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Posted on Mon, Jan 4, 2010 : 9:28 a.m.

OMG! The best of 2010 in Ann Arbor and elsewhere

By Richard Retyi

Wow, it’s been a crazy year. Am I right? I mean, New Year’s day. The day after that. The day after THAT. This morning. Phew. It’s time to take a step back and reflect on the best of 2010.

Best Restaurant
Winner: Lucky Kitchen (1753 Plymouth Road) The General Tso, Chicken Lo Mein and Crab Cheese are divine.

Best Breakfast
Winner: Lucky Kitchen (1753 Plymouth Road) See above.

Best Nap
Winner: Jan. 1, 5:40 p.m. during the Rose Bowl

Best Community Hero
Winner: Andy Garris. The proprietor of the Elbow Room (6 South Washington, Ypsilanti) hosted the four-day music festival Mittenfest that raised over $12,000 for 826 Michigan (115 East Liberty).

Best Cat
Winner: (tie) Gonzo Retyi and Dweezil Stardust Smith (who’s a good kitty? WHO’S a good kitty?)

Best Sports Moment
Winner: Bobby Bowden, 80 year-old head coach of the Florida Seminoles plunging a flaming spear into a corporate logo at midfield prior to his final game as head coach (Jan. 1).
Honorable Mention: Buffalo Bills vs. Indianapolis Colts in a blizzard (Jan. 3).

Best TV Episode
Winner: My Shocking Story: My Giant Head (TLC)

Best Celebrity Dad Tattoo
Winner: Michael Lohan (father of Lindsay Lohan)

Best Tweet
Winner: Lil’ Bow Wow driving drunk on New Year’s night - “Face numb im whippin the lambo. Tipsy as fu**. Just left @livmiami”
Honorable Mention: Fred Durst in the studio- “Got a new song looping on pro tools. Gotta write this hook!! Give me some inspiration!!”

Best Contest
Winner: Cheddar Explosion of Texas Stadium. Kraft Foods will hold a national essay contest with the winner getting to trigger the public demolition of the old Dallas Cowboys’ stadium.

Best Headline
Winner: An Ann Arbor Yeti policeman hot on the trail of a fleeing snowmobiler becomes department legend -

Best El Universal Headline (Major Mexican Newspaper)
Winner: Hole in the Moon could accommodate human

Best Celebrity Scandal
Winner: Music producer Shawty Redd (Demetrius Lee Stewart) charged with murder
Honorable Mention: Matthew Broderick gets a haircut

Best Facebook Status Update
Winner: “I hate train barf.”
Honorable Mention: “Hi. I'm in Delaware.”

Best Party Store
Winner: Main Party Store AKA The Russians (201 North Main Street)

Best Car
Winner: Acura 2004
Honorable Mention: 1998 Volvo S70 (the steering is pulling to the left lately)

Best Film
Winner: District 9 (watched on New Year’s day night). Better aliens than Avatar and a meaner, badass military villain as well.
Honorable Mention: The Road. So. Depressing.

Finally, for your benefit, I used the supercomputers at to run 10,000 simulations of what would be hot in the coming year. It spit out the following Hot List. Study and enjoy.

Hot List
Gremlins Diet, Creed’s comeback tour, America falling out of love with Bradley Cooper, hating Jack Black, camoflauge Crocs, ice beer, BK Big Fish sandwich, naming your baby Al, leprechauns, native American folklore, tattoos of squids and octopi, Cash for Silver, Welland (Ontario), living in caves, bacon vodka, sideburns, genoa salami, untied shoelaces, the three-man weave, Tron, Alan Thicke.

(Richard Retyi wants to thank all of you for making 2010 a most memorable year. Email him at to share your "Best of 2010" lists, or ask him how he gets his bean dip juuuussssssttt right.)


Jordan Miller

Wed, Jan 6, 2010 : 4:43 p.m.

Allow me to present you with my own hot list: Wolves, Hewlett Packard, reverse-heel shoes (they make your toes point up!), sausage, purple, topsiders with the laces tied in those weird spiral knots, donuts, the return of the "Rachel" haircut, Papyrus (the font), copper bracelets. We will also see the "discovery" of white zinfandel in the same way that the world "discovered" cupcakes. I agree with you on Alan Thicke and Native American folklore. Please don't post photos of your cat. Or I will have to tweet about it in a snarky manner.


Tue, Jan 5, 2010 : 11:03 a.m.

Your Best Cat category is useless without photos!!! :):)