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The Suburbanite
  • Necole Sims: 2012 will go down in infamy

  • In less than a week, it will be 2013. How did your year go? Was it everything you’d hoped for or just a complete disappointment? Did you make good on your 2012 resolutions?

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  • In less than a week, it will be 2013. How did your year go? Was it everything you’d hoped for or just a complete disappointment? Did you make good on your 2012 resolutions?
    Last year might have been a tough year but 2012 will go down in infamy. Between the “50 Shades of Gray” phenomenon to the death of Trayvon Martin, many of us are glad to see this year coming to an end. What follows are some of the year’s memorable highs and lows.
    Whitney Houston’s death and the subsequent details of her last month of life shook not only the entertainment world but her fans worldwide. It’s still hard to believe that someone with so much God-given talent could be so damaged. Perhaps time will fade the negative and focus on her  positive contributions.
    This year we lost some true TV icons. Dick Clark, Mike Wallace, Andy Griffith and Sherman Helmsley all were part of my life growing up. I still watch “The Andy Griffith Show” and “The Jeffersons” when I get the chance. Who can forget Helmsley’s strutting, insulting, racially-tinged George Jefferson character? Griffith’s down-home, good-guy sheriff character still leaves many with fond memories and life lessons.
    “60 Minutes” is one of my favorite news shows. How many shows can, in one episode, credibly report on Chicago being called “the false confession capital of the United States,” sanctuaries for endangered tortoises and Hugh Jackman’s life and “Les Mis” character?
    As “America’s oldest teenager” Dick Clark embodied fun and color-blind music. So many performers have appeared on “American Bandstand” and “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” that Clark made staying home on Saturday afternoons and New Year’s Eve fun.
    The 2012 Summer Olympic games in London showcased the talents of our American athletes. So many U.S. gold medals were won and we should remember always to be proud of them. The talk of the town was Michael Phelps but the women’s and men’s relay teams reminded us why we love amateur sports.
    The Kardashians. Nope, they still haven’t gone away. Next topic.
    Ditto for “The Jersey Shore” cast.
    In my opinion, Nov. 7 was the best day of 2012. It was the day after the presidential election. I still itch and my eyes twitch when I think about the money spent, the mud-slinging and vitriol that came out of the candidates’ mouths. The one thing that I kept thinking about is how much good could have been done with all the money spent in the presidential and senate races. So many people who are starving, homeless and struggling could have been helped.
    Lindsay Lohan. Here we go again. Her 2012 was just as bad as her 2011 (and 2010). One can hope that she gets her act together in 2013 before her life ends like Houston’s.
    Page 2 of 2 - Good news. If you are reading this then the world didn’t come to an end like it’s been predicted.
    And, finally, the Hostess tragedy.
    Growing up, we were rarely allowed to have processed or high-sugar foods. Once a month, my mom would take whichever kid was home (and not grounded) to the Hostess outlet store to buy bread.
    We were also allowed to choose one treat. I always picked a Twinkie or Suzy Q. Watching a company go bankrupt is bad enough but when Twinkie the Kid heads to the unemployment line, you know life is bad.
    Welcome 2013. I embrace you with open arms. Let’s all strive to make next year the best one yet.