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Title: Your 2012 in a brief summary
Post by: Bubba McBubba on December 25, 2012, 11:26:11 AM
2012 is the last of the "future milemarker" years that come to my mind, those being the years that, in the past, used to have some degree of gravity and foreboding--the others being 1999, 2000 and 2001.  Now that we are out of years to dread or look forward to solely because of their numerical value, perhaps we can start living in the now.  And, with that, I thought this would be an opportunity for each of us to reflect on the past year and share with each other a high-level overview of each person's unique experiences of 2012.

I'll get this rolling...

In 2012, I:

- Met Philip Glass at the world premiere of a new work of his as performed by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and got him to sign my copy of his book

- Met Erik Larsson, who signed my copy of "Devil in the White City"

- Attended two rock concerts, a 200% increase over 2011.

- At one of those shows, I met Laetitia Sadier, who signed my copy of her latest LP

- At the other show, bought Sloan's "Twice Removed" vinyl boxed set, which all four band members signed

- For the first time in four years, read less than 100 books, as I am trying to focus more on the reading experience and less on sheer volume.  Even so, I will have read more than 60 books by year's end

- One of which was "Infinite Jest", a doorstop that was one of my "bucket list" books

- Saw the release of the My Bloody Valentine reissues, after years of reschedulings that convinced me these would never see the light of day (and, allegedly, their first new album in 22 years has been mastered)

- Had my first tooth drilled and filled.  Still don't know if I am more pleasantly surprised it took this long for that to happen or upset that it ever did.  I know I am less than thrilled that, after the dentist drilled into the tooth in preparation for the filling, he discovered there was no tooth decay after all.

- Wrote a proposal and first chapter for a 33 1/3 on Urge Overkill's "Saturation" (http://placelogohere.livejournal.com/#post-placelogohere-32116).  Although my proposal did not even make the first round of submissions, the head of the program did send me a thoughtful e-mail about my writing which left me glowing for days.

- Traversed the catwalk on the underside of the New River Gorge bridge (Yikes! (http://www.bridgewalk.com/photos-and-videos.html))

- Lightning struck our house, apparently causing no more significant damage than frying our exercycle.  Later, we had a fair amount of water get into our basement.  Fire and water in the same year.

- My employer took home a record 11 Blue Chip awards (8 of which were for videos that were my work), and 2 first place and two third place national NATOA awards (all of which were for my work).

- Became a full-fledged vegetarian, and have been so for almost half a year now.

- Have been bone-dry sober for over five years now.

There's mine.  Who's next?
Title: Re: Your 2012 in a brief summary
Post by: daytime drinking on December 26, 2012, 10:56:30 AM
awesome!  i can dig it.  i'll try to make this brief

the beginning of year marked the end of our ninth consecutive new year's eve trip.  we've been staying stateside the past few years and found our way to washington dc.  an impromptu blizzard in maryland on the drive back forced us into a cheap motel for the night.  the next night we couchsurfed in charleston west virginia and played euchre and drank ipa's with our host.  we refueled in portsmouth ohio at the portsmouth brewing company, drank and ate heartily.  it was one of the best road trips of my life 

my girlfriend and i made many small road trips throughout this past year.  we ventured to waldo ohio because i heard that the g&r tavern serves up the world's best bologna sandwich.  i don't even like bologna, but i like the claim.  it was alright enough.  the pickle added just the right amount of salt.  on that trip also we drove and had pictures taken atop the first concrete road in the usa, naturally in bellfontaine ohio.  i also wanted to see campbell hill, ohio's largest hill.  only in cow country could you not find the biggest hill.  we stayed at a friend's house in c-bus after i went on a mead bender at the meadery. 

we hiked and camped in red river gorge around july 4th and it was the most miserable camping experience i've ever had.  it was humid and hot, even at night and the bugs were everywhere even at night.  i failed to perform that night.  we did get some local blackberries and ate potato and avocado pizza at miguel's. 

bloomington, little nashville, the rankin house, home to the abolitionist john rankin in ripley ohio.  ulysses s. grant's birthplace in georgetown.  the serpent mounds in adams county.  yellow springs.  my girlfriend is dating her father

my father and i visited my brother and his wife in ft riley kansas before he was to be deployed to afghanistan.  he'd done two tours already in iraq.  we didn't get to see much of my brother, as he's government property, but his wife and i went into nearby manhattan and drank with the college kids.  she's a nice girl.  my father's an avid fisherman and i am not.  i caught the only notable fish.  first fish caught since i was eight or so.  i went on a prairie hike which i've longed to do.  i had a wonderful trip with my father.  traveling, the two of us, no radio on just talking.  i always knew it, but i love my dad

girlfriend and i went out to russian river valley in sonoma for her friend's wedding.  tour of vineyards then drove up to the redwoods camped for a few days and fuck it crater lake!  started the day at 4 am and ended around 10 pm in chico california.  i just had to get to sierra nevada's tap house.  we barely talked at all the drive from crater lake to chico.  we were miserable and tired and couldn't stand each other and she paid for the motel.   

i went to milwaukee twice, as it is the best city in america and hope to finish reading my 22nd book.  the most entertaining one i read was a confederacy of dunces by jonathan kennedy toole.  the best i read was the brother's karamazov by fyodor dostoevsky.  i'm close to 130 pages in my sprawling novel.  i got fleas and took in a womanizing drunken moroccan for a week.  on sunday i depart for guatemala trusting my cats and apartment with a man i've never met. i think that's it.  oh, my brother is back now.  he had a hernia and they shipped him back

Title: Re: Your 2012 in a brief summary
Post by: Dan on December 26, 2012, 12:11:27 PM
I got a full-time w/ benefits job in 2012. I think that's by far the most important thing, and probably the only thing I need to mention. Lots of other positive and negative memories, much like most years, but in the end I'm in a good place. So that's great.
Title: Re: Your 2012 in a brief summary
Post by: cyclone on December 26, 2012, 12:13:13 PM
These first two take much prevalence over everything else, both figuratively and literally ...

- New girlfriend with whom I'm pursuing a serious relationship

- First niece of which I am one of only two uncles (no aunts) who I see several times a week

- Seeing finish line for college graduation for the first time

- Started drawing and experimenting with amateur animation again, a former major interest of mine that I hadn't pursued in the last 4 or 5 years

- Attended probably the best MLB game that I will ever experience live (just a regular season game: Pirates-Reds game w/ Aroldis Chapman giving up his first ER), bonus points for it being the first game attended with aforementioned girlfriend

- Celebrated the opening of one of the coolest record stores ever here (Black Plastic) by spending way too much $$$ but adding a lot of vinyl to my collection that I never thought I'd find outside of the internet

- Read 34 books, which is definitely less than my usual yearly average.  However, as far as quality > quantity it was a pretty great year in literature - highlighted by finally finishing a lot of Kierkegaard writings I hadn't gotten around to yet, as well as tackling a lot more fiction than I usually do (the highlights being Nog by Rudolph Wurlitzer, Super Flat Times by Matthew Derby, These Dreams of You by Steve Erickson, and a bunch of the McSweeney's Quarterly compilations).

- Probably not much of a bullet point but in relation to this board, this was probably the year that I gave up making live music and going out to shows a huge priority, whereas it was a large part of my social life and hobby in year's past.  I saw maybe ten shows or so this year, some of which were artists on my non-existing but theoretical "to see" bucket list, like Dinosaur Jr., Gruff Rhys and Laetitia Sadier (the latter two weren't exactly like seeing Super Furry Animals and Stereolab, but I'll take it).
Title: Re: Your 2012 in a brief summary
Post by: va-vacious on December 27, 2012, 02:01:23 AM
Finally decided that I'd had enough with my old job and location and gave it up- moved 500 miles away to come home.

Gave up job security, but feel so much better and happier. On the hunt since September for a new position.

Didn't read enough this year, made some cool projects, reconnected with old friends. Had weekly lunches with my 92 year old grandmother, which have been wonderful. She talks about my grandfather, her childhood, and places she's been. It's fascinating, and I like getting to have this time with her.
Title: Re: Your 2012 in a brief summary
Post by: Kwyjibo on December 27, 2012, 08:47:44 AM
- New boss at the beginning of the year.  At first I was pretty ticked about it because I kind of got bumped down in the process but it's the best thing that could have happened.  I had been on the verge of finding another job and just getting the hell out of here but he helped me see that my attitude needed adjusting too.  So over the course of the year I've been able to grow quite a bit personally and have made huge personal gains and if I feel that the company bullshit is leading me out I'll be all the better when I get to the next place because I'll have cast off that chip on my shoulder before hand.

- Got diagnosed with ADHD.  The ADHD meds have really helped with my perspective on work and my ability to be effective.  Still working on the dosing but I can see the goal posts for the first time ever and it's a good feeling.

- Started seeing a therapist regularly which has helped me cut through a lot of the bullshit I've been carrying around with me for years.  I know seeing a shrink carries a stigma and is scary but if you've ever thought about doing it I couldn't recommend it enough.  Just having an unbiased third party listen to you ramble will do wonders to help you see through your own crap.   Or in my case help me see what a selfish, whiny dick I've been.

- I played with/talked to my kids, a lot.  Good stuff.

- I talked to my wife more.  I like her.

2013 looks pretty awesome.

Title: Re: Your 2012 in a brief summary
Post by: Homsar on December 27, 2012, 10:43:57 AM
My wife and I finally finished the renovations on our first house.  Besides finishing the basement, anyways.

Other than that, enjoyed the 2nd year of marriage, hung with friends and family, had some fun.

Nothing major happened like some of your happenings, but...

A good year.
Title: Re: Your 2012 in a brief summary
Post by: daytime drinking on December 27, 2012, 01:54:21 PM
so nobody took an exciting trip let alone even went out of their home state? 
Title: Re: Your 2012 in a brief summary
Post by: Kwyjibo on December 27, 2012, 02:10:18 PM
Actually, no.  Unless you count routine trips to KY we didn't leave Ohio.

I take that back, I did go on a business trip to Greensboro, NC.  But I wouldn't count that as a highlight of the year or anything.
Title: Re: Your 2012 in a brief summary
Post by: Dan on December 27, 2012, 02:57:38 PM
so nobody took an exciting trip let alone even went out of their home state? 

Hehe. I finally satiated my desire of 10 or 15 years to visit Colombia, and I had a blast doing so and touring the country. But I don't think my trip outweighs my livelihood, so I would put that in the category of "lots of other positive memories" and let it at that.
Title: Re: Your 2012 in a brief summary
Post by: Rafe on December 27, 2012, 04:37:55 PM
The Lottery syndicate I'm in won 10 one weekend a couple of months ago. All three of us were delighted with our good fortune and resultant winnings, and we each treated ourselves to a sausage and egg McMuffin (plus hash brown) for breakfast the following monday.
Title: Re: Your 2012 in a brief summary
Post by: MissKitty on December 27, 2012, 07:27:42 PM
- Became a full-fledged vegetarian, and have been so for almost half a year now.

Yay! Not to discount the rest of your post, Bubba, because it's all pretty awesome, but I'm always especially pleased to hear of folks converting to a vegetarian diet.


My 2012 synopsis:
 - Completed my second Flying Pig Half Marathon this year, beating last year's time by half an hour.
 - Probably shouldn't have competed in the Pig this year though, because I stupidly continued to train with an injury, which has messed me up. Haven't been able to do ANY cardio-type exercises since May. Have seen more doctors/specialists and had more tests this year than I have since my cancer scare in 2004. Getting flabby.
 - Started visiting an acupuncturist. She's helped quite a bit, not only with pain management  but with stress in general.
 - The backstabbing ass I worked under retired this year (yay!) and the guy who replaced him is wonderful to work with. I'm finally really enjoying my job.
 - Made it back to England this year. Unfortunately it was not a scheduled vacation but a frantic, last minute emergency flight where we had no idea whether or not we'd see CR's father alive or be planning a funeral. Thankfully it was not his Dad's time to go.
 - After several years of genealogy research, reams of paperwork, and plenty of hoop jumping at the behest of the U.S. government, Mom and I finally managed to get a military marker installed for her great-uncle, who died young and was buried with only a field stone for a marker.
 - Met fellow family researchers and traded stories and photos. More pieces of the puzzle connected.
 - CR's Dad gave me permission to research his family tree. Upgraded to Ancestry premium.
 - Listened to over 2500 new releases this year. Kept track of them all with a spreadsheet. Made dozens of mix CDs, something I'd gotten out of the habit of in the past few years.
 - We celebrated Mom's 80th birthday this year with a cracking game of wiffleball. She can run the bases faster than my 7-year old niece. I hope I am as active and healthy as her if I make it to that age.
 - After years of watching the Reds Opening Day parade from the sidelines, this year CR and I participated as part of the group in support of Ohio Alleycat Resource (O.A.R.)
 - Second row center for Radiohead at Riverbend, thanks to a friend with connections.
 - Discovered several new-to-me types of heirloom tomatoes, thanks to the groovy folks at Funke's Greenhouse.
 - Baked the perfect loaf of bread.
 - Finally found the right bits of furniture and accessories for our lounge. Still hunting for the perfect mid-century light for the dining room.
 - Had lots of laughs with friends.
Title: Re: Your 2012 in a brief summary
Post by: Atzend on December 27, 2012, 11:16:07 PM
A lot of changes kept us busy this year.  Mostly good...

- Finally finished the bachelors degree.

- Moved into a new house that is a work in progress with a lot of potential.  Learned Retro kitchens are overrated. 

- Became a landlord and experience the fun of the eviction process. 

- Quit my old job. Stayed unemployed for a month.

- Got a new job.  Staying busy.

- Kid started Kindergarten at a good school and is showing academic improvement.

Hoping for a social and productive 2013 with more interesting things to discuss than house, work, and kid.


Title: Re: Your 2012 in a brief summary
Post by: va-vacious on December 28, 2012, 12:58:11 AM
To augment my list:
I did travel some:
- to Chicago in the summer- and got the only 3 days in July that were in the 80s, it was gorgeous.
- to Topsail Island for a week in August, and it rained daily
- to the Berkshires for a wedding. I'll be going back.
- to Asheville for a weekend. Discovered some great food there.
- to Baltimore for a week with my brand new nephew. He slept, so did I.

I'm hoping for a 2013 that is on the upswing, because 2012 was still pretty dramatic for me.
Title: Re: Your 2012 in a brief summary
Post by: daytime drinking on December 28, 2012, 08:36:56 AM
so nobody took an exciting trip let alone even went out of their home state? 

Hehe. I finally satiated my desire of 10 or 15 years to visit Colombia, and I had a blast doing so and touring the country. But I don't think my trip outweighs my livelihood, so I would put that in the category of "lots of other positive memories" and let it at that.

wonderful!  the girlfriend and i went to colombia last year.  what did you see, cities?
Title: Re: Your 2012 in a brief summary
Post by: Dan on December 28, 2012, 10:02:44 AM
so nobody took an exciting trip let alone even went out of their home state? 

Hehe. I finally satiated my desire of 10 or 15 years to visit Colombia, and I had a blast doing so and touring the country. But I don't think my trip outweighs my livelihood, so I would put that in the category of "lots of other positive memories" and let it at that.

wonderful!  the girlfriend and i went to colombia last year.  what did you see, cities?

We went to Bogota for a few days. Visited a friend, but otherwise felt like I never need to go back there.
Then we went to Cali for a few days. The least touristy place I've ever been, and after we figured out there was precious little to do there (from our standpoint) ended up having a great time just relaxing.
Then we went to Cartagena, and it was everything I've ever dreamed of in visiting an exotic city. It was absolutely stunning and beautiful and I want to go back there every year for the rest of my life.
We also took a day trip to Barranquilla which was a little strange, but fine.

You?
Title: Re: Your 2012 in a brief summary
Post by: lutz on December 28, 2012, 10:54:42 AM
In 2012 I attended two academic conferences, two music festivals and two Olympic football matches, spent two amazing weeks in Canada, got my first smartphone and passed my first year viva (now I'm officially a PhD candidate, yay!)

Next year looks like it's going to continue the trend - more conferences, more festivals, getting my first guitar imminently. Hopefully learning to drive will also feature.
Title: Re: Your 2012 in a brief summary
Post by: daytime drinking on December 29, 2012, 09:16:28 AM
so nobody took an exciting trip let alone even went out of their home state? 

Hehe. I finally satiated my desire of 10 or 15 years to visit Colombia, and I had a blast doing so and touring the country. But I don't think my trip outweighs my livelihood, so I would put that in the category of "lots of other positive memories" and let it at that.

wonderful!  the girlfriend and i went to colombia last year.  what did you see, cities?

We went to Bogota for a few days. Visited a friend, but otherwise felt like I never need to go back there.
Then we went to Cali for a few days. The least touristy place I've ever been, and after we figured out there was precious little to do there (from our standpoint) ended up having a great time just relaxing.
Then we went to Cartagena, and it was everything I've ever dreamed of in visiting an exotic city. It was absolutely stunning and beautiful and I want to go back there every year for the rest of my life.
We also took a day trip to Barranquilla which was a little strange, but fine.

You?

didn't get to see much of bogota.  stayed a few nights, would have liked to have seen more.  we overnight bused to a charming mountain town called salento.  we both loved it.  hiked in valle de corcora, which was breathtaking.  then manizales, nice, safe medium sized city.  nice architecture, sculptures, street food, and amazing churches.  my girlfriend's coworker's brother in law runs an adventure outfitter and we toured the volcano nevado del ruiz.  couchsurfed outside medellin in a mountain town caught a festival.  then it was choosing between cartagena and la guajira, the barren northern penisula.  we chose la gaujira and it wasn't a tough decision.  it was the best part of our trip even though we both got food poisoning and i shit my pants. 
Title: Re: Your 2012 in a brief summary
Post by: The Hegemo on December 29, 2012, 10:23:47 AM
My job, which had been going downhill since the 2010 election, turned completely nightmarish in 2012. Details can be found throughout the FABO thread. I managed to escape at last in November, on my terms -- i.e., into a new job instead of unemployment. Big pay cut, but so far I am just so happy to not feel angry and paranoid and resentful every single day. Looking up for 2013 on that front.

At the end of 2011, I got some bad health news, but turned it into motivation to change my lifestyle in terms of diet and exercise. Did really well on that front in 2012, felt like my health was under control. And then I sat on a tree stump for five minutes in October and wound up in the hospital for 2 1/2 days with a suspected brown recluse bite, infection that turned out to be an allergic reaction. Still recovering from that. But I've learned not to take my health for granted. And also not to sit on tree stumps.

I did do some traveling in 2012. At the end of January/beginning of February, I flew to New Haven, CT to visit a friend who is in law school there. I took the train into NYC for a couple of days, and had great, unseasonably warm weather, which allowed me to do lots of walking around. Walked across the Brooklyn Bridge. Had some great food. Bought a lot of books. Also got to watch my alma mater's hockey team beat Yale in OT. Fun trip.

In June, I drove up to the Adirondacks for a week. Visited the alma mater for the first time in several years. Hiked Cascade Mountain without bringing enough water. Went swimming in Mirror Lake. Drank beer, ate good food. Just a nice, chill week away.

Took some shorter trips, too. Ann Arbor for hockey camp. Pittsburgh for a GBV show, Windsor for a Tragically Hip show. Day trips to Detroit, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Athens, etc.

In July, a good friend from grad school came down for a week. It coincided with that big derecho that knocked out power to much of Columbus, so that messed up some of our plans, but we still had a good time.

My friend has gotten way into bicycling the past few years, so he dragged me around to bike stores. Which ended up being a great thing, because it planted the seed of getting a new bike in my brain. Which I ended up doing at the end of July. And it's been a great thing. I love riding my bike. I can't believe that something that makes you feel so childlike and free is socially acceptable for adults.

I continued playing a lot of hockey in 2012. My team won the league championship in the spring/summer session. The fall session was kind of a bummer. I missed half the games with tendinitis (acquired during the hockey camp in Ann Arbor) and the spider bite. We made it to the final, and lost in controversial fashion.

Read a lot of books, listened to a lot of music, had good times with friends. Bought an iPad and a new car. Election results made me really happy.

Less money and no vacation means that 2013 will involve a lot less travel and buying of things. But I'm feeling a lot more hopeful than I have in the past few years, now that my job is no longer killing me.
Title: Re: Your 2012 in a brief summary
Post by: frizgolf on December 30, 2012, 12:54:28 AM
Nothing much really. Those of you who know me from Facebook have figured out by now my two coworkers across the cubicle wall retired a year ago. It should be quite noticeable that my work rants have subsided quite nicely in my Facebook feed. I've taken on their responsibilities but it's not been as overwhelming as I thought. Just can't pay as much attention to detail as I once did. With tax revenues down, we only hired one person to fill the gap. I've become a kinda glorified fireman. Keep putting out the fires that show up in the inbox. Still no raise, but I guess at least it's work. A full inbox is job security.
Took two trips this year. One was the annual disc golf tournament in Columbia, Missouri. Been going off and on (mostly on lately) since 1984. Played in the old farts' division and came from behind to outlast the other old farts by merely not wilting in the 100 degree heat both days. I didn't think I won, but I wound up beating the next guy by about four strokes. I had an inspired last round. I love those courses.
The second trip was a 10 night stay on Anna Maria island on the Gulf Coast of Florida. I've found my retirement locale, and I may wind up moving there sooner. I planned to do nothing for 10 days, and I accomplished just that. Ten nights, nine sunsets. Dang clouds on the last night. I have never seen anything as sublime as a full moon setting over the Gulf. Plus, after owning one since I visited Cocoa Beach during Hurricane Hugo (1989?) I finally learned to body surf on my boogie board. The Gulf Of Mexico at Anna Maria is usually a big blue bathtub. Never see waves, but eight days in a storm was a-brewin' down south and the waves were up. The first time I caught a wave all the way into the beach I hit the sand just as an old couple was walking by. I just looked up at them and said "I wanna do it again, Mommy!" She laughed and he kinda gave me the eye. Nine sunsets, one full moonset, and two days of great waves and all I can think of is getting back to the Island.
There was a couple staying at the hotel, and the old boy gave me some advice. He said the best way to enjoy a vacation is "don't make any plans unless you change your mind." I had to tell him this was my second straight year of doing just that. No plans. Bought a cheapie beach umbrella, sat out for hours and watched the dolphins, manatees, and seagulls. Plus, I recognized a couple other folks from the previous year, and we're starting to get to know each other.
I reserved my room for next year while I was there.
Anna Maria is kinda set back away from the touristy hubbub of the rest of Florida. It's Old Florida with a slight nod to tourism and its condos and stuff, but there are no store chains on the island, and they have strict environmental laws to protect the sea life along the sandbar. So there are no parasailing rentals, no loud boats, and relatively few touristy water sports. It's kinda peaceful and out of the way, and I'm gonna move there some day soon. I guess I'll have to start flying out to Columbia every year once I move down there.
Title: Re: Your 2012 in a brief summary
Post by: euro60 on December 30, 2012, 10:33:23 AM
The second trip was a 10 night stay on Anna Maria island on the Gulf Coast of Florida. I've found my retirement locale, and I may wind up moving there sooner. I planned to do nothing for 10 days, and I accomplished just that. Ten nights, nine sunsets. Dang clouds on the last night. I have never seen anything as sublime as a full moon setting over the Gulf. Plus, after owning one since I visited Cocoa Beach during Hurricane Hugo (1989?) I finally learned to body surf on my boogie board. The Gulf Of Mexico at Anna Maria is usually a big blue bathtub. Never see waves, but eight days in a storm was a-brewin' down south and the waves were up. The first time I caught a wave all the way into the beach I hit the sand just as an old couple was walking by. I just looked up at them and said "I wanna do it again, Mommy!" She laughed and he kinda gave me the eye. Nine sunsets, one full moonset, and two days of great waves and all I can think of is getting back to the Island.
There was a couple staying at the hotel, and the old boy gave me some advice. He said the best way to enjoy a vacation is "don't make any plans unless you change your mind." I had to tell him this was my second straight year of doing just that. No plans. Bought a cheapie beach umbrella, sat out for hours and watched the dolphins, manatees, and seagulls. Plus, I recognized a couple other folks from the previous year, and we're starting to get to know each other.

Good for you Russ! I just got back from my second annual Christmas break stay at Ft. Myers Beach, and I had just about the same experience as you did. Did nothing except reading while on the beach and enjoying the sunset every evening, of which I never tire. Already looking foreward to doing it nagain in 2013, and I'm pretty sure that's where I'll end up retiring, once I get to that stage.
Title: Re: Your 2012 in a brief summary
Post by: frizgolf on December 30, 2012, 09:23:35 PM
Good for you Russ! I just got back from my second annual Christmas break stay at Ft. Myers Beach, and I had just about the same experience as you did. Did nothing except reading while on the beach and enjoying the sunset every evening, of which I never tire. Already looking foreward to doing it nagain in 2013, and I'm pretty sure that's where I'll end up retiring, once I get to that stage.
D00d, we'll have to hang out. We'll be retiring about 75 miles apart. :)
Title: Re: Your 2012 in a brief summary
Post by: trixi on December 31, 2012, 12:48:17 AM
Good for you Russ! I just got back from my second annual Christmas break stay at Ft. Myers Beach, and I had just about the same experience as you did. Did nothing except reading while on the beach and enjoying the sunset every evening, of which I never tire. Already looking foreward to doing it nagain in 2013, and I'm pretty sure that's where I'll end up retiring, once I get to that stage.

And we may have passed each other as I'm in Bonita Springs right now.
Title: Re: Your 2012 in a brief summary
Post by: Cockney Rebel on December 31, 2012, 03:37:53 PM
2012.

Negatives:-
- Dad's accident in August and the whole scary scenario thereafter
- My continued ill-health thanks to misdiagnosis & other factors
- Lu's ill health
- The ludicrous costs resulting from our ill-health
- The loss of a lovely friend to cancer
- Losing contact with three (considered very dear) friends, for reasons unknown
- The apparent inability to take any steps forward without always being forced to take two back

Positives:-
- Another Flying Pig under my belt & 1250 walked miles for the year. All very much against the odds so a very proud achievement
- Being able to spend oodles of time with my oldest/bestest friends as a result of my imposed 4 months in England
- The fantastic patience, help, support, guidance and assistance those same friends selflessly gave me over & over again
- My Dad's neighbours. Fuckin' Grade-A stars the lot of 'em
- Seeing Southampton play at St Mary's no less than five times. Never witnessing a loss.
- Having the continued love of a fantastic & understanding wife

A Big THANK YOU to everyone who has supported Lu & me this year, plus wishes of love, health, happiness and laughter for 2013 to every single one of you.
Title: Re: Your 2012 in a brief summary
Post by: kcneon on December 31, 2012, 07:00:41 PM
2012 was meh.  Looking forward to 2013.  Here's my short summary:

- Enjoyed a luxury hotel stay at Palmer House in Chicago when we saw The Cult this year.
- Saw a couple shows at Starlight including Florence, who was better than I thought she'd be live
- Monthly (or so) sanity check with the KC-based WOXY contingency to play music trivia - don't know what I'd do w/o them!
- Got to meet another WOXY boarder who was in town this summer for a conference (and she played trivia w/ us!)
- Tried lots of new recipes and many more I'm looking forward to trying in 2013
- Been spending lots of quality time with the folks and miles on my car to prove it
(something's got to give here as being the only remaining kid to make decisions is not fun.  So thankful to neighbors who can take them to dr. appts and such.  Lots of guilt for not being able to do this.)
- Celebrated 1-yr anniversary at the top KC ad agency
- Volunteered at Harvesters

Title: Re: Your 2012 in a brief summary
Post by: foolsgold on January 02, 2013, 11:13:17 AM
Rather than focus on what a shit-storm 2012 was, I'll focus in on some highlights:

1) Fulfilling a goal I've had since 1989 when I saw the Stone Roses (twice and up close) at their homecoming shows in Manchester.  The they sounded great and the crowd was as much fun.  The experience really was something I'm am so happy to have been part of.
2) Spending time with Rafe and his family in Canterbury and in depressed corners of Hastings.
3) Hiking 8 miles through the hills, dales and fields of Shropshire.
4) My first Pyschfest and standing in awe of the Wooden Shjips live.  Even BJM were really good.
5) Those first two Reds playoff games before hope disappeared.
6) Adopting Yuri, a one-eyed kitten who is a bundle of energy and fun.
7) Dining next to Jarvis Cocker in the Bahamas.
8) The Oregon coastline and wineries in the Willamette Valley.
9) Having two members of the Dum Dum Girls smile at me.  Me, just me. 
10) A few friends had kids this year and it's been nice getting to know the nippers.
11) Since the tea house closed, I've been enjoying being in the kitchen more and more.  Not having to prepare for 75 people affords me the opportunity to spend more time with what I am making.  The results have been fun.