Time flies when you’re having fun, and on that note, another year has passed us by. Here’s a quick summary of some of the important things that stood out to me in 2009:
- Inauguration – first black President of the United States inaugurated on January 20, 2009. This alone was historical. But what made it even more surreal was being in DC during this time and being a part of the celebration. I have never seen anything like that in my life and I feel incredibly lucky to have been a part of it all.
- Metro disasters of 2009 – this, on the other hand, is something I’d rather forget. No doubt everyone heard about the nine deaths in June on the red line. Apparently, the death toll for 2009 is now at 12. As recently as this past Sunday, another person was struck by a metro train. Will this madness ever end?
- Move to DC – I finally made the move in May. While I was initially pretty homesick for Arlington and do sometimes miss living in the Clarendon bubble, I can now say that DC has grown on me. I love the convenience, I love the diversity of the people, I love being able to walk everywhere. I officially love it. Really, what was I thinking living in Arlington for almost 5 years? My Clarendon days can be summarized in their entirety by the Arlington Rap. One of the few things Arlington has going for it are my friends and Goody’s. But, I still love you ATown.
- Michael Jackson’s death – sad.
- Tiger Woods – I’m so sick of this story that I choose not to elaborate on it, but figured I had to mention it here.
- UConn beats Notre Dame…in football – in case you live under a rock, UConn beat Notre Dame, in South Bend no less, on November 21, 2009. I love my UConn basketball, but you can’t beat a good football game, and this was a historic win. After only six years (is that right?) as a 1-A program, Huskies football is officially legit. Next year, we play Michigan..holla. And don’t forget to check us out in the Papa John’s Bowl this Saturday at 2pm. Unfortunately here I do have to mention the senseless killing of cornerback Jasper Howard. RIP
- DC Blizzard of ’09 – DC gets pelted with almost two feet of snow in December, bringing the city to a standstill. Even though the storm was on a Saturday, the feds closed the following Monday, which I really couldn’t complain about. Having a storm like this in December begs the question – what is in store for the rest of the winter?
- Sara becomes more domestic – by domestic, I mean I started to cook this past fall. A miracle in itself, I know. But I am actually enjoying being creative in the kitchen, when just this past summer, the most I did was make grilled cheese (with the cheese, if I was lucky) once every two months. Not bad if I do say so myself. Guess that’s what these cold winter months will do to you.
- I realized how lucky I am – most of you probably know that we had some illness in our family this past year, and we were successfully able to get through the tough times together. Unfortunately, I know of many others who were not as lucky. I am thankful that my family is now healthy and we have only emerged stronger from this year’s adversity. Tough times like these make you realize what is really important in life, and that is family and friends. Make the most of your time with them while you still have it. Love you guys.
- Health reform passes – I didn’t think this would actually happen this year, if ever in my lifetime, but it actually has. We only have to get through conference, and let the madness begin. After not being able to successfully pass reform since Medicare and Medicaid were created in 1965, it is pretty much a miracle.
- Ted Kennedy passes away – was shocked to see this on the news this past August morning. While we all knew he was afflicted with brain cancer, there was no warning that he would pass so suddenly. If there is a bright side to look at here, we passed health reform in his name and I think it fueled the fire.
- DC records lowest homicide rate in 40 years – This year, only 138 deaths have been recorded due to homicide in the District. Fine, Arlington only had 2 this year (yes – TWO!!!! see Clarendon bubble). Despite 138 seeming high, it is 25% lower than last year. Compared to the 479 homicides in 1991, 138 is a walk in the park. Are you kidding me with 479?
- Still single – a friend once told me the old wive’s tale that if a girl wear’s red panties on New Years Eve, she will be proposed to within the year. I wore red panties on NYE last year, and as far as I can tell, am still single. But hey, while the lack of sex certainly sucks, I’d rather be single than in an unsatisfactory relationship or an unhappy marriage. Call me picky, but in my old age and with some extensive, excrutiatingly painful experience, I have finally determined what I am looking for in a man. Here’s to meeting him in 2010. Maybe I’ll test out some black panties this year.
- Drank too much – I know this is also hard to believe, but DC got the best of me again in 2009 and I partied entirely too much. Way more so than I would like to admit. I don’t know if it was a combination of boating, my delinquent friends, Dewey debauchery, or a combination of all of the above, but I plan to make 2010 a much slower drinking year, which is a good thing. And yes, I am still planning to do the Dew, don’t fret.
- Sara discovers blogging – last, but probably most importantly, I discovered blogging. While I’ve only been in the game for a few months now, boy, has it been a ride. Looking to go bigtime soon (i.e. publish web address on facebook). I even have randoms reading the thing, although I have no clue how they got a hold of it. Your readership and compliments on the blog keep me going – thanks for all the encouragement! This whole blogging thing is entirely too much fun.
That’s about all I’ve got for you now folks. 2009 has been a joy, but it’s time to move on to bigger and better things in 2010. Only time will tell what life has in store for us. Celebrate what you’ve accomplished in 2009, and think positively for 2010. Happy new year everyone!