I was sitting here this morning, wondering about how I would classify the year I just had. My first thoughts were that it was kinda bleah… but then I realized that my view was being overly colored by recent events, like the Steelers losing to the Ratbirds and probably missing the playoffs, and the Penguins looking generally terrible all year.
I’ve also had kidney stones return and a rotten cold that’s just finishing up. I’ve spent the year free from romantic entanglements (and action) and my internet service is down to about 1MB every two minutes. (I think Verizon is trying to squeeze me out of my grandfathered Unlimited Data Plan. But the only thing they’re going to force me to do is jump to another provider.)
But really, all those things are pretty minor. I actually had a pretty good year. I mean, despite some emergency practice and a false start, I got to throw out the first pitch at a major league baseball game! Holy shit; that was a dream come true. (Almost as good as that Tina Fey dream I keep having, but I don’t like the odds of realizing that one.)
Speaking of Tina Fey, if you like her and Amy Poehler, go see “Sisters.” Never mind what the critics say, the movie is just plain funny. I especially liked getting to watch these two cut loose in an R-rated environment, without the heavy hand of network Standards and Practices interfering. The ballerina music box scene is worth the price of admission by itself. But I digress…
Early in the year, I got to Pittsburgh twice… once with my brother and nephew for Pens and Steelers games, (right after the Buckeyes won the National Championship!) and once with Sitcom Kelly and her Sitcom Sister, for a March Penguins game.
After watching my brother do all kinds of things with his smartphone, I finally joined this decade by purchasing my own iPhone and creating the iPhone Pledge. And I’ve been boring you on social media with my comings and goings ever since.
This summer, I went to 21 Orioles games (O’s were 13-8 when I was there). Eight of those, Sitcom Kelly went with me. (O’s were 6-2 when she went. The Orioles ought to comp her some season tickets, to guarantee a playoff run.) I went to a Social Media Event featuring Q and A from closer Zach Britton and acquired yet another orange tee shirt. (I’m up to 10 so far, not including BGSU shirts.)
I also saw baseball games in Pittsburgh (at my Mom’s family reunion), Philly (with my buddy the CFO and his son, and a minor league game in Toledo.
I got to play host to the CFO and his giant son in August. They came out for a couple of Tigers games and the aforementioned one in Philly. But we did a bunch more stuff too, like visiting the CFO’s old Navy post (in dry dock), the National Aquarium, the Maryland Science Center, and stuffed ourselves with meat at Fogo de Chao.
A month before that, they were the hosts as I went out for my annual visit to Northwest Ohio, where I took a campus tour with my muse, the CFO’s daughter, saw a Mudhens game, ate a pile of grilled stuff, AND chowed on the best pizza in the world.
Try not to drool on your smartphone.
I had to get a new car in February, but that could go either way. I mean, “New car… Yay!” or “Aw crap; four years of car payments I wasn’t expecting.” At least I didn’t smash into anything when my old car suddenly quit working… while I was driving it.
It was a good year in music, even if only for Joan Jett getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and seeing Billy Joel again.
OK, it wasn’t all fun and games in 2015. First of all, Baltimore went straight to hell in a handbasket. Later that year, someone stole the side mirror from my car. And we lost my Grandpa, the Patriarch. But still wasn’t all that bad, considering he was 99 and died in his sleep, surrounded by loved ones, with nothing sticking into him. Grandpa won big, at the game of life.
There was some work stuff as well. In June, my company relocated its office building, down to the ritzy part of town, on the waterfront. The trade up is a beautiful, modern building. The trade down is an open seating format. My kingdom for a cube wall!
Also, the long-awaited sale of my company to its largest competitor was finalized in November. Now, we can begin to consolidate operations. At the moment, I’m cautiously optimistic, but I should have a clearer look at my future by this time next year.
This is the first full year that I’ve done the “one post per week” schedule. Somehow, I’m ending up with 53 posts. I’m not sure how that happened… maybe it has something to do with it almost being leap year.
Let me thank you for coming along for the ride. I may well still write if no one was reading, but it wouldn’t be nearly as much fun. I appreciate your encouraging my behavior.
Best wishes to you and your family for a rockin’ 2016.