Biggest Surprise: Stan Wawrinka Wins the Australian Open
Biggest Disappointment: Basement Flood
Best Match: Wimbledon Men's Final
Roger Federer is not the irresistible force he was 5-10 years ago but he's still substantially better than nearly everyone else on tour. He gave Novak Djokovic just about all he could handle for five sets in the Wimbledon final before the Serb finally broke through. It was a brilliant match with both players providing sparkling moments of genius. With the win, Djokovic also regained the World #1 ranking.
Best Story: Wawrinka
With his Aussie Open title, Wawrinka cracked the top 5 for the first time in his career and, far more shocking, became the top ranked Swiss player. There's no shame, of course, in being second best to Federer but finally passing the grandmaster must have felt awfully good. Wawrinka won their next head-to-head match, too, besting Fed in the final of the Monte Carlo Masters in April. Alas, at Wimbledon, order was restored. Federer's quarterfinal victory over Wawrinka was visibly demoralizing for the younger man. Roger is Swiss #1 once again.
Best Read, First-Time Category: Heat: An Amateur's Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany by Bill Buford
Best Read, Re-Read Category: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle
Best Comics Find: Buddha by Osamu Tezuka
Athlete of the Year: Rafael Nadal
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Post with Most Unexpected Consequences: Star Trek: The Alternative Factor
Best Family Adventure: Montreal
This was a tough choice. Looking back, we've had several satisfying adventures this year. Our Colorado trip last month was a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with extended family. That would be Purple Penguin's top choice for sure. Our weekend in Montpelier for the Green Mountain Film Festival was also a great success. Even the Family Book Swap was worthy of consideration here.
In late February, we spent a few days in Montreal. The city's only a couple hours away from us and we go several times a year but always just for the day. This was our first overnight in town as a family. We hit a few tourist attractions but mostly, it was an opportunity to observe Montrealers going about their daily lives: going to work, walking their kids to school, etc. Not wanting to be stressed out by driving, we left the car at the hotel for the duration and got around via subway. Public transit is excellent, a great way to see Montreal. It was bitterly cold but that gave us an honest view of life in the Canadian winter. I'm very happy about the role Montreal has come to play in our family. Getting to know the city on more intimate terms was lovely.
Best Unexpected Benefit of Blogging: The Adventure of Guest Posting
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