Year in review

Oh 2009.  I’m going to list some “Best Of” moments of the year.

Ranger Thriller DanceBest song: Well, I would say it has to be a collection of songs by one artist this year.  More than ever, I listened to Michael Jackson this year since he passed away in June.  I burned a disc of his songs in the beginning of September and have only taken it out of my cd player in my car a couple times (long road trips).  I never get tired of it.  I didn’t realize how hard I was going to take the loss of Michael, but it’s been a huge deal for me just like millions of others across the world.  My favorite songs being from Off the Wall and Thriller.  “PYT” and “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough” and “Human Nature” may be my Top 3, but those change all the time.
Honorable Mentions: “Empire State of Mind”  by Jay- Z and “Make Her Say” by Kid Cudi.

Best Dance Party: Michael Jackson Tribute Party at Silver Moon.  May be tops of all time. Honorable Mention: Brazilian Carnival Dance Party at Old Mill Martini Bar with Tera, Ninico (and Eric?) in March.  I think we made quite a threat for dance champions against the Brazilians that night.

Best Sunset: There were so many good sunsets which I couldn’t see in their entirety from my kitchen window, but

Sunset over the Thames

they looked amazing from what I could tell.  I’m going to go with one from outside of London in Kingston-upon-Thames.  I was sitting at an outside patio at a pub  which was right on the river next to Kingston Bridge (I think it was part of the Ram Brewery constortium), having some pints with complete strangers (couchsurfing meet up).  It was a beautiful night.

Honorable Mention: Sunset at Gateway Park in Salem when Eric and I squeezed in a round of disc golf before it got too dark.  That was fun.

Best Drink: Oh I would have to go with the hundreds of bottles of Deschutes Twilight I consumed while playing Cornhole all summer.  It was inevitable that we’d throw a few games at night when everyone got home from work.  It was so much fun and I look forward to playing again soon.

Honorable mention: Summer Pimm’s purchased from one of the many Pimm’s tents at Chelsea Flower Show that cost £9 but so worth it.  I had gotten about 2 hours sleep on the flight to London and headed straight to the flower show that morning. It was my first drink in Londontown in almost 2 1/2 years and it was so delicious.

Best Movie: I am fairly certain I didn’t see Slumdog Millionaire until after the new year so I will go with that.  Honorable Mention: Michael Jackson’s This Is It

Best sporting event: The 2009 Wimbledon Championships between Rodger Federer and Andy Roddick.  It was the longest, most crazy match ever and I so wished Roddick would have won.  But Rodger deserved it as well. Honorable Mention: Melanie Oudin’s run in the US Open.  It was so exciting to see a new American cleaning house.  Look out for her in the future.

Best smooch: At Gold Bluff’s Beach in the Redwoods with Eric.  How romantic! Honorable mention: Smooching Bella too many times to count.

Smooch fest

Best free from the fetters of clothing moment (no pictures, sorry): Multiple skinny dips into the Pacific Ocean at the Brewer’s Summer games in Pacific City and kicking up some awesome luminescent bugs or something in the sand and water.  I felt like I was in a movie. Honorable Mention: Umpqua Hot Springs with the ladies in February when we had the place all to ourselves for a couple hours.  The water was hot and so were we!

Best drinking session: My new friends at the Royal Oak in London who chatted me up all evening and night and proceeded to keep “topping off” my beer which lead to a drunk Colleen and the weirdest journey back to my hostel that night.  That’s what traveling is about I guess.  Honorable mention: Sitting at Riverside with Tera and Eric a few weeks ago killing a few pitchers of Jubelale, solving the world’s problems.

Best Meal:  Any breakfast I eat at the Victorian with a Bloody Mary.  I just can’t think of anything that beats it. Honorable Mention: My newly discovered omelet mess (feta, garlic stuffed olives, spinach) with a cup of Tips.

Funniest moments: There are always so many because I refuse to get stuffy with life, BUT I can think of some that stand out.  I think Thanksgiving Mustache Party with Tera and Patty was quite amazing.  We all just looked so ridiculous.  Honorable mention: When I crashed into the back of a car on my bike on my way back from Roots fest only to find out when we got home that Tera had also crashed on her bike. 2nd honorable mention: The night Piccadilly got a plastic bag attached to her somehow and she went full speed tearing through the house at 2 AM trying to get away from it.

Best place to hang out: Riverside Market.  You can not beat the people watching in that place and it’s 2 blocks from our house.  Honorable Mention: Silver Moon.  I love that place and there were many good new memories formed there this year.

Ben and Tera spreading Freedom

Best bike ride: Freedom ride on 4th of July and getting to be apart of the crowd that stopped traffic downtown for a half hour.  It was one of the coolest Bend things I have ever done. Honorable mention: Somehow Tera, Eric and I getting home on our bikes without crashing after a couple of inches of snow fell while we were at Silver Moon celebrating the engagement of Troy and Burl.  Then the sweet snowball fight that followed.

Best costume: Easily the caveman costumes Tera and I donned a couple weeks ago for the Rebound work party. We looked amazing.  Honorable mention: Everyone dressing up to take jumping pictures while drinking ICBs this Spring.  We all looked fantastic.

Best Jump: Tera and I at Crater Lake in perfect harmony in the same pose.  We’re kind of professionals at jumping pictures these days.  Honorable mention: Tera, Matt and I jumping in Drake park after a night of mayhem at Silver Moon.  I believe this may be a never before seen picture but it is good…..

On that note, I think I’m going to close the book on 2009.  My new years plans involve xc skiing up to a shelter in the Deschutes National Forest and enjoying some brews and hot chocolate around a fire until Midnight.  Then we’ll come back down to town.  It looks like the weather might be crappy so there’s a chance I’ll be working, but that’s alright.  I should have plenty of time to get my party on.  What are you all doing?  Let’s all keep in touch this coming year.  If you have any comments of suggestions, please let me know.  I like getting comments.  Have a safe and happy new year’s everyone!

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