What is the deal with Charlie Brown's teacher making him read War and Peace during Christmas vacation? Did she honestly want to ruin Christmas for him?
In a few short hours, it'll be the end of 2009 and the end of this decade. Can you believe it? It feels like just yesterday we were ringing in the new millennium! Anyway, as always, here is my last of the few journal entry I have written this year. First thing to bring up: the obligatory listing of what I received for Christmas.
* A Nintendo DSi (Mario edition!)
* New Super Mario Bros. Wii (and its strategy guide)
* Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Smash-Up for the Wii
* The Mario and Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story strategy guide (I had to buy the game myself later)
* Sesame Street: A Celebration - 40 Years of Life on the Street
* The 50 Greatest Cartoons: As Selected by 1,000 Animation Professionals
* Phineas and Ferb: My Funny Valentine
* The "Peanuts" 1960s and 1970s DVD collections
* A "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" wall calendar
* Some ornaments to hang on next year's Christmas tree
* A new Snoopy Christmas decoration
* A rather sucky computer keyboard that I hope to replace soon
* A Saints shirt and Fred Flintstone sleeping pants
* Gift cards at Barnes & Noble and Chili's
* A box of mint chocolates
Now then, remember how about a year ago, I said in my journal that I'd hoped that 2009 would be a good year? Well, I'd have to say I turned out to be wrong about that. For one thing, as if it wasn't enough that Disney decided to disregard their vault of TV cartoons by killing Toon Disney, Nickelodeon also lost my respect by airing a certain three-part special, whose title I won't mention, in which they basically sank the wrong ship in favor of the one that should have sunk. And of course, there were probably more celebrity deaths this year than in the past few years combined (the King of Pop and the voices of Mickey Mouse and Mario being the most shocking to me). True, there was some good things that happened this year, such as the Looney Tunes finally returning to Cartoon Network, and it was definitely cool to see Phineas and Ferb joining Scrooge McDuck and Buzz Lightyear at the Disney Parks Christmas Parade, but I can pretty much agree with in saying this, the last year of the 2000s, was the suckiest year of the decade. (In a piece of irony, I seem to recall 1999 as being my fondest-remembered year of the 1990s.) That said, let's say goodbye to this miserable year of celebrity deaths and hope 2010 will be much better. Happy New Decade, everyone!
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