2006, A Year in Review

Wow, what another roller coaster year. Highs, lows, excitement, disappointment, joy, sorrow, laughter, and pain. Things I regret, things I wish I did, things I wish I didn’t do. Lots of potential, lots of opportunity. And if nothing else, a validation that I do finally seem to understand the job I have and how to do it. It ain’t perfect but at least it’s a start.

So on with the recap of 2006:

  • Was disappointed that the Tories came back into power, but so far have been impressed that they haven’t rolled back the clock 30 years … yet
  • Took this website back from a WordPress blog to a hand-coded blog … then started the switch back when I couldn’t keep up with the work
  • Got really pissed off when Starbucks canned the Chantico
  • Attended my first CMMY (and got an iPod!)
  • Ranted. A lot.
  • Picked up our new kitty, Asia, from the SPCA and have had fuzzy therapy every day since
  • Bade farewell to far too many good friends
  • Listened to the VP of Marketing for Google Canada, and lamented that the engineers do better presentations
  • Went to Honolulu, HI
  • Saw where WWII began in the Pacific
  • Went to (and all the way around) Kauai, HI
  • Went on a cruise and saw whales
  • Experienced my first and second luaus
  • Went to Maple Ridge, BC several times
  • Went to Montreal, QC
  • Experienced Earth Day on an apple farm in southern Quebec
  • Went to London, UK
  • Saw Buckingham Palace
  • Went to York, UK
  • Visited the National Railway Museum in only 30 minutes (far too quickly!)
  • Went to Glasgow, UK
  • Went to Ayr, UK
  • Went to Edinburgh, UK
  • Froze on Calton Hill during a festival
  • Went to Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Drove around Northern Ireland in a car too large for most of the roads
  • Walked the Giant’s Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede bridge
  • Went to Castleblaney, Ireland
  • Went to Newtownards, Northern Ireland
  • Went to Dublin, Ireland
  • Drank Guinness from its home town
  • Visited the Guinness Brewery … sort of
  • Stayed at a castle
  • Drove from the east to west coast of Ireland and back in two days, visiting:
    • Tara Hill
    • Trim
    • Clonmacnoise
    • Shannonbridge
    • The Burren (and the Poulnabrone Dolmen)
    • Doolin
    • Cliffs of Moher
    • Newmarket-on-Fergus (and the wonderful Kells B&B)
    • Bunratty Castle
    • Limerick (well, through Limerick)
    • Cashel (and the Rock of Cashel)
    • Carrick on Suir
    • Ballyhale (and really bad pizza)
  • Went to Bow Lake and Num-Ti-Jah Lodge
  • Went to Revelstoke and Three Valley Gap
  • Went to Paris (on business, but did get to see a fair bit despite exhaustion)
  • Went to Edmonton, AB (on business)
  • Went to Banff, AB several times
  • Went to London, ON
  • Went to Oakville, ON
  • Went to St. Thomas, ON
  • Moved my desk to the best spot in the building (lucky me!)
  • Saw Stuart McLean twice, though only once in concert (front row at the Banff Centre)
  • Met my niece for the first time
  • Ripped the deck out of the backyard and laid down grass
  • Repaired the hot tub (again) — what a money pit!
  • Stopped driving to work and biked
  • Stopped biking to work (when it got too dark and nearly got creamed by a car) and took the bus
  • Stopped taking the bus when I realized Calgary Transit sucks and went back to driving
  • Did an article for the CBC on my experiences on the CBC TV 50th Anniversary VIA Rail train
  • Was paid a visit by Chris and Kaz
  • Had the first game night with the Asian Brother Crew since Chris left
  • Started using video conferencing extensively, and really marveling at what the technology can do
  • Saw Cirque du Soliel’s Delirium
  • Unclogged a sink without losing my pants
  • Realized I can still tell when a hard drive is about to fail

and of course:

  • Worked way too hard for my own good

But that’s to be expected, non? There’s one other thing that’s not on this list. But I can’t let that cat outta the bag just yet…

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