Starstruck - Santogold
Robocop - Kanye West
Motown 25 (feat. Royce Da 59") - Elzhi
Day N Nite - KiD CuDi
Fire (Put It In The Air) - The Knux
30,000 >>> How many additional troops are needed for the U.S. military to "safely handle it's commitments globally". This can mean one of two things: Americans are unpatriotic cowards, or the American goverment has grossly overstepped it's war-mongering bounds. Oooh, oooh! Pick me teacher, I know!
500+ >>> Murders in Chicago this year. I've already voiced my opinion on the matter, but whenever the homicide rate goes up (as in more dead people, King Richard) something is very wrong. And don't tell me anything about variability and statistics either. I forget who said this, but they were 100% right: "There's lies, damn lies, and then there's statistics."
8 >>> As in Proposition 8. Shame on California for passing this bigotry masquerading as law. First time I caught wind of this I thought Anita Bryant
1 >>> As in the 1st
The 2-2-5 >>> Probably the place I've had the most fun in in 2008. I could type for days about it so I'll just leave it at this: If you've been there, you know.
The Cell >>> I went to 9 games this year. It was a down year. But I was lucky enough to be at the Black Out Game, the one-game playoff that the Good Guys won 1-0. I still have the black towel in my room. Kellyn, you're the man. Double Duty too.
Bacci's >>> Nothing new to me, but the looks on the East and West Coast kids' ('Toine too) faces when they get that giant $5 slice and pop is priceless. From off-campus lunch in high school to post-Lupe 28 inchers, many a good memory came at the North & Clybourn location this year.
Grant Park >>> Being there on Election Night was probably the most surreal night of my life. Though I doubt it was as emotional, I have a semblance of an understanding now when old people talk about MLK's March on Washington. Jumping and celebrating with total strangers and seeing people brought to tears was about as dreamlike as it gets for me. I finally got one of those "back in the day" stories to tell my kids.
The Internet >>> This blog as evidence, the Internet was huge for me in '08. Youtube and Facebook aside, I bought probably around $1000 worth of clothes and sneakers online, watched free movies to my hearts content, and downloaded enough free music for a
- "I.O.Fs (Incidents of Fuckery)"
Plaxico Burress They'll be calling him Rambo at Rikers while he gets....uh....initiated.
The Palins Proof that fuckery is genetic. I'm not extrapolating to the Down Syndrome baby though. I wouldn't go there.
Blago My President is black, My Lambo is criminal. And I'll be goddamned if my Governor ain't too.
This Guy He's not famous or anything, but this picture gets me every time. Somebody must be getting a fat life insurance payoff after the funeral.
Food >>> It's hard to eat well in college. The stir-fry line is always long and it's easier sweet-talking the lady at the grill than it is the African cat asking you "Teriyaki or Sweet & Sour". But I'm going to try. The 2 am pizzas have to stop too, or at least happen less often. Easier said than done though I know. I'm usually not myself when ordering that large pepperoni and green peppers from Domino's.
30,000 >>> As in page views. Thanks to all you readers out there for helping push the counter to 12,ooo in just 5 months. I really appreciate every single one of you who take the time to read, let alone care, about what I have to say. This time next year I'd like to be up around 30k views. Some comments would be nice too, even if you just say "I never comment b/c you bore me to death". Knowing what you all think only helps motivate me.
Internship >>> It's pretty hard to get an internship as a rising sophomore, especially in journalism. But I'm gonna try my ass off to get one for the summer. And yes, I'm going to shamelessly abuse my Wilbon connect until it comes through for me.
Maintain >>> Grades were never a problem for me. Wasn't a straight-A type, but I did enough to keep my parents out of my business. Well, as of today, my GPA is an unimpressive 2.8. Now more than ever before I'm convinced of how unimportant grades are in the grand scheme of things, but my grades are about $25,000 worth of important. A year. So I gotta get my shit together. Hopefully this time next year, I'll still have my scholarship.
Love every single one of you guys. Have a happy and safe New Year's Eve.....................haha how awkward would it be if nobody reads this..........Two fingers! I'm out.