Stuff becomes me: I like it and I assimilate it. Every year I think that the stuff I was introduced to was the best stuff and then more stuff comes along and I realize that that is pretty damn good, too. Here is the best stuff of 2007:
- Pear Juice: pear juice from South Africa in particular. Sounds like a real big whoop but pears are that stealth food that pervades our lives without having all the pushiness of apples or the fear engendering pits of plums, peaches or apricots. Wilde 100% pure pear juice from South Africa is also politically correct and fairly cheap. I never thought that the blackcurrent juices of Poland could be unseated as the juice of the future but there you have it. Life constantly surprises.
- Sean Kingston: first noticed due to the vaguely menacing joke single "Beautiful Girls", this Jamaican teen pulls off calypso Zep while saying "girl" just like Bob or maybe Shaggy or maybe Peter. "Shorty" has been added to the vocabulary. "Take You There" plays on winter-get-away package jingles with "Trench Town".
- My bench and canoe: really this "best of" is just a celebration of US shopping but the 400 bucks the canoe and bench cost collectively stunned even me, an avid border crosser.
- BBQ: once again proving that techniques from 57,483 BC still rule, scotched and smoked meats lead the way. Best new 'que? Smoking extra pork shoulder roasts which are then sliced thin and frozen for mid-winter sangwhichies. Next year? Dropping the wood shavings for solid apple wood blocks.