2008: (according to Wikipedia) MMVIII was a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common Era (or Anno Domini). 2008 was the International Year of the Planet Earth, the International Year of the Potato, and the International Year of the Frog.

2008: Year of the Rat (Zodiac, 7 February 2008 – 25 January 2009)

2008: “Hello, I’m Shiva the Destroyer and your harbinger of doom for the evening.”

2008: Choosing Expectations.

2009:  MMIX, the current year of the Anno Domini/Common era in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. 2009 is designated the International Year of Astronomy, International Year of Natural Fibres, and the International Year of Reconciliation

2009: Year of the Ox (Zodiac, 26 January 2009 – 14 February 2010)

2009: host of the longest lasting total solar eclipse of the 21st century.

2009: Dare I say most naively and optimistically, the Best Year Ever?