2008 – The Year in Review

31 Dec

I’m not so good at this. In fact, I’m not sure this post will be of much interest to anyone but me. Dave Barry always does a much better job: Dave Barry Year in Review: Bailing out of 2008.

The guys over at JibJab didn’t do too badly either this year.

All that being said, I’m not going to miss 2008. Yeah, there were some good times, but it’s been a roller coaster of a year. Here are my reflections.


On January 1 of this year, I started this blog. I’d been around the Interwebz for several years in various forums, mostly blogging under a pseudonym. Now I’m here. And if I do say so myself, it’s been a pretty good blogging year. Still…

Here in Richmond, we found out the Braves were moving to Georgia. For good.

Duncan Hunter, Rudy Giuliani, Fred Thompson and John Edwards drop out of the Presidential Race. That left for the Republicans anyway, John McCain, Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee. We all know how that turned out.

Toward the end of the month the wife and I took a trip back to our alma mater for my final meeting as a member of the alumni board. When we returned home, we found that our 12-year-old cat had broken her leg. Matters only got worse.

The entertainment world lost Suzanne Pleshette and Heath Ledger.


After major delays due to the writer’s strike, 24 slogged through Season Seven. They really shouldn’t have. Still the recent two hour movie has given us hope for Season Eight.

Toward the end of the month, my wife was the first car in a five car accident that shut down I-64 in Hampton Roads. She was not injured. We couldn’t say the same for our van, and Nationwide (our insurance and the driver at fault) screwed us over on the settlement.

Mitt Romney dropped out of the Presidential race. And then there were two.

William F. Buckley, Jr.’s pen was silenced at the end of the month.


Huckabee drops out and McCain secures the nomination. For conservatives, life as we knew it, was over.

Bill Bolling announces he will run for re-election, securing the top two GOP ticket slots a year and a half ahead of the election.

Barack Obama tells us he doesn’t want his daughters “punished with a baby.”

Barack also tells us he would’ve left the Chicago church if he’d ever listened to a sermon in 20 years of attendance.

The world said goodbye to Arthur C. Clarke and Ivan Dixon (Kinchloe on “Hogan’s Heroes”).


In April, I went on a week long missions/reconstruction trip to New Orleans. A life changing experience and one that gave me a broader, and more realistic understanding of what really happened following Katrina. It’s still a mess down there and I’m hoping for the chance to go back to help again. I talked about my trip here, here, here and here.

Thanks to all the bitter folk, Hillary won the Pennsylvania primary. Not that it did her any good.

Charlton Heston took his final curtain call.


For the first time in the five years since I planted them, my Iris bloomed in full. Perhaps that was a foreshadowing of what was to come. My mother-in-law brought the Iris from her yard when she moved in with us in 2003. After a rapid decline in her health, we lost her just after Memorial Day. She never saw the Iris bloom, but she did see the pictures.

In the political realm, Barack Obama continued his 57-state tour. Hillary finally dropped out of the race.

In May we also lost Dottie Rambo, Harvey Korman, Sydney Pollack and winemaker Robert Mondavi. Those four names have probably never appeared in a sentence together.

In what has now become my 2008 Post of the Year, I asked: So all the GOP needs is the right pair of pumps?


With the onset of summer, we lost George Carlin, Tim Russert and Cyd Charisse.


July was vacation week at the beach for our family, and my turning 50. It’s not all it’s cracked up to be. In fact I’ve heard the 50s referred to as the wonder years. As in you wonder what’s going to ache or stop working next.

Speaking of wonders, in July, Barack Obama went on his signs and wonders tour of Europe.

We lost Estelle Getty and Tony Snow.

On a more personal note, my family said goodbye to our beloved cat who never quite recovered from her broken leg.


The eyes of the world turned to China, and saw perhaps far more than the Chinese had hoped. Here, here, here and here.

Barack Obama ascended to the Temple Barackus. Quick, without turning to Google, name one thing he said. Hope and Change don’t count.

Isaac Hayes sang his final note.


In September the world was introduced to Governor Sarah Palin who energized the campaign and who, despite the wishes of the leftists and the moderates will play a major role in the future of the Republican Party. That is, she will if you want us around.

The selection of Governor Palin, along with a stirring convention speech finally excited us about the campaign of John McCain. Unfortunately, those were about the last things that did. Despite the best efforts of Governor Palin and millions of enthusiastic supporters, John McCain spent the next two months reminding us why we didn’t want to vote for him in the first place.

In what would likely be the final determining factor in the campaign, the economy continued to go south, and John McCain briefly, very briefly suspended his campaign to go back to Washington so we could all get screwed with the first of the bailouts.

Paul Newman passed away in September. But according to a number of commenters, I’m not allowed to talk about it because I’m a conservative.


Sarah Palin came to a rally at the Richmond Raceway. My sons and I were there.

In the middle of the month, my family journeyed home to Giles County for family reunion. We had a wonderful time. While there we visited Mountain Lake, or should I say the lake bed: Dry on the Mountain.

Unfortunately, when we returned home from that trip, we found out that we’d been victims of a home break-in. They didn’t get much. But enough to make us feel violated. They did find the perp who had a storage unit full of stuff. Sadly, none of it ours. But at least he’s behind bars.


November brought another year of Nanowrimo, and another year when I bailed out early.

Of course we know the big news of November. As much as we tried to make it otherwise, Barack Hussein Obama was elected 44th President of the United States. We realize the historical significance of electing the first African American President. That’s quite an accomplishment and for that we applaud him. It’s just his policies that frighten us. Of course, President Obama will not, as had been previously discussed, have the distinction of being America’s first socialist President. George W. Bush decided he’d grab that title before he left town.

On November 22, my wife and I celebrated 22 years of marriage. Many of them good ones.

Also in November, Raising Kaine announced they were closing up shop. While we usually disagree with them, you cannot discount their influence on the blogosphere. Darn it.


December brought our Advent Series, the Carnival of Christmas, our church Christmas production and a million things in between.

B2R was launched and the first targeted races announced.

The Capitol Visitor Center was dedicated. The Country may now be able to balance the budget due to no longer having to buy air freshener for Harry Reid’s office.

The announcement of the Kennedy Center Honors was worth it for the sheer joy of watching Barbra Streisand and George W. Bush have to make nice.

In a post-election political drama that the President-Elect would rather do without, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was arrested. As of this writing Blagojevich has made an appointment to Obama’s seat and Harry Reid is saying the Senate won’t seat him. Riley talks about it: IL Gov. Blago Defies Senate Dems, Appoints Obama Replacement

Conservatives lost Paul Weyrich. Trekkies lost Majel Barrett Roddenberry.

On the music front, two good notes (no real pun intended). I “discovered” both Celtic Woman and The Priests. I can see hours of listening enjoyment ahead.

That’s about it for 2008. I’m not sorry to see it go. I wouldn’t change everything about the year. But there’s precious little I’d like to live through again.

Here’s hoping for a brighter and better 2009. Tomorrow, I’ll spend some time talking about my goals for the year.

And remember, Election Day is just 307 days away.


One Response to “2008 – The Year in Review”


  1. Jessie - January 13, 2009

    how much senate experience does barack obama have…

    Nevertheless there will always be a minority who will not get the point you are trying to make….

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