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Some facets of my 2010
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2010 was a grand year in my eyes. Another one down, and with it, the knowledge and wisdom 365 days brings. Over the past year, in my sphere, there were certain news, entertainment and sports items I simply couldn’t elude --

“ Mad Men.” Coincidentally, it's playing softly in the background as I write these words. Never in the history of TV has a series won a Golden Globe best drama its first three years in existence. Not until “Mad Men.” And while season three fell a touch short of the first two, it was still a gripping picture of the early ’60s. And season four, which wrapped up a couple months ago, reassured my confidence that “Mad Men” is the best show in the history of television.

 Kid Cudi. Rap has finally found a fresh voice to break up years of same old drug and violence lingo, and Kid Cudi played an essential role in ushering hip-hop into a new decade. And though I don’t appreciate his essence, Kanye West provided us with yet another mesmerizing album. Thanks to Jay-Z for laying the groundwork for these two artists.

 Vanity Fair. While I’ve for years enjoyed my GQ, Esquire and Travel and Leisure, this year I threw Vanity Fair in the mix of can’t-miss magazines. The blend of brilliant journalism, editorial voices and insight, and enticing celebrity profiles and history make Vanity Fair a great way to lose an afternoon.

 Vincent Sheheen. Spending five days a week in Camden, you couldn’t escape the name Sheheen in 2010 no matter how skillfully you tried. But I don’t know why you would want to; though his bid for governor fell short, he ran a most-noble campaign.

 Zach Galifianakis. One website – funnyordie.com, then search “Between Two Ferns.” Hysterical.

 Julian Assange. This is a fun conversation for those with a daily interest in the evolution of media. Truth be told, I haven’t yet taken a stance for or against Assange and his WikiLeaks website, but the conversation it has sparked has been a delightful one in which to partake.

 Facebook. Why people were questioning Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg being named Time’s Person of the Year had me shaking my head in wonder. While not single-handedly devising Facebook himself, Zuckerberg had the largest say in its development, and nothing now is altered without his approval. Facebook has become a device that more than one-tenth of the people use to communicate with family and friends, and it’s less than 10 years old.

 Sarah Palin. When, oh when, will she go away? Stop belittling intelligence, Mrs. Palin.

 University of South Carolina athletics. After now residing in the Midlands for a year and a half, I’ve taken at least a leisurely interest in the Gamecocks. Watching the baseball team win the championship was a moment of ecstasy for long-suffering fans. And while the football team still provided moments of sheer disappointment, they did manage to beat the top-ranked Tide for the biggest win in the program’s history.

 Red Wine (I don’t feel like getting more specific than that). Nothing goes better with a great book, newspaper, magazine or piece of cinema.

 Now, to my loving crop of family and friends -- each year I realize how remarkably lucky I am to have such a great base to support me in my endeavors. Thanks to each of you for shaping the guy I’ve become.

 Have a marvelous 2011, my friends.