I know, I’ve been a grouch lately. Bah humbugging Christmas. Accentuating the negative on animal welfare groups. Dissing people who don’t appreciate pets. Discussing diseased dog butts. Grousing about defunct writing markets.
But 2009 was far from disastrous for me. And I don’t want to finish the year with a bad taste. Consider this my mouthwash post — better, my sorbet palate cleanser — before the feast that will be 2010. I’m sure of it.
Tops on my list of greatest hits:
- I had a book about dogs published and introduced Frankie to the world.
- People told me they liked it and, especially, him. In public, in print, and on the airwaves.
- Frankie became a spokesdog and media icon (Note: as soon as I revamp my blog, the following video will appear on my home page so I won’t have to sneak it into any more posts. I admit that I’m inordinately fond of it.)
- I created and continue to write a blog, and got involved with Twitter — proof that I could master new media, boomer decrepitude notwithstanding.
- As a result of all of the above, I reconnected with old friends and made new ones, real and virtual, canine and human. I’d like to give a particular shout out to Jenni Watson, a virtual stranger — or, rather, virtual friend — who sent me tomatoes and home made preserves because… well, you can read about it here. She also taught me that “atheist homeschooler” is not an oxymoron.
So… spill it. What about 2009 didn’t suck for you?
Update: Grisha Stewart of Ahisma Dog Training in Seattle (aka @doggiezen on Twitter) had the excellent idea of paying this post forward: Post on your own blog or in the comments section of her blog — or mine — things about 2009 that didn’t suck (or, as she put it, good things). Unless you’re in Australia, it’s not too late to show 2009 to the door with a bit of group hug rather than a kick in the butt.