cafeteria in America will probably close their doors. Books are in danger because fewer people read and e-books are becoming more popular, particularly for college textbooks.

I also see innovations in the decade ahead. The way we get from where we are to where we need to be must change, so I do foresee big changes in the transportation industry. High definition cameras will be almost everywhere. Video streaming is already huge, and it will continue to grow and include more access to home security cameras so you can see Fido lounging in your favorite chair. Home automation will evolve to gently scoop Amazon packages and other home deliveries (medicine, dry cleaning, food) from the front porch to a secure spot.

Here’s my big prediction. The Apple watch will go away to make room for the Apple ring. (Tim Cook, I hope you’re paying attention.) In addition to its catchy name (remember the little red circles your grandmother used to serve on a relish tray?), the Apple ring will display the time, incoming calls and texts, and video from your home security cameras. The first ones will be the size of a Super Bowl ring and hard to use. Eventually, the iRing 10 will project a holographic screen.

And change will continue to accelerate year by year, even day by day.

By the end of the decade, the youngest World War II veteran (born in 1930) will turn 100. The Greatest Generation, who fought the war in Europe and the Pacific and came home to build the peace of the 20th century, will likely be gone.

And their century, which so many of us were born in, will be forgotten.

Welcome to 2020.

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