Yes, it is several weeks late. And yes, I did not post my annual letter to Santa. But just stow any negative thoughts and revel in the 2008 recap… or just sit there dreamily thinking about the Jonas Brothers.
Moments to remember: Getting my current job in May, Fredericksburg with the wife and boy on July 4th, the final move to the kick-ass house, getting Bodie (the best dog EVER) from the shelter, hanging out with JP (especially backstage at the Bodeans show at SXSW), the most unbelievable scallops ever at McCormick and Schmick’s (not to mention the crab tater tots!), buying “Champ” (our Jeep), garage sale Saturday mornings with the wife, seeing the bats at sunset for the first time, the “man room” in the garage that is like the Phonebooth II, a weekend here in Round Rock with cousin Hollie, some dude named Obama, and getting back in the habit of reading about 3-4 books a week. Visits from old friends Ray and Mark around the holidays, though sadly not at the same time.
Moments to forget: The binge. The slow, painful death of my laptop and all of its music, just waiting to be salvaged. Hurricane Ike and the craziness at work that ensued. Rats – giant maneating effers – at the previous address. The brush with circus clowns that Coleton and I had in Wimberley onJuly 4. (I’m surprised we made it out alive and unscarred.) Palin-mania. Ugh.
Music and sporting events: Our first Round Rock Express game, as Tommy Hunter put on a show. The aforementioned BoDeans concert at SXSW. Getting into the Airborne Toxic Event.
Things to look forward to in ’09: Lots more music, like the Morrissey show I mention in the last entry and another show I will mention in the next. Kayaking again, and maybe even buying our own canoe. Hiking at Inks Lake. A real vacation for a change. Continued opportunities at work. The Boy’s sister (The Girl?) moving here after graduation. More visits from friends. Finally finishing the front room so we can entertain at home. A road trip to Houston to see the opening of Land of the Lost with family.
One word to sum up ’08? Rationality. (Ok, I used the dictionary game to choose a word because “Austintatious” seemed kind of cheesy.)