New Years 2009

On to another year…they just keep coming, don’t they? I guess that’s better than if they stopped.

2008 was an interesting year:

– Started Twittering
– Tackled the most projects ever in one year
– Ate escargot (not bad at all)
– Joined Facebook
– Went to Chicago, Napa and Austin
– Programmed my first ENTIRE website with web standards
– Installed my first vinyl signs
– Experience the coldest weather of my life (14 degrees)
– Discovered Gelato, namely Frati Gelato
– Witnessed 9 double-yolked eggs in one carton
– Lost a dear family member
– Made my first trip to the OC Fair
– Got a skin biposy, benign
– Witnessed the greated economic downturn since the great depression
– Participated in my first election since moving to SoCal
– Laughed
– Cried
– And all the rest, thank God.

Happy New Year, everyone…the beat goes on.

Earthquake 2008

We sat in our third meeting of the day, digging through the details of the project at hand when the room started to rumble. At first, we all thought it was a truck going past, as this tends to shake the building a bit, but no, this was a real earthquake.

Stunned, we started to get up as it was tough to tell how bad it was going to be. A few items fell to the floor, and then the shaking started to subside. I looked outside at the traffic lights and saw them bouncing around from the tremor. We were all a bit stunned and checked around with our officemates to make sure they were all okay.

I ran back to the office to check on the dog, who was seemingly woken from a deep sleep, but showed no signs of despair. Passing the kitchen on the way back to the meeting, I noticed that several stacks of cups had fallen from the top of the fridge.

When we got home, we noticed a few items had fallen from their places. An older clock was broken from the fall, so we tossed it out. All in all we were virtually undamaged, but there really is something unnatural about the earthquake experience.

5.4, 2008/07/29, 11:42:15, 3 miles WSW of Chino Hills, CA

New Years 2008

Like many have already said, I am ready to see 2007 go. I like the way the New Year is a time to start fresh. It hasn’t been a great year for my family and my friends from cancer to death to surgeries to hospital stays and many other unexpected hardships, it seems like this year had more than a year’s worth of heartache for us. It is time to mark the close of this year and face whatever comes next. So raise a glass of bubbly and thank God we made it though another year. Cheers!