1/01/2008

New Year's Bits of Tid: January 1, 2008!

HAPPY ELECTION YEAR!!!!!!!!


  • This election year is starting on a Tuesday - the same day of the week on which most big election-related events and deadlines will be taking place (see list below). This only happens once every 28 years.

  • We have:
    • One week until the New Hampshire Primary;
    • Two weeks until the Michigan primary;
    • Five weeks until Super Tuesday;
    • 18 weeks until School Board Election Day;
    • 19 weeks until the Filing deadline for offices which will appear on the August - including precinct delegate;
    • 31 weeks until the August primary;
    • 34 weeks until you see me on TV from Denver (I hope);
    • 44 weeks until Election Day itself;
    • 55 weeks until the inauguration of the Forty-Forth President of the United States;
    • 148 weeks until Election 2010;
    • and
    • 253 weeks until Election 2012.

  • Some trends are made to be broken. The last five Presidential elections which were held on November 4 took place in 1868, 1896, 1924, 1952, and 1980. Each resulted in Republican landslides.

  • I had a diary rescued on Daily Kos!

  • I was disappointed in ABC’s coverage of the ball drop itself. They showed Ryan Seacrest and Dick Clark talking, and then they din't show the ball dropping until 20 seconds before midnight. In years past they'd show almost the entire ball drop.

    On a happier note? At midnight they brought back a version of Auld Lang Syne that I really like but hadn't heard them use in a few years. For the last couple of years they just had the Guy Lombardo version that was played throughout Times Square. (Don't get me wrong, though, I like Guy's versions of that song!)

  • As promised, Lake Superior State University has released its 2008 List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness.

    • Perfect Storm
    • Webinar
    • Waterboarding
    • Organic
    • Wordsmith/wordsmithing
    • Author/authored
    • Post-9/11
    • Surge
    • Give back
    • ___ is the new __ (i.e. "60 is the new 50")
    • Black Friday
    • Back in the day
    • Random
    • Sweet
    • Decimate
    • Emotional
    • Pop
    • It is what it is
    • Under the bus

    None of my many nominations made it. Oh well. But I have plenty more words to nominate for the 2009 list!

1 comment:

Christine said...

Some trends are made to be broken. The last five Presidential elections which were held on November 4 took place in 1868, 1896, 1924, 1952, and 1980. Each resulted in Republican landslides.

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