The moment America and the world have been dreading has arrived at last: The 2016 Presidential Elections and of course I have to talk about it.
The year 2008 has been a really historic and important year. For one thing, America elected Barack Obama as the first-ever black President of the United States but it’s not just the fact that he was elected. The whole election campaign was also a major historic event because of the fact that it also had a female vice-presidential candidate that was more or less reviled by the world. Also in 2008 news, “The Dark Knight” dominated the box office thanks largely to the late Heath Ledger as the Joker (may he rest in peace); and how about that Michael Phelps, eh? And it ends on a pretty high note because we finally saw OJ Simpson go to jail for armed robbery and kidnapping.
For me, other than the fact that I officially took my Internet life to the next level and started making YouTube videos, the year was more or less uneventful. Even as this year ends, I officially have 320 subscribers on YouTube and growing. I also added Facebook and Twitter to my Internet list. I also have obtained a side job with the Historical Society mowing their lawn and shoveling them out. Speaking of the Historical Society, my book is now officially on permanent hold because I found out about another book that is being written that pretty much parallels what I’m doing. I may decide instead to do a video for YouTube.
As far as 2009 goes, I have really high hopes that it will be my breakout year on the Internet, especially on YouTube. I have several goals I hope to accomplish there but perhaps the biggest goal I would like to achieve next year is that I want to get partnership on YouTube so I can start making money on my videos. As far as what directions I want to go with my videos, I have a variety of ideas that I want to try out, like maybe do some videos that are based on what I write here on this blog and I might do a tutorial video because I had received some comments that asked me for advice about how to make cat videos. Besides, I hear that tutorial videos do really well on YouTube.
Tonight is probably the worst night for me to work, especially since tonight is New Year’s Eve and usually you’re supposed to be with a loved one or with a new relationship instead of being at work. Tonight is really going to suck. Hopefully that will change next year.
Well, today’s the big day for Americans everywhere. Everything that has been in the news for the course of the year has been leading up to this day. That’s right, it is Election Day and also the day where we will be voting for a new President of the United States.
This year’s election has been called by Senator Joe Biden “the most important Presidential election since 1932” basically because there is so much at stake in this year’s election. A bad economy, the ongoing war in Iraq and the war on terrorism are among the many issues being dealt with, not to mention that this election is historic because of the fact that one of the candidates, Barack Obama, is the first black candidate for a major political party to run for President of the United States.
I have usually tried to shy away from politics in both my blogs and my videos because of the fact that this is a hot-button topic and that so many people are talking about it, although I did take a swipe at Sarah Palin because she just annoys me to no avail. However this week, especially today, it is pretty much unavoidable. This is further proof that this election affects everyone, not just in the U.S. but all around the world.
Okay, I said my piece. Now I got to go off to the polls and do my part to get Obama into office.
I couldn’t do any filming yesterday because something else came up. I had to replace my thermostat last night because somehow it got broken and my place was kind of chilly yesterday. It was pretty cold yesterday too, especially when I went out to mow for the Historical Society. My whole place is falling apart. So I got stuck doing some home improvement yesterday. There’s always something.
Last Thursday just as I was preparing to go to work and while I was online, I got to watch a little bit of the Vice Presidential debate. Of course the next day I found that C-SPAN put the whole thing on YouTube so I watched that just as I came home from work. I fell asleep during most of it but from what I saw, it definitely looks like Joe Biden won the debate. I just can’t stand Sarah Palin. Basically all she did was ramble on and on about the same old thing and what was the deal with the “aw, shucks” attitude and the winking and the “Hey, you mind if I can call you Joe?” mannerism. What was that all about? God, I just can’t listen to her without getting mad.
Anyway, on to a lighter subject. Last night, I finally had the privilege of having for dinner the Mohawk Valley’s most famous dish: Chicken Riggies. They’re good but they’re really hot. Usually once a year, Utica hosts an event called “Riggiefest” in which the area’s chefs descend on the festival to showcase their interpretation of this famous dish. I think they usually hold it during the summer so that’s an idea for next year.
And that’s pretty much it for now. Hopefully I will continue to be in touch.