Did you have a good year?
Are you having a good new year so far?
Is it too early to ask that question?
This is not a quiz, but have you answered the first three questions correctly?
Its possible youve already bagged your limit of look-back-at-2010 stories, but is it asking too much to have you read this one?
Hmm, Im already five questions in, and Ive got a crazy idea is it possible to write an entire column in questions? Do you think its wise?
Everyone hears the beat of a different drummer, or the chords of a different strummer, but wouldnt a journalist know what was important in 2010? Are you the trusting kind?
Mind if I give it a shot?
To start, didnt it snow a lot in the early part of the year? Made for good skiing but bad backs, eh? Didnt you think we were over that? But no, along comes the big post-Christmas storm of 2010, and didnt it pound down on us pretty hard?
When will it be safe to take my truck out of 4-wheel-drive?
Did you feel slighted by Lance Armstrong when you learned that Durango would not be part of the inaugural Quiznos Pro Challenge bicycle tour? Do you feel cheated that you have to drive as far as Gunnison or Salida to see it? Do you still hold out hope itll come through Southwest Colorado in 2012?
Know any Goeglein descendants? Turns out I do, but how would I know that when its someone with the last name of Conrad? Is it maybe time we try to drop the attempt to change this puzzling-to-pronounce but character-giving Durango street name?
And I know its easy to be mad at our city manager about the Goeglein thing, but isnt he entitled to at least one mistake?
So were you surprised at all by the November election? Seemed like most of us expected a shift from left to right, but it was impressive that it was so dramatic, right? Was the economy the major factor or an anti-Obama/Pelosi backlash?
Speaking of the economy, think its true that were really on the rebound? Its a little misleading because La Plata County loaded up on capital projects for a couple of years, but isnt it amazing that the budget decreased from about $90 million in 2008 to $68 million for 2011?
Would it be a complete look back at 2010 without at least mentioning the tribulations of Florida Road? Anyone who is involved in any kind of construction project understands that unforeseen circumstances may cause delays, but did project managers honestly think they could finish Floridas reconstruction by the end of this year?
Will Fort Lewis College be the same without majors for agricultural science, computer science and Southwest studies? Is there something wrong with this picture?
Now that were almost done, are you wishing every story would be written all in questions? Wasnt this fun?
Did I hear everybody answer yes?
Enjoy 2011, especially if you made it this far.
Oops! I blew it!
johnp@ durangoherald.com John Peel writes a weekly human-interest column?