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The Dreaded "Best Of" List for 2009

By Bob on December 28, 2009 6:00 AM

This is the time of year when everyone from Matt Lauer to your Mom makes their "Best Of" list for the year. 


I don't necessarily hate these lists.  In fact, I take a perverted pleasure in seeing whether or not their list and my list have anything in common.  It's kind of like a blind date or arranged marriage.  Neither of us really has much in common, but it's kind of fun to see if the lines ever intersect.


So, here's your opportunity to label me a Geek, Geezer or so far out there you'd need the Space Shuttle to find me.  As they said at the beginning of the Amanda Knox trial, "let the judging begin."


 The Boomer Brief Best of 2009


Best Chance of Making it to 100

Rowdy Yates 271.jpgClint Eastwood.  We grew up with him as Rowdy Yates and forgave him for Paint Your Wagon.  Put up anybody you want, but Boomers, this guy's got staying power.  The runner up is our dog, Spike.  Spike is about 90 in dog years.  Me?  I'm about 7½ in dog years, which explains my sense of humor. 

Best CD

Diana Krall's Quiet Nights.  Yeah, I know this is a subjective category, but give it a listen and call me when the smile disappears from your face.


Best Excuse for Moving Into a Cave without TV or Wi-Fi

Balloon Boy.  Tiger Woods.  Tiger Woods' 343,465,759 mistresses.  Congress.  Reality TV shows.  Anything with the words, "Dance," "Sing," "Idol," "Chef" or "Do You Think..." in the title.


Best Viral Video

I still love these mariachi singers playing Pink Floyd's Another Brick in the Wall.  Check it out: 


Best Home Cooking

Charlotte's Tex-Mex cheese enchiladas.  I'll get her to share the recipe in an upcoming Daily Dish.


Best Argument for the World Ending in My Lifetime

Snuggies, Dancing with the Stars, American Idol.  I have a serious fear that aliens think this is all we're capable of producing and may blow up our planet just to save us from ourselves.


Best TV Show You Aren't Currently Watching

Cougar Town.  There, I said it.  It's funny.  It's got women from Friends, Scrubs and the ill-fated Joey.  Who knew Courtney Cox had a sense of humor?  She does and she's worth watching.

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Best DVD You Didn't See Reviewed on The Boomer Brief

Clint Eastwood's Grand Torino.  If I'm half this cool when I reach his age I'll be eternally grateful.


Best Movie You Didn't See

Steve Martin's The Spanish Prisoner.  Think The Grifters without an R-rating.  It'll keep you on the edge of your seat.


Best Excuse to Go to Bed Early

The Jay Leno Show.  What's he on, NINE NIGHTS A WEEK?  NBC, this is the best you've got?  Really?


Best Reason to Own a Gun - or Cannon

These guys:



Best Gadget to Get before You Dieipod-touch.jpg

This one's a tie between Logitech's Squeezebox Wi-Fi radio and the new 64-Gig IPod Touch.  The Squeezebox is a pain to set up, but you'll think it's amazing as it streams your personal Pandora account anywhere in your home.  The IPod Touch with its Wi-Fi connection brings the internet to you just about anywhere and with 64 gigs you have enough music to survive even the longest airport delay. logitech-squeezebox.jpg





















Best Fast Food

Charlotte and I discovered the Roasted Portabella sandwich at UFood Grill during a trip to Boston.  It's got balsamic-marinated portabellas, feta cheese, organic mixed greens and tomatoes served on a ciabatta roll.  YUM.


Best Reason Not to Stay Home Next Year

The Redneck Riviera.  This little slice of heaven stretches from Biloxi, MS to the Florida Panhandle and it's about as laidback as you can get.  The locals are friendly and you won't need any TARP funds to pay for the vacation.  Our favorite place is Kiva Dunes in beautiful Gulf Shores Alabama.  Roll Tide!


There you have it Boomers.  Now go out and find something you love or hate this year and tell us about it.




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