I considered leaving this post blank, or having nothing more than a post which read “This page left blank intentionally.” but I couldn’t do it with a straight face.
The ITP Community
I may have bailed on Facebook and Twitter, but I can’t quit you. Not that I need to tell you ITP-Readers but I have an amazingly supportive group of friends.
A special heart-felt shout out goes to:
- ITP-Reader Martha, who not only picked me up from the hospital, but drove me around to get painkillers, delivered me home, provided food and medical supplies during my recovery, and drove me to get my police report.
- ITP-Reader Betsy, who came over to my house with dinner on many nights and kept me company — not only during the early recovery, but during the remainder of the year watching Top Chef.
- ITP-Reader Terri, who lent me crutches without which I could not have possibly moved during the first week of recovery — trust me on this, as that first day I was forced to drag myself along the floor in pain or in my office chair in order to get around.
- ITP-Reader John, who drove me to a doctor appointment, and made every effort — no matter how many times I resisted — to get me to use my camera more often (2012 my friend, I promise).
My apologies to those of you whose lent items are still at my house. Seriously, I don’t know where the time has gone.
I stopped checking the logs for this blog a long time ago, but I know from the amount of comments both online and in person that there are people paying attention.
Thank you all.
I really mean it.
Tripping The Light Fantastic
2011 may have not been the travel-filled year that I desired, but I did manage to make a few excursions. The most frequent trip this year was to Raleigh, with a few stops up there for work, and a few stops up there to visit ITP-Readers Lisa and Randy and their boys. I had a very relaxing weekend in Waynesville, NC back in August, and another fun time at LEAF this Fall.
The InterAmericas Hash in Savannah was a fun, if not costly because of the way I decided to stay, trip.
Looking forward to 2012 I see myself spending a lot more time OTP, way OTP. Could this be the defining trend for 2012? Come back to this space in 365 days to find out. 😉
I saw some great shows in 2011.
In the theatre I saw “A Christmas Carol”, “Avenue-Q”, “Carapace”, “Broke”, and “The Green Book” all of which were fantastically performed.
In the musical-realm I saw Chatham County Line (twice!), Bob Mould, Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks, The Hold Steady, and Alejandro Escovedo. I’m having difficulty recalling which other shows I saw this year which thrilled me but I know there were more.
My iOS Development Skills Are Budding
It took many hours, as learning most any skill does, but I am finally starting to wrap my head around iOS development. I say this victoriously, but cautiously, as I know that I have much to still learn and perfect.
It Was A Bad Year For Steve Jobs, And Not Quite As Bad For Me
I sold two lots of Apple (AAPL) stock this year, both for a tidy profit (Dear IRS: You’ll be getting your unfair share soon.). The first lot was sold at the beginning of the year, and the second was a knee-jerk reaction upon hearing of Steve Jobs’ death. I still have money invested in stock, and I’m taking a wait-and-see attitude before making any future financial moves.
I also finally refinanced my mortgage this year. The money I’ll be saving will be reinvested in the house via repairs.
I’ve yet to tally the amount of money I donated this year (and probably won’t mention the amount in public) but I have managed to keep a least a portion of my promise to donate some of my good fortune to organizations that I respect.
PhD For Me
My Taco Mac accomplishment may have been overshadowed by my recent blow-up, the cost of my habit, and its affects on my waistline, but by gawd I wanted to achieve PhD status (325 different beers) this year, and I did! I finished the year with 353 beers to my Taco Mac credit. Though my plans for 2012 will require scaling back of my beer drinking I do plan to make an occasional Taco Mac trip next year.
Black Sheep #100
I finally made it to one hundred Black Sheep hashes! At the beginning of the year there was no doubt in my mind that 2011 would see me reach the milestone — hell I had about ninety-seven Black Sheeps at that time. However, that minor blip in my life which occurred on February 27th — a Black Sheep Sunday no less — put a near end to my hashing this year. I attended my one hundredth Black Sheep at the Lake Hartwell weekend, and #101 at InterAmericas Hash.
Welcome The BlackJack
2011 may have marked the literal end of the road for the Red Rocket, but I have been blessed with a new ride, the Black Jack. I really look forward to spend a lot more time tooling around on the Black Jack in 2012.
I’m Still Here
The car may have damaged me and the Red Rocket, but I’m still here. I also managed to keep my job, and not quit my job. Money is good — especially when you have the financial needs that I possess.
Well, that’s a wrap for 2011! I tinkered with the idea of posting a sneaky “2011: The Great” post tomorrow, but I unfortunately couldn’t come up with anything great which happened to me this year.
Happy New Year!
PS – Let’s all have fun next year. What do you say?