If this presidential election cycle wasn't long and strange enough, now we have this: Bristol Palin, daughter of Sarah, the governor of Alaska and erstwhile Republican vice-presidential candidate, has (finally) given birth to a baby boy. The baby's name? Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston. (Not to be confused with his not much older baby uncle, Trig Paxson Van Palin.)
The timing is downright eerie as just yesterday afternoon I heard a rebroadcast of Terry Gross's interview with Seth Meyers of Saturday Night Live on NPR, in which they discussed Sarah Palin's appearance on SNL and this clip in particular (which does not make mention of Bristol or her baby mama status):
It has also been a long, strange trip (though not to the playoffs) for Brett Favre and the Jets, who fired head coach Eric Mangini yesterday after losing four of their last five games and not making it into the playoffs this year, this despite (or because of?) Brett Favre, whose #4 Jets jersey was the best-seller at NFLShop.com this year. (For the record, I have now officially retired my Jets thong, at least until the 2009 season officially opens and the Jets win a game. But I'll keep wearing my Giants attire as long as their playoff/Super Bowl hopes remain alive!)
And it has been a long, strange trip for me and this blog, which made it onto Jon Swift's Best Blog Posts of 2008 list this week -- and onto the blogrolls of many other fine blogs (all of which I link to at right) over the course of the year. Indeed, in just 11 months I have gone from a trickle of visitors to, if not a tsunami, a rising tide or at least a babbling brook of loyal blog readers, for which I thank you.
Lastly, if you would be so kind and take a minute, I would love to know how you found this blog and where you live (State if in the US of A or Country if not) via a Comment. (FYI: Mom, this does not apply to you -- nor to the kind, patient folks who asked or begrudgingly agreed to be on my New Blogpost Alert email list.)
UPDATED 12/31/08: My mother-in-law just forwarded me this clip of "Uncle Jay Explains" Year End Wrap Up, which I thought worth posting here as it neatly sums up (in song!) the highlights of 2008.
And with that I wish you all a very happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year.