By Mark Memmott

This decade that's about to (some say thankfully) come to an end will be remembered for many things:

-- The 9/11 attacks.
-- Google.
-- Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
-- President George W. Bush.
-- President Barack Obama.

-- A bubble and bust economy.
-- The iPod.
-- The iPhone.
-- The BlackBerry.
-- Katrina.

-- American Idol.
-- Climate change.
-- Facebook.
-- YouTube.
-- Hanging chads.

Every news media outlet has its versions of end-of-decade stories, NPR included. The Washington Post's Joel Achenbach, a sharp observer of such things, calls it "The Decade We Didn't See Coming" because it "began so swimmingly" -- before "the real world" interfered.

Let's rate the "aughts". Perhaps it was a good 10 years for you (a birth? a wedding? a promotion?); but maybe the decade's other news has you down:

We'll keep this unscientific question open until a minute before midnight on New Year's Eve.

And feel free to use the comments thread to share your thoughts and memories about the past 10 years.

categories: History

8:50 - December 28, 2009