Well here we are. The last day of 2008. And what better way to end the year than with another snowstorm to annoy me. But instead of getting into another rant about how bad the snow’s been here in Central New York, I’m going to do another retropective on the year 2008.
The year 2008 has been a really historic and important year. For one thing, America elected Barack Obama as the first-ever black President of the United States but it’s not just the fact that he was elected. The whole election campaign was also a major historic event because of the fact that it also had a female vice-presidential candidate that was more or less reviled by the world. Also in 2008 news, “The Dark Knight” dominated the box office thanks largely to the late Heath Ledger as the Joker (may he rest in peace); and how about that Michael Phelps, eh? And it ends on a pretty high note because we finally saw OJ Simpson go to jail for armed robbery and kidnapping.
For me, other than the fact that I officially took my Internet life to the next level and started making YouTube videos, the year was more or less uneventful. Even as this year ends, I officially have 320 subscribers on YouTube and growing. I also added Facebook and Twitter to my Internet list. I also have obtained a side job with the Historical Society mowing their lawn and shoveling them out. Speaking of the Historical Society, my book is now officially on permanent hold because I found out about another book that is being written that pretty much parallels what I’m doing. I may decide instead to do a video for YouTube.
As far as 2009 goes, I have really high hopes that it will be my breakout year on the Internet, especially on YouTube. I have several goals I hope to accomplish there but perhaps the biggest goal I would like to achieve next year is that I want to get partnership on YouTube so I can start making money on my videos. As far as what directions I want to go with my videos, I have a variety of ideas that I want to try out, like maybe do some videos that are based on what I write here on this blog and I might do a tutorial video because I had received some comments that asked me for advice about how to make cat videos. Besides, I hear that tutorial videos do really well on YouTube.
Tonight is probably the worst night for me to work, especially since tonight is New Year’s Eve and usually you’re supposed to be with a loved one or with a new relationship instead of being at work. Tonight is really going to suck. Hopefully that will change next year.
A little while ago I was watching the final chapter in the OJ Simpson trial on cnn.com as he was sentenced to 33 years in prison for armed robbery and kidnapping. Even though the judge said that the outcome of his historic murder trial years earlier would not be a factor in the sentencing, many cannot help but assume that justice has finally been served. So I figured I tell you a little story.
I remember seeing the verdict in OJ’s murder trial in high school. I was about a few weeks into my junior year when that trial was ending. My art teacher had borrowed a TV from the school and had it on the channel covering OJ’s trial. Even then, some of the people in my class, including myself believed he was guilty of murder, and I still do. That made it even more shocking when the verdict of not guilty was read in the courtroom.
And of course they called that trial “the trial of the century,” and I do have some experience researching another famous trial of the century. And obviously I am referring to my old friend Chester Gillette. Speaking of which, my book on him is almost done. I have two chapters left to do and then I’ll be done with that, and I also plan to include Chester’s trial in the upcoming “Welcome to Herkimer” video I have planned along with footage from inside the 1834 Jail.
Anyway, back to OJ. Last year when they first aired the story about OJ’s arrest for the armed robbery incident in Las Vegas on the Today show, I was like, “There’s no way he’s walking away from that.” And this time, I was right. I was pretty much ecstatic when I heard that he was convicted of the armed robbery charge and when I was watching the news this morning announcing that his sentencing was today, I had to check it out. In fact, I almost forgot about it until I saw a Twitter post reminding me about it so I went to cnn.com and I saw the live sentencing for myself.
And by the way, I am on Twitter if you want to follow me.
So there’s my two cents on the OJ sentencing. Aside from that, nothing really going on except for the fact that it’s really cold out and we were supposed to get a lake effect snow storm today, but we only got a dusting this morning. But the cold is still a reminder of why I hate winter.