Parting Shots.

You may think that this is the end. Well, it is.
You may think that this is the end. Well, it is.

As we say goodbye to 2013 we list what was noteworthy and memorable about the year.

If you are staying current you will recognize the following: 

Carlos Danger – Anthony Weiner’s alter ego.

Dennis Rodman – Diplomat at large.

Kim Jong Un –NoKo’s fearless leader (don’t believe it, just ask his uncle).

Kathleen Sibelius – Secretary of Blame.

Miley Cyrus – "Hi Ho, Hi Ho, it’s off twerk we go."

Kale – the new arugula.

Healthcare.gov --  #fillintheblank.

Jeff Bezos – Please don’t use drones to deliver WaPo.

Selfie, cronut, artisinal, BOGO, YOLO, Gluten-free, Red line –- overused trigger words which tend to annoy and irritate society.

Diana Nyad – she swims with the fishes.

Rob Ford – Nauthy or Nice?

Edward Snowden – Traitor or whistleblower?

Detroit – #OuttaDough -- example, “The Detroit String Quartet played Brahms last night.  Brahms lost.”  Bennett Cerf


Duck Dynasty – “Be kind to your web-footed friends, for a duck may be somebody’s mother.”  Apologies to John Philip Sousa.

Pope Francis --  Can a Pope be too popular?  Check the tabloids in a few weeks (or less).

Michael Bolton – If you don’t like his vocals, better not even test-drive a Honda.  He’ll either pop up in your back seat or playing his guitar in the falling snow begging for your attention.

Spoiler Alert for American car makers of 2014 models -- We're on to you!  We see that you're piling up the front end of the light-weight car to make it look more sturdy.  We'll get better gas mileage with the lighter weight but we won't survive a crash.  Whatever happened to the "sleek" look?  Try giving us good-looking models we covet and drool over.  If you build it, we will buy!


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Fritzi December 31, 2013 at 03:47 PM
Great parting shots, Irene! I hated that Michael Bolton commercial! Happy new year!
Irene DeBlasio December 31, 2013 at 04:57 PM
@Fritzi Honda, if you're reading Patch please pay attention. I have already received two emails from friends telling me how much they dislike the Michael Bolton commercials. Bring back the old ones which were so good. Remember, "This is my dog, this is my milkshake mustache, this is where I'm going..."? In any case, I appreciate your comment. Sorry for the typo on Rob Ford -- "naughty" is the correct spelling but Patch readers ought to be smart enough to have caught it. Blessings, Hugs and a very Happy New Year.
Lucien Lacomb December 31, 2013 at 05:21 PM
You are so clever. You must have been an exceptionally bright student. I love this list and you are so right about the ugly new cars. I wondered why they are making the front so big. I thought they were trying to imitate the baby bump look made so fashionable by Kate Middleton. Thanks to you I now know the silly rationale to make us think we are safer, when of course we are not. Please continue the fine work of keeping us current. Happy New Year too.
Ruth Salvatierra December 31, 2013 at 05:47 PM
WOW...I so enjoyed THE END.......so many "goodies" to choose from and you managed a bullseye review. Thanks you for not mentioning MC swinging her way into everyone;s hearts. NOT!!! Special hugs to you.............RS/Iowa
Geraldo Cruz December 31, 2013 at 05:53 PM
Cute piece, Ms. D. Happy New Year.
Irene DeBlasio December 31, 2013 at 06:29 PM
@RuthSalvatierra LOL. I thought she was swinging her butt into everyone. Can you wait to see her at half-time at the Super Bowl? They say she'll make more money on that gig than anyone has ever made for a one-shot deal. Well. maybe Mr. Madoff made off with more of a fortune but still... Thank you so very much for the kudos. I appreciate you. Blessings and Hugs to you too.
Irene DeBlasio December 31, 2013 at 06:34 PM
@GeraldoCruz You've been one of my most loyal readers and I'm so appreciative that you read my posts and comment. I hope you have a happy New Year and that you manage to stay out of the range of gunfire in Van Nuys tonight. I mean, the fireworks of course. Stay safe and keep coming back.
Irene DeBlasio December 31, 2013 at 09:08 PM
@LucienLaComb How generous of you and what meaningful comments. Many thanks. I was not an exceptional student but had an English teacher who has remained an inspiration for me throughout my lifetime. Mr. Ridout had a killer sense of humor and never used offensive language. I recently had dinner in a local well-known restaurant and our party had to endure a series of f-bombs from the rather drunk 30-somethings who were seated nearby. They were rude, inconsiderate and loud. I wondered what Mr. Ridout would have said to them. Thank you for your positive reaction and for taking the time to tell me your thoughts.
William Bauer December 31, 2013 at 10:09 PM
Hi Den Mom, The yearbook was dedicated to Mr. Rid, as he was affectionately known. He taught you well as evidenced by your latest posting. You are up on all the new nuances as well as in command of the old. Have a Happy New Year for you and yours. The year 2013 has been for me bitter sweet but hopefully 2014 will be better, but if it isn't I can still cope with it
Irene DeBlasio January 01, 2014 at 11:47 AM
@WilliamBauer The first thing Mr. Ridout taught us in English class was how to read a newspaper. He said he always started his day with a cup of coffee and the obituaries. It was force of habit but he suspected that most people did the same as he. Happy New Year, dear old pal. It's amazing that so many of us are childhood friends who bonded so well and still email one another at our advancing age. 2013 was not my favorite year either -- by the law of averages 2014 is going to be a winner. My fondest good wishes to you and all your children and grandchildren. Keep well, keep happy and always continue to be the Blessing you are today.
Lucien Lacomb January 02, 2014 at 12:06 AM
You have some very impressive ideas. You should run for public office.
Irene DeBlasio January 03, 2014 at 10:24 AM
I'm flattered but prefer to remain in the background. I have worked on a few political campaigns and served as a congressional delegate. However, I don't believe we are getting the citizen legislature we were promised in the Constitution. We need better representation and innovation instead of career politicians. We need to remove the money as well. Our representatives should have careers, practices or businesses in the community and continue to live and work in our neighborhoods. Congress should be called to convene twice a year for intensive brief periods during which they can conduct the business of making laws and petitioning the federal government for tax money given back to the state for special use. Thanks for revisiting the site and commenting again.
Fritzi January 03, 2014 at 11:40 AM
You are so right! Congress lives in a world of make believe and get paid for doing nothing. I'm so disgusted! When will these people--on both sides of the aisle--represent we the people and not their own interests?
Irene DeBlasio January 04, 2014 at 04:00 PM
@Fritzi My elected representative should be living in my neighborhood and plying his trade, minding his store, taking care of his patients or grading his students' papers -- he should be living and working here within my community. He should not be living the life of an elite snob in McLean, Virginia or in a Georgetown townhouse. We need to get back to our Constitutional Republic roots and remind our elected representatives that they work for us, not the other way around. I wish all residents who are registered to vote could put their names into a lottery system and be called upon to serve -- no pay, no perks, no pension.
William Bauer January 04, 2014 at 07:01 PM
I like this idea!
Kim Miller January 04, 2014 at 07:13 PM
The worst parts of Obamacare implementation are yet to come. And you idiots believed you could keep your healthcare if you liked it.
Irene DeBlasio January 04, 2014 at 08:06 PM
@WilliamBauer Thank you - it can work if there's a vacancy in the House and the seat is taken away from the election process. If a House member were to retire, die in office, become too ill to perform his duties or be convicted of a crime, the seat could be placed into a lottery system and any eligible adult with legal residence in the area who is registered to vote could put his name into the lottery system and win the seat. We would request he pay his own way and all expenses involved. No pay, no perks, no pension.
Irene DeBlasio January 04, 2014 at 08:10 PM
@KimMiller Whoever believed that you could keep your healthcare plan and your doctor must be delusional. I never believed that for one second. I'm sorry but we happen to agree with you. What idiots are you referring to?
William Bauer January 04, 2014 at 08:10 PM
I hope it comes to pass.
Irene DeBlasio January 04, 2014 at 10:37 PM
@WilliamBauer It never will -- the House would never return a seat to any community. There's too much money and power at stake. We can dream, can't we?


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