The “Top” of 2011

Heading into 2012 many reflect and look back on the year behind them.  Here are a few lists to help you stroll down memory lane!  If you are looking for something specific Time has a full list of the top 10 things in a list of categories!

Google’s Top Searches in 2011

  1. Rebecca Black
  2. Google+
  3. Ryan Dunn
  4. Casey Anthony
  5. Battlefield 3
  6. iPhone 5
  7. Adele
  8. Tepco (The city ordered to evacuate after the earthqakes shook Japan and the Fukushima plant)
  9. Steve Jobs
  10. iPad 2

The Top 10 Franchises from 2011

  1. Hampton Hotels
  2. Subway
  3. 7-Eleven Inc.
  4. Servpro
  5. Days Inn
  6. McDonald’s
  7. Denny’s Inc.
  8. H & R Block
  9. Pizza Hut Inc.
  10. Dunkin’ Donuts

Most Popular Twitter Hashtags

  1. #egypt
  2. #tigerblood
  3. #threewordstoliveby
  4. #idontunderstandwhy
  5. #japan
  6. #improudtosay
  7. superbowl
  8. jan25

Here is to looking back on 2011, and moving on to 2012!

PCB’s Guide To Superbowl Shin-Digs

Superbowl Sunday is almost here, and football fans nationwide are stocking up on face-paint, home-made signs and honing their Heckle-Skills (aka:  The  Art of Fine Heckling.)

It’s a real skill, I swear. I think it’s an elective course at FSU. Either way, there’s literally, thousands of ways to get your pre-game on, but where to spend the big day is an entirely different beast.

So, we took it upon ourselves to give you an idea of which locations are hosting Superbowl parties.

Sunday Sunday SUNDAY

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Pier Park 2011 Event Schedule

This is an old article, please go here to see new information

The little universe of Pier Park offers everything from larger chain stores, to little Mom-n-Pops quirky shops.

If we factor in the  live music, diverse dining opportunities, optional drinks and some mighty fine people-watching spots, we’ve got ourselves a  bona fide, must-see destination situation.

Now that we’ve officially launched ourselves in to 2011, it’s time  to update our social calendars with Pier Parks upcoming events scheduled through out the year.

Quick Reference Of Events

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New Airport Set to Triple Numbers 2011

This is the first article in a series that explores 2011 Tourism Predictions for Panama City Beach.

Spring is right around the corner, and along with the knowledge of the coming season, we’re finding that our town is divided into three parts. The Optimists, The Pessimists and The Realists.

At times, it looks as though the Realists Team and the Optimists Team are on the same page, leaving the Pessimists to bemoan, well – everything.

For the most part, the Panama City Beach community is fanning those beginning sparks of excitement, while remaining optimistically cautious, over the vast potential of the 2011 tourism season.

Instead of sitting around speculating any longer, we decided to check in with some of PCB’s seasoned pro’s, those business savvy locals, who’ve been through this whole tourism thing a time or two.

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10 Simple Ways To Improve Life in 2011

My Mom always told me that being happy was hard work. Her reasoning was that if being happy was easy, everyone would be feeling it.

In some ways, she’s right. It takes personal motivation to improve our lots in life, and if we keep doing the same things over and over, it’s no wonder that half the nation feels BLAH most of the time.

Well, here we are, facing the clean slate of a new, bright and shiny year. This is *our chance to try new things, and possibly make strides towards feeling a little more upbeat about ourselves.

(*side note, but did anyone else have a Goonies flashback there? When they’re stuck in the well and one of the kids starts shouting about “down here, this is OUR time!” No? No one else had a Goonies moment?)

Ok then, moving on, here’s a list of simple things to help  2011 turn out to be a great year.

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The History of the New Year’s Resolution

Out of nowhere today, I was hit with the realization that this time last year I was in the middle of having a bonafide meltdown, partially freaked out over just giving birth to our first baby and partially zombiefied from the lack of sleep (see aforementioned newborn).  Adding to the hormonal mayhem, my Mom had just been admitted into Hospice and within the next 10 days, would pass away.

Needless to say, I was emotionally confused over entering 2010 and looking back, I think the one resolution I made, was to just put my head down, and keep moving towards a better tomorrow.

Now that  2010  is getting hit with the door on it’s numerical butt, I’m overjoyed with the possibilities of 2011. My renewed sense of enthusiasm is heightened with the knowledge that last year is about to become a fading light and finally, FINALLY, I can see what the whole New Year’s Eve Resolution *hubaloo is all about.

It’s about leaving the old behind and turning to face a new day with the world giving you a chance to leave the old, the ugly and the out-dated, behind.

Yet, being someone who’s obsessed with traditions, history and “where it all began” concepts, I’ve begun to wonder about the story behind the New Year’s traditions that we now just accept as normal.

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