1999, A Year In Review

T minus 206 days until W-Day.

And so the new year begins — the last of the second millennium, Ado Domini (or Common Era, if you prefer). It’s been a rough year for us, with many events having rocked our little world time and time again. Here’s the brief synopsis of the past year:

  • Stayed in a dingy hotel in Victoria
  • Got to know more of the Great Hospitals of British Columbia
  • Saw Star Wars: Episode 1, and loved it
  • Saw The Matrix, and loved that too
  • Thought the remake of “Psycho” was assinine, and refused to see it
  • Travelled on the Royal Hudson
  • Got another year older
  • Finally fixed the wedding date (26 August 2000)
  • Saw my relatives in Kelowna
  • Saw my cousins Pam and Darren
  • Went to a wedding in Penticton
  • Visited Naramata … twice
  • Visited my relatives in Calgary
  • Visited Nanaimo too many times to count
  • Visited Victoria once
  • Went to Calgary for a weekend
  • Went to Kelowna for a weekend … twice
  • Went to Ontario for a week
  • Went to Algonquin Park
  • Visited with my friends in Acton
  • Visited the University of Waterloo
  • Visited Seattle twice
  • Went to Lyndon
  • Went to Banff (Bamf!)
  • Went to the Royal Tyrell Museum
  • Went to Drumheller
  • Went to Rathtrevor Beach
  • Went to Ucluelet and Tofino
  • Went to Long Beach
  • Saw my family
  • Spent a few days in a cottage in Huntsville
  • Visited Arkipelago, my old workplace
  • Played on Radical’s softball team … we placed last
  • Got beaned in the nose with a softball
  • Nearly broke my toe
  • Moved to a new apartment downtown
  • Got a raise and recognition in my job
  • Saw Alanis Morisette in concert
  • Saw Spirit of the West in concert
  • Saw Colin James in concert
  • Travelled on the new Fast Ferries, and hated it
  • Started plans to move to Nanaimo in a few years
  • Watched Wayne Gretzky play play his last game
  • Predicted that the NHL would retire #99 from every team
  • Predicted that 31 December 1999 would be a very dull day
  • Fell in love with Stepho’s Greek restaurant
  • Welcomed Jane home from Europe
  • Went on my first business trip
  • Saw Flying Fish at Pikes’ Place Market
  • Saw the original Starbucks … had a hot chocolate
  • Went on a tour of Underground Seattle
  • Replaced the muffler on my car after it fell off
  • Baby sat several times
  • Ate seafood regularly and liked it
  • Went to Playdium several times
  • Shopped at Granville Island more times than I can remember
  • Complained about the weather repeatedly
  • Almost moved into a condo in Burnaby, but had to back out
  • Drank many pints of beer
  • Saw a Hoodoo
  • Started many arguments with Rogers Cable; I hate them
  • I opened an ING account
  • Realised it’s been 10 years since I visited the Soviet Union
  • Became a wine connoisseur
  • Lost Allison’s sunglasses
  • Went to the Comox Airshow
  • Took pictures of the Skyhawks
  • Went to the PNE with Ethan and Lorna
  • Was informed that I must refer to Mr. and Mrs. Collins as Ethan and Lorna
  • Held a surprise party for Allison
  • Experienced a great deal of stress
  • Had fun
  • And of course, missed my family and friends dearly

Hopefully, this year will bring a lot of happiness and success, not only for me but also for Allison, and my friends and family. I hope to see all of you this year, at some point.

Happy New Year, everyone!

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