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Top 10 of 2010 (that’s twenty-ten)

In the midst of all the nostalgia for 2009, I felt compelled to look ahead to the new year. I enjoyed 2009, but 2010 holds a lot of exciting events, and it’s 1-10-10 so I thought a top 10 list was appropriate (the only better date to have written this post is 10-10-10). So, as the tension builds, here are my top 10 most anticipated events of 2010, placed in chronological order:

Lots to look forward to

1. The final season of LostI have been a zealous follower of the TV show LOST ever since the second season. I rented the first season a week before the second season premiered and watched all of the episodes to catch up. Since then, I’ve been perhaps overzealous for the show. For those of us who watch the show regularly, however, the final season is one of the most exciting events this year, especially after the previous two seasons have been so good. I know we won’t get answers to all of the big questions, but I am fully expecting to be heartily satisfied no matter what happens.

2. Paper Presentation at the Indiana Classical Conference– Last semester, my graduate advisor suggested that I submit a paper to present at this small conference held at Butler University in Indianapolis. After some hesitation, I decided to submit a paper about Roman sculpture, and it was accepted. The conference should be a good experience because it’s not a high stakes venue, and I will be able to get some good experience to tag onto my resume. My anticipation for this event definitely wavers between nervousness and excitement, but either way it couldn’t avoid making the top 10 list.

3. Movies– Because I love to watch movies, I didn’t want to give separate slots to all of the movies I’m looking forward to this year. I just want to mention a couple that I’m particularly excited about. Two movies are coming out early this year that are about Greek mythology in some way, so of course I am greatly anticipating them. Percy Jackson and the Olympians, based on the first book in a young adult series, and Clash of the Titans, a remake of the old Ray Harryhausen classic, both look to be highly entertaining romps through Greek and Roman mythology. In addition, I admit that I am very excited for the first movie in the 2-part finale of the Harry Potter series. If it’s anything like the last movie, Deathly Hallows should be a great time.

4. My 5-year anniversary– This may sound like a small milestone, but I’m really excited to be able to say that my wife and I have been married for 5 years. I look at it as the first milestone on the road to many more.

5. Kayaking at Turkey Run State Park– Last summer, my wife and I discovered kayaking on a local lake. We had tried canoeing but wanted to try something different so we both rented single-person kayaks and spent an hour kayaking around the lake. It was a great time, and we’re excited to try out a two-person kayak on a body of water with a little more current.

6. Mediterranean Cruise– You can imagine why this would make anyone’s top 10 list. In June we will be heading to the Mediterranean with my parents and my sister and her husband for a 10-day trip to Italy, Greece, and Turkey. I can’t wait to head back to one of the most beautiful parts of the world with all my loved ones, visit all the cool archaeological sites, and partake of all the excellent Mediterranean cuisine. My mouth is watering already!

7. Student Teaching– After three semesters of class, I’ll finally be able to test my mettle in a real classroom. For twelve weeks I will be teaching in a local high school (location is still unknown) and getting the semi-real experience of having a real teaching job. I’m anxious for the chance to have a practical experience where I can find out if all the theory I’ve learned in class has been worthwhile…

8. Mexico Vacation– From the very first day of graduate school, my wife and I decided that we would reward ourselves at the end with a nice, all-inclusive trip to Mexico. Well, this year the end is coming, and the Mexico vacation comes with it. I’m especially looking forward to briefly being Indiana Jones as we trek through the jungle and Mayan ruins, and of course spending some time on the beach. So, happy graduation and fifth anniversary to us!

9. Graduation– Although this event comes at the end of the year and the end of this list, it is easily my #1 most anticipated event of the year. What makes the event even better is that my wife will also be graduating at the same time. It will be great to share a huge life event with my favorite person. I realized recently that I have been in school for 21 straight years with only one semester off on two different occasions. I am ready to be done with class. Plus, now I can go by “Master Jason.”

10. Moving– The final event of the year worthy of my top 10 list is another move. My wife and I have moved a lot since we got married, but this is the first move where we can truly choose where we want to live. The possibilities are endless, which makes the move a bit daunting, but any negatives are far outweighed by the excitement of setting out for a new chapter of our lives.

Congratulations, if you made it all the way to the end of this list. Clearly, this year is going to be an exciting one, and I hope Twenty-ten brings many exciting events for everyone else too.


January 10, 2010 - Posted by | lists


  1. I tried to call myself “master” but it didn’t catch on…plus the abbreviation for it is “mr.” which just confused people.

    Comment by Michael C | January 16, 2010 | Reply

  2. I share your excitement for the final season of LOST and the beginning of the final installment of Harry Potter, as well as finishing grad school! Unfortunately my husband did not promise to take me on vacation when I finished. :o( Sounds like you guys have an exciting year ahead!

    Comment by charissamotley | January 26, 2010 | Reply

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