The 2008 List – Installment One

UPDATE: the 2008 list has been broken out into its very own page 

Big Carter (as in, not my son-to-be, but rather the fully-growed’n with whom I’m sometimes known to hang) told me that if I posted some top-10 lists my blawg would get all crazy busy with folks who like things like that, and that I would forever be remembered as a cultural icon and not just the guy who egged a bunch of his school-mates 20 years ago for no apparent reason.

He’s usually wrong about that kind of stuff, though, and I’m not going to listen to him. So instead of spewing my top 10 favorite things about 2007 (most of which I would have probably made up anyway), I’m just going to forget about last year and start a new happy/sad list to weigh this new one. I’ll probably lose interest in it eventually, but my plan right now is to keep adding to it until, next December 31st, I’ll have clear evidence of whether 2008 was really worth the hassle. Why? Cause I’m all about hope and expectation, that’s why. A sad 2008 would make me hopeful for a happy 2009, and that would make me happy. A happy 2008 would make me expect a happy 2009, and that would also make me happy. Not being able to remember much about 2008 would make me sad, though, and I probably won’t be able to remember what I don’t write down.

Happies in 2008:

  • Our good friends Carter and Adeline helped us celebrate New Year’s Eve, and were still there making us laugh for the first hour or so of 2008.
  • My unborn son turned head-down right on schedule, and is still a healthy and active little person. Lynn and I have gained new insights into his behavior, and are more amazed than ever that we’ve been blessed with such a miracle.
  • I didn’t have to look for a job during the slimmest time of the year for choices of technical openings.

Sads in 2008:

  • I was sick on our 12th anniversary and caused us to delay our romantic dinner out. I really hated doing that to Lynn, and it was a much worse feeling than the crappy whateverits running their course through my sickly body.
  • While I was moving my stuff to the cheaper plan of theirs I just signed up for, Pair Networks charged me an outrageous overusage fee for disk space. It was affordable, but getting fined 3 times what I pay in a month for service for my first ever infraction just made me absolutely nutsy.

I guess the happies outweigh the sads by a pretty good margin right now. I’ll just hope that trend lasts!

UPDATE: the 2008 list has been broken out into its very own page 

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