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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

10 things I accomplished in the last 10 years...

1) Visited 9 countries; you can read about all of them somewhere on this blog
USA
Canada
Mexico
Switzerland
Germany
France
Jamaica
Italy
New Zealand

2) Learned to sail

3) Taught 200+ people to sail

4) Graduated pharmacy school

5) Became licensed as a pharmacist in two states (and two countries)

6) Worked for the same company for most of the decade (barely, but quite an accomplishement considering how I spent the first 4 years of the decade)

7) Ran 6 marathons

8) Lived in two of the most beautiful places on earth
Newport Beach
Napa Valley

9) Increased net worth from negative $80,000 to...I don't want to say how much, but it's pretty impressive considering where I started the decade (and let's not forget two recessions, one of them Great)

10) Stayed married for another 10 years

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas Day Sail

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Friday, December 25, 2009

Views from the balcony





I was going to write a treatise on the difference between Newport Beach (the OC) and Laguna Beach (the Real OC), except I was writing about the actual cities, and just threw the names of TV shows in there for fun...but that made it too confusing. Maybe some other time. For now: there are far, far more transients in Laguna Beach than Newport; it might be that there are not a lot in Laguna, and I am just not used to seeing any.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

In my sort of haunted house...

I used to own some really cool tapes. Surprisingly, the hardest thing to throw away was the remnants of a drip irrigation system.

We used to have, like 5 plants on the back patio. I was never very good at watering them, so I decided to install said drip irrigation system; you know, save water, give everyone a drip of water an hour and never think about it again; this must have been spring 2008. I never did get the thing to work very well; I could never find the middle ground between gushing water and completely off. After tinkering with it for several months, I gave up around the time our complex was renovated, and removed it.

Finding the box and a bunch of poorly coiled tubing in the garage this morning made me kind of sad. Maybe I'm just longing for the time when I used to have free time on my hands (to waste on things like installing a drip irrigation system). Never thought I'd live here forever, but I never thought time could pass by so quickly.

PS: Cassette tapes: I'll miss you too.

Sunday, December 06, 2009