As the year draws to a close, we turn to our faithful Geekade staff to tell us what they consider to be the ultimate winners (and losers) of the past 12 months. For the past few weeks, we’ve asked the team for their opinions on the best (and worst) movies, new shows, games, books, and more of the year. Now, we ask what they are most excited to leave behind in the 2010s, and what they’re looking forward to in the year ahead.
On the behalf of the entire Geekade family, we thank all of our readers and listeners for your continued support, and wish you a healthy and happy new year, and of course, new decade!
What are you most excited to leave behind in this decade? What are you looking forward to in the new year?
Matt Raimo (Waveback) : For me, I think a lot of the undying prejudice and hatred that has been exposed through this current administration can really be left behind. Winston Churchill once said, “If you find you’re going through hell, keep going.” (I’m sure I paraphrased). So if all this hate is being exposed I know that it’s being dealt with. People are joining together and fighting for the purpose of good and that excites me. Looking towards the future my hope is that those who fight continue to fight and inspire others to fight and, in time, they won’t have to fight anymore.
Dave Marconi (You Shall Not Pass Go) : There’s nothing I’m really excited to leave behind, but I hope for a wonderful new year of gaming and geeking out with good friends. Cheers!
Karen Randazzo (This Week’s Episode, The Think Tank) : Avoiding a political answer… I will just say I am excited to leave behind all my fucks. I turned 40 this year and I’m calling this decade my No Fucks Forties, because I have no fucks to give. Just be yourself, do what makes you happy, and don’t worry about what others might think or say. It’s taken me longer than I’d like to have learned this lesson that my parents have always tried to instill in me and I hope by saying so, I can help some readers achieve this state sooner than I have.
Dean DeFalco (Vest Lord, General Administrator): Orange men with big ass ties.
Brenda Cierech (Tardy to the Party, 31 Days of Horror) : I’m excited to leave those ridiculous Silly Bandz behind. They made me very angry for reasons I can’t explain. As for my hopes, I hope that we, as a society, continue to strive for equal representation of all groups in all areas of life in 2020. I hope that we make larger strides to combat climate change and that vaccines can once again eradicate diseases that have been making a comeback thanks to people’s refusal to vaccinate. And I hope that the article I read yesterday about a possible French fry shortage due to this year’s poor potato harvest is a sick joke.
Billy Ludt (Select Your Starter) : I want to abandon that uncertainty that comes with being a young person breaking into an industry. I know that’s not entirely up to me whether one day my job is considered essential or not, but I at least know my employment is more stable than it was a couple years ago.
Kris Randazzo (Stone Age Gamer, This Week’s Episode, Waveback) : I’m most excited to leave the negativity of social media behind me. The internet is a wonderful place, but when it comes to the fandoms of the things I care about, you will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. I’ve managed to keep myself mostly off those platforms for the past few weeks in order to help preserve my childish glee over Star Wars, and I think I’m going to try my best to keep things that way. As for hopes for 2020, surprise! My biggest hope is also Star Wars-related. I’ve kept Vader’s identity a secret from my son for over 6 years now, and 2020 is going to be the year we finally sit down and watch Empire. I want to see his face when he finds out, and then I can open the Star Wars floodgates and he can see the rest of the movies (minus the prequels because I’m not a monster) and cartoons. I’m probably putting way too much pressure on that moment, but man, if he reacts with the kind of surprise I hope he does, that’s going to be freaking magic.