When the story is you

Rarely is the list of top news stories of the year very enlightening, usually serving only to remind us that as we get older, our ability to retain information fades; as if that’s a bulletin.

If we were to ask people what their top “story” was for the year — one that they actually lived — it’s unlikely a bridge collapse, or the Iowa caucuses, or the subprime mortgage crisis would qualify. They’re big stories, of course. But were they really the biggest part of our lives? Maybe it was a vacation with the family, or the death of a close friend, or that time you spilled your whole tray of lunch at Cafe Latte (I’m always afraid of that and saw a guy do it last Thursday).

What was your personal “top story” of the year?

Here are some variations on the theme:

A couple of Mankato Free Press photographers discuss their favorite photographs of the year. Flash is required to view.

Likewise, MPR reporters have selected their most memorable stories of the year. These generally offer a good behind-the-scenes story.

Top censored news story of the year: Future of Internet debate ignored by media

Top awkward moment: The introduction of the president of Iran at Columbia

Top car commercial: Toyota (As selected by askmen.com)

Top Google search term: iPhone. Top Yahoo search term: Britney Spears

Top baby names in the UK: Jack and Grace

Top travel story: Passport hassles.

Top meal. – Peanut butter and jelly sandwich. At least for this restaurateur.

Top moment (TV): Did Tony Soprano die or not?

Top moment (Mountain climbing): This person’s. I don’t understand a word of it.

Top moment (baseball). Indians rally for comeback.OK, so it’s also my personal highlight of the year in any category.

Your turn. Tell me your personal highlight of the year. It’s got to be more interesting than the Iowa caucuses.

  • B2

    People search for Britney? Aww geez.

    My great moments of the year are in my photos. 1- St. Paul – A woman in her 60s(?) looking at a boy and girl embracing at a concert. Very complex expression. Angry- looking until you look a bit longer. 2-A young woman at a Brooklyn coffee shop, checking on her dog who is waiting alertly a few feet from the shop door. They are making eye contact and she is smiling as if at a human 3-Old old man in Seattle’s Chinatown, sitting on the curb of an empty parking lot tossing bread to a flock of very fat pigeons. And many more.

    Wishing you and yours (yes, the C. Indians too) a very good 2008.

  • minn whaler

    At the beginning of 2007 I decided to write down every humorous moment I witnessed, overheard, or was even the subject in question. Didn’t do so well with the writing, but here are two of my favorite moments.

    1) Bought a chicken to roast on New Year’s Day. came home, put it in fridge, took a nap. got up, opened chicken.. rankest smell ever. Triple bagged it and hoofed it back to Cub. Said to nice young man (early 20’s) You will want to take this outside quickly it smells worse than any hen house I have ever visited.

    “Gee, I’m sorry about that ma’am, did you want another one?” “No, thanks, it was the last one anyway, just my money back.” “Ok'” he replied and then said “Did it smell that way when you bought it?”

    The images that flashed through my head… Customers all bent over meat cases smelling wrapped meat…., or a reply of “Well yes, but I thought a little Lysol would take care of it.” Or ” You mean I can open them in the store to smell them?”

    Best thing about this is it started my year off laughing, and now I get to re-live it.. so again a New Year Day with laughter… How else can one survive?

    Minn Whaler