January 2006. It was a time for semi-employment. Uncertainty. Trepidation. The Redskins were actually in the playoffs. We probably went to Krupins with Mike Grass at least once. And seriously: we lost Red Auerbach this year, but I think his Chinatown meet-and-greets will one day be replaced by Mike Grass-at-Krupin's as the place where area wisdom gets dispensed. Trust me on this one. Except Grass will have step outside to smoke cigars, won't he?
Well, enough of our vision for this great city's future. Here's what happened in the first month of this year.
- Wow. I was just as wrong as everyone else was in sizing up 2006.
- Oh, my. Apparently, I was dissing Michael Lenehan MONTHS before it was cool to sick your army of hacks on Murray Waas and stalk bloggers. Hey, Michael: is the Chicago Reader still available as a PDF Download? Because nothing says "web savvy" like a PDF download!
- Bang the manicurist slowly.
- Marion Barry gets back together with cocaine. What better excuse to rerun some old content?
- We call out UNC, guarantee a basketball victory, watch it unfold, and then drop some beats on a happy crowd. Woot! In the end, this day was the year in microcosm.
- The boys over at Media Matters HQ need to learn to clean up after themselves. This would be important later in the year.
- Tipsters dish on the teenage Michael Scanlon. Apparently, the little twit was a dreadful adolescent.
- The 24 Album covers.
- Oh, if you had told me that we'd be empaneling an Iraq Study Group in December, I wouldn't have hung on every word of the one Bush empaneled in January. Oh, wait...I didn't.
- We get our advance copy of the State of the Union address.
- History has not been kind to the people who've received Detroit's "Key To The City."
- Remember back when the administration's outlook was so bright that Bush could appoint just any old dipshit to any old office? Good times.
- "We haven't heard this sort of irrational backlash over a stroke since Fabrizio Moretti got engaged to Drew Barrymore." Yeah. It was a good line then, and it's a good line now.