>2007.

Wow.  It’s done.  Tomorrow is the very last day of this year and just like everyone else I can’t help but think back on the year that was.
This time last year I was working for an oil and gas company, money in my bank account,  this blog was still relatively new and I had just the littlest bit more hair.
I hadn’t started writing for the Calgary Herald and Energy 101.5 wasn’t even on the air yet.
When I think back on the year, I can’t help but wonder.  What if I peaked?  What happens if this was the year that I will always look back on and say: “Man that was a great year!  Wait, that was the best year!” Sigh.
This year I got to watch friends get married, have babies, graduate, and travel the world.  I was also lucky enough to travel to Hawaii, Las Vegas and Halifax.  I finally made it home for the Holidays and got the chance to meet up with lots of my friends and family.
I also got to meet Gwen Stefani, Gene Simmons, Brian Melo and Brody Jenner.
But enough about me.
What about pop culture?  Everyone will remember this year as the year that Paris, Britney, Anna Nicole and Lindsay were everywhere. Of course, by everywhere I mean rehab and/or dead.  But I don’t like to dwell.  
This is also the year that I got TIVO. (I may have mentioned it once or twice.)  Thanks to this handy device I was able to enjoy some of the best TV had to offer this year.  I still love old favs like Lost, Greys Anatomy and The Office.  But thanks to the recording device I was also able to enjoy new shows (or new to me) that I normally wouldn’t be able to watch or even remember to watch.  They include: How I Met Your Mother, 30 Rock, Friday Night Lights, Pushing Daisies and of course the biggest guilty pleasure out there, Gossip Girl.
We also had to mourn Veronica Mars.  Luckily Kristen Bell who played Veronica has shown up on both Heroes and the narrator of Gossip Girl.  Plus she’ll be starring with Seth Rogan in Judd Aptow’s next movie Pineapple Express.  She’ll be fine.  I wish I could say the same for The CW.
Some of my favorite movies of the year have to be Once, Waitress, Hot Fuzz, Knocked Up, Superbad, The Assassination of Jesse James and my absolute favorite movie of 2007: Lars and the Real Girl.  Please keep in mind that I have not yet seen all of the movies that are topping a lot of the lists this year.  Those include, No Country for Old Men, Atonement, Juno and Sweeny Todd.
So with the final hours of 2007 dwindling down I am kinda excited see what is next.  Both professionally and personally.  Plus what will be going down on the Hollywood scene.  My prediction?  Not much because the writer’s strike sounds like it’s got a lot more steam in it. Sigh.
So I would like to wish all of you an amazing new year.  Thanks for being a part of all my ups and downs.  I hope your new year will be exciting, challenging and rewarding.
Oh and I also hope you start watching Friday Night Lights.  It’s the right thing to do.
Happy New Year!

Mike Morrison