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Monday, December 28, 2009

The Year of CP - Wrap Up Edition

So it's New Year's Eve in a few days, a time for some introspection and retrospection! I was thinking back to February, when I declared 2009 "The Year of CP" and threw out a bunch of goals for myself. I haven't accomplished all I set out to, but I'm happy with my progress.

I said last year that I'd pay more attention to my blog, instead of Facebook, and I didn't do it. I'm going to re-double my efforts, as I really like the permanence of the blog. Facebook is very "fire and forget it", so not a lot of thought goes into what I say there. It's great for keeping tabs on each other, but not so great for the "personal journal" bit...

I've kept up my doctor visits and joined a gym, but then broke a bone in my foot and quit going for a while. I started back up a week ago, and am going to hit that harder in 2010. My doctor is pretty happy, which I take as a good sign.

I've done a lot this year in putting my own needs first. That does NOT mean that I always do it, I don't think I'd like myself much if I did. What it means, though, is that I always think about myself first, and weigh that when making the decision. Sometimes, I'll still "take one for the team", but it's a calculated decision.

On the "stress" front, I left the Board of Directors for one of the non-profits I was working with. The day I wrote my letter of resignation, a HUGE weight lifted off my shoulders. At that point, I took up bowling and played Summer League with my fellow "Furious Fezzes of Fury" in the local darts league. I got a saltwater aquarium, which is a lot of work. It's "good" work, though. In these and other ways, I've made more time for me, and feel a lot better for having done so.

I have continued to reconnect with old friends, made some new friends, and severed ties with some folks that were just bad for me. It's always tough to decide you can't be close to someone anymore, especially when it's someone you would really like to stay near. The decisions I've made have made a difference, and I can see that they were necessary. I still hope that some of those people will grow up and see that our friendship was worthwhile and was something that should have been more reciprocal and less one-sided. I learned a long time ago to always leave the door open and, with one exception, I would welcome all of these folks back into my life.

I opened myself up to some new possibilities this year, trying new things and not making excuses to avoid them. I even went on vacation alone (pathetic? Nah. Relaxing!) We'll see how that turns out as I go forward, it's a "work in progress".

The house was one of my bigger disappointments in 2009, but I think I may have tried to do too much too fast. The kitchen is still only half-done, the bathroom has had no more work done. In December, though, I started a stem-to-stern cleaning of the house that will culminate with the hiring of housekeepers. I work weird hours, and lots of them, and just don't get around to things like cleaning the windows and floors, dusting, etc. and that just snowballs. With someone helping out with those things, I'll be able to eat at the house, have people over, etc. and I think it'll pay for itself in short order. I ordered a dining room table and chairs that will be delivered in a week or so, and have someone coming to give me a quote on new kitchen cabinets and counters. I'll have to cut some corners to pay for it, but it's something I know I need to do.

So, all in all, 2009 was great. It was great because I set out at the beginning of the year to take care of myself, my family, and my friends first, and to put everything else in line after that. The end result was a happier, healthier CP that was probably easier to be around sometimes. This year, I'd like to do another cruise, may hit Vegas for purely recreational reasons, and am planning to make a road trip to Atlanta with stops in Shreveport coming and going. I'll keep you apprised!

Come to think of it, I think that EVERY year is going to be "The Year of CP" from now on...


Friday, September 18, 2009

But I want to be lion...

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Happy Birthday, Buddy

Note: I've been neglecting Ye Olde Bloggy-Blog of late, Facebook is just more convenient in some ways. I do appreciate the permanence of the blog, though, so I'm going to try to do a better job with it.

It's that time of year again, July 1st, my best friend's birthday. Brad would have been 35 today, and is missed by all of his family and friends. He wouldn't want us to mope, though, but instead to remember good times and to use his birthday as an opportunity to celebrate and reflect on our other relationships.

The first of July that I'll always remember best has touches of both happiness and sadness. He got to meet his niece, Jordan, for the first time - something he had looked forward to from the day he found out that Matt and René were having their first child. We sat in the living room of his and Erin's house, and just saw him light up when she was brought in. He wasn't feeling well at all, so that afternoon we went to the doctor. It was then that we heard the news that the cancer that would eventually take him from us had spread pretty aggressively. I know, though, that if you'd asked him about that day later, all he would talk about was seeing Jordan for the first time and what a great birthday gift that had been.

Tonight, I'll raise a drink to my best friend, and thank God for him once more. It is encouraging to know that I'm never alone in that and also to know that we'll be together again one day. Maybe there'll even be a Caribbean Stud table and a pit boss named Ricardo, but Brad will only call him Renaldo...

While it's easy to appreciate someone after they've gone, let's also all think about the people in our lives NOW that we are blessed with. Let's tell them what they mean to us, treat them well, and love them always.


Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Nicely Done, AT&T!

It's not often that these companies get kudos, but they did VERY right by customers today. Obviously, it was under pressure from those customers, but it was not pressure that was really fair. We all signed contracts and should have to follow them. Here's what I got today, keep in mind I was willing to pay $499 for my new phone, since that's what my contract said:

Thank you for your recent pre-order of iPhone 3G S on the AT&T Premier Online Store.

Our records indicate that you will be eligible for a full upgrade discount in July, August or September 2009. In recognition of your commitment to AT&T, we are allowing you to upgrade to iPhone 3G S at the best price available as you meet the following criteria:
  • Purchased iPhone 3G in July, August or September 2008
  • Have an average combined monthly recurring charge of $99 or more
  • Meet all other AT&T upgrade eligibility requirements regarding good payment history
Please note that when your iPhone order for 8178297710 is processed for shipping, your selected payment method will be charged the lower, full upgrade price instead of the early upgrade price displayed for iPhone 3G S at the time of your order.

iPhone 3G S No Commitment price early upgrade price full upgrade price
16 GB $599 16 GB $399 16 GB $199
32 GB $699 32 GB $499 32 GB $299

Monday, May 25, 2009

I did not win the Harley Sportster 883. That's too bad, it's gorgeous!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Blogging from my front porch! Ok, the novelty has now worn off. Haha!
Setting up mobile blogging. Woot! Also finished moving the blog to a new host for better reliability.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Tons of Unusual Buildings

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Testing the New FTP Publishing

Hey, this is pretty cool!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Wow, What a Weekend!

I was running a meeting for about 125 people, which meant supervising the interaction with the hotel, making sure that all the folks were happy and well-fed (even my vegans and vegetarians), that our sponsors had what they needed, and that we got a LOT of work done. It was a resounding success, and we'll be going back to the same hotel next year.

I was re-elected to a 3 year term on the ComicsPRO Board of Directors, was re-elected by the Board there to continue serving as President Pro Tem. My big news, though, was that I was also elected to be President of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, the non-profit that I've been on the Board of for a little under two years.

These are big responsibilities, but I have a lot of support in the volunteers and staff of both organizations. I think 2009 is off to a good start!