standard What We’re Swankful for in 2012

2012. What a year it’s been. While we might have just re-elected a socialist president (along with a buffoon of a veep), and Wall Street continues to function as a thinly disguised version of the modern mafia, swanksters like us still have a lot to be thankful – err, SWANKful for – this year. Don’t ever let the crap media’s version of life in America drag you down. Things could always be worse. You could be rotting away in a tropical hell of a jungle prison where guards shove bamboo shoots under your fingernails every hour on the hour and force you to watch Dora the Explorer all day long.

See what we mean? It can always be worse.

But, as the year draws to a close and we reflect back, there are some particular things we’re swankful for, in no particular order.

* The Swank Life Calendar – With the inaugural version due for a release sometime next month, we have to say the process of casting and selecting our first 12 Swank Girls has been an absolute blast. It can only get better and it’s been pretty awesome so far.

* Inflation – This choice might make some people think we’ve lost our ever-lovin’ mind but smart Swank Life readers are cashing in big with income property investing driven by the still unwinding foreclosure process and a HUGE renter pool. How the heck do you think Jake Swank finances his lifestyle? Real estate!

* The Mayans – Thanks to these ancient calendar creators, we all have a super reason to throw a huge, end-of-the-world party on December 20, 2012. While the whole thing might be conspiracy theory and wacky interpretation to the extreme, never miss a chance to gather with your friends for a grand old time.

* Turducken – In honor of the recently concluded National Eat Yourself into a Coma Day (sometimes called Thanksgiving), we’d like to pay homage to the most over-the-top bird to ever grace the dinner table. In case you’re curious, it’s a partially de-boned turkey, stuffed with a de-boned duck, stuffed with a de-boned chicken. And, oh yeah, there’s a bunch of cornbread stuffing for good measure. While various personalities down Louisiana way claim invention of this monstrosity, the idea is centuries old. Next year, why not a turducken?

That’s a short (and quite diverse) list of what we at Swank Life are thankful for on this trip around the sun. Let’s get excited for 2013 and don’t forget the calendar. (Top image: Flickr | Aasen Ryan Family)

The Jake Swank Team