Unlike many of you
lucky bastards mutineers, I am at work today, so this might be one of the most compendious posts I will ever write (stop applauding, haterz).
For the last week or so, I kept hearing variations on “I can’t believe the year is almost over!”. I was feeling that way myself until I started to pore through our archives. Now I feel like this has been a very long year, one which lasted at least 365 days.
Can you even conceive of a time before Sanjaya? Believe it or not, there was, way back in the beginning of 2007.
Let that sink in.
NOW doesn’t it feel like January 17th–the last day that the mutiny was papaya-free– was a long time ago? Speaking of Sanjaya, he’s on the list. What list? The list I made of interesting, notable or significant posts from this year.
Without further contradiction of my use of the word “compendious”, here they are, for your procrastination and pleasure:
â€¢ Anand Jon
See how I tried to be all slick and minimalist? Just first names? Yeah, that didn’t work for everything. Por ejemplo, the only post which has ever roared past the 1,000 comment mark: Whoa– is dating White not right? Simplifying that to just “Whoa” probably would not remind you of that infamous comment orgy.
A note about the first two bullets- I couldn’t settle on just ONE Sanjaya or Obama post, so I gave you all of them. You decide which one is your favorite…or don’t, I mean, it’s almost 5pm and some of you are already pre-pre-partying. For those who are interested in getting so contemplative, because this list is incomplete, feel free to comment about what stories stood out to you in 2007. Much happened at the Mutiny, including the spontaneous, natural and collective decision to rename and reframe an epithet and the experience it crudely conjured; FOB was replaced by the more respectful and apposite “DBD”, an acronym which means “Desh-born Desi”.
As this site grows, sometimes it’s difficult to remember that we are still a community; the birth of that acronym is one of my favorite moments of 2007 because despite SM evolving in to something quite different from what it once was, it indicated that change is not the same as an ending. That seems like a wonderful way to regard a day like today, a time like this, and a possibility-laden new year. Mutineers, I wish you beginnings, endings, changes, surprises, bliss and everything else you deserve, in 2008.