Dave Barry reviews 2012, as only he can do

December 31, 2012

From Miami Herald: It was a cruel, cruel year — a year that kept raising our hopes, only to squash them flatter than a dead possum on the interstate.

Example: This year the “reality” show Jersey Shore, which for six hideous seasons has been a compelling argument in favor of a major earth-asteroid collision, finally got canceled, and we dared to wonder if maybe, just maybe, we, as a society, were becoming slightly less stupid.

But then, WHAP, we were slapped in our national face by the cold hard frozen mackerel of reality in the form of the hugely popular new “reality” show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, which, in terms of intellectual content, makes Jersey Shore look like Hamlet.

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  • RT December 31, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Henry, have a happy new year.

    I now begin my own new year’s resolution: no more blog commentary.

    Thank you, Rick, for offering the forum. I wish you continued success.

  • Henry December 31, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Ooohhhhh I think I’ve hit a nerve with RT.

    I’m a big Dave Barry fan. I have most of his books and they never fail to leave me laughing no matter how many times I re-read them.

    I have no animosity towards you. I just think some of your comments are rather self-serving and when somebody calls you on them, you get rather defensive.

    If it makes you feel better, I’ll stop posting here. I don’t get here very often anyway, because I have a life.

  • RT December 31, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Henry, here are more thoughts (one a question, and one a comment), which I offer in advance of my self-imposed 2013 moratorium on blog commenting.

    If you dislike Barry so much, I wonder which columnists/writers do you prefer reading, Henry?

    Henry, it has always seemed to me that blogs (like this one) have the potential to be very useful outlets for civil discussions among people from different backgrounds and with differing opinions who otherwise would not meet. As for myself, I can never imagine writing anything on a blog that I would not also say to someone face-to-face. And being a basically civil, reasonable, and sensible person, I wonder why some people use blogs to engage in confrontational, irrational, uncivil verbal assaults. Well, I’m just wondering.

    Finally–perhaps–to all who read this blog, Happy New Year! Stay safe, prosperous, and happy.

  • RT December 31, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Correction: BTW, Henry, how is it that I seem to have provoked you to such animosity? I’m just curious.

  • RT December 31, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    BTW, Henry, how is that I have so provoked you to such animosity? I’m just curious.

  • RT December 31, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Henry, I was being ironic.

    Given the tone of your comment, Henry, which seems to be a pattern since I recall your previous repudiation based on a failure to understand irony, this is the perfect time to mention my New Year’s resolution: No more comments on this blog site. Yeah, I have said that before, but I think my mind is clearer on it this time around. So, thanks, Henry.

    BTW, Rick, who is Henry, and why is he commenting?

    Hey, I’m just kidding, Henry. Really!

  • Henry December 31, 2012 at 11:27 am

    “Dave Barry’s ridicule (and your reprint) run the risk of offending readers.”

    Hey, RT, if you don’t like Dave Barry, DON’T HAVE SOMEONE READ HIM TO YOU! Not everybody’s enamored with that pap that passes for columns in Pensacola.

  • RT December 31, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Dave Barry’s ridicule (and your reprint) run the risk of offending readers. Oh, wait. People who would read Barry and IN are not likely to embrace either JS or HCHBB. But here is the scary thing: The millions who do watch those kinds of programs outnumber readers, and those millions actually vote! The end of the world is right around the corner!

  • Teresa December 31, 2012 at 9:25 am

    I love it! I laughed at the past and cried thinking about the future. I think we need to replace the “Big Ball” with a downward spiraling staircase. Or a big gulp for NY.