In between this year's various levels of suck, there were shocking amounts of awesome. The proof's all below -- we'll catch you again in '09.
Culture: The Spaceland guy brought music to the street, while the city brought drinking to the subway, but some people were too stoned to even go out.
Food: The Eastside got a boozy ode to the noble trucker's work, Mid-city got an ode to pork, and The Valley got an ode to working in porking.
Events: There were plenty of ways to keep the fun going: you could go clubbing, transform into a dancing machine, or simply reflect that there is a reason to like clarinets.
Gadgets: While driving, you could dodge the cops, beat the traffic, maintain your "new car smell", or find something to do when there's nothing on the radio.
Gear: After getting into their hoodies, locals boarded up their homes, made a run for it, and laughed as airport security missed the point.
Services: 2008 offered means to play your cards right all the way 'round the clock, while making sure you never ran out of juice.