December 21, 2008

December 21, 2008
Top Tens for 2008

Welcome to my Sunday. I hope you are having a safe and great weekend so far.

Yesterday, Gary and I went to St. John's Town Center for a change of pace. We ended up having lunch at the Cheesecake Factory which was pricey but fairly good. Then we walked around for a couple of hours people watching and popping into a few stores for last minute purchases.

We have been having beautiful warm weather here in North Florida. Unfortunately, cold weather will be back in the next few days as another cold front approaches this part of the country. But I have definitely been enjoying the last of the warm weather.

The topic for today is the Top 10 lists for 2008. You know how everyone comes out with these lists toward the end of the year. So I thought I would share a few of mine.

Top 10 Searches for 2008

1. Britney Spears
2. WWE
3. Barack Obama
4. Miley Cyrus
5. RuneScape
6. Jessica Alba
7. Naruto
8. Lindsay Lohan
9. Angelina Jolie
10. American Idol

Anyone who watched the stock market or presidential polls knows 2008 was a year of highs and lows. Politics and pocket books dominated both News and Search, but wild weather ...

1. Hurricanes
2. Caylee and Casey Anthony
3. Election 2008
4. Pakistan
5. Pregnant Man
6. China
7. Iraq
8. Shelley Malil
9. Patrick Swayze
10. Afghanistan

If there are two things that Hollywood is constantly looking for, they are the next big thing and the latest celebrity scandal. In 2008, tabloid staples cleaned up their acts due to...

1. Miley Cyrus
2. Vanessa Anne Hudgens
3. Chris Brown
4. Jonas Brothers
5. Rihanna
6. Taylor Swift
7. Jamie Lynn Spears
8. Hayden Panettiere
9. Zac Efron
10. Selena Gomez

The Olympic Games motto of "Citius, Altius, Fortius" means "swifter, higher, stronger"-and the 2008 edition was also bigger, in every way. For 18 magical days in August, China threw...

1. Michael Phelps
2. Leryn Franco
3. Serena Williams
4. Kobe Bryant
5. Shawn Johnson
6. Jennie Finch
7. Misty May Treanor
8. Ronaldinho
9. Alicia Sacramone
10. Nastia Liukin

What a year. Can we exhale yet? Even with the demise of Wall Street (and our 401ks), the thing people will remember most about this year was the American presidential election...

1. Barack Obama
2. Sarah Palin
3. John McCain
4. Hillary Clinton
5. George Bush
6. Ron Paul
7. John Edwards
8. Mike Huckabee
9. Arnold Schwarzenegger
10. Mitt Romney

Males make up more than half the U.S. population, so a category devoted to women smacks of, well, a separate but equal standing. But with two women coming so close to the nation's two...

1. Angelina Jolie
2. Sarah Palin
3. Oprah Winfrey
4. Hillary Clinton
5. Gina Carano
6. Tina Fey
7. Michelle Obama
8. Katie Couric
9. Barbara Walters
10. Dara Torres

It is the economy. The $700 billion bailout. Foreclosures. The plummeting stock market. As 2008 came to a close, the nation's economic turmoil battled with the presidential election...

1. IRS Stimulus Checks
2. Oil Prices
3. Gold Prices
4. Gas Prices
5. Dow Jones
6. Sallie Mae
7. Stock Market
8. AIG
9. Foreclosures
10. Debt Consolidaton

Everyone's time comes up sooner or later, and a personality's passing prompts respect be paid to his or her legacy. Departures that shock the Web world-like that of wildlife expert and...

1. Heath Ledger
2. Bernie Mac
3. Paul Newman
4. Randy Pausch
5. George Carlin
6. Estelle Getty
7. Tim Russert
8. Brad Renfro
9. Isaac Hayes
10. Boyd Coddington

Well those are my lists for 2008. How about yours? Drop Daddy Dab a line and let me know what you think.

I hope you have a safe and great Sunday.

Wishing you health, hope and happiness.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab