Sunday, December 31, 2006

"All in all it's just another brick in the wall." ~ Pink Floyd, The Wall, 1979

As the end of 2006 rapidly approaches I've been doing what most people seem to do this time of the year before taking down the old calendar to replace it with a new one and that is to take a look back and try to take stock of the past 12 months.

Was it a good year? Was it a bad year? Was it any kind of year at all? Was it a year that I want to remember or was it one that I would rather file in the past and forget about as quickly
as possible? Not that it's easy to remember everything that has happened in the past year as, even though time seems to fly by quicker and quicker every year, last January was still a long time ago!

The year started out with the annual American Group holiday party in January where I ended my reign as the 2004 Employee of the Year and I gave over my coveted parking space in the front of the building to ... well, actually, the wrong person in my own somewhat biased opinion. Nothing against the guy who did get it but I was, well, surprised that it wasn't who I thought it was going to be.

On to better things when, in late April, Jen and I flew down to Orlando, Florida to attend the National Academies of Emergency Dispatch Navigators Conference. It was a terrific conference and learning experience and Jen and both came back with renewed enthusiasm for our jobs. While there we had the chance to spend some time at both Epcot and the Magic Kingdom so it wasn't exactly all work and no play but, I swear, if I ever, ever, ever have to go on The Small World ride again during the course of my life I am going to scream!

Amanda's 8th-grade graduation from Teachers' Memorial Middle School in June comes to mind as the next highlight of 2006. Along with her diploma she managed to snag not one but three different awards - not bad for a kid who transferred schools in late October!

I made two trips down to New York City this year - both of which were in the company of my friend Paula - once with the girls and once without. The trip without the girls saw a visit to Bobby Flay's Mesquite Grill for some damned fine food and I must say that even just the remembrance of the chipolte mayonnaise still makes my lips burn! We spent some time at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on that venture. When the girls went down with us later in the summer we spent almost a full day exploring the Museum of Natural History and then followed it up with a subway trip out to Coney Island to ride the Cyclone rollercoaster and eat hot dogs at Nathan's Famous on the boardwalk.

The girls and I took another road-trip in July with Paula which led us to a great beach in Narragansett, Rhode Island on the perfect beach day. Unfortunately, that trip resulted in a subsequent trip to my local emergency room for treatment of a third degree sunburn and cellulitis on my left foot - ouch!! But we had a lot of fun and the seafood we ate out on Point Judith was well worth the rest of it! I just need to learn to more liberally apply sunblock and keep in mind that I do not come from ancestors whose skin would actually do more than freckle and burn and freckle and burn and freckle and ...
Of course one of the biggest things in 2006 was the wedding of my son Michael - a guy who swore he would never get married or have kids and who has done both! Gee, I think I told him to never say never but who listens to their mother? Apparently not my kids!

When thinking back on 2006 it was easier for me to remember the good things than it was the bad things which I think says a lot for the year as a whole. Like all years throughout the ages there were good times and bad times - funny times and sad times - memorable times and forgettable times but whatever they were, they were my times.

I'm not sure what sort of bricks 2007 will add to the wall of my life but whatever they are, I'm sure that they'll be interesting bricks upon which to build the rest of my life.

Happy New Year - I wish you all 'bricks' of happiness and joy throughout the coming year! Thank you for letting me share my life with you!


  1. Thanks for the mention and the cool pix's! I loved that wild shirt I was wearing. I wonder where it is?? I hope 2007 will give us a chance to once again go to NYC with and/or without the kid's. I don't care. And many, many trips to the beach. As the Mini won't hold much except some people and towel or two we'll have to travel on the light side. It was nice to read your recounting of fun times and to see me smiling right there with ya! Happy New Year my friend!

  2. It HAS been quite a year, or to quote the Greatful Dead, "It's been a long and strange trip". I can recount an equal number of good and bad things about 2006, but I guess I'll remember the lessons of the past year most of all!

    The main source of "life lessons", and the "common denominator" of the good and bad times were my FRIENDS! Thank God for the true gift that kept on giving in 2006 - and hopefully in the year to come. Thank you all, and may the best come your way - especially you, Linda!

  3. Anonymous2:18 PM EST

    Hey, there. Wanted to say hi from one baby boomer to another. Watch out for that mayonnaise next year.

  4. I love the whole look of your blog. Look like you had a good year except for that losing your parking spot bit. Thanks for dropping by my place and good luck not using the word verification :)

  5. Here’s wishes for you to add some great bricks to the wall in 2007. You did some fun stuff, especially EBCOT, one of my favorite places in the world. We had annual tickets for sever years, went so many times we knew the script for all the rides. I loved it.

    Have a great New Year.

  6. Hey Linda!!!

    What do you think our chances are for Vegas '07?????

    I'll keep wishing!

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  8. Anonymous4:49 PM EDT

    New Years always bring a lot of nostalgia and give you a fresh life perspective. "An unevaluated life, is a life not lived."


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