Not-Entirely-Fearless Predictions! (Weekend Assignment #263)

Karen has issued a challenge this week, rather than given a mere assignment – predict the future!

Weekend Assignment #263 : Predict one, two or three things you expect to happen (or so you claim!) before 2009 is over. It can be a logical extrapolation from current conditions, wish fulfillment, an attempt to show off your psychic ability, if any, or random silliness, or some combination thereof.

Extra Credit: Have you ever predicted something unlikely, and turned out to be right?

EC first, because it’s the short-answer question: Not that I can remember, but I’m pretty sure that if I did, it was about something not terribly important.

I try not to make predictions about much of anything in my life. There are far too many factors that are out of my control, and plenty of others that just can’t be anticipated. Heck, if you would have asked me five years ago, I would have predicted I would be alone for the rest of my life, and I am VERY grateful that life has proved me wrong on that one! (By the way, that prediction would have fallen under “logical extrapolation from current conditions” at the time.) Besides, I generally prefer to keep my cards close to the vest, and I prefer being right to being wrong.

However, since Karen has asked us to prognosticate, I’ll crawl out onto that limb…but I’m a bit afraid of heights, so I’m picking one that’s only a few feet off the ground, and hoping that it won’t hurt as badly if I fall off. But I’m hedging my bets – no tree-related pun intended – by not predicting anything that’s likely to have a dramatic impact on my own day-to-day life.

Prediction #1, still staying close to the trunk of the tree:
The Dodgers will finish the season somewhere between first and fifth place in the NL West.

Prediction #2, stepping out:
A clever, quirky TV show that Tall Paul and I enjoy will be cancelled too quickly. Since it’s happened once already this year, we’re particularly pessimistic, and the show we’re worried about this time is the new, weirdly funny workplace comedy Better Off Ted. We’re getting as much fun out of it as we can now, since we have a feeling it won’t be with us for too much longer.

Prediction #3, hanging off the end:
Southern California will have an unusually cool and damp summer, leading to a short and uneventful fire season, but which will also be responsible for a record number of fender-benders on the local freeways. (I have as much of a chance of being right about that as the Weather Channel people do, no disrespect to any meteorologists who might read this!).

Your turn, if you dare – make a prediction, and leave it in the comments!

***This prediction is a sure thing: someone’s going to win a book from me this week! Have you checked out my review and giveaway for What to Read When? Entries are open until Wednesday, April 22 – that’s TOMORROW, so don’t miss your chance!***  

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  1. if you were a true Dodgers fan you’d be predicting a first place finish. 🙂 I’ll go out on a limb to say the Cubs and White Sox will be in the World Series. It’s fun to pretend. 🙂

    Don’t be so hard on meteorologists. It’s not easy to do a short range forecast, let alone a long range forecast. Leave them alone. 🙂

  2. April – Sadly, I think that one probably is going to happen.

    Mike – The Dodgers are gifted at screwing up a lead, which makes me a pessimist. But I really don’t think they’ll finish last. (And as for what kind of fan I am, read tomorrow’s post!)

    I actually don’t mean to give meteorologists a hard time – I think they have a very interesting job, actually. However, the people who play them on the local news are frequently annoying :-).

  3. I am not very good with predictions either. I can’t think of any I want to take a chance on making. I’m such a chicken. 🙂

    I predict we will have a good time a the book festival.