Adorable drawing care of the Esq's talented aunt over at Art for Daily Life.
I failed last year, because I never wrote a '2008 Highlights' post, and ANYONEWHO'SANYONE does a '2008 Highlights' post. I know this because every blog I went to had their year in review, like I didn't just suffer through the same year with them. Sure, your 2008 was vastly different from my 2008; in fact, I just got here--I'm new to Earth! I guess if you're an Amish kid who just discovered the demonic zipper, or FALKOR from The Neverending Story, maybe your year was completely different from mine--though I might question how you have access to the internet when electricity is banned from your Pennsylvania village, or how you even own a computer when you're a flying luckdragon--oh! Probably with luck.
Point being, I'm not sure I could tell the difference between blog posts; the same stuff showed up on every single list. It was laughingly predictable. BEST: Obama. WORST: Economy. RIP: Heath Ledger only. *LOL* MOMENTS: Anytime Sarah Palin opened her trap or Tina Fey imitated. FAVORITE NEW POLITICAL FACE : Maddow. FAVORITE FLICK: Iron Man--because he was hot? and smart? and wanted to banish, like, evil and stuff? SEXIEST NEWCOMER: Twilight! Twilight! Twilight! ...really? That kid? He's like a femme, Germanic Harry Potter. But to each his own.
Now that we're well into 2009, I can look back on 2008 objectively and say it was a total wash. I did nothing interesting except go to killer shows, throw kickass parties, and rip the religious right newer, better assholes; finally, life has meaning again. The one thing I did this year with excellence was start this blog, coming from three years of blogging on Myspace, with a first post that recognized this blog would eventually change--and has it ever. I've changed, too, becoming a kindler, gentler person who enjoys making people cry, a person who revels in your failures. 'A better person', is the phrase I'm thinking of; that's what you're thinking, too.
My personal highlights of 2008 also include some of the *YAWN* answers that I read elsewhere; I'll try to make them as unique as possible. If I forgot something you feel should be included, leave your suggestion in the comments. Enjoy!
THE SNOTTIEST HIGHLIGHTS OF 2008
The biggest 2008 shout-out goes to Jesus, God, and Allah, the not-so-original holy trinity for whom thousands upon thousands of people died this year, which has been an annual tradition for the last forty billion years. If there is one thing people refuse to learn, it's that religious wars aren't started so they can end peacefully: peace isn't the point. Jesus and God were the center of so many political tragedies this year, but these were my all-time favorites: the Helen Keller-like acceptance of Sarah Palin, the promotion of hatred and inequality in the pulpits to support Proposition 8, and the nationwide atheist 'scandal' that took over the halls of our Washington state capitol. I was amazed these deities had time left over to party, but party they did, all over Hamas' face. To the person who emailed me yesterday, assuring me that the church is a beautiful safe haven that awaits me with open arms--and sent a photo of Jesus as an attachment, as though we'd never been formally introduced--please tell that to the people who are dying. I get the feeling, though, that people dying in the Middle East over a deity you don't personally worship won't rate too high on the Give-A-Shit meter; that's how a lot of people in this country act. A benevolent, loving God, indeed.
To understand why I won't be writing about the Israel-Palestine situation--at all, ever--read this.
I'd like to thank Victoria Jackson for this statement about Barack Obama, whom I personally voted for in 2008: "I don't want a political label, but Obama bears traits that resemble the anti-Christ and I'm scared to death that uneducated people will ignorantly vote him into office." Read the rest, here. I think Victoria Jackson's photo can be found under the phrase 'ignorantly voted' in the dictionary.
The award for BEST WORST BLOGGING goes to: K.Lo (Kathy Jean Lopez) at the National Review Online, for her horrible imitation of the abominable Ann Coulter; but K.Lo will never be Ann. She's too weighed down by her own stupidity; at least Ann is entertaining in a 'what will Satan do next?' kind of way. What I loathe about K.Lo's blog is that half is made-up mumbo-jumbo (she rarely checks her facts, just throws caution to the wind), and the other half is filled with religious warrioritis, a condition that many NRO bloggers are afflicted with. Luckily, she's unencumbered in the brain department, so reconciling these two things with her awful writing style makes for an interesting political trainwreck. One of her articles, called Free Sarah Palin!, was a personal favorite of mine.
Award for Dumbest Fucking Thing I've Heard All Year, Maybe My Entire Lifetime:
Mr. Ben Stein.
My favorite Snotty blog posts of 2008 were probably about Heaven, or maybe Sex Education. The two are not related. Oh, also the story about poop. 'Twas the first, and only, blog post the Esq and I wrote together. :)
We threw a party that got press, for the first time ever. Oh, the pride.
Speaking of pride, we marched for the gays--and for their rights to get equally divorced, just like everybody else--and it was awesome. I marched with all my might and main, whatever that means.
Some of my favorite websites/blogs from 2008 include:
Art for Daily Life
Bake and Destroy
The Huffington Post
The Verbal Cartoonist
Mornings with NPR
Favorite newfangled internet thingamajig: TWITTER.
Best shows we saw this year: Helio Sequence, Santogold, Cut Copy and The Presets, Justice, Hot Chip, Fujiya & Miyagi, Lykke Li, Tom Morello & Co., and more--but I can't remember them all. Too much fun, had by us!
Favorite video of 2008, methinks.
There are so many other things that made 2008 great--my family, Justin's family, my sweet son, an amazing boyfriend, beautiful friends, the ability to eat bacon