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 Ah, 2009…what a year.

January saw me taking my youngest off to college in Nashville, Tennessee. 

Dad and Donovan at the Hermitage

A sad trip home.

The following day, Barack Obama was inagurated as the 44th POTUS. 

Pre Presidency Barack Obama

An historic day for America.

The audience (on both sides) behaved more badly than I’ve seen at an inauguration since LBJ in 1964, but at least Aretha sang for us

SING IT GIRL!

There was fighting in Darfur.

February brought the death of James Whitmore of “Shawshank Redemption” and Television’s “My Friend Tony” fame.

JAMES WHITMORE

The Steelers won Super Bowl XLIII

WE WON!

Slumdog Millionaire won best picture at the 81st Oscars.

I didn’t see it.

They were still fighting in Darfur.

March brought an even earlier Daylight Savings Time

I'M UP ALREADY!

I was cheated out of even more sleep by the ever meddling Federal Government.

The International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir for war crimes against humanity in Darfur.

ARETHA WANTS HER HAT BACK!

They were still fighting in Darfur.

In April, NATO was strengthened by the addition of Albania and Croatia, the G-20 summit met for the second time – it’s main focus was the international financial meltdown, North Korea caused panic by launching a rocket, former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori was sentenced to 25 years in the slammer for ordering killings and kidnappings, Nancy Pelosi still wanted to try George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.

I'LL GET YOU AND YOUR LITTLE DOG TOO!

My Mother celebrated her 90th birthday, the family was all together for the first time in a decade, and she made it through it all with a fractured  pelvic bone.

Grandma's 90th Birthday

There was fighting in Darfur.

If it hadn’t been for Cinco de Mayo, May would have been unbearable.

MARGARITA!

You know, with all that fighting in Darfur and all.

June brought my 57th birthday.  I was presented with a ticket to see Lynyrd Skynyrd, a life long dream.

BARBIE AND KEN, DOWN IN FRONT!

Kid Rock was there too, but I went anyway, and I’m glad I did.  I made some new friends.

AH, LADIES OF FASHION EVERYWHERE!

Michael Jackson died the day before my birthday shortly after Farrah Fawcett.  America lost two ICONS!  I went out to dinner anyway.

IS IT DIANA ROSS, OR MICHAEL JACKSON

MOVE OVER BETTY GRABLE

And there was fighting in Darfur.

July saw the 233rd celebration of America’s independence, France once again celebrated Bastille Day, Michael Jackson’s funeral was held, and The OAS (Organization of American States) spanked Honduras for not reinstating President Zelaya.  A political controversy in Central America, how surprising!

And there was some dust up in Darfur.

August saw the deaths of sister and brother, Eunice Kennedy Shriver and Senator Teddy Kennedy.

The Special Olympics lost it’s founder and good friend in Eunice.

There was some report of fighting in Darfur.

In September, Mother and Daddy celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.

70 YEARS AND STILL SMILING.

September also brought the worst flooding to Georgia in 100 years.   Schools were closed, millions of dollars of damage done, I was displaced at school (voted off the island), Patrick Swayze died way too soon, and the housing market collapsed.

A  new word entered the American Lexicon in September, a verb, “to Kanye”, or rudely interrupt.  As in, “Don’t kanye me when I’m talkin’ to you!” 

Kanye can also be used as a noun.  A Kanye, someone who makes a fool of himself, damages his career, and generally pisses everyone off.  As in, “Don’t be a Kanye!”

And there was fighting in Darfur.

October brought the debut of Redneck Latte Ravings, and I started having fun again.

Beautifully Bald!

President Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize.

There was war in Afghanastan and Iraq, and there was fighting in Darfur.

November saw the worst Black Friday sales in a long time.

In November we lost the father of the Theory of Superconductivity, Vitaly Ginzburg a Nobel Laureate in Science.  He was important because he helped to bring the USSR into the nuclear age by creating the first Soviet Atomic Bomb.

Dubai caused a huge stock market drop. scaring the pants off everyone in the world who thought it was a mega rich little principality, when it asked for an extension on its loans.  The European Union came together paving the way of the AntiChrist when it elected it first President, the Prime Minister of Belgium, Herman van Rompuy.

And there was fighting in Darfur.

December brought cold weather, movement halting snow storms, politically slanted Golden Globe nominations, the death of Britnany Murphy, Roy Disney, and Gene Barry (Bat Masterson for all of you who don’t remember but knew you knew the name.)

People complained because President Obama and his family spent Christmas Vacation in Hawai’i at $4,000. 00 per night.  It’s his money, his vacation, and my only complaint is that couldn’t go with him.

It also brought Christmas, Celebration, Hope, and Happiness for many.

For a while anyway, until the Nigerian Jackass put a bomb on a plane in Detriot.  (Anyone missing Dick Cheney about now?)

And yes,  there was still fighting in Darfur.

Happy New Year from Redneck Latte Ravings.

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