I thought about doing a month-by-month recap of major stories throughout the year, but soon realized that was way more work than I was interested in doing. So, this – an entirely fabricated and indulgent set of awards, some silly, some serious – is my compromise. I plan on covering a lot of ground (i.e. making up a lot of awards) over the next few days and by the end of it, hope to have a list of posts encompassing most of the significant local issues from 2006.
On, then, to the first installment of the first annual Hayduke Awards -- or, for short, "The Dookies."
Quote of the Year: "I didn't realize Howard County residents were that stupid." -- Brian Harlin, Republican Party Chairman for Howard County. Thank you, Brian.
Best Previous Awards Post: The first COPE Forum.
Best Made-Up-By-Hayduke Award: "The most outrageously stupid and evil bureaucracy in history," Fairfax County (in fairness, they did repeal the hurt-the-homeless measure that was the source of my ire, but they're still pretty dumb for coming up with it in the first place).
Best Inter-Blog Discussion: Bloggers David Keelan, David Wissing and I debated a pair of competing tax cuts with (surprisingly, in blogdom) fact-based, non-partisan arguments. First installment here, second here and third here.
Best Insult: It's a toss up between "YOU'RE an IDIOT!" and "your credibility level is now at -45 and descending," both from (who else) Tom Berkhouse in the same comment.
Most In Depth Coverage of an Issue: Affordable housing. Here are what I consider to be the top three posts: one, two and three.
Best Post About Buying My First House: Pretty self-explanatory.
Best Endorsement: I like to think that this piece is the reason Ken Ulman was elected County Executive. Nothing you say will convince me otherwise.
Best Post-Election Recap: Here.
Best Post-Election Recap with Charts: Here.
Best Post-Election Recap by Someone Other Than Me: Here.
Biggest Non-Story Story of the Year: The Resume.
Best Method for Dealing With Non-Stories: Satire.
Best Guest Blogging Appearance by Family Members: Brother, Mother and Wife (kinda).
Best Guest Blogging Appearance by a Non-Family Member: MacHater on the new Kings Contrivance Harris Teeter.
Best Journalist Impersonation: My post about a meeting of the Merriweather Post Pavilion advisory committee.
Best Photo: Hmm...either this or this.
Best Photo Series: The HFStival at Merriweather, Part I and Part II.
That's all I have time for now. More tomorrow, with an expanded focus on other blogs. In the meantime, feel free to suggest your own awards or nominees in comments!
Wednesday, December 27, 2006