Saturday, December 26, 2009

An Early Happy New Year

As I was putting together this weekend's offering, I noticed that another milestone in my blogging career had passed, almost without my notice. Earlier in the week I put up my 500th posting on Just Blowing Smoke (and you have to admit, that's quite a smokescreen). Now I know that's this is not a lot for some of those truly dedicated to this effort, and I'm sure that there are a couple here in Toledo (that could easily be called to mind) that achieved this level of production far more quickly than I have. As I have always considered a bit of a plodder however, this has proved considerably more effort for me. As it has been for everyone else, 2009 has not been a perfect one. I have faced my share challenges in 2009 as well, but I refuse to be daunted by them. 

Far too many of us it seems, have a thing or two on their plate in recent days to be dealt with and I'm sure that most feel that the less said about them the better. My own are things of little real concern to the world, things for which I alone must take responsibility and action, and with just a bit of good fortune the coming year will see them well past. But these are not the things that I deem worthy of remembrance on a personal level as I look back on 2009. For I have been fortunate indeed in the last twelve months, with a number of events in my life to be truly grateful for.
  • I got a chance to act as a substitute host on the one hour radio show "Eye On Toledo" a couple of time on 1370 WSPD.
  • I have had a column which has become pretty much a fixture of the Toledo Free Press (a bathroom fixture perhaps, but a fixture nonetheless).
  • One of my efforts for the Toledo Free Press "Wants and Needs" managed to get picked up by Glenn Beck on his syndicated radio show.
  • I had the real pleasure of finally meeting two of the local bloggers that I had been sharing ideas with on the blogosphere in person, Roland Hansen and Dave Zawodny (Hooda Thunkit).
  • As I have all of my life, I have had the friendship and love of friends and family to support and protect me (mostly from myself).
I cannot help then, to see this year about to end as a very happy and rewarding year. I hope that each and every one of you is able to say the same about 2009. And so with just six days left to this year that is, I take this time to wish each of you the happiest and most prosperous of New Years.


Roland Hansen said...

Tim, I feel honored to be included in your list of grateful events you have experienced this calendar year of 2009.

And, I must say unequivocally that I am honored to have met you, Tim. Your deep thinking and astute observations are so refreshing for me. You are most deservedly the best blogger in Toledo, Ohio and in the entire region. I salute you, sir.

Tim Higgins said...


The meeting of the Three Amigos would place high on most lists I believe, and further gatherings can only be hoped for.

As the rest ... I consider it high praise indeed sir, which I will accept in spite of the fact that it's undeserved.

Hooda Thunkit (Dave Zawodny) said...

Amigo Tim,

I find the thought that meeting me leaves me a little unsettled/scared.

Surely your life must be more exciting than that...


(But thanks for the compliment!)

Roland Hansen said...

Ah, Dave, you're much too modest! With Z, all things are possible.

The Three Amigos reign!

Now, Tim and Dave, Let's Ride!

Hooda Thunkit (Dave Zawodny) said...

Amigo Roland,

Aw shucks, with flattery like that I might get on a horse and ride.

(It'd probably kill me, but it might be worth it...)