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My top 5 personal news stories of 2012

I like how every December, news organizations compile lists of the top stories of the past year. It makes me wonder: What are YOUR top 5 stories of 2012 from your own life? Here are mine:

5. Establishing more of a presence online, including on Facebook and in this new personal blog, the MikeLewpedia.

4. Getting readjusted to being a Nebraskan again after being away from the state for 12 years, including completing the first year of my job at, moving into a place of my own after living with family and friends for about six months, getting reacquainted with old friends, and making many new ones.

3. Turning 40, and spending that weekend with my mom and brothers (my birthday was on Mother’s Day this year).

2. My emotional and psychological ups and downs, and the numerous things that played a role in triggering those.

1. Getting involved in the thriving atheist communities in Nebraska and nationwide, including attending the Reason Rally in Washington, D.C., the Midwest Freethought Conference in Omaha, and Skepticon in Springfield, Missouri.

Being the last one picked

You know how no one wants to be the one to take the last cookie, or the last pizza slice, or the last dinner roll? That sort of insensitivity just boggles my mind. I mean, that food item probably already feels bad about being the last one picked. You all can hesitate if you want, but I am not going to sit here and let you prolong its humiliation any longer.

A cool version of “All I Want For Christmas Is You”

Mariah Carey is way talented and way gorgeous, but let’s face it, that Christmas song of hers is way overplayed and makes me feel way Grinchy. Yet, somehow, Jimmy Fallon and the Roots, and a bunch of schoolkids popping up out of nowhere, have made the song way cool, and so now I feel way, um, non-Grinchy.

My #1 desired biological trait

For my job I have been reading a lot of biology lately. It makes me wonder, what trait or traits, possessed by other organisms on our planet, do you wish you had as a human? I’m going to go with the ability to reproduce both sexually and asexually, perhaps through fission, or budding off of my abdomen.

My Facebook gratitude post

Lots of people are posting statuses of thankfulness on Facebook, seeing as Thanksgiving is around the corner, and so I would like to join in, and say that I am thankful every time I see the gurgling, cooing, rosy-cheeked, hopeful face of a baby, especially if the baby is also handing me ten thousand dollars in cash.

Ellen DeGeneres and Bic for Her

You gotta hand it to Ellen DeGeneres. In spite of her inferior feminine brain, she has become one of the funniest, cleverest people on the planet. Her commentary on a line of pens called Bic for Her is so good.

Don’t fold your underwear

If you’re the type of person who spends time folding underclothes (socks, undershirts, bras, boxers, briefs), what the hell is your problem? Just throw them in a drawer and go spend 10 extra minutes reading a book or playing with your kids. No one will see the wrinkles.


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