I dig Edward Snowden. He reminds me of something I learned in advertising: a principle is not a principle until it costs you something. In the name of free information, Edward Snowden has lost the right to live freely in the world.
I dig Miley Cyrus. If I were lucky enough to be a rowdy 21-year old former Disney Starlet, I’d foam fingerbang myself at the VMA’s and call it an honest day’s work.
Rock On, Miley!
I dig all of these people. But no one listed above deserves to be on the shortlist, not when you’re stopping to consider who should be named Person of the Year in 2013.
I name Brutally Frank. He drove his family across Italy to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of his marriage to Babs. In the runner-up category, I name Babs, for browbeating Brutally Frank as he drove his family across Italy.
In the runner-runner-up category, I name Vinny Vegas & Prop8Andy, whose unlikely bromance reassures the rest of us not to judge love, since love is not supposed to make sense.
In the runner-runner-runner-up category, I name Claudia, the mediator who chased away an opportunity for me to meet another mediator, and perhaps find an opportunity for myself to grow as a mediator, simply because she mistook professional compatibility with “flirting.”
In the runner-runner-runner-runner-up category, I name Brian David Lupton, a Canadian with more insight and love for the American Constitution than the phonies who call themselves Americans.
In the runner-runner-runner-runner-runner-up category, I name my brother Joey & cousin Stacey, two people I love who keep me honest, hard-working and utterly baffled.
In the runner-runner-runner-runner-runner-runner-up category, I name anonymous comments, blind facebook likes, those who read but never comment and trolls.
Not internet trolls. Actual trolls.
Thank you for reading. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Thank you for calling out my whining. Thank you for smiley faces, winks and showing up. Woody Allen said 98% of being creative is showing up. Here’s to figuring out what’s in the magic elixir of the remaining 2%.