We had the excuse to start over again
fresh in the year Two Thousand Ten-
or Twenty Ten, if you will-
Oh, what an endless semantics deal!
I settle on the former way of stating
but surely there's debating
over this much ado-of-nothing.
If this really means something...
According to the United Nations,
2010 was the year of biodiversity
Hurray, glorious nature creations!
More gripping- this was a year of adversity:
of the world economy, for Obama, Haiti,
the Gulf of México y
muchos Chilean workers in a mine...
Comparably, my year was just- fine.
Surely I wasn't rolling in the riches
but made dues and made enough to buy
cute boho smocks and britches,
costly Rush tix.
and other frills I fixed
All of these ...courtesy
of continuous non-temp work – How 'bout that!
Alas, there was a drawback:
Doing the dreaded 3-11!
Well, I did the quasi 3-11
with a few bones thrown in of 8-3 and 11-7
but only from time to time
So much for weekend sublime!
Aside from job-related joint pain,
I really couldn't complain.
I had steady employment
and a good share of enjoyment,
yet, didn't hold a candle
to Betty White,
a spry Golden Girl delight
holding up well in her 80s.
She more than proved to handle
gig after next- from a Super Bowl ad
to an SNL stand, Hot in Cleveland...
Indeed, Betty was one White Hot lady!
And speaking of hot lady...
2010 was huge the undeniable Lady Gaga
who sizzled up the music charts.
Luckily, no one sizzled her up
in her MTV VMA bacon get-up!
(OMG! What the...!!??!!
How did it stay up on her parts?)
Gaga had “Monster” hits, “Telephone”
“Alejandro”and the thompin' “Bad Romance”
which got top YouTube rotation ...
… and then there was the sultry sensation,
the smooth “American Honey” trio Lady Antebellum
who rose to enormous stardom.
Thanks to Lady A, dealing with a love funk
was better by getting “a little drunk”
with “Need You Now”.
Drunk through much of 2010 was Spain
who couldn't help but pop the champagne
or, mejor, make Sangria
to celebrate pure alegria.
Spain's sports dominance:
FIFA World Cup, Contador in the Tour de France
Formula One's Fernando Alonso in Ferrari,
Pau Gasol as a key frontcourt playmaker
for the champion NBA Lakers,
and last not least, Rafa Nadal, one fine, smily don
with winning the French Open,Wimbledon,
and several Clay tournies.
Greece needed ”poly”a drink during the year.
There was much to fear
from her declaring
great epic proportioned credit crisis
with bankruptcy glaring
straight in the face, through the iris.
Greece's citizens got vociferous
took measures beyond preposterous
Such irrational inciting!
On the lighter side of a riot-
Emmy winning Modern Family
and the popular Glee especially got
to America's funnybone in 2010.
Jay Leno quit the Tonight Show at 10
and settled back into the 11:30 slot
in March. Later in October, I got
lucky landing tix with great view
of Jay and Kenny Chesney- Woo-hoo!
And to great cheer
later in the year,
Conan O'Brien made a comeback
to make quirky cracks-
this time on cable TV
Network Conan wasn't meant to be!
2010 airwaves made a major splash
with the modern take on Hawaii 5-0
and I couldn't help a double crush
on the hot new McGarrett and Danno!
I couldn't help but be crushed
after As the World Turns ceased.
Farewell to Holden and Lily
Kim and Bob, Jack and Carly, Lucinda, Emily...
2010 was also the end for serial 24,
Lost was forever gone ,Ugly Betty was no more
and my dedicated Cold Case officially- died.
Many tuned in to Dancing with the Stars
just to see how far
Kate Gosselin and ingenue Bristol Palin would go.
Meanwhile, Grizzly Mama Palin, Sarah,
debuted a reality show
on family and Alaska.
Sarah, along with the GOP, succeeded
In fall elections, Dems were unseated
from House majority,
largely due to the insurgence of the Tea Party.
Many mocked the movement
but it brewed up and blew the whistle
astoundingly on the taxing ill.
Opposing opinions aside, most of us felt
gov needed much improvement
in tightening up its belt.
And directly speaking,
Prez Obama was sinking
terribly in the majority of the polls
and his administration took quite a toll
as did the deficit.
Up past a trillion....? Holy sh-t!
In 2010, there was severe murkiness
none the more muddied
than the BP oil disaster.
Couldn't aftermath efforts move faster?
A plenitude of pretty pelicans died.
And what a hot mess
that Ground Zero mosque proposal
all but flushed down the disposal,
as most weren't down with its designs.
Thankfully, public sentiment still reigns!
In the world, key places were flooding, literally:
Pakistan, the Philippines and Nashville, Tennessee,
which (very, very quietly) exerted a great rally
and revived herself beautifully.
Major leaks in 2010 came in Wiki form.
What a worldwide storm!
This was arguably the year's greatest scandal
featuring Julian Assange, the scoundrel.
What all to make of the revealing documents?
Certainly, some varying arguments
U.S. diplomacy once and for all dead?
If not, just what instead?
Other 2010 hot button topics still lingering:
The illegal immigration issue in Arizona
(and in other states too),
the Korean border scrimmage
and accessing its damage
( was that just a hiccup?),
Enhanced pat down, up and all around
and full body scan at the airport,
the quandary of taking to town
foreign terrorists in federal court
the battle over Obamacare and fingering
just what it will mean to America
and then of course, just what was and will be up
with Brett Favre?
2010 hit a bad note with the passing
of lovely Lena Horne
Also gone from the sing-sing
was Teddy Pendergrass,
Teena Marie and Ronnie James Dio (no rumor, alas).
All of Poland was shocked
with the death of their president
and further rocked
by the loss of his lady and cabinet
Fashionistas began to mourn
following word of Alexander McQueen's demise
General sadness filled eyes
especially with cancer-stricken Dennis Hopper
and Elizabeth Edwards.
From beloved recluse, JD Salinger,
it was for good now- No more words.
(Holden Caufield's legacy will still linger)
A great toll for the thespian Redgrave family
was taken with the loss of Lynn and Corin....
The year was also fatal for funny men
Gary Coleman (oh Willis!)
and Leslie Nielsen (oh Shirley!)
Their easy, quick wit we shall miss.
Yet another Golden Girl, Rue McLanahan, gone
First: Estelle Getty,
in 2008, then Bea Arthur in '09 and now Rue...
Hang on Betty!
On a good note, New Orleans
tooted her horns resoundingly
after the Saints won the Super Bowl
Seemingly, all “for whom the bell tolls”
got behind the team
for the sheer admiration of the city.
With this feelgood piece is the pity
that was LeBron's “decision” disesteemed
as top sports story of the year
(not to slight Spain and the World Cup).
Cleveland began to erupt
collectively after LeBron said
“...taking my talents to South Beach”
How low could a superstar reach!
Well, perhaps what LeBron did
and what Tiger Woods didn't do
in golf tied for top sports story.
Following those may be the glory
of one Michael Vick, who turned a low
into a soaring Eagle high (who knew?),
with a great run and pass show
and in the process, rehabilitated a career.
In pop culture, 2010 was a-buzz
with the vuvuzela which was
as loud as the jeers against it,
The year was a-fizz
over the wha-cha-call-it
funny-named Icelandic volcano...
(yeah, pronounce that right, if you will!)
There was the cute, studly Old Spice Guy
who caught many an adoring eye
on the tube ... and then there was the biz
of the blockbuster Avatar
which went so, so, far,
precisely to the very top box office-
only to not be sufficed
with Oscar Best Picture, losing to... let's see ...
The Hurt Locker? ( I forgot that, had to look it up on Wiki!)
Other formidable flicks that made a fortune:
Harry Potter/Deathly Hallows, Inception
The Social Network, Toy Story 3,
How to Train Your Dragon
but maybe the most compelling 2010 Hollywood story
was the hysteric “How Mel Gibson fell off the Wagon”
not released in theaters
but hyped up in tabloid papers.
Moreover, in music, Katy Perry was poppin',
giving us Teenage Dream fever
which was, perhaps, eclisped by Justin Bieber
(Baby, baby, baby -oh!)
The 4G phone craze
had techies counting the days
for the release of the Droid
And one couldn't avoid
all the love-gone-wrong gossip
Tiger Woods' tail-chasin' tale is a long novel
with the mistresses and ex-wife
emerging as Miss Elin Nordegren again.
There was also drawn out strife
of Sandra Bullock's love life.
But the bigger story for Sandy
turned out to be very dandy
with a secret baby named Lou
(and Oscar gold) getting her through the blues.
Happily out of the blue,
Prince William put his mum's blue sapphire
on the pretty, patient Kate.
So, the world entire
shall eagerly wait
for a royal ado,
perhaps the wedding of the century.
Kate indeed became an “it girl' to envy.
Another honoree for most notable “girl”of 2010-
the literary one of Stieg Larsson.
But the one to whom I give top girl badge
above all of the previous
is to my second niece for her courage
facing a surgery so serious.
Other noteworthy 2010 fems:
Chelsea Clinton, first daughter/Dem
who made headlines getting hitched
and Chelsea Handler who bantered, bitched
and made a big-time bestselling “Bang Bang”
There was the Kardashian gang-
Kim, Kourtney and Khloe,
and Jersey Shore's Snooki
who glammed and hammed it up in major fashion
but why, to them, we paid so much attention?
OK, now back to me!
Overall in 2010, I was in a better place
although some clarity
eluded me as I had to face
a relationship status so complicated
like the economy and healthcare bill.
Though at times I absolutely hated,
I marched with dedicated will
several thousands steps on the job
persisting through off and on heel throb
that had me poppin' Ibruprofen
ever so often.
But I could only imagine the pain
of the heart-wrenching suffering of Haitians
whose lives were utterly shaken
and separation anxiety of Chilean miners
(luckily not forsaken).
Gladly, my world was a “mine run”,
non 2010 Chilean style, gracias
On my account:
No Earth shattering chaos.
All my blessings to count.