2009, Year In Review
Last year started with the swearing-in (and swearing-at, by many people) of a big-eared Kenyan atheist communist socialist Muslim Nazi as president, and for the most part I think he’s doing a fine job. And by this I mean that he is equally an object of disgust from people on the left who thought he’d wave a magic wand and transform the country overnight, and people on the fearful right who are afraid he’d do just that. The net result is that with much kicking and screaming on all sides, our country is in better shape internationally, and we’ve made a little bit of progress on many issues. Be very glad you don’t have that guy’s job; the country was on fire when he was hired, and half the people are impatiently waiting for him to single-handedly put it out, while the other half are pouring gasoline.
In May I got clobbered by a perforated intestine, had major surgery, was laid up for 6 weeks, and have been working furiously at recovery ever since. I’m getting around just fine, though I do have stuff inside that worries me. Time will tell. There is a silver lining, however, and it is the care and support that I received from friends, family, and from everyone at the college. I am grateful, not least for the chance it gives me to think even more highly of them.
In August our office was moved into shared space with another support group and we are now an unstoppable force of faculty support. This arrangement has worked out very well. And, people can find our office!
In September the highlight of the year was our son Lucas’ wedding to Emily Coogan. I have been meaning to write about the wedding, but suffice here to say it was a delight and well worth the trip to Michigan despite my not being in great condition to travel at the time. They are living and working in sunny California, the ungovernable (but much warmer than Illinois) state.
Somehow in all this I learned to ride a unicycle as part of an effort to restore my sense of balance that was damaged in my bike accident 5 years ago. That effort has been successful, and I also have a new way to act far too silly for my age.
My “unicycle” this year will be PhP and MySQL. I’ve been pecking at them for a while now but I’m pulling out the stops on study and application.
Over break I’ve been relaxing, working out, studying, doing little stuff around the house, plotting for installation of a new kitchen sink, troubleshooting our Internet connection, rebuilding computers (including a new laptop!) and gaining weight from holiday goodies. I’m sure I’m not the only person in America with that last item, maybe January will be more Spartan.
Let me leave you with one stanza from a wonderful poem, Once In A Blue Moon, It’s New Year’s Eve, from Digital Cuttlefish. Just enough, I hope, to make you want to click through and read the rest of it:
It isn’t the same, but it never can be,
As time, and as life, moves too quickly for me,
The days—hell, the weeks—are a bit of a blur
And things are not ever the way that they were.
I guess I just mean that I want you to know
That I hope you are happy and well, even though
I may miss you much more than the law should allow,
Just once in a blue moon… like now.
As our beautiful blue planet wheels along its cosmic path, there are no signposts saying: “New year begins HERE”. And as nearly everything follows from something else, the idea of beginnings and endings is a trifle fuzzy. The current time is always “now”, and it’s as good a time as any left to us, to begin.
- I’ll link to MrsDoF if she chooses to write a New Year’s post (hint, hint)