Personally, I like doing it because it makes for some easy writing. Also, I really like saying the word denouement.
Let's start with flip flops. Readers may remember that I started wearing flip flops for the first time this year. I did eventually learn to saunter in those laid back shoes. In fact, I successfully rocked those flip flops until one of the tiny toe thongs gave out at church one Sunday.
I wish I was kidding about this.
It seems I am both tacky enough to wear flip flops to church and unlucky enough to have one of the tiny toe things blow out, effectively turning my flip flops into just flops. Very loud flops if you must know.
2008 was the year that I gave a name to the biggest e-mail scourge of all time, Spom - or spam sent by your mother. Many of you reached out to me by sending me examples of the complete crap your mother had sent you via e-mail. Ironically, this meant that I was essentially being spommed by your mothers - as well as by my own.
So, we're gonna put that in the "backfired" column.
I bought both an Iphone and an Amazon Kindle this year, successfully spending a thousand dollars to do things I could already do and neatly proving that I am both a consumer tool and a completely legitimate candidate for some kind of government bailout.
We also discussed my wife's addiction to celebrations this year. I'd like to think she's making progress, but we had a birthday party for a friend last night on December 30th, and we're having another for New Year's Eve tonight. Draw your own conclusions.
Finally, I'm gonna do some gloating. In 2007, I pointed out that the conventional wisdom re: losing more than half of your body heat through your head was, uh, stupid. Turns out I was right, for once.
Happy new year, people.
Editor's Note: If you're like me, you sometimes forget how cool the 80s were. My gift to you as we head into 2009...