The Best of Times/The Worst of Times 2012 [FaN Remembers]
Ernessa says: Well, since I’m writing this half-prone in a hospital bed, you’ve probably guessed already that being on bed rest since the week after Thanksgiving (6 weeks so far, with two clocked in the hospital) has absolutely been my least favorite moment of the year. However, this is all kind of made up for by getting and staying pregnant, so I guess I’ll call it even, especially now that I’ve made it to 34 weeks. Woohoo!
And here’s what our other bloggers had to say about their favorite and least favorite moments of the year.
Favorite Moment of the Year: My husband and I were driving from LA to my Mom’s house in Nebraska-adjacent part of Colorado this past March. We usually fly, but I was bringing home an antique dresser, so we needed to drive. It’s an 18 hour trip one way. Since I still don’t drive, Seen had to do the whole trip behind the wheel. We came thisclose to stopping at a hotel in the late afternoon, but he wanted to push on, even though the next hotel/services were 112 miles away. We were in the middle of nowhere, Utah, weary and tired of the road. And then, we came over a rise and the painted desert was laid out before us. The sun had just set below the horizon and the entire floor of the valley, and each crevice and bend of the mountain range, was a soft maroon tinged pink. Even though we were sprinting along at 80+ mph, my husband took my hand and we both inhaled deeply and just let the moment wash over us. It was probably one of my top ten moments of all time.
Least Favorite Moment of the Year: Luckily, I didn’t have too many least favorite moments this year. So I’ll have to go with the end of the trip to Colorado that included my favorite moment of the year. 18 hours one way in a car to my Mom’s house. The trip there was not to shabby, but towards the end of the 18 hours on the ride back everything started getting achey, I started getting bitchy and then there was a storm in the mountain pass between Vegas and L.A. so we were going around 11 miles an hour. It wasn’t life shattering, but it sucked.
Amy Robinson, Blogumnist Editor and writer of Tall Drink of Nerd
Favorite Moment of the year: CERN’s announcement of the discovery of a new particle with properties consistent with the Higgs Boson following experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (Honorable mention: Mitt Romney’s concession of the 2012 presidential race)
Least Favorite Moment of the Year: Encyclopedia Britannica’s discontinuation of its print edition after 244 years (Honorable mentions: the Greek debt crisis and the opening ceremonies of the Summer Olympics)
Charles L.Cron from Thought Chuck
Favorite Moment of the Year: I loved Jimmy Fallon, Carly Rae Jespen, and the Roots using instruments found in an elementary school classroom to perform her hit, “Call Me Maybe,” as a viral video.
Least Favorite Moment of the Year: Hurricane Sandy. From problems getting to work to my apartment flooding, it was an absolute, miserable, horrible nightmare that’s still affecting a lot of people. Just ask FaN’s Ryan Dixon, who called to check on me smack in the middle of the disaster!
Jersey Joe from Kicking Back with Jersey Joe
I’d like to declare this openly for the internet right now- I’m NOT a pothead by any stretch of the imagination. However, my favorite moment of the year has definitely been watching marijuana get legalized for personal use in Washington and Colorado. The actual act and har-har jokes about getting high aside, the benefits of its production stateside and the positive impact on our prison systems with its decriminalization seem like a no-brainer and reading about the coverage of hundreds of people smoking out under the Space Needle in joy while cops hilariously refused to even cite them, allowing them to ‘have their fun’ brought a smile to my face.
My least favorite moment of the year was the announcement of the iPad mini. While most of my predictions were true regarding the iPad mini, it bugs me to no end I can’t get that sweet, sweet form factor with a retina display. It’s made all the more horrific by the fact that I know I will STILL go buy one, knowing full well a retina version will probably be released in less than a year. First world problems at their finest, yes?
Joshua Irish from Game On
Favorite Moment of the Year: Shipping my studio’s first game Zig Zag Zombie. It was 1.5 years of never really getting a break, and it opened a lot of doors for me. And I just like playing the darn thing, even after all this time.
Least Favorite Moment of the Year: Never having a life while working on my game Zig Zag Zombie.
Matt Udvari from Gamer by Design
Favorite Moment of the Year: Raoul and I got to take some time to visit our families in July. It was a nice break!
Least Favorite Moment of the Year: My bunny Jumbles got sick recently, so it was a bit stressful for a while. He is all better now, though!
Missy Kulik from Dork Lifestyle
Favorite Moment of the Year: Getting to not only take my man Levi out to Burning Man for the first time, but being able to have a small ceremony celebrating our love together… If California get’s it’s sh*t together this year our default world wedding should be right around the corner!
Least Favorite Moment of the Year: The London Summer Olympics…. #blandsnoozefest
Zack Bunker from A Tall Glass of Shame and The Runway Rundown
AND OUR SPECIAL ELECTION COVERAGE….
Favorite Moment of the Year: The moment when Ohio was called for Obama and it was clear he was going to win. There’s a lot I could say about this significant and historic moment, but I prefer to remember the immortal words of Dianne Sawyer who said: “Hey, Obama won! I love that guy! And I love you, too Stepamanoflous. I love you, man. I love youuuuu, I love youuuuuu. Hey, hold my hair Snuffleupagus, I’m gonna hurl.” I mean, I can’t blame her for getting drunk– I’d be wasted, too, if I thought I was going to have to say “Mitt Romney has just been elected the President of the United States” on national television. The problem was, she did a shot of Jager for every red state that got called for Romney at the beginning of the night, so by the time it was clear that Obama was gonna win, she was already totally hammered. Fortunately, she had plenty of time to sober up while waiting for Mitt to stop holding his breath and stamping his feet and fucking concede already. Evidently, he locked himself in his room and blasted Donnie and Marie and wouldn’t come out til Anne promised to buy him a pony, a sister wife, and a company to bankrupt.
Least Favorite Moment of the Year: You know, I thought nothing would top my 40th birthday, which was also the day that my grandfather passed away (Hiya, mortality! So nice to contemplate ya ALL FUCKING DAY.) Weirdest Facebook day ever (“Happy birthday Eric!!!!! Hope it’s a great one!!!!!!!!!!!xoxoxoxoxoxo!!!!!!!!!!! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family”.) But then the Jets decided to top this moment with two simple words: “Butt fumble.” I don’t think my grandfather would be upset that this was my least favorite moment- it was his least favorite too, even though he was already dead. They have NFL Sunday Ticket in the After Life, you know. Whether you’re in Heaven or Hell- well that just depends on your team.
Eric Sims from California Seething
Favorite Moment of the Year: Obama’s acceptance speech on election day.
Least Favorite Moment of the Year: The shooting in Aurora, CO during THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. It absolutely broke my heart.
Jennifer May Nickel from Gal About Town: Fashion and Travel at Your Fingertips
Anton Chigurh’s eviler twin brother, Karl Rove-Chigurh, spent most of his time in 2012 trying to fire compressed Super-Pac donations into the collective foreheads of the American public. Fortunately on election night, the electorate jammed his air canon by voting against every single candidate he promised to deliver. Rove-Chigurh’s “nuh-uh” argument with Fox News’ election prognosticators was easily my favorite bit of schadenfreude this past year. Daddy loves his shadenfreude.
Least Favorite Moment of the Year: “Goldengate” a/k/a “The Immaculate Interception.” I’ll be apologizing for Russell Wilson’s game-winning interception to Packer fans for the rest of my life. Thanks a lot replacement refs. Seriously though, thanks a lot. Good lookin’ out.
Joshua Mauldin from FIERCE ANTICIPATION
Favorite Moment of the Year: The election ending. I can now listen to NPR again during my commute. Ryan Seacrest was the lesser of two evils and that’s really saying something. Why do men keep falling for Ryan’s Roses?? I don’t get it, where do they find these morons–Mars?
Least Favorite Moment of the Year: The whole part leading up to the election. OMG. I spend a lot of time feeling fairly pessimistic about the human race. I don’t know if this is or isn’t related to my career choice. Anyway, being confronted by the reality that there are men (and maybe women) in this country that believe there is such a thing as “legitimate rape” or that somehow the woman’s culpability or (maybe collusion? I don’t know what they are thinking) in this act can somehow make them impervious to pregnancy makes me want to bury my head in the sand like a good ostrich until they all just shut the fuck up.
Madam HR from HorroR Stories