December 28, 2009

Gigantic, SUPER End-of-the-Year Omnibus Catch-All Post for 2009!

Well, it was certainly interesting.

I mean, you know, if you like that kind of thing.

Well, let's see:

1. If Possumblog still existed, it would now be 8 years old, having begun broadcasting on December 20, 2001. But it doesn't, so never mind.

2. I have a job. Still! It has not been slack over the past year for more than about ten minutes at a time, so for that I'm real grateful-like. I think it's something like what they used to call "job security," although sometimes it's more like a big aneurism in my head.

3. I got some very nice shirts for Christmas, and a steam mop, and a combo fax-printer-scanner-copier-hot air popper, and some socks, and candy, and some ties, and other things. They were all very much appreciated.

4. I am a bit concerned that the air travel security system that was noted in the past few days as having worked as designed relies so heavily on hoping for the failure of PETN-laced Nigerian underpants to explode. We should be safe as long as no one other than Wile E. Coyote tries to attack us.

5. The Volvo continues to roll up the mileage. It hit 260,000 miles a couple of weeks ago and kept right on puttering along. However, if anyone would like to give me a nicer car, I would certainly be willing to take it. Thanks!

6. The children are now grown, at least for all practical purposes. A harbinger of the years to come visited itself upon us this weekend, when yesterday we sent the three who still live at home off to Huntsville for some sort of church camp thing. The house is now completely empty of them, which left time for Miss Reba and I to be on our own for a few hours yesterday. We used our new steam mop on the kitchen and bathroom floors.

7. I gained weight this year, even though I tried not to. I'm hoping that next year I will lose weight, even though I will try not to.

8. (Reserved)

9. I have a marimba in my garage. It is a fascinating instrument that I did not fully appreciate until Boy and I had to disassemble it and bring it home. I believe it marks yet another example of extraterrestrial alien contact, because quite frankly I cannot understand how any human could have ever figured out how to make a musical instrument from the remnants of a boiler explosion at a parquet-flooring factory.

10. The dog and the cat seem to have reconciled themselves to each other's presence and get along fine. Aside from the occasional random cat-induced violence.

So there you go. Hope all of you had a good year, and have a better one next year!

Posted by Terry Oglesby at December 28, 2009 02:58 PM

Hey there...I think your summary of our air transportation safety is pretty apt. "Wile E. Coyote" indeed! But I do still read your non-blog when you non-update it.

Just so you'll know, I got this email from YOUR email address:

How are you these days? I bought one apple iphone 3gs black from this website www.[Deleted by a very angry person whose e-mail was corrupted. Ed.].com to my surprise,it's original,but much cheaper.You can check it,Hope everything well.

Didn't know you had a sideline business!

Posted by: Stan at December 29, 2009 09:14 AM

Hey Stan--yes, at least 400 people got the same message. It seems my email list has been stolen by (I think) a Facebook malware thing. I've sent out another email to everyone on my list to let them know it wasn't legit, but based on the language alone, everyone should have a pretty good idea it's not me. Or at least I thought so, until I just got a response from a friend who was asking how I liked my phone.


Posted by: Terry Oglesby at December 29, 2009 09:29 AM

`*SIGH!* A Red Chinese Volvo & who knows if Saab will keep going. So yeah, interesting is a word I'd use for the year along with I'm glad it's over and good riddance. Anywho my best to you and yours and hope the plugs in the bungholes stay intact, Happy New Years!

Posted by: Chef Tony at December 30, 2009 05:18 PM

Oh, I know it--it's almost too painful to contemplate. Although, I like to think that maybe they'll resurrect the 240. The fundamentals are sound--just needs some engine and electronics modifications to be just what the world needs!

Okay, maybe not.

You have yourself a merry New Year, Tony!

(And we shall not speak of plugs and bungholes ever again...)

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at December 30, 2009 05:37 PM

So, since when do we have a monday 10 minus one??
Have a happy new year everyone and enjoy your second one mr. dan. BTW terry i plan on stealing your Wile E. Coyote line.

Posted by: jim at December 31, 2009 03:20 PM

We never do that, and never will!

You have a good New Year, too, Doc. Just remember, don't open any packages that have ACME stamped on them...

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at December 31, 2009 04:37 PM

Glad to see your end-o-year summary post! I drove through Trussville yesterday, and thought of Possumblog. Have a good 2010.

Posted by: BillWms at January 1, 2010 09:01 AM

I hope it was a nice drive--sometimes the traffic on the main drag through town is, well, a drag. Best wishes for the New Year, Bill!

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at January 1, 2010 10:24 AM

A happy new one to all, though frankly I have a lot more invested in the lunar calendar year than I do with the secular one.

The latter doesn't do much for me, other than screwing up the checks I write and making me wonder where all the time went.

Posted by: skinnydan at January 4, 2010 12:10 PM

Pish-posh--you archaic types with your "checks" and such!

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at January 4, 2010 12:38 PM