Once again it is that time of year: resolutions and reflections to gird oneself for adventure and mud-slogging for the days of the coming year. In some ways, this was a pretty rough year. So, here's how it looked last year:
The Stones' house caught fire.
A letter from Emmonak was published, and all hell broke loose. Sarah didn't notice, though.
I began my descent into ukulele madness, with the purchase of a brand-new baritone uke. Little did I know that this was the start of serious musical obsession. Woo-hoo!
Obama was sworn in to the presidency, and Service was Restored.
I received notice of my 30-year high school reunion. O gads.
Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir assumed the post of Iceland's prime minister. This is notable because she is Iceland's first female prime minister and she is openly lesbian.
The Fairbanks North Star Borough School Board decided that bullying on the basis of gender identity was every bit as nasty as discrimination or harrasment on some other basis.
Dave Lacey died of cancer.
The Republic's publisher and contributors and fans celebrated ten years of crazed publishing in a MAJOR party with live music (Back Cu'ntry Bruthers and the Slippin' Mickeys) and the Publisher's Picks.
I joined Facebook and set up a page for the Republic. Now it's become a major time drain…WAY too much fun.
I helped organize the first of a series of CSA roundtables at my university job. The group that has arisen from this, the Alaska Community Agriculture Association, gives me a little hope that Alaska may yet feed itself and with good, wholesome food.
I was invited to speak at the Alaska Press Club annual meeting as part of a panel of bloggers. It was quite entertaining, but I got stuck in Anchorage (flight cancellation on account of belching volcano). One of the big topics was Mike Doogan's outing of Mudflats, the resultant fracas, and whether it was appropriate for bloggers to be anonymous. Hans drove down to fetch me, o noble spouse that he is.
The Ester Republic got a new office! Photos here and here. Here too.
John Reeves decided to shake things up in Ester a bit with a nuclear power plant proposal. Ester may or may not be a nuke-free zone.
Lee Shauer, Dwight Deely, and Linda Patrick committed suicide, all in one week. Ester was reeling.
The Banana Girls Ukulele Marching Band started practicing for the 4th of July. I started taking strum classes with Jean McDermott.
The Ester Community Market began its second season.
Emma Creek West reared its ugly head again. Or rather, Land Management did, with an old, previously rejected development plan. They just don't get it.
The Ester Fourth of July parade was GREAT. And the Banana Girls were there.
Sarah Palin's resignation speech got edited by Vanity Fair. More hilarity I haven't had in a LONG time.
The Onion once again published prophecy, this time on how Congress works not to provide health care.
Our cat Archie died of throat cancer.
I found a great song to learn.
Adam and Kelly Hullin of Wasilla embarrassed themselves publicly in an interview in the Frontiersman. Sadly, they probably have no clue just how stupid they made themselves appear. Sigh. Another blow to the Alaskan reputation.
Marjorie Kowalski Cole, scheduled to be the first speaker for the Ester library lecture series, was unable to make it but sent in her talk in written form anyway.
Mike Musick ran for borough assembly again and won, but Luke Hopkins and Tammie Wilson had to go through a runoff.
I got serious about Facebook.
Monique Musick gave the first lecture for the John Trigg Ester Library, a slide show and talk on her trip to China in 2008.
Marjorie Kowalski Cole died of cancer. I sent her book of poetry to the printer.
Addendum 1/5/10: (I never did a 2008 in review post), 2007 in review, 2006 in review
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