2010: The Year We Make Contact

It’s 2010. I don’t feel any different. I do have the beginnings of a nice little headache, though. I’m unsure about a few things. Is this the ‘new’ decade? Or is that in 2011? There was never a ‘Year Zero’, and you have to go all 365 days to count as—. Never mind. I don’t really know one way or the other, but I think I’ll do my ‘Lists of the Decade’ next year if I make it through another one.

Just a quick look back at 2009, before I get on with the new year.

Captain C.B. Sully Sullenberger ditching his US Airways plane in the Hudson River.

Sully seemed to become somewhat of a reluctant media star in the days to follow, but even the most cynical person would have to admit that the guy’s a hero.

The first black President of the US (not counting Bill Clinton)  being sworn in by Supreme Court Justice John Roberts.

Then he was sworn in a few days later, again by Roberts…. We can’t be sure about these things…

The World’s Deadliest Spider (originating from Brazil) was found in a Tulsa Grocery store… Somali Pirates hijacking ships… The most memorable was the 5 day standoff between pirates and the Navy.

The story culminated with Navy SEAL snipers taking out the Somali pirates (yay!)

Susan Boyle… I love Simon’s expressions on this one…

David Letterman continued to make himself look like a classless idiot, first with his ‘inappropriate’ words about Sarah Palin’s kids which turned into a kind of ‘non-apology’ apology by Letterman who invited Palin onto his show to help his ratings… Then there was this weird thing…

One of the bigger stories of 2009 was the Iranian elections where this psycho:

…’won’ an election over this guy (who probably isn’t nearly the psycho as the other guy):

…and caused massive protests by the Iranian people who used twitter and youtube among other things to help get the word out of what was going on within Iran. After chaos, injuty, threats and death… The psycho still remained Iran’s ‘leader’.

The tragic deaths of Ed, Farrah, and Michael, all icons of the 70s was a little strange, all coming within a few days of one another…

RIP Aturo Gatti (April 15, 1972 - July 11, 2009)

Arturo Gatti  and 2 other boxing greats, Alexis Arguello and Vernon Forrest, died within a short period of time of one another… I’m still suspicious of the circumstances of Gatti’s death.

The California fires (which seems like an ongoing thing). Spending packages. Bailouts. Payoffs. Chrysler filing for bankruptcy. Bad economy. Unemployment rate  in the double digits. Health Care debates. Controversial Supreme Court appointees…

‘The Beer Summit’. The ‘Party Crashers’. Failed terrorist plots. Kareem Abdul Jabar’s revealed bout with cancer.

Bernie Madoff the 71-year-old Ponzi scheme swindler was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison for an “extraordinarily evil” fraud that took a “staggering toll” on thousands of victims.

If you’re a ‘Nole fan, then like me, you’re mourning the end of the Bobby Bowden (and Mickey Andrews) era. I’m watching his last game  (against his old team West Virginia) at this very moment… Here’s a tribute someone put together on youtube using the song “Battle of Bobby Bowden” by Murry and the Gator Getters recorded in 1979.

I think you might have to be a ‘Nole fan to enjoy the song (I’m a ‘Nole fan and I can just BARELY tolerate it). The song did manage to sell over 20,000 copies back then (mostly in Tallahassee).

What else? The senseless murders of 4  police officers in a Washington Coffee Shop by a man with an extensive criminal background. Rachel Alexandra. Massive closings of the Movie rental franchise Blockbuster. Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize. The Pope being tackled during a Christmas procession. An Army psychiatrist going on a rampage at Fort Hood in Texas, killing 12 and wounding 31. A toxic reaction in 21 horses in Wellington, Florida.  Bill Clinton flying to North Korea to save 2 hot Asian reporters! SWINE FLU! Mass hysteria! There really was WAY too much to cover everything here.

Some things I REALLY don’t want to remember about 2009: Chimp attacks… Octo-moms.. Kidnappers who have kids with their victims…

Michael Phelps using the “I’m just young and stupid” card, when the picture of him tokin’ from a BONG… The perv that filmed Erin Andrews in her hotel room…

South Carolina’s Governor Mark Sanford sex scandal… Pop artist Chris Brown giving his girlfriend Rihanna a beating or two. The whole Brett Favre ‘I’m retired/I’m Not Retired’ song…

New York Giants Plaxico Buress going to jail for 2 years for shooting HIMSELF in the leg…

The ballad of Kate & Jon (never watched five minutes of their reality show… didn’t even know they had one).

The epic saga of Balloon Boy… The Craigslist Killer…

Joaquin Pheonix’s beard.

Michael Vick. and of course…

The self destruction of Tiger Woods. I’m not a huge fan or anything, but it saddens me the more that comes out about Tigers self described ‘transgressions’. But, his troubles ARE self inflicted, so I hope his wife takes him to the cleaners.

A lot of noteable deaths occured in 2009 (as in every year). Pat Hingle (from movies like Batman and Hang ‘Em High)…

Patrick McGoohan, who besides being the creative spark behind  The Prisoner (and a slew of other things) , also played one of my all time favorite movie villains in the movie Braveheart)…

Ricardo Montalban (Kaaaaahhhhhnnnnn!)…

James Whitmore (Them!, The Shawshank Redemption)…

Paul Harvey (an American Institution Unto Himself)…

Natasha Richardson in tragic and very strange circumstances… David Lance Arneson (who co-created Dungeons & Dragons)… JG Ballard (novelist whose experiences in Shanghai during WWII inspired his book and the Spielberg movie Empire Of The Sun)… comedian Dom Deluise (Captain Chaos!)…

Wayman Tisdale (former Pheonix Suns Power Forward who battled Cancer admirably).

Lucy Gordon (model/actress who died needlessly).

As did beautiful asian model Daul Kim who died in similar fashion… Millvina Dean, last living survivor of the Titanic…

David Carradine sadly… Shih Kien (Bruce Lee’s rival in  Enter the Dragon)… Bob Bogle, lead guitarist of the Ventures ( and the Ventures still knock me out…). Ed McMahon.

Farrah Fawcett.

Michael Jackson. Actor Karl Malden. Alcorn State and Tennessee Titans QB Steve Air McNair who died tragically… Fender guitar designer George Fullerton…

Voice actor Dallas McKennon…

Walter Cronkite.

Director/producer/writer of a ton of great movies: John Hughes… 2 more Kennedys: Ted and Eunice Kennedy Shriver… Guitar legend Les Paul…

Person Who Died Jim Carroll…

Patrick Swayze, who seemed like a decent guy… William Safire…

Wrestler Captain Lou Albano… Soupy Sales… MTV Game Show Host Ken Ober… Roy Disney…

Brittany Murphy (who was part of the best show on Television as Luanne on King Of The Hill)…

Of course, there are a ton of other deaths… All of them were significant to someone.  But people don’t have to be famous to have extraordinary or meaningful lives. There was one death last year in my own life that affected me more than any that I mentioned here and  I won’t get  it over very soon, if ever. 2009 will be one of those ‘significant’ years in my life because of that.

Anyway, to usher in the new year… Here’s the trailer for 2010: The Unnecessary Sequel (you don’t make sequels to Kubrick movies!)

Thanks to all the people who post on youtube….

So now  let’s all get on with the New Year and make 2010 better than 2009! Good luck to everyone.

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