Sunday 19 December 2010

BEST OF 2010

BEST OF 2010

For today’s blog I thought I would count down the best of 2010 – the best for me anyway (and as I’m in a foul mood cause my flight to the States has been canceled, I needed some positive energy!); Oh, and when I say the best, I mean, intriguing, inspiring, out of the box, or simply brought me enjoyment.

10. Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was repealed – Seriously. It took this long?
Finally the most ridiculous, discriminatory law was overturned. Can you imagine, you want to serve your country, but you’re gay, so um, we’ll let you in, but don’t tell anyone cause your sexuality may get someone killed, or even worse, you may try to hit on someone in battle cause you clearly have no restraint. (This is sarcasm people, for those of you that don’t have any). And to be honest, if I’m going to war and staring down death day in and day out, gay or straight, it would be nice to have a few moments of pleasure. It might even increase morale.

9. Ash cloud from Icelandic volcano shuts down airports.
Why was this good? Well it wasn’t really, but it was such an oddity, one of those, ‘can you repeat that’ moments, that it was definitely memorable. Seriously, how many times in your life can you say your flight was canceled due to a giant ash cloud? And at least it was a good excuse, not like, ahem, snow. Get it together England. It’s just snow!

8. 10 new freaky animal discoveries. 
My favorite being the yoda bat. You really need to see this [] ....Especially in a day and age where we kill just about anything (Sarah Palin, stay away, stay far away), it’s nice to know we found several new things we haven’t destroyed yet.

7.  Ceelo – F*ck You
When it comes to the creative arena, I have to admit there was not a lot to get excited about. I fear we have moved into the decade of celebrating profound mediocrity, something that depresses me to no end. But to stay on the positive side of things, the artist Ceelo managed to do two things: make one of the most ‘get up and shake your money maker’ tracks of the year, whilst incorporating one of my favorite two word phrases. It doesn’t get much better than that.

6. Obama – health care.
Love it, hate it, it got done. As far as I’m concerned it was a step in the right direction to enable all Americans to have proper health care. I live in a country that has a national health program, if you so choose – and most do. And for the most part it works, and works well. For those of you complaining about the costs, or having to pay for the man next to you, I’m thinking you may be eating those words when you’re faced with unexpected medical bills that cause you to remortgage your house.

5. Wikileaks
In short, the existence of an organization like this means that a certain group of individuals out there aren’t buying what their government is selling, and they’re not afraid to shout it from the rooftops. [Thank you first amendment]. And you have to love that, especially when governments are exposed to be the corrupt, duplicitous manipulators that they really are.

5. Paris Hilton put out a new perfume.
Just kidding.

4. World Cup in South Africa.
You know how I feel about my sports, especially those events on a grand stage. And this year did not disappoint. The World Cup had all the drama (thank you France), knuckle biting action (too many moments to narrow it down really), rise of the underdogs (USA & New Zealand), disappointments (OHHHH England), and humor – the prophetic wisdom of Paul the octopus. RIP my little cephalopod.

3. Students took to the streets in London to protest the rise in tuition fees.
Anytime people band together and protest against the government’s egregious behavior, I get excited. Calm down, I’m not advocating violence, although Camilla and Charles’s car getting a battering was pretty damn funny (seriously, Mr. and Mrs. Royal did you not check the route before leaving the house???); but I think in today’s age of hideous greed, corruption and double talk, there should be plenty more revolutionary behavior. And protesting against tripling school fees (when the people were promised it would not happen) seems like a good place to start.

2. The rescue of the Chilean miners
Nothing I like more than an event that pulls the entire world together, outside of sports of course. And you couldn’t ask for a more inspiring group of individuals. I still can’t wrap my head around the one miner that did his marathon training through the long dark tunnels as he breathed in god knows how many carcinogens. I can barely jog in the best of weather and circumstances. And the best part, they all got out alive and were in good fighting spirit. Ole!

1. The KING’s arrival!!!
Need I say more?

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