Saturday, November 05, 2005

One year ago today...

Hundreds of thousands of people who died in Asian earthquakes and tsunamis were still alive. New Orleans was still a thriving port city. People figured 21 hurricane names would be more than enough for a year. Wars raged on in Iraq and Sudan.

President Bush was still in his first term. John Ashcroft and Colin Powell were still in the Cabinet. Pretty much no one had heard of Patrick Fitzgerald or Harriet Miers or Terri Schiavo.

The Social Security privatization tour hadn't begun. No state had passed legislation to allow gay marriage. Tom DeLay, Scooter Libby, and Don Siegelman weren't under indictment.

Pope John Paul II still headed the Vatican. Rosa Parks was still among us. So were Johnny Carson, Howell Heflin, Peter Jennings, Vivian Malone Jones, Arthur Miller, and Simon Wiesenthal.

Gerald Allen had yet to explain what to do with books that "promote homosexuality." Hank Erwin had yet to explain why God sends hurricanes. Troy King had yet to clamp a tracking device around his ankle. Roy Moore's rock had yet to find its permanent resting place.

Stephen Colbert was a mere Daily Show correspondent. Ken Jennings was dominating Jeopardy every night. A college football team from Alabama was on pace to be jobbed out of a national title shot even if it finished undefeated. (OK, that hasn't changed.)

Least significantly of all, I started this site on a lazy Friday afternoon. Many of you have become regular readers and active commenters since then, and I can't thank you enough for your support. I'll do my best to keep offering reasons for you to hang around as this place heads into year two.

2 Comments:

Blogger kissmyotts said...

Best blog in town... keep it up.

6:58 PM  
Anonymous Joel said...

Congratulations on a great first year! I love your blog, though I don't comment as much as I should.

1:21 PM  

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