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Some things are just sad. There’s no getting around them. You have your list, I have mine. Here’s mine, in no particular order of emphasis or importance.

1.      Bristol Palin Dances until the End. I should have enclosed dances in quotes to signify some doubt about the classification of her movements on Dancing with the Stars as real dancing. I’ll admit that she improved somewhat over the course of the show, but, man (and woman, too), when Brandy was dropped and Bristol remained, I had the distinct impression that the Stars voting public was absolutely nuts, kind of like that fraction of the public that voted for Christine O’Donnell. Sad.

2. The Demise of San Francisco’s CBS 5 Eye on Blogs. When this site bit the dust, a tear fell. I really liked reading first Britney Gilbert’s and then her replacement Beth Spotswood’s commentaries about items appearing in local Bay Area blogs. And there was a plethora of blogs on the list. Britney, the site’s developer, scoured the ‘net and compiled a list of blogs second to none. Then she summarized the best in daily commentaries. But not to leave anyone out, she formatted an RSS feed of all of the other blogs. Now, the site is dead. Or at least it appears so. No content has been added to it since September 8, 2010. Sad.

3. The Election of Gavin Newsom as Lieutenant Governor of California. Gavin Newsom rose to his First Level of Incompetence when he assumed the position of Mayor of San Francisco in January 2004. With his re-election four years later, he soared to the Second Level. Now, if and when he decides to take the Oath of Office of Lieutenant Governor, he will be in a position of exalted heights, a Level of Incompetence heretofore unknown in the State of California. If there is a ray of sunshine in Newsom’s election, it may well be an almost complete absence of authorities, duties, and responsibilities in the Lieutenant Governor’s job description. On the other hand, if Jerry Brown should pass on or otherwise become unable to carry-out the duties of Governor, Newsom would become the Chief Executive of California. Now that would be just plain disheartening.

4. When a Blue City Beat Hell out of a Red State. Tears flowed all over the State of Texas when the San Francisco Giants handily polished off the Texas Rangers five games to one in the 2010 World Series. I was in Texas when the final ignominy occurred, and I watched firsthand the gnashing of teeth and the wailing of Texans of all demographic stripes. Most were ready to secede from the Union, convinced that the San Francisco Giants were ringers from Krypton. But when the reality of life finally took hold, the leaders of Texas decided to remain a State of the United States with its attendant benefits, primary among them the receipt of more federal aid than the State of California. Depressing.

5. Happy Meals, Keep Serving Happy Meals. When San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors voted to ban toys from McDonald’s Happy Meals sold within the City limits it made a whole lotta people unhappy.  Especially kids. Kids want their toys and I don’t blame them. What the hell do the Supes know about kids anyway? These old geezers oughta take a trip down memory lane, a trip back to their own childhood days and relive some of the things that made them happy, stuff like marbles and yo-yo’s and knickers. How would they have felt if a bunch of know-it-all adults had deprived them of the joys of life? This may not be the most depressing event of 2010 but it is the dumbest.

6. Tulsa 62, Hawaii 28.

I’m closing my list with the Tulsa-Hawaii fiasco. The pain is too much to bear. Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. As for me, I am happy to be with family on this Christmas Day of 2010. The events of the past year are at this moment totally irrelevant in the scheme of my life. If only we could extend our holiday cheer and goodwill to all of the days of our lives, the world would be a better place.

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Around this time of the year, I begin to think about the blogs that I read regularly and boil them down to a select group that I call My 10 Favorite Blogs. Except this year, try as hard as I could, I’ve only been able to come up with My 5 Favorite Blogs. How come? When I began blogging  a couple of years ago, the blogosphere was overloaded with blogs, and for some reason, I seemed to like all of them, or many of them anyway. Everything was so new. What a relief from the sterile reporting and analysis of the mainstream media. Picking my favorite ten was easy then. Almost everything I read was at the top of my daily reading list. As a last resort, when the time rolled around for my Top 10 list, I arranged them alphabetically and lopped off all of those below the first ten. Mechanical but functional.

This year my selection process isn’t going along as smoothly as it used to. I’m puzzled. Has the number of blogs decreased? I don’t think so. In the Bay area alone, there must be several hundred, maybe a thousand. If you don’t believe me, check out CBS5’s Eye on Blogs, the brainchild of Britney Gilbert. She’s compiled a list of Bay Area Blogs complete with links to each of them. Quite an accomplishment.

What about quality? In my judgment, the blogs I check regularly are well-written, topical, and timely. So, there must be another variable to explain my difficulty in selecting ten blogs that I like above all others.

After thinking about it for a minute or two, I’ve concluded that the problem is me. Over time, my interests have shifted. For one thing, I’m not into politics the way I used to be. Maybe I need another election or a scandal to pump me up. Nah. Scandals are so commonplace these days, they’re kind of like clouds of gnats circling around my ears.

I think my declining interest in politics began when I started blogging on Open Salon. The variety of topics and styles of writing that I encountered there led me to think about wider more varied fields of interest as topics for my own blog.

And that’s how it stands at the moment. I have found writers and bloggers beyond my original boundaries. And from my newly-found peers, I’ve compiled my list of a very few favorites, writers who rise above the crowd. Here they are.

·       The Ax Files heads my list this year. I stumbled across the author a long time ago and was struck by her originality. Her name is Alexandra Jones, and she has a captivating way with words combined with a facility in observation and interpretation that can lead you to think you are there with her if you let your imagination go. You won’t be disappointed if you check out her essays.

·       The Renaissance Lady is a prolific author and the repository of a volume of information equal to that in many libraries. I became aware of her blog on Open Saloon and quickly added her to my Favorites list. Her interests are eclectic, ranging from politics to a casita inhabited by spirits in New Mexico.  She writes fascinating material with originality and passion.

·       The Fog City Journal is an online newspaper rather than a blog, but if it were a blog, it would rate with the best. Publisher Luke Thomas is a world class photographer who captures a variety of activities in San Francisco that he uses to good effect throughout the publication. Add to that a stable of top writers and analysts and you have an A-One site.

·       CBS5 Eye on Blogs isn’t, strictly speaking, a blog but a compendium of Bay Area blogs with commentaries by the site’s mastermind, Britney Gilbert. She’s a product of Tennessee where she operated a similar site for a television station in Nashville. Luckily, her talents caught the eye of someone at CBS5 and now she applies her talents to Baghdad by the Bay, as Herb Caen called it. Good for Ess Fff.

·       Jeannie Watt’s Blog on eHarlequin is my latest favorite. Jeannie is a writer of romance novels set in the modern West, primarily Nevada. A product of Nevada’s Cowboy Country, she writes about cowboys most of the time, but she has touched on the ordinary people of small town Nevada in a few of her novels with marked success. I am including Jeannie Watt in my list for a special reason. I have never been a reader of romance stories. I stumbled across one of her books in the bottom row of a book rack in a supermarket one day, thinking it was a story about cowboys. And it was. But it also was woven around a hot romance between a cowpoke and a teacher, which made for a charming story. Jeannie’s descriptions of ranch and cowboy life were so realistic that I became enthralled with her writings. In her blog, she talks about her own life in a small ranching community as well as about the business of writing. She has many fascinating things to say and that’s why she’s the only writer of romances whose works I read.

Okay, that’s my truncated list of favorite blogs for this year. I’m publishing the list well before the New Year because I’ll be on an extended vacation shortly and won’t return until sometime in 2010.  I’ll undoubtedly be enjoying my family more than I enjoy blogging.

But, I’ll be back.

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