I begin with a now annual apology: I don’t really do much on this blog anymore. Sorry about that. I encourage you to check out my Facebook page and my Twitter account for semi-regular updates relating to my writing, as this blog is very clearly on the back burner in terms of my priorities.
With that out of the way, just about the only thing I do regularly with this blog anymore is a ‘top tweets of the year’ post. For anyone interested in the previous collections, here are the Top 10 of 2010, Top 11 of 2011, Top 12 of 2012, Top 13 of 2013 & Top 14 of 2014, Top 15 of 2015 & Top 16 of 2016, Top 17 of 2017, Top 18 of 2018, and Top 19 of 2019.
This year will continue to be an evolution from earlier efforts in the series. I believe all of the posts make better use of the new(ish) 280-character limit. This will also be the first year where a tweet with a picture made my ‘best of’ list. A final innovation? I tweeted a lot about COVID-19, and while I didn’t want to turn my 2020 retrospective into ‘The COVID-19 Show,’ I also didn’t want to eliminate all mention of what has been one of the biggest shapers of my year from the record. As a compromise to share the spotlight, some additional COVID-19 tweets will appear as honourable mentions at the end rather than crowd out other worthy candidates for the Top 20.
Anyway, let’s get this show on the road! Here are the tweets I want to highlight and look back upon from the past year:
My Favourite 20 Tweets of 2020
Jan 1, 2020
I received a scented candle for Xmas that smells like a campfire. Now my ‘I’m not a scented candle guy’ street cred is firmly established, but I’m not going to lie: This thing smells like a campfire, and —unless and until my landlady calls the fire department on me– I dig it.
Jan 10, 2020
Today is the sort of day where you don’t trust the weather forecast. I’m still going to wear my winter coat. Oh, I could bust out a spring jacket in January –be a hero– but the risk? The risk is too great. I mused this to someone. She said, “This is your next tweet, isn’t it?”
Jan 25, 2020
There’s something about carpeting in an airport that just FEELS like Florida, you know? Someone really lobbied for this. “No. No easily mopped floors. We’ll vacuum. I want this airport to look like as much like the set of The Golden Girls as possible!”
Mar 4, 2020
“He’s a cowboy. On a steel horse he rides. Why a steel horse?” My coworker wonders.
“Because it’s a motorcycle,” I say.
“Oh!” My coworker says, genuinely gobsmacked.
Another coworker also thought it was literally a metal horse.
…I feel like I’m taking crazy pills some days.
(Worth saying these first four tweets all happened in what I now call ‘The Before Time’ or ‘The Long Long Ago’ before COVID-19 changed so much about how the world worked. These are tweets about holiday gifts, the weather, travel, workplace banter about Bon Jovi lyrics. As long and weird and scary as 2020 has felt, I kind of marvel at how normal my first few months of tweets read back to me now.)