If This Year Could Talk: Everyday Magic, Day 166

Hey, I’m 2010, and I’m exhausted. What a year! I tell you, I could use a good week of solid sleep, and I know I’m going to get it and more very soon. You think you’ve had a year? Listen to what I’ve been through.

I was all shook up in January with the earthquake in Haiti. It was murder to get through, still is actually, and it gave me a bad name from the get-go, but it wasn’t my fault — all the mess left by the partying years before me that messed with the techtonic plates and whatnot. Don’t even get me started.

Then, at least, some decent things happened here — well, at least decent starts: health care reform, financial regulation passed, don’t ask don’t tell FINALLY repealed (you know, I was hoping that would happen on my watch), some looneys losing in the elections (although some looneys won too, but can’t win ’em all), and a lovely spring in Kansas.

Of course, there was the BP oil spill, but again: NOT MY FAULT! Those idiots built those drills wrong years before I was even a twinkle in your eye. It was embarrassing, humiliating to the extreme, especially since I always considered myself a water person, and I especially love the little swimming critters. As for the Tea Party and Wiki Leaks, again, I claim innocence. Look to what those bozos were doing in ’08 and ’09 to find some roots for those messes. And I’m fair about this too: I also don’t claim credit for Bristol Palin dancing much better than anyone thought she could. I know she’s been practicing with those years before me.

In my sojourns in Lawrence, Kansas, where I’m residing for my coming respite, things were a little sunnier — good weather and some amazing thunderstorms to enjoy. We did lose a lot of people we love in this area: Mark Larson, Rob Kammayer, Micah Rolfs and so many others, and I was very sad to see them go. There’s a lot I could complain about in regard to state-wide politics, but I’m plum worn out. Besides, I need to save up my energy for one last dance-til-you-drop (literally for me) party tonight when Kelley Hunt plays at Liberty Hall. Come by and say hello. Say goodbye too, and wish me well. Remember, I did what I could with what I had, and I wish my replacement all the best in doing a whole lot better.

Yours for 12 more hours and 39 more minutes,

2010