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A Look At The Year That Is

by John Welsh

As we emerge from the bombardment of year-end lists and rankings, and as we trudge through awards season celebrating 2011, I choose to look to the present. Although only a month old, 2012 blazes forth, so now is the perfect time to have a Year in Review!

What a year it's been. Here is a totally subjective list of the best things to happen in The Year of the Dragon:

 

BEST SONG

"Somebody That I Used to Know" - Gotye

This song, although released as a single in 2011, is on an album that was released in 2012, so it counts. Also, I hadn't heard it until this year. So back off. This song has a hook that only happens twice, so I listen to it on repeat, sitting through a relaxed two verses before being tickled by the Phil Collins / Sting chorus, then charmed by a guest verse from Kimbra that really sets off the next chorus. The video of the people playing this on one guitar adds to its credit, because hearing it stripped down is just as good as hearing the full version. The song holds up. Song of the Year.

BEST BREAKFAST

This was a tough one. In a year filled with great breakfasts, I'd have to say Sunday, January 14th took the cake:

- Cinnamon Toast Crunch mixed with vanilla Chobani Greek yogurt

- Three egg omelet with pepper jack and cheddar, spinach, and topped with jalapeno hummus

- Jelly donut

- Coffee

There are still a few more days left this month, so I'll keep you posted if something knocks this off the top spot, but the way it all came together was really special. Trust me.

FULL DISCLOSURE: I took a nap immediately after finishing this meal.

BEST MOVIE

Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie

I haven't seen this movie yet, but I did watch "Tennis" recently, and if the movie is anything like that, we'll be fine. If there was a better movie released this year, I wouldn't know, because I haven't seen any that have come out.

BEST PARK

I backed into my driveway last Tuesday, and it made going to work Wednesday a real treat. Why don't I do this every time? Because then I'd have to back my car into the driveway every time. This was a once-a-year occurrence and I loved it.

BEST EAVESDROP

Hearing a woman at work try to coax the pregnant girl at work into revealing who the father of her baby is.

BEST MONTH

January

BEST PICTURE

This is misleading. It should be 'Best Photograph.' Just forget it. Just forget the whole thing.

BEST YOGA SESSION

That one I went to.

BEST HAIRCUT

That one I got.

BEST BANK TRIP

That time I went.

BEST CAR WASH

n/a

BEST BEACH TRIP

n/a

BEST ICE COLD BEER AFTER MOWING THE LAWN

n/a

BEST ONE SIDE OF A PHONE CALL:

“Hi, is this Branchinelli's?” (waits)

“What time are you open until?” (waits)

“Ok, super, thanks!” (waits)

(to the room) “They're closed.”

BEST CITY IN THE WORLD

New York City. This probably won't change month to month.

BEST HOLIDAY

Martin Luther King Day & New Year's Day (tie).

MLK Day gave us off work. New Year's Day was spent snacking and looking at pictures from the night before. This will inevitably be kicked off the 2012 Best Of list when the 4th of July rolls around.

BEST TELEVISION SCENE

The Leslie Knope rally at the ice rink from Parks and Rec.

 

 

BEST VIDEO GAME

Fifa '09. Three years late to the party.

BEST PODCASTS

-Todd Glass on WTF with Marc Maron Episode 245.

-Andy Richter and Paul F. Tompkins on Comedy Bang Bang Episode 138.

-Horatio Sanz and Andy Daly on Improv 4 Humans Episode 10.

BEST NIGHT'S SLEEP

January 4th into January 5th. Bed at 10:30pm, up and at 'em at 9am. Knowing I didn't have work really helped.

BEST DINNER

Indian food at the Curry Club on Friday, January 27th. I ordered Chicken Jhalfrezi with coconut rice.

BEST YEAR IN REVIEW LIST

I'd be surprised if there was another one. This wins by default. Early bird gets the worm. Take a note, freshmen.

---Tune in next month for an updated list about the Best of 2012. If you don't agree, make your own list. Why are we still focusing on 2011? It's over. You blew it. You didn't do most of the stuff you had planned, the memories are fading, bin Laden is still dead, your credit is no better...unless it is, then congratulations, but it won't last. Look ahead! Look sideways! Just don't look back!

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John Welsh is really into music, music-related events, music-related films, and...well, you get the picture. He is a graduate of Boston University and a former member of their famed sketch comedy troupe Slow Children At Play. He can also teach you math real good when he isn't mailman-ing. Contact him at john.welsh [at] theinclusive.net