I said I would write about each of our trips this year and here is the first entry. I am fortunate enough to have my birthday fall on Memorial Day weekend. I am even more fortunate to have great friends to join me on a return trip to California as part of my celebration. Angela and I have gotten good at adding 1-3 PTO days to natural 3-day holiday weekends making for nice multiple 4-7 day vacations without too much effort. This approach allows us to take our standard work vacation allotment and stretch two to three times as far. I recommend this method to everyone.
Yes, painting sucks, but we did it. We managed to repaint the condo in the course of a week and are now paying for it physically. we made a decision at the beginning of the year to redo our place; partly looking to refresh the setting and partly to make it more appealing if we choose to list it.
This week I discovered something beautiful. Not more beautiful than Angela, that is impossible. I found that there are still stories in music that can move me like the cool wind hitting your skin while sitting in a half broken beach chair at sunset with the golden orange sky exploding all around you and love two feet away sighing breaths like smoke clouds composed of moments of relaxation and anxiety that it will soon come to an end.
“I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time… like tears in rain… Time to die.”
This week has been so rewarding because I have seen a number of examples of people sacrificing and working as a team for the betterment of everyone. First there was Angela and her friends doing the spin class together on Saturday. I believe whole heartedly that strong and positive fitness buddies help each person achieve new levels.
I can, without any uncertainty, state that 2009 was the best year in my life to date. I can not begin to quantify here the full breath of experiences and activities I had in 2009. From taking 5 plus trips around the US, to holding movie marathons, to achieving athletic successes, to emboldening friendships; I had a year like none other.
Blair Residence in California by Bruce Bolander Architect (reposted by Richard Bakare)