This morning, I ran into this guy  when I was crossing the Cambridge Common.  When he tried to pick me up.  I gave him the cold shoulder, which he seemed to enjoy. Oh, well.

It was cool to come upon the whimsical snowpersons  that seemed to guide my way  along the paths covered in deep snow by yesterday’s fierce blizzard …especially after President Barack Obama’s thoughtful talk, last night, about the importance of civility, the American national family and the need  to move forward in a positive way after  the horrific shootings in Tuscon. [ Here’s a link to the speech, in case you missed it:

http://pol.moveon.org/azobamaspeech.html?id=25807-6209466-EecNh0x&t=3]

In fact, despite all the awful things going on the world–or maybe because of them–I’m finding that my neighbors–like whoever made the snowman–seem to be more considerate these days. After the last big storm, I ran into someone from the building next door (who asked me not to use his name) who was clearing snow, water and ice at a crosswalk so that people would not have to wade through deep water to reach the curb. And my downstairs neighbor, who doesn’t have a car, sometimes just shovels out other peoples’ cars for the fun (and exercise) of it.

Actually, I’ve felt that many people have been more neighborly, nicer, since 9/11…tho this group does not include certain Republicans and pundits who seem to get nastier as time goes on. I was shocked to learn that Ben Quayle, Vice President Dan Quayle’s son, who is now, unfortunately, a Congressman, actually said in a campaign ad that Barack Obama is the worst president this country has ever had..and don’t get me started on Sarah Palin’s trigger-happy “mean girl” rhetoric.  Rather than engage in namecalling and derision,  I’ll quit now –and simply  thank whomever built Mr. Snowman for your neighborliness and sense of fun. You really brightened my day!

–Anita M. Harris

Here’s a summary, compiled by the stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com, who mulled over how this blog did in 2010. Five thousand views… Thanks, wordpress,  readers, and the Boston Globe!  I promise to be more diligent in 2011.

Here’s a high level summary-followed by a rundown by individual blog. Anita

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Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 4,700 times in 2010. That’s about 11 full 747s.

 

In 2010, there were 6 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 57 posts. There were 40 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 6mb. That’s about 3 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was January 6th with 203 views. The most popular post that day was Eeek! May I borrow your cat? Mice. Please advise. .

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were digg.com, healthfitnesstherapy.com, dating-online2u.blogspot.com, slashingtongue.com, and the-best-twitter.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for new cambridge observer, cambridge observer, unusual playground, cambridge common playground, and fruits and vegetables.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Eeek! May I borrow your cat? Mice. Please advise. December 2009
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New Cambridge Playground Opens September 2009

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Essaydi’s Les Femmes du Maroc a must-see. January 2010

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Ladino Music Group Aljashu Debuts in Boston December 2009

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Non-invasive test predicts risk of sudden cardiac arrest March 2009