Sunday, December 21, 2008

What's To Like About 2008?

Beryl Bainbridge reading.

Tell me seriously, is anyone sad to see 2008 go. Is there anything about it that was good other than the election of Obama if you're a Democrat? Is there something you'll miss? There has to be one good thing but I can't think of it. Even the weather sucked. Give me something about 2008 to remember fondly even if it's from your personal life. I'll be happy for you.


Gerald So said...

Easy. Bouchercon - meeting so many people in the mystery/crime fiction community.

Anonymous said...

As with every year, we muddle through. Laughter, smiles, tears, ups, downs. Family and friends are what makes each year memorable and joyous -- even such a year as 2008.

Randy Johnson said...

It's something personal for me. My sister's oldest grandson started wrestling last year in junior high school. he took to it like a duck takes to water to borrow a trite old saying.
He's a freshman this year and the high school wrestling coach has told him that if he will work with him in the off season that he could guarantee him a scholarship in wrestling. He's already taking him to tournaments with the varsity team.
The young man had his dreams. This will make it so much easier(he's made the A-B honor roll so far this year).

David Cranmer said...

Beat to a Pulp had over 10,000 hits in it's first week thanks to THE INSTRUMENT OF THEIR DESIRE... Our country had the option of electing the oldest candidate ever and a woman VP or an African American. Choices we have never seen before. I think except for the economy's downward sprial at the end it's been a colorful year.

Kaye Wilkinson Barley - Meanderings and Muses said...
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Kaye Wilkinson Barley - Meanderings and Muses said...

Place me quite firmly in Gerald's company - Bouchercon!

And being invited to contribute to Friday's Forgotten Books! (i have another to send you, Patti).

And the start up of my very own blog, which I WAY proud of.

And oh my yes, the election, and the return of hope.

Charles Gramlich said...

I didn't have much luck with big things in 08, but a lot of little things went pretty well for me. I can't complain.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Randy-you made my day. Best of luck to hi. David-you made my day too. You are going to be a great success. And the second story is terrific-a great contrast to my old-fashioned tale. Kaye-Send away. Always looking for more.
Gerald-you were so good at being there. I wish I had your skills at meeting people.
And yet, the year was never boring. Just scary and frustrating.

Cormac Brown said...

The hope that was given life on the first Tuesday in November, otherwise? This year is the stuff that gives Stephen King nightmares.

Anonymous said...

We love them dearly and it is costing us a fortune, but all three kids went away to college.

Anonymous said...

I got married!!!

pattinase (abbott) said...

I cannot imagine the financial burden, Chuck. But since you have the cutest and smartest grandson in the world....
I also cannot imagine getting married again, Jim. Congrats again.
This will be year in infamy, I'm sure.

Scott D. Parker said...

Things that made 2008 special and, b/c of these, I'll miss 2008:

-turning 40
-evolution of my blog to a review site
-meeting a lot of like-minded folks on the web
-the entire presidential election cycle (I'm a political junkie and it'll be four long years before we see another one); notable events: Iowa caucus, Tx primary [we finally mattered]; DNC and RNC convention; Obama's acceptance speech; McCain's concession speech
-the election of Obama and giddy hope he inspires
-the build-up and fulfillment of the Dark Knight, one of the best movies ever
-All the crime/mystery fiction I discovered this year for the first time
-My son's education, either in school or at home; watching him grow
-My vacation to San Diego
-the summer Olympics
-the anticipation of Hurricane Ike on Houston; the lessons learned
-the aggravation of trying to write a novel and yet knowing the version reason I had trouble is that the book was not working and my realization of that and my determination to try to come at it from a different angle
-these next 17 days off work during the most special time of the year (it doesn't always happen this way)
-watching the NY Giants beat the undefeated NE Patriots
-the anticipation of Wall-E with my son
-the anticipation of Iron Man with my wife
-seeing Springsteen in concert

I could go on and on and on...but I'll end there. 2008 was a fantastic yet terrifying and worrisome year. But in between all the bad, disappointing, abysmal, heart-wrenching stuff, there was so much good out there--family in good health--that 2008 was the best year of my life.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Scott-I admire the optimism you can summon up. You must be great person to be around. Thanks for reminding me of what's important.

Clair D. said...

It's a year. I don't think much of them, other than they seem to pile up faster as I get older...

But for me, 2008 is the year I bought my first house. I have taken my first step into a larger world.

Terrie Farley Moran said...

Hi Patti,

I tend to sunshine and in 2008 I have a great reason: my sixth grandchild was born in September.

If any good is to come out of all this economic upheaval, it is the fact that the big whigs who have been bleeding us regular folk dry are no longer able to hide in the shadows, The crisis is shining light into every corner.

I don't think corporate boards will, ever again, be able to con stockholders with the idea that mega million dollar bonuses and extras like paying country club fees and hiring personal financial planners is imperative to the company well being.

I am happy to take the hit I've taken (will take more ahead, I'm sure) as long as these guys get publicly and finally smacked.

Do you hear me Wall Street?

So, that's why I liked 2008.

Come on 2009--I'm ready for you.


pattinase (abbott) said...

Terrie-I hope you're right but these guys are pretty darn tricky.

Travis Erwin said...

I am happy to have met you, along with lots of others here in the blogosphere. My tally of friends, especially writerly friends is now at an all -time high.

Todd Mason said...

Very personal, though not sensitive, but it cheered me when I could use some cheering. Both my exes asked me for personal references for work applications this year, something that actually cheered me when so many of my friends and acquaintances seemed astounded that one's exes might do such a thing. It seemed pretty natural to me. (Now if I was only any good to actually live with...)

pattinase (abbott) said...

Good to leave but not live with. I think it had to be them.

Todd Mason said...

That would not be the smart bet. But it wasn't All me, no.

Christa M. Miller said...

I have to admit that 2008 was, no exaggeration, magical for me. A dear friendship developed and the creativity that came out of it was astounding. I go into 2009 with a bit of trepidation that it can be as good, and I suspect a lot of hard work will be involved with making the dreams come true... not that there is anything wrong with that!

Gary Dobbs/Jack Martin said...

Easy peasy - selling my novel, Tarnished Star