December 31, 2010 by Darlene McC
Lets Review, Shall We?
Yup. While the rest of the planet also writes their end of year reviews I’m sitting down with the impulse to recap. According to the BBC News buzzing its way to me over the air via WNYC, it’s already 2011 in New Zealand, and about to be in parts of Australia. But it’s still 2010 here! And, as my friends over at Autostraddle are fond of staying: “I have feelings about it.”
How do I even write one of these things? Reviewing what I’ve accomplished? Talk about the major news? A top 10 for 2010? (not that one at least… google can give you plenty of them.)
I’ll start here:
2010 Didn’t Suck.
No, it definitely did not. Looking back on the goals I set for myself at the beginning of the year I broke about 50/50 for hitting what I set out to. I published a novel, made some movies, founded Geek Goddess with my best lady, and make that little thing called Skip Trace. Throw my work with the Sahana Foundation (via SPS) on that heap and it’s been quite the 12 moon-cycles.
Yet a list of accomplishments doesn’t feel sufficient – there were more reasons why it was better-than-bad. The weather was good for the most part. I spent more time outside than I have since I was a kid. 3 great rock climbing trips. DADT was just repealed! I started making myself go to the gym. The friends I have I brought closer and made some great new ones.
Beyond all that: It feels like things are getting better. For everyone.
The economy is looking up. Less of my friends are choosing between rent and food. My family wasn’t afraid to buy Christmas presents this year. We’re doing it – and we’re better for having gone through a few years of squeeze.
5 Reasons 2010 Didn’t Suck:
2010 brought us Glee! I’m completely serious: we needed this. Something light-hearted that brought up serious issues in a fun way. It’s been too long that we’ve been watching SVU and the bitter pills are forced down with blood and brooding – think about it: Gay high schoolers, teen pregnancy, bullying, discrimination: all wrapped up like an After School Special for teens and adults.
How could you watch that and not believe that things will get better?
2. 2010 Vancouver Olympics
I vaguely recall people bitching how “lame” the Vancouver Olympics were, but I loved it! No, it wasn’t Beijing, but after all that over-kill I wanted something sweet and pleasant and easy to watch without having to think about the Socio-political context of everything that happened: and who better to deliver that gift to the world than Canada?
It was beautiful, fun to watch, there were some great stories that came out of it – and Canadian Hockey won. Go Canada!
3. Neil and David’s Twins
Neil Patrick Harris and his partner David Burtka have twins… and I love a world that can allow two men who love each other very much to have twins with a surrogate and each of them be the biological father. That is a miracle of technology and of the advancements in equality in the past 100 years (or 50… or even in my lifetime).
And they’re both beautiful. And I’m sure their kids are beautiful. I like a world that has their family in it.
4. Autostraddle Calendar Girls
Robin Roemer deserves a cake and a bottle of wine as thanks from girls who think girls are beautiful. She’s the photographer and brain behind Autostraddle’s Calendar Girls. As she describes it:
We just think Maxim, COED and Playboy shouldn’t get to corner the market on “monthly devotions to very very good looking women.” We know lots of hot lesbians who also look good casually lounging on bedsheets and hanging out at the pool/on the couch. Each month our photographer Robin will shoot a Le Cadeau by Robin set (as featured on WeTV) with one beautiful, talented, smart, interesting and sexy lesbian lady. At the end of the year, we’ll have a pretty kickass calendar that you can buy for 2011, which is our last year on earth before the apocalypse. Don’t you want to keep track of that in style?
I’ll admit that I’m biased, some of my friends are in it… but check it out and you’ll understand why I love it.
5. Double Rainbows
23 Million views can’t be wrong.
Tomorrow the planning begins. For now, revelry.