Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Best of 2009

This has been a screwy year, no doubt.  From the nut case tea-baggers, to the health care debacle: terrorism, illness, trickery and fuckery, in general, were every place you looked.  That said, let's take a look at some of the nicer aspects of this past year:

* Back in January Barack Obama became the 44th president of these United States and made history as the first African American to be elected to that office.  It seemed like after eight years of mispronunciations and fiddling while America burned, we had our hope back.  Of course, it remains to be seen what President Obama will ultimately achieve, but for a few minutes back on January 20th we were all basking in the glow of What Might Be...oh, and we also got to see Aretha Franklin rocking that hat!

* My kid sister was the third woman in my immediate family to be diagnosed with breast cancer, and while that's bad news, the good news was, they got the whole thing and the fucking cancer had not spread anywhere.

* Thanks to that otherwise evil bitch, Facebook, I reconnected with two old friends of mine this year.  One was a pal from my  high-school days, and another from my  college years.  The high school buddy, who now resides in sunny So Cal, came back to the Garden State this summer, and managed to throw together an impromptu mini reunion - it was great seeing so many folks from the old days, a real tonic for the soul.

* Me? Published?  It appears so.  Thanks to a connection from my other blog, a piece I wrote is going to be featured in an upcoming book on slasher films.  I can't tell you how much this thrilled me, and when I learned that I was in, I pretty much called everyone I know. 

*There were some incredibly well made films released this year, Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, Paul Solet's Grace and Woody Allen's Whatever Works to name three...

* Popular music has really been leaving me cold of late.  And I get it, the music being pumped out today is for a younger generation, and boy, they are welcome to it.  Most of it sounds like a bunch of overproduced crap to my ears.  So imagine my pleasant surprise when I discovered Jefferson Starship's Jefferson's Tree of Liberty.  The old warhorse band came back and with a new female lead singer, and a couple of older familiar voices, patched together a surprisingly gorgeous tapestry of folk tunes and popular songs, stripped them down, and re-imagined them as a soundtrack for an ailing nation.
What will 2010 hold?  Well the older I get the more I understand that  rhyme I heard years ago: nothing ever changes, only time rearranges ...

Here's wishing you all find your best of the upcoming year!


missmagnoliathunderpussy said...

Darling I'm a wee bit confused, aren't we going into 1910.

My year was rather dull, President Obama was the high point for me but to be honest I don't even recall who won last spring's edition of Dancing with the Stars and that's not a good thing.

Zelda Parker said...

Whew, seems this year has flown faster than....lots of new but there is nothing that warms the heart more that old friends. Best wishes pax and whatshisname! Love Sylvia

et said...

Congratulations on getting deserve it! I so love the way you write. Best wishes for you and your family in the coming year.