I HAD AN end-of-year blog entry scheduled to post at 12:01 a.m. on January 1. It was called Bye, 2010, and I built it up and honed it down over a couple of months. It said:
I’m not in a wheelchair and my children don’t have cancer, so let’s call it a draw.
I hope you choke on the way out.
That was the whole thing. Nothing could be added or subtracted. It was complete and perfect.
Then as a side effort, I started a “what I learned this year” list and monkeyed with it over a couple more months—thinking of new things, taking them out when I remembered I’d actually learned them in 2009; feeling confident that certain items weren’t too personal or petty, thinking later that they were; deciding that petty’s no good and some of the personal has to go, but other personal might be okay with the right sound effect—and now it seems like the thing I should post instead, even though my reflections today are different in tone and outlook—yet again—from those of a month ago.
But this took a long time to write, so let’s just count those toward 2011.
36 THINGS I LEARNED IN 2010
- How to make a hollandaise.
- How to curdle a hollandaise. Continue reading