2001, A Year in Review

It’s been quite a year — but aren’t they always? I suspect when I stop having years like these, I’m gonna get bored real quick. It’s had more than its fair share of ups and downs, but it’s not what I would call a “bad” year (events of 11 September notwithstanding, of course).

And now, for the annual recap of events and activities:

  • Began living with a cat again (Chris’ cat, mind you)
  • Promoted to Sr. Developer on the MBUSA.com project
  • Tuned up my car and fixed a few outstanding problems … an expensive proposition
  • Welcomed Kathryn to Calgary for an extended visit
  • Hiked across a frozen Lake Louise … need to do that again
  • Went to Head-Smashed-In-Buffalo-Jump again
  • Stopped briefly through Fort MacLeod, for no particular reason
  • Visited the Glenbow Museum for the first time
  • Went up Calgary Tower for the second time … great sunsets from up there!
  • Saw the play Camelot (my first in Calgary)
  • Visited A&B Sound far too many times for my own good
  • Began playing the best video game ever made: Virtua Tennis
  • Wandered around Banff a few more times (including a particularly long wander on Canada Day)
  • Celebrated my first full year here in Calgary
  • Said farewell to friends who moved to Ontario
  • Spent a very strange evening bowling with coworkers
  • Actually, I’ve spent a few strange evenings bowling with coworkers (and friends)
  • Drove through the heart of downtown and Kensington screaming the words to Wayne Newton’s “Danke Schoen” out the car window
  • Disagreed vehemently with some of the Academy Award nominations and winners
  • Saw my first hockey game in two decades, and ended up seeing a few more as a result
  • Watched at the Calgary Hitmen won their division (Hitmen crowds are way better than Flames crowds)
  • Briefly experienced the thrill of being “popular” (basically, being invited to too many things at once)
  • Went out fairly frequently for parties … at least for some of the year, anyway
  • Learned what a blepharospasm is … the hard way
  • Got far too tired and stressed out for someone my age and tax bracket
  • Accidentally broke my cell phone
  • Had yet another massive Easter meal with the Western families
  • Made a return visit to Vancouver
  • Went to Seattle for the first time in over a year
  • Saw my first Blue Jays game (technically a Mariners game) in almost a decade
  • Froze my keister off in the stadium, and realized I’ve dried out living in Calgary
  • Visited with old friends from Radical Entertainment
  • Got to play “Simpson’s: Road Rage” months before it was launched
  • Rode the Aquabus a lot
  • Said farewell to Katrina and her husband, as they prepared to move to San Francisco
  • Laughed myself silly through three viewings of “Shrek”
  • Learned that my father had contracted lung cancer
  • Travelled to remote Innisfail for a bachelor party
  • Got dragged to a strip club; made a promise never to visit one again
  • Watched as the poor bachelor (see above) was humiliated beyond all reason
  • Volunteered twice to cook dinner for Calgary’s hungry, and will gladly do it again
  • Attended Janine and Dory’s wedding in Innisfail
  • Went white water rafting again … and I need to do it again this year!
  • Zipped out to Bragg Creek, just ‘cuz
  • Found the Elbow Falls
  • Visited Banff (Bamf!) on Canada Day (along with half of southern Alberta)
  • Had lunch at the Banff Springs, before we…
  • Hiked up Sulphur Mountain in Banff (Bamf!) … need to do that again, after I get some more exercise
  • Found CN 6060, a steam locomotive I remembered from my childhood
  • Joined the Rocky Mountain Rail Society so I can continue working on 6060
  • Made many visits out to Warden to work on the locomotive
  • Slowly began my transformation from a “normal” person to a train stalker
  • Bought a digital camera, and have been loving it ever since
  • Travelled to Ottawa to see Gerry and Sam get married
  • Visited with old friends Rebecca and Stefan
  • Saw just how much Ottawa’s changed in the last few years since I lived there
  • Watched the Changing of the Guard on Parliament Hill
  • Rode a VIA train from Ottawa to Toronto
  • Went home for my birthday — first time in about four years
  • Got a scooter from my parents, which I used regularly
  • Rode a train towed by 6060 for the first time since I was about five
  • Got extremely drunk at Critical Mass’ president’s house during the company picnic … as did a lot of other people
  • Revelled in seeing “Raiders of the Lost Ark” in a theatre
  • Found an amazing cheese shop down on 17th Ave.
  • Explored the prairies, finding small towns and beautiful sights
  • Went to dim sum more times than I could even begin to remember
  • Saw my oldest friend Mark marry his wife Darla
  • Watched in horror as the World Trade Center towers collapsed
  • Glued myself to the TV news for hours on end learning everything there was to know about the disaster
  • Wished there was something I could do to help
  • Got the chance when Critical Mass did a tribute site for a company that lost a huge number of employees
  • Chased CP 2816 (aka CPR Empress) from Field, BC to Calgary on its inaugural journey
  • Began to really learn what a railfan is, and that I’m becoming one
  • Returned to Vancouver again, this time for Radical’s 10th Anniversary party
  • Realized that Vancouver isn’t such a bad city, and would consider moving back, under the right circumstances
  • Was lucky enough to follow 6060 on its historic journey from Stettler to Jasper
  • Went to Stettler many times
  • Went to Red Deer
  • Went to Camrose
  • Went to Edmonton
  • Visited an old university roommate and friend, Jon
  • Went to Edson
  • Went to Hinton
  • Went to Jasper
  • Drove the full length of the Icefields Parkway
  • Stopped briefly at the Athabasca Glacier
  • Went to the funeral of Tom Arnott, who died during the trip
  • “Returned a favour” by filling a friend’s filing cabinet with candy
  • Saw a Flames game, and wasn’t impressed — the Hitmen are better, I think
  • Was overjoyed to learn that my father’s chemo and radiation treatments had cured him of lung cancer
  • Co-bought a Playstation2 with Chris
  • Flew home for Christmas
  • Saw my sister get engaged to her boyfriend of many years
  • Got food poisoning from some bad Chinese food
  • Rang in the New Year at a friend’s home in north Calgary

My only New Year’s resolution: Get a life. I spent too much of the last year in the office.

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