As 2013 trickles down to the final days and 2014 is set to begin, many local residents are reviewing the year and liking what they see.
Good experience or just a trial?
According to AP's New Year's Eve Poll, which interviews 1,367 adults, as a whole, more Americans say 2013 has been more positive than negative.
Thirty-two percent say 2013 was a better year than 2012, while 20 percent say it was worse. About 40 percent say 2013 was about the same as 2012.
For Vincent resident Josh Martini, 28, what started out as a bad year turned a little sweeter toward its end.
"I've been out of work until (recently)," he said. "So the end of the year has been a little better."
Martini said he's looking forward to the future.
Good for the country or not so much?
The country is pretty evenly split on whether or not 2013 was better for the country, according to the poll.
There is a strong partisan divide for looking at the condition of the country: Democrats are more likely to say things looked up for the country in 2013 (37 percent) versus Republicans (17 percent).
Rose Nardi, of Marietta, manages investments at Peoples Bank, and said she feels things are on the upswing for the nation.
"The stock is up 30 percent," Nardi said. "The economy is growing. It's been a fantastic year for all investors."
About 54 percent of Americans say they are ringing in the New Year at home, while about 1 in 5 are going to a friend's or family member's house. Only a small percentage, 8 percent, say they will go out to a bar, restaurant or other event.
Whether ringing in the New Year at home, at a friend's or out on the town with others, 83 percent of Americans say they want to be with a family member when the clock strikes midnight.
Locally, many residents are having quiet evenings with family.
Mary Leatham, of Marietta, is one of those residents.
"I'm spending it with my husband and any other family members that can stay up that late," she said.
Joe Webb, 50, of Williamstown is ringing in the New Year at the First United Methodist Church in Williamstown.
"I'm preaching at the youth service," he said. "I get to spend New Year's with a bunch of really cool teenagers."
The implementation of the Affordable Care Act topped the list of important news for 2013, with 26 percent in the national survey citing it. Forty-five of 144 journalists called the health care rollout their top story.
News that also made headlines included the government shutdown, Boston Marathon bombings, national gun law debates and the death of Nelson Mandela.
Sherri Nolen, 43, of Marietta, said there were many top news stories of the year.
"Obamacare, of course," she said. "There were so many."
Webb said keeping up with news in Russia has been important for him. The country has been in the news this year for its anti-gay propaganda laws, support of NSA leaker Edward Snowden and as the upcoming host of the winter Olympics.
"I got the chance to go to Russia earlier this year," Webb said. "I'm following closely what's going on with Putin. I have friends over there. I'm concerned about what their future might look like. Locally, it's those little news stories that focus on the positive."
Forgettable pop culture
Let's face it, pop culture mostly did a nosedive this year, from Miley Cyrus's MTV Video Music Awards performance to apologies from Paula Deen and Lance Armstrong.
Marietta resident Wendy Mitchell, 47, said she was disappointed by today's pop culture.
"Forget Miley Cyrus, any Kardashian and Kanye West," she said. "Shouldn't you be famous because you have a talent? They should all be removed from the planet. I try to avoid pop culture, but the 50th anniversary of 'Doctor Who' was pretty cool."
The year in a nutshell
While 2013 had some bumps, the majority of Americans seemed to roll with the punches and call 2013 a better year than most.
With New Year's eve quickly approaching, mindsets are turning toward 2014 and what the year will bring.
"I just think every day is better than the day before, so every year should be better than the year before," Webb said.
The Associated Press contributed.