In 2009 I managed to…
…get engaged(!), visit Indiana (twice), go to Vegas (and not get married) (twice), consistently post Foto Fridays, start three new blogs, post more videos, keep my job (Hello recession!), move to Tacoma, buy a house, get the attention of Levi Corporate out of a blog post, write a book chapter on Twitter, stay in grad school, get a cat, convert this blog to Wordpress, redesign it (twice), and keep a blog readership despite the rise of Twitter and said redesigns.
SOMEHOW, despite my abuses and rants here, you still love me (or my pretty photos) and I THANK YOU for that. As in past years, let’s take a look at the highlights (and lowlights):
Best author: Paolo Paolo remains the undisputed heavyweight champion of blogging. Every time he blogs, a puppy and kitten spoon.
Best newbie: Fabrizio Fabrizio starred in several videos over the past year and made it into several Foto Fridays. He is one cool cat.
Best comment: On Sept. 28, 2009, Brother Bear wrote:
Paolo… May I suggest the jeans you find at Costco. They have multiple brands instock and they are very reasonable. My sugggestion is to buy a few pairs or the diffrent brands and maybe go up one size and take them home and see what happens. Then just go back and buy what you think will work as they have no fitting rooms there at Costco.
Been buying jeans there for years now and they always fit my fatass ~Brother Bear
Runner-up comment: On Jan. 27, 2009, Jeanna wrote:
Does this mean you got smart and decided to BUY in Seattle. I was thinking on the way to work this morning how CRAZY you’d be to buy a house in Tacoma. It’s SO far away. You’d probably never come up here, and probably never get to enjoy great places like Black Bottle Again. Basically what I mean is Tacoma = SOCIAL DEATH.
Best guest post by Paolo: Home court advantage
Best post featuring a focuspoint video: Home > Work
Best demonstration of Paolo's game: ENGAGED!
Scariest post: Unmarked intersection + bus = Boo Remember when Amanda got into that car accident? Yeah. Boo.
Dorte Callahan Memorial ‘Lurker’ Award: DORTE! Especially considering that I no longer live with Katrine, this award is well-deserved.
Most narcissistic: 4.0 is a perfect number
Best ski-related post: Heaven and snow
Most alcoholic: 20-somethings are The New Vintage
Most obnoxious: One day without a phone
Best post written for women: Ladies, eat your hearts out
Best headline: @Castlemonkey's small package
Most drastic haircut: A new look for Valentine's Day
Grossest post: I can't stand the drain
Best pre-home purchase post: Paint by number, I wish
Best Wal-Mart-related post: The air mattress queen
Best post about aging: Hairline discrimination
Best flashback post: Swine flu is the other white death, or How Wesley Narrowly Escaped Mexican Jail
Best Photoshop job: Exercise the demon: Matt plays pundit
Best new blog: Pour Wine Review
Best Video: (We Run) Deep Canyon Tennis Club
Best unoriginal soundtrack in an original video: Fabrizio's first bath
Best voiceover in an original video: Paolo in Fabrizio the Gato
Best performance in an original video: Paolo and Amanda in Song and Sweat
Best actor in an original video: Sergio in Wax on, hair off
Best Foto Friday: Kicks, tattoos and chest hair