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What is your favorite memory from 2009?

Asked at Speedway Shell, 1733 Massachusetts St. on December 30, 2009

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“The inauguration of Obama. ”

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“I got married.”

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“Visiting Yosemite National Park with my geology students.”

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“Being on Bourbon Street for Mardi Gras.”


jonas_opines 8 years, 4 months ago

Waking up in the op room with no pain in my leg.

Flap Doodle 8 years, 4 months ago

Cool, spiderham, & so on & so forth getting disappeareded about 8 times.

trinity 8 years, 4 months ago

the bike rally in Fayetteville stands out...but otherwise it was kind of a sucky year, as all odd numbered years seem to be for me&my family.

Leslie Swearingen 8 years, 4 months ago

When the west coast went blue and we all jumped up and cheered. My daughter said, finally there is someone in the white house who looks like me. I cried in joy. My daughter enrolled in Johnson County Community College to start her work in getting a medical IT job. My granddaughter started graduate school. My grandson participated in a wonderful music program that Broken Arrow and several other schools put on. I cut my coffee drinking down to two cups and turned my eating habits around. Read the Twilight books and saw the movie. Made so many so happy with my blogs. (Tongue in cheek.)

Flap Doodle 8 years, 4 months ago

Not a favorite memory.... I’ll remember the 2009 saga of Panthergate. “The attempt to stonewall investigation into the voter intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party — the case was dismissed by Attorney General Eric Holder (the first black attorney general!, a fact the NBPP seems to find of great significance) and Barack H. Obama (the first black President!, ditto) even after the Justice Department won it by default — has just taken another stupifying turn: The administration booted Christopher Coates, the voting-rights section chief who signed off on the complaint against the Black Panthers, out of the prestigious D.C. office and down to South Carolina: The veteran Justice Department voting rights section chief who recommended going forward on a civil complaint against members of the New Black Panther Party after they disrupted a Pennsylvania polling place in last year’s elections has been removed from his post and transferred to the U.S. attorney’s office in South Carolina. Justice Department officials confirmed Monday that Christopher Coates, who signed off on the complaint’s filing in federal court in Philadelphia in January accusing the party and three of its members of civil rights violations, would begin his new assignment next month.” The whole sorry tale is at:

acg 8 years, 4 months ago

When I was in court, suing my ex boss who fired me illegally in 2008. His admin assistant was on the stand and she was being questioned by the attornies on their side. She stopped because she looked flustered, started to cry, looked at my ex boss and said "I'm sorry, I forgot what you told me to say". I actually laughed out loud. Who does that in a court of law, right? That's when I knew I was in the $$. ;)

labmonkey 8 years, 4 months ago

The beginning of the end of the United States.

Mary Darst 8 years, 4 months ago

The innaguration of President Obama. My first KU-MU football game at Arrowhead. Mountain Sprout at bluegrass.

CindiCat 8 years, 4 months ago

For the first time in a very long time, the husband and I had a good year.

Our youngest graduated from KU, we got a new grandchild....our first grandson and our 3 daughters got married!!

Wishing all a Happy New Year ; )

Maddy Griffin 8 years, 4 months ago

The Inauguration( Irish, he looks like my kids,too.And it was especially rewarding after growing up with my parents saying "Bi-racial kids will never be accepted by either side".) My son's wedding My trip to New York to see my sister whom I hadn't seen in over 30 years. Finding the baby girl I gave up for adoption in '73 and finding out I had two more gorgeous granddaughters. .Except for the economy, I'd say it was a pretty good year

acg 8 years, 4 months ago

Hehe, u could say that RI. : ) Funny thing was, I don't know how he thought he could get away with firing me. I was a Union Employee who worked for a Union that was protected by a Union agreement that I wrote myself and was on maternity leave when he fired me. We had words because he, the big Union leader, wasn't following the terms of our collective bargaining agreement and I called him out on it. Suing his pompous ass was so much fun and he paid for me to have a one year vacation. Thanks d-bag! : ) There goes 12 years of life I'll never get back.

Tom McCune 8 years, 4 months ago

The "Crotch Bomber" burning himself shortly before getting a major beating from the other passengers. Please, oh please, let it be that this guy thermodynamically castrated himself. I'd like to see him explain that in the showers at the SuperMax. It would also be divine justice if he really got his 72 virgins in Paradise, but had no way to service them.

AnnaUndercover 8 years, 4 months ago

Best 2009 memories: -visiting grandma three times! -meeting up with a friend from back in the day for a week-long trip to Paris. (I'm there now). -finding a crazy job I actually really love, and meeting wonderful girlfriends through it who I will keep forever. -learning to manage my money better. -rediscovering creative writing after almost 10 years.

JKBagby 8 years, 4 months ago

Newell_Post That is very funny. I was flying back to Kansas from Detroit on the 26th. We turned the News on while drinking the final beers with the family and the story sent us all into wild Laughter! Dropped Curbside at DTW My brother yells from the leaving car "Don't set your D#@! on Fire!"

Rex Russell 8 years, 4 months ago

Other than the the birth of my daughter in 2000, I don't have any good memories of this DECADE, let alone 2009. Let,s move on.

KansasPerson 8 years, 4 months ago

Marion, I agree. That ripped-up plastic flapping in the wintry breeze just makes me want to look away. I can't even get a good look at the building itself yet, except those huge pipes or poles or whatever on the top. I've heard that they're going to be flagpoles, but they look way too thick for that.

Jessi 8 years, 4 months ago

Tom, I had a bad experience in Mexico as well this year and couldn't wait to leave! Never thought I would say that.

The hubby and I went for a second trip there. WE liked the hotel we had stayed at and decided to go to the same one. When we got there they said they didn't have a room for us. I put my luggage on the floor of the lobby and sat on it and refused to leave since we had RESERATIONS. After that, the "manager" took us to his office and said we could stay...they were just trying to get people to go to their other hotel and they thought they could get people to go if they said they didn't have rooms available. We got our all inclusive wristbands and they sent us to our room. They then realized they never took a credit card number from us and started freaking out since we didn't go through the normal check in process.

They were so rude to us. When we were at the hotel bar, we were talking to other guests and found out they came in later than we did and did not have reservations and they still had given them a room!

After that they made our life hell there. We woke up two mornings in a row at 3 AM and the staff were using a large "torch" tool to light a supposed water heater that had "gone out". and then every time we left out room, they would reset the code on our door so we would have to go to the front desk and get it reset so we could get in. They would just laugh at us at the front desk.

We will never go back to least not to that hotel! They even followed us to our taxi in the morning and told the driver not to take us because we had not "checked out properly"...because they were still nervous they didn't have a credit card # on us, even though the room was fully paid full before. The taxi guy didn't listen and we left.

Not an enjoyable trip from beginning to end.

Richard Heckler 8 years, 4 months ago

Became a grandfather on Dec 26th, another great presentation of the Kansas Nutcracker and at 73 Leonard Cohen went back on tour and produced a new CD.

Richard Heckler 8 years, 4 months ago

One more highlight.... discovering The Band of Heathens on Austin City Limits then receiving a CD for christmas... YES!

Christine Pennewell Davis 8 years, 4 months ago

My newest grandbaby made her grand entrance on tuesday morning making the six hour drive more than worth it.

Sagecasey 8 years, 4 months ago

The birth of our second daughter on March 27th

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