So it’s New Year’s Eve 2009. At midnight tonight 2009 ends along with the decade that will forever be known as ”The Naughts”. As usual, I’ll be working, but you shouldn’t feel bad for me for this… it is a conscious choice and just part of the vocation. It’s something I came to grips with over a decade ago so it’s just normal for me to celebrate it a day late.
Now I know there are those who believe that 2010 is actually the last year of the decade, and while mathematicians may support this concept, I have to then question why we consider 1990 as part of the “90’s” and 1980 as part of the “80’s” etc. Therefore, for my own sanity, it’s the end of the decade known as ”The Naughts”.
Time magazine considers it the worst decade of all time. I can understand that based on these occurrences:
- • The 2000 Presidential Election where we learned that the most votes doesn’t really matter
- • The September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attack
- • The Space Shuttle Columbia disaster
- • The current econcomic recession
- • And my own personal apocalypse, losing DJ
Wow. It really was pretty shitty… and that’s not even half of the things that occurred. Of course, it wasn’t ALL bad… because there was definitely some good this past decade too…
- • When DJ was born in 2001
- • Being able to call myself a homeowner
- • The invention of the iPhone which prompted the release of the Droid
- • TequilaCon(s)!
- • Meeting BGITW
And of course…
- • Discovering blogging, the proliferation of Social Media, and meeting all of you
I don’t know if in fact this was the worst decade ever… because as with all things there was quite a bit to be thankful for as well. It’s the good with the bad… the bad with the good… hand in hand… time seems to be more and more like people to me…
“In each of us, two natures are at war - the good and the evil. All our lives the fight goes on between them, and one of them must conquer. But in our own hands lies the power to choose. What we want most to be we are.”
- Dr. Henry Jekyll
So with that said… I refuse to make some sort of “resolution” regarding canceling one of my many vices or some sort of dieting regiment I have zero intent on keeping too… but instead for the next decade I am going to try and remember that the bad times go with the good… and while not every time might be good, I have more power over how I look at it that may actually change its nature.
I wish you and your families a very happy and safe New Year.
So MTV has a new show.
Joisy Jersey Shore features a group of “guidos” and “guidettes” spending the summer on… you guessed it… The New Jersey Shore! So last week they showed the preview for this week where the guidette from Westchester Snickers gets knocked the fuck out by a man at a bar.
MTV pulled the clip even though all the other news agencies have been showing it.
So yeah, MTV is oficially a sell out pitching a reality show that won’t deliver what’s real.
Before anyone says, “Oh it’s showing violence on television against women! And continuing the cycle! And it’s evil!” I highly suggest you check out Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History… specifically his last episode titled ”Suffer The Children”.
It’s only 60 minutes… and if you really think about what he’s saying… it’s an eye opener.
Stop hiding the ugliness.
Shine a light on it.
On the morning of Sunday December 7, 1941 the United States was the target of a surprise attack by the country of Japan at the Hawaiian naval station Pearl Harbor.
That Sunday morning 2,402 Americans were killed and the entry of the United States into the second World War had been guaranteed.
There were 98,881 American servicemen killed during the second World War.
Take a moment today to remember those that were lost in the initial attack… and those that were lost in putting the word ”United” in ”United States”.
I have to be honest… as an EMT I have a lot of faith in my brothers and sisters in other cities and states to make the miracles happen, as we have done so often ourselves.
Originally when I heard about the 6 year old boy flying over the Colorado skies in a UFO, I thought it was a gag and someone had hacked the news station Twitter account. In my mind I told myself that the kid obviously was on his way to Avitaween.
I mean really… how would a 6 year old boy be able to build an “experimental craft” and take off in it without anyone realizing? Is he part of the Explorers and channeling an teenage alien on an inter-galactic joyride? I thought it was a prank for sure…
… until I read it on the actual station website, which ruled out the twitter account being hacked…
Honestly, I felt really bad for the parents. Even after it turned out that some “male” had built the ship and not the boy, the parents apparently are eccentric storm chasers, and even appeared on the reality-show called Wife Swap, I still a serious twinge for what the parents were going through… but somehow I knew that it would be okay… because I knew that the Responders out there were going to make the magic happen.
I watched live as both Twitter and the UFO slowed down. The hashtag #BalloonBoy spread through the Twitterverse like a virus, with the load of updates inundating their servers and leaving anyone who wanted updated news watching it streaming. The UFO was brought to a landing by a Sheriff’s Deputy who chased it down on foot…
It was when they said that he wasn’t in the vehicle, and there were rumors that something had fallen out along the way (possibly from as high as 7,000 feet) that just made my heart sink.
The truth is that they always don’t have happy endings with Oprah appearances and movie of the week deals.
We hope for it.
We plan on it.
We have almost come to expect it, and are shocked on the occasions it doesn’t turn out well.
But in truth there are absolutely no guarantees in how things will turn out in cases like this.
Of course, the real story of The Flight Of The Falcon Heene is that it was more like The Not So Flight Of The Falcon Heene. He was hiding in the attic or a garage or something the whole time that the balloon was being chased by law enforcement, EMS, the fire department, and the Colorado National Guard. He remained in hiding even after the balloon had landed, and was apparently found by his father. The fact the family had been featured on the reality show Wife Swap lead to speculation that it was a publicity stunt… but whatever.
The important point is that Falcon Heene is home with his parents. His ending is one of the happy ones that may garner an Oprah appearance and maybe a few reruns of the Wife Swap episode. Luck was with both his parents and the world that watched events unfold yesterday.
If only we could all be so lucky….
I’m just doing my part to spread the word…
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You are welcome.
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