The Best and Worst of 2007

It's hard to believe that 2007 is almost over. Thankfully I had enough of a life that I can bring out my annual review and awards to those who are deserving of the honors. Best Blog: Mars No More (Ali's blog). She's a young widow raising two teenagers in Australia. Despite her circumstances, she refuses to wallow in self-pity. Instead we see a woman who's willing to do what it takes to keep her kids on the right path and keep her family together.

Best Movie: With three young kids, Marathon Girl and I don't get out much. (Though we are getting away for dinner and a movie this weekend so this could change.) However, The Children of Men was still the best movie I saw all year. (Technically a 2006 release, I didn't see it until January 2007.) It's a story about the value of human life and what happens when the world no longer has any hope. Read my review here.

Worst Movie: Transformers. I never liked Michael Bay's movies that much anyway but this pile of crap just makes me want to stay miles away from Transformers 2 and anything else he has planned.

Best Non-fiction Book: The Art of Seduction by Robert Greene. Down, boys! Though marketed as a book about seducing a member of the opposite sex, the book is really about politics and how famous people throughout the ages have seduced the masses. (Complete review coming in January.)

Best Fiction Book: Echo Park by Michael Connelly. If you haven't read any Connelly before, this book is a good one to introduce yourself to a wonderful writer and a thrilling story. (Read my review here.)

Worst Book--Fiction or Non-Fiction: I Am Legend. The ending ruined it for me. And if they end the movie version of this the same way, I'm going to have a lot to complain about in a future blog entry. (See my review here.)

Best Fake Book Cover: Trevor did a great job of capturing what I'm sure everyone wanted the cover of Room for Two to really look like.

Best TV Show: American Idol. Okay, that was a joke. I'm not a fan of the show. The real winner in this category is LOST. Come on, did you really think I'd pick something else?

Best Promising TV Show: Moonlight. Marathon Girl and I are enjoying this show more and more. Too bad the writer's strike has put an end to it -- for now.

Best Moment: Holding the first copy of Room for Two in my hands.

Worst Moment: Being unemployed for five weeks. (I didn't blog about this but have an entry about it that I'll be posting soon.)

Strangest Moment: Having all our garden plants and vegetables turn outvery small. I'm really hoping we do a better job this summer.

Best Sports Moment: Watching the New England Patriots amass a 15-0 record with a shot to end the season 16-0 this Saturday. (If the New York Giants top the Pats on Saturday, that that will supplant this entry as my best sports moment.)

Worst Sports Moment: The BCS. Reading about the mess this creates every year has made me glad I no longer watch or care about college football.

Worst Political Moment: Watching the candidates for mayor and city council of our fair town attack each other through anonymous political ads. It was enough to make me think the city would get along just fine without any form of government.

Best Political Moment: There wasn't one.

Best Burger Joint: Apollo Burgers. They make the burgers tasty and filling. After eating one of their burgers you'll never want to eat anywhere else.

Best Web Site: The Drudge Report. Sure, he makes it sound like the world is going to end any minute even if it isn't. However, he has the best collection of current events at any given time. Thank you, Matt!

Best Getaway: Blackfoot, Idaho. Okay, this isn't a place I'd stop at if Marathon Girl didn't have family there. However, our kids love it and it's great in the summer because it's never very hot. And the family Marathon Girl does have there are fun to hang around.

Best Christmas Card: If you can find a way to get on Mr. Sensitive's Christmas card list, you should. He sends the most original cards year after year. And his creativity hasn't waned since he's gotten married.

Hoping you all had a great 2007 and looking forward to an even better 2008!