Saturday, December 05, 2020

Goodbye 2020!

I am starting a draft of this post on December 5, 2020.  It has been a crazy year, but maybe when I look back, the quick sentiments will spark a memory.

2020 was actually not a bad year for our household.  I finished a second year with CDOT.  My wife was stable with her Air Force commitment.  My first born started 8th grade at D'Evelyn Junior/Senior High School.  My second born started 6th grade at Woodrow Wilson Academy.  They both dropped piano lessons, but my wife and first born started voice lessons.  There was no science fair this year.  My first born got a new bicycle this year.

My dental care has finally started to level out and I had an implant placed this year and my gums are coming closer to being healthy.  My first born started braces.

We hosted birthday parties at the Apex Center for my second born and had a Snow Cone Truck for my first born.  My wife had her birthday dinner at Arvada Villa Italian and I had mine at Chili's.

We did not travel as much this year, but we did visit Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon as a family in January.  I made a solo trip to Memphis in March.  We also visited Orlando in August and New York in November as a family.  Finally we did road trips to Durango in June, YMCA in Rye in September, and Sand Dunes National Park in October.

Professionally, I am feeling much more competent in terms of designing and running ITS projects.  It feels like a good fit and with potential economic uncertainty, it is even more comforting to work for the state.  A lot of my oil field friends faced hard times this year.

My community involvement has stayed low.  There have not been as many opportunities to get involved.

In terms of hobbies, it has been all about the Garage Gym build and training at home.  I dropped my Crossfit Golden membership, but have continued to follow the functional fitness methodology, but have been working with main site, Crossfit Golden and Comptrain programming.  I tried steel mace training at Sharkk Fitness.  Finally as the year wound down, I started up my TrainerRoad subscription.  

We only had one ski day at Loveland when Raj and Nancy came to visit in February.  

I had (4) days in the Coral Sea including the 4th of July bash.  The girls tried a scuba rangers class and seemed to enjoy it.  

I got in (5) rounds of golf thanks to Aziz and Caleb setting up tee times.  I did not play any poker in Blackhawk, but did play in Las Vegas and Tunica.

I had a couple of key coin purchases including an 1833 dime and and 1832 half dime.  I also added a couple of titles to my numismatic library including "Classic Gold Coins of 1834-1849" and "A Guide to Colorado Merchant Tokens."

Surprisingly, I did not do too much reading this year.  I read (3) books and my favorite was "The Glass Castle" by Jeanette Walls.

In terms of purchases, the best was for Crossfit.  I got a Rogue Home Gym Timer and absolutely love it.  The rest of the home gym equipment has been hit or miss (60% hit, 20% miss; 20% still waiting to be received).  I also got a new driver and a golf bag this year.

We have not done any major home improvement.  We had glass replaced in the front room, had all of the windows cleaned and I painted a couple of walls in the garage.  We started getting quotes for closet systems but have not decided on anything.  The Kansas City Chiefs wont the Super Bowl and the Los Angeles Dodgers won the World Series.  Matt Frazier and Tia Clair Toomey both repeated by winning the Crossfit Games.  The Democrats won the White House and maintained control of the House, while the Republicans maintained control of the Senate.

There was a lot of public strife this year as Americans battled the legacy of caste which was brought to the fore front by police brutality, inequities in health care delivery and the lack of an economic safety net.

This post would not be complete without a note on the global pandemic.  The girls could not play basketball but we now have a hoop in the neighborhood.  We were all working and/or studying from home on and off throughout the year.  The girls did not do any summer camps.  They unfortunately spent a lot of time on their computers playing Roblox.  However, we did learn to connect with extended family via zoom.  We learned a lot of card games and few domino games.  We formed closer bonds with fewer people.  We also learned some self sufficiency.  

Best Wishes for 2021!

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