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Bubba McBubba

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Your 2012 in a brief summary
« 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".  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!)

- 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?
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Re: Your 2012 in a brief summary
« Reply #1 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

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Re: Your 2012 in a brief summary
« Reply #2 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.
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« Reply #3 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).
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Re: Your 2012 in a brief summary
« Reply #4 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.
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Re: Your 2012 in a brief summary
« Reply #5 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.

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Re: Your 2012 in a brief summary
« Reply #6 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.
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Re: Your 2012 in a brief summary
« Reply #7 on: December 27, 2012, 01:54:21 PM »

so nobody took an exciting trip let alone even went out of their home state? 
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Re: Your 2012 in a brief summary
« Reply #8 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.
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Re: Your 2012 in a brief summary
« Reply #9 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.
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Re: Your 2012 in a brief summary
« Reply #10 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.
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Re: Your 2012 in a brief summary
« Reply #11 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.
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Re: Your 2012 in a brief summary
« Reply #12 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.


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Re: Your 2012 in a brief summary
« Reply #13 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.
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Re: Your 2012 in a brief summary
« Reply #14 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?
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