It's the end of a year and the end of a decade. I don't have the ambition or inclination to synopsize the decade... or the year for that matter. So this will be a stream-of-consciousness kind of exercise.
In 2009, some famous people died: Michael Jackson, Walter Cronkite, Ted Kennedy, Andrew Wyeth. Some people didn't die: Dick Cheney. Rush Limbaugh is in the hospital, by the way. I'm post-dating this blog entry, so if he dies or something between now and the post date, oh well.
Speaking of Limbaugh, some people misinformed us this year. It seemed like a big year for misinformation. Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Michelle Bachmann, Orly Taitz, Dana Perino, and teabaggers in general.
It was an equally big year for anger. Though the teabaggers were 99% incomprehensible, the growing rage towards Wall Street was justified... Remember when the chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs said he was "doing God's work"? "Arrogant" and "offensive" doesn't even begin to describe it.
Oh yeah, and the really big story: we had a regime change. I guess that's what really made those Republicans go apeshit with their teabags. Our new black president doesn't yet have a health-care bill to sign, but he won the Nobel Peace Prize without ending any of our wars. Instead, we'll probably be digging in deeper now in "Againistan." I still like him better than Bush.
In 2009, we still had time for plenty of bogus stories. Death panels, balloon boy, Carrie Prejean defending "opposite marriage," and ACORN destroying the fabric of democracy. These stories were impossible to ignore. Well, at least I found them impossible to ignore. I blogged about all of them.
And yet my blog was 20% lighter than it was in 2008. On the bright side though, I wrote 200 more posts than I did in 2007...
Another interesting statistic: I only dropped the f-bomb twice. No wonder I don't have any street cred.
Anyway, I'd like to think my blog was lighter because it wasn't an election year. But more than likely it's because I joined Facebook. Whose idea was that? Geesh. But I think I made a few new friends, so that's always good. I also learned how to defriend, which apparently a lot of us are learning how to do.
I didn't catch the swine flu, I didn't have sex with Tiger Woods, and I didn't break any bones this year... yet. I have a few hours left though. Maybe I should just sit still?
2009, I tried to make you sound at least a little bit funny. Really I did. 2010, please be good to us!