Middlin’ to Average Moments in 2010

In all the hullabaloo about everyone's best things of the year, I think we lose focus on what is truly important. The best things are great, but by definition they are rare and almost unattainable. Well, apparently they aren't that unattainable, since everyone has ten of them in a variety of categories at this time of year, but you get the point. Focusing on only the things at the top is quite unfair to the bulk of life, the average.

Well it seems that time of the year — time for the year-end lists.  Best movies of 2010.  Best books of 2010.  Best new theme parks of 2010.  You get the drill.  Not shockingly, most of these “best” lists are also top 10 lists.

Top 10 lists suck.  More on that in a couple weeks.

But in all the hullabaloo about everyone’s best things of the year, I think we lose focus on what is truly important. The best things are great, but by definition they are rare and almost unattainable.

Well, apparently they aren’t all that unattainable, since everyone has ten of them in a variety of categories at this time of year, but you get the point. Focusing on only the things at the top is quite unfair to the bulk of life, the average.

Time for the fair to middlin’ to get their due.

So, these are some of my pretty average, not-so-bad, posts of 2010.  So, go grab a thoroughly mundane American beer out of the fridge, microwave up some of the leftover holiday food, and have a moderately enjoyable time with my 2010 summary.

  • First things first, I spent New Year’s Eve of 2009 alone.  In a casino in Cairns, Australia.  At a poker table. Good night though — as I recall, I think I won $400-500 or so, then walked out around 2 a.m. into a torrential downpour and walked about a mile back to my hostel.
  • I was going through my 2010 posts quickly in drafting this up and realized that my first 2010 post wasn’t until January 18th.  And in keeping with the spirit, it was just a photo post (Uluru sunrise).  I didn’t even bother with any text.  Jeez, how average could I be?
  • February 1st saw the publishing of one of my most popular posts – the Hostel and Dorm Rules. That one is actually pretty good and the comments from other people are great, so it shouldn’t be included in this review post, but nothing defines fair to middlin’ better than the ubiquitous Irish Pubs on the Road post.  I love Ireland and Irish beer and Irish pubs, but my God, they are everywhere you turn.
  • The longest I spent in any one country on the trip was the six or so weeks that I spent in New Zealand in February and March.  Since I then embarked on a twenty day cargo freighter ride home, with no internet or other distractions, there are a lot of New Zealand posts that I wrote while on board. A couple of them might be considered pretty good and funny (Hitchhiking in New Zealand and the Wellington Sevens posts, heard and seen), so they have no place here.  Instead, let me give you a little diddy I did about a quirky little movie theater in Wanaka, New Zealand, where I saw The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus one afternoon.
  • After my long, long freighter ride home, it appears I went into a prolonged state of average here at Go, See, Write.  Well, actually, it wasn’t even Go, See Write, back then — it was still at blogspot.com — which practically defines plain and simple averageness.  These were the lazy days… the days of Photos of the Day.  Some funny, some scenic, some historic, but all just plain old lazy.  Right up the alley of this summary post!
  • After I got back to Arkansas, I milled around the basement of my parents’ house for a few months, caught up with friends and hit a few happy hours.  Middle of the year and some good, average chilling out time.  And the lazy continued — it is kind of embarrassing to go back and look at how little I was writing and working on this blog. How lazy was I then?  Heck, even some of my lazy photo posts were of… people just looking at art.  Wow.
  • I did run into an older friend of mine that was annoyingly close-minded about other religions in the midst of summer and was pretty happy with my ranting post about it all, including a great, great recording of the morning call to prayer in Stone Town, which was far from average, but damn it — you do deserve some excellence in my year-end memory post.

And that is where we should end 2010 — right where this post began.  Top 10 lists suck.  My wish for 2011 is the end of the top 10 list, except for Letterman, cause he does it right.

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  1. Ayngelina December 29, 2010 at 8:42 am #

    Oh I love that I’ve been included in your average moments of the year.

    Feliz nuevo año!
    Ayngelina recently posted..How I will remember 2010

    • Michael Hodson December 29, 2010 at 12:38 pm #

      there is NOTHING average about you!

  2. Phil December 29, 2010 at 11:32 am #

    The funny thing is that this approach is a lot more interesting than any other “best of” post. Looking forward to 2011. B well, Phil

    • Michael Hodson December 29, 2010 at 12:36 pm #

      anytime I get a compliment on one of my posts that is intended to be humorous from you…. I am honored, Sir

  3. Kirsten Alana December 29, 2010 at 1:31 pm #

    Total fan. As a hater of Top 10 lists myself, this suits me just fine! Also, so fun to explore your site through this post. Must come back when I have more time to click on every single link!
    Kirsten Alana recently posted..Yes- I Love NY!

  4. Chris @CAroundTheWorld December 29, 2010 at 2:10 pm #

    Ha! Even though I do year-end “best/worst” wrap-ups myself, I love this summary of the average and middling. Because thats what a lot of travel is! Maybe I’ll do a list of “meh” hotels sometime :)
    Chris @CAroundTheWorld recently posted..2010 Travels- Best Surprise

  5. Erin December 29, 2010 at 2:47 pm #

    Hehe! It’s nice to see something different at this time of year. I quite like Top 10 lists though =)

    We loved that cinema in Wanaka too!
    Erin recently posted..Christmas in Medellin

    • Michael Hodson December 30, 2010 at 8:35 pm #

      I didn’t know you hit that cinema also — so cool.

  6. Sophie December 29, 2010 at 2:52 pm #

    Interesting twist to summary posts :)
    Sophie recently posted..Stories of flying

  7. Leigh December 29, 2010 at 11:08 pm #

    Lots of reflection at this time of year for you, for me, for lots of people. I love taking the time (and that’s where the difficulty lies) to look back at accomplishments, where I fell flat, where I need to up my game, what approach works, what’s lame…
    I like some Top 10 lists but you’ve got me thinking on how to approach writing from a different angle. Those top 10 lists don’t always capture the spirit of travel.

    Love your blog BTW.
    Leigh recently posted..A Journey Through Northern Chile &amp Argentina

    • Michael Hodson December 30, 2010 at 8:35 pm #

      thank you so much for your kind comments!

  8. Andrea and John December 30, 2010 at 12:06 am #

    Happy New Year to you! So what’s in store for the start of 2011?
    Andrea and John recently posted..Auckland’s Coast to Coast Walkway- From Waitemata Harbour to Manukau Harbour

    • Michael Hodson December 30, 2010 at 8:33 pm #

      going to travel in the Middle East for the 1st half of the year, then go to Tbex in Vancouver and then perhaps have a cool project set for September or so. Hope it is a great year!

  9. Brooke vs. the World December 30, 2010 at 8:48 am #

    So tired of top 10s as well :( I’m a bit tired of all that has become standard in the blogging world, but ah well :) Here’s to 2011!
    Brooke vs. the World recently posted..Christmas Comes Twice This Year

    • Michael Hodson December 30, 2010 at 8:32 pm #

      Well, I have never liked them and damn sure I am not going to do them now that they are everywhere. On the other hand… dirty little secret on this post is that when I knocked out draft number one, there were 10 points inadvertently.

  10. Jill - Jack and Jill Travel The World December 30, 2010 at 11:03 am #

    I like your list. I like top 10 lists too, or top 7, or top whatever… I just love lists in general. What can I say, lists make a blog post easier to read (and write) :p
    Jill – Jack and Jill Travel The World recently posted..Beam me up- Scotty pretty please! or Why I Hate Flying

  11. Mikeachim December 31, 2010 at 9:19 am #

    I thought this post was average.

    (See….see what I did there? No? Oh FINE).

    Delighted to have met you this year, sir, and to become a regular visitor here. A wry soul, thou art.

    Later today I’m writing a Bottom Ten post, I’ll confess, but on the whole it’s not the “Ten” bit that annoys me, it’s the “Top”. Ranking the unrankable. That said, I welcome any trend that allows me to take the piss out of it. I’d really hate to live in a John Lennon style utopia where everyone was nice to each other and flower petals fell from the sky and cute puppies ran around yipping and all that kind of sickening group-huggery.

    I admire your unflinching self-criticism up there. I admire it because I thought of doing itself (criticizing myself, I mean, not you, that would be rude) but I concluded I’d have to beat myself unconscious to sum up how erratic my blogging has been this year.

    Keep ranting. We like.
    Mikeachim recently posted..The Sound Of Christmas Silence

  12. Shannon O'Donnell January 4, 2011 at 11:36 am #

    Cheers to a wonderfully mediocre 2011 ;-) Hope it’s totally fair to middlin’ on average (but with some amazing highs in there too!).

  13. Cam January 6, 2011 at 12:37 am #

    Festivus for the rest of us! Best in 2011.. er, I mean, Average in 2011!

    Thanks for all your support in the past year.
    Cheers!
    Cam recently posted..Incredible Panoramic Views from Ankara Citadel

    • Michael Hodson January 6, 2011 at 1:29 pm #

      Festivus! A lawyer friend of mine forwarded me an article that some federal prisoner sued to be allowed to celebrate Festivus and won. Cracked me up.

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