Although I've been writing my column for almost 15 years and enjoying it all the while, what I enjoy writing the most is my bit for the ADE's Year in Review.
Why's that? you ask.
Simple. It's really not my writing at all. Instead, it's my transcribing. And what I'm transcribing is people's responses to my asking them what was their year's highlight.
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Certainly, that's a fitting subject for a year-end edition of the paper. But more important is not the subject itself, but each person's reply, which highlights how different each of our highlights is. Plus, not only is everyone's highlight different, but how they express it is as individualistic as they are.
But perhaps most important of all, you get to read something that's kind of by me, but that's not at all about me.
And just in case you wondered, this is not modesty on my behalf - false or otherwise. The truth is, it's obvious to me what a bore I can be. Fifty-one columns a year might well be more than few too many.
So now let me turn it over to our friends and neighbors, and let's see what they have to say.
Oh yeah, and if perchance you find what they say boring, I'm sure they wouldn't mind you telling them. After all, everyone loves a critic don't they?
John Dimont: "In mid-October I visited my mother in Central New York, and every day I rode my bike out in the country, through the farmers' fields. One day I got chased by a bull and lived to tell about it!"
Adam Harris (owner of Boracho Taco): "I made it through my first year with Boracho Taco, and I still don't know how that happened."
Holly and Hannah Huber: "We circled the White House, protesting the Keystone X-L Pipeline."
Steve Erman: "I made a lot of good trips this year. The best one was driving from here to Portand, Oregon with my son Sam."
Leah Miller: "I climbed a large mountain in New Hampshire. I just didn't know if I could do it anymore."
Mark Coleman (owner of Ampersound): "Moving my entire store in one morning, which was only possible because of so many people helping me. I felt the love."
Anya: "Becoming best friends with Kasha. She knows everything about me and I know almost everything about her. I trust her 100 percent. Everyone should have a friend like that."
Carla Sternberg: "I had two housemates all last year - a couple. It was great. I'd go home and dinner was cooked, and everything that needed repair was repaired. It was like having a husband and a wife - without the hassles."
Whatever your highlights were in 2011, I'd like to wish you many more of them in 2012 and beyond.