One year later…

Almost one year ago, I started with this solipsistic exercise, and to cop a line from “Amadeus”, there it is. The goal was to write–more accurately, to describe–and while I wouldn’t call it a fabulous success (largely because I’m not getting paid for it), it has served its intended purpose to a degree.

On the other hand, I can look back now and remember 2006.

Life: The big news this year was all about my stupid elbow. In retrospect, breaking my arm and recovering has been one of the most interesting experiences of my life. Also, I started the year with a goal of dating more, but it took me until the end of the year to figure out what I wanted and how to get it. More on that later.

Work: This has been one of the most challenging and rewarding years of my post-college career. After eight years, they finally allowed me to manage people under the watchful and demanding eye of one of the best directors I’ve ever had. I’ve also been blessed with a team of characters who are each amazingly talented and who I really enjoy working with (and if you guys are reading this, get back to work dammit!). To chronicle the stuff I’ve learned this year would take more than one blog post-sized explanation.

Travel: I did not travel much this year. I went to Vancouver B.C. for an extended weekend and got drunk at a bar called El Furniture Warehouse where the punks threw peanut shells at the bartender for not
turning the music DOWN during the hockey game. I went to Las Vegas in October and it did not disappoint. I went on a couple of day trips for work to Kennewick which were unremarkable except that they reminded me that Washington State has a lot of beauty to offer and most of it is less than a one day drive away.

Charity: I donated to the Crohns & Colitis Foundation, the Leukemia Society (via Team In Training) and the Metrocenter YMCA. I also joined the board of the Metrocenter YMCA and challenged myself by taking a leadership role in their annual “Partners With Youth” fundraising campaign.

Lots of progress in 2006. 2007 is shaping up to be a good year!

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