Jan. 4 2012 12:00 AM

The race is on for the 2012 top of the town awards


So you welcomed Baby New Year with a toast and a cheer, did you? Think again, deluded one. Throw that devil spawn back on the street and call Old Man 2011 for one more bow.

It’s time for the City Pulse/WLNS annual Top of the Town Awards, celebrating the best of the past year. 

This is more than a contest. It’s your last opportunity to cling to the devil you know before facing the devil with the potential to lay waste to your complacent little world.

Nobody knows what’s coming in 2012, but it’s hard to shake the feeling that a really big shoe is about to drop. Global economic meltdown? Global ice-into-water meltdown? Epidemic? Asteroid? Nuts with nukes? Mayan sacrifice at the Eastwood Towne Center? Who can say?

At the very least, the Three Stooges movie is due in April. There’s also the Republican primary season. However you swaddle it, the coming year is one scary baby.

That makes 2011, doddering and incompetant as he was, a fond friend by comparison.

Each year, the Top of the Town Awards solicits your vote in dozens of categories, from food to products to places to lifestyle accessories.

So go ahead and wallow in the recent past. Think back on the restaurants, bars, movies, pizzas, shops, plumbers, electricians, consignment shops and other things you’ve enjoyed most in 2011.

At www.lansingcitypulse.com you’ll find all the categories in easy-to-fill-out electronic form. It’s a great way to raise one last toast to Old Man 2011.

But hurry. There’s a tiny, puffy, blotchy pink hand reaching for your front door.

Voting starts today at www.lansingcitypulse.com!

with a chance to win a $100, $50 or $25 gift certificate to Save! Lansing!