New Year. Great. Off To The Elephant Graveyard.

New Year’s is right around the corner and that means that time is just flying by. Man. I must say that it has been an interesting year. Here are some highlights and lowlights:

I’m still married. HA! Who would have thought? Through all the ups and downs with Angela, life has been pretty good. She’s taught me a lot and I truly treasure each day that I have with her. Of course there are the times after we argue that I wonder if she would notice if I slipped a toaster in her bath. I still find her refreshing and a wonderful confidant and companion. Marrying her is literally the best thing to ever happen to me.

I found a white hair. There is nothing more depressing than seeing your ugly puss in the mirror first thing in the morning and then, upon closer inspection, finding a really long white hair. What was I thinking? Of course there is! When you find out that the white hair has actually invited several of its friends over for a picnic on your scalp. This is it, isn’t it? This is like the devil’s mark on me to warn all the bunnies that I have one foot in the grave. I might as well wear a sign around my neck that says “BE GONE, BUNNIES! OLD AGE IS CONTAGIOUS!!” Or maybe these white hairs are the result of the marriage thing…

I’ve lost a few friends and friendships. This topic is sort of rough. I’m the kind of person that likes to form strong bonds with people. When my friend Paul died, it was pretty hard for me to handle. He was a good friend of mine during college and I couldn’t make it to his funeral in Washington state. The other tough one for me was Laura. I’m used to people drifting in and out of my life but for someone to treat me as if I’m insignificant and don’t exist it isn’t easy to swallow – especially when you gave them a chance and an opportunity when they needed one. I’ve also lost track of some good friends, such as my high school friends like Jeff, Paul and Omar.

I’ve met a lot of good people. Ranging from all the hilarious people that come to my paintball gatherings to some of the new people that I encounter at my job(s). People like Sidney who is a great commuting buddy to the people at the Chipotle in Bethesda (uncanny how I had only gone in there three times but after the first knew exactly what I wanted). The people that I work with at Glynn Technologies are great and I’m amazed that they are so open to change. It is amazing what happens when you are allowed to communicate freely with others.

I walked out on a job that I loved. We’ve read about this song and dance in this blog. I still miss the large corporate behemoth and the people that worked there. I still question whether or not leaving was the right thing to do. But then again, I decided that I needed a change and I put enough faith in myself to make that leap. I’m happy with the way things are going, too. Some people think that I’m nuts, ballsy or overconfident in my abilities to have left a job with absolutely nothing immediately afterwards. Bah. What fun is it if you don’t gamble?

That’s it for now. More later…