2010 was a very good year for me. I was knocking down obstacles left and right for awhile during that timespan. In fact, 2010 was setting up 2011 to be an even better year. While it definitely wasn't as awesome as I'd hoped it would be, 2011 could have been a lot worse.
The beginning of the year was decent. January found me visiting New Orleans (which is always fun) and finally getting around to completing a couple of major tasks at work. February and March were just plain ol' ho-hum, with nothing major (either positive or negative) happening.
April saw me and my family get a decent amount of money back on our income taxes and then watch about a third of that get taken right back thanks to a change that occurred late in the previous year in the federal government that our tax person missed. It was a bit of a downer, but we managed to get by just fine without the income tax refund we were expecting. We never include the refund in our yearly budget scheme any way, holding it out as "rainy day" or "emergency back-up" money if needed, but it would have been nice to have as a bit of "padding" in this economy.
The end of April and beginning of May brought with it the standard turmoil of getting ready for my daughter's recital and the end of the school year. I was also a part of the very lukewarm BayouCon, a sci-fi/pop culture/comic convention held in conjunction with the Contraband Days festival. While the celebrity guests (Vaughan Armstrong, Dino Andrade, and Max Grodenchik) were excellent, the turnout for the event was brutal, calling into question not only my role in the event, but my future as well. Next year's event will determine where I'll stand with BayouCon in the end. On top of that, it was a very hot month, but what do you expect when you live in Louisiana?
June was both a big win and a big loss. It started off great. Thanks to my wife's brilliant budgeting power, we were able to pull off a small birthday celebration for my daughter that would lead up to a big joint celebration for both her and her brother near the end of the month. The dual birthday bash was a huge success but the company that supplied the waterslide for the event tried to cheat us out of our deposit, claiming that we damaged the slide (our post-party photos proved otherwise), returned it dirty (which we didn't, proven again by the photos), and that we were already given a discounted rate because we had to haul and set up the slide ourselves because the usual driver was unavailable. After a month of repeated unanswered calls and ignored messages, I had to contact the Better Business Bureau to help us with the affair. We ended up getting half of our deposit back, and made sure to tell all of our friends about just how lousy the company was. We even fixed a busted tail light on their trailer so that we wouldn't get pulled over for having improper trailer lights!
July was better once we cleared up the mess with the waterslide company. We took our son to Chuck E. Cheese's for a small post-big bash birthday party on his actual birthday. We also took our first real vacation in a long time when we headed to Galveston Island, TX for four wonderful days. We took in Moody Gardens, Schlitterbahn Water Park, and just about everything else this wonderful little Texas island had to offer. We also paid off our car note!!!
August and September were all about getting our daughter ready for her final year in elementary school and our son primed for his first year. Both of them took it in stride and I was quite proud of both of them.
October and November brought difficulties at work that just seemed to keep piling up. As soon as one problem was taken care of, another would arise. I did get a small break when I took a weekend trip to the Texas Renaissance Festival in Plantersville, TX. By Thanksgiving things seemed to be settling down quite a bit and I was left with only one nagging work problem headed into December.
December was great. Hands down it was probably the best month of the year. I knocked out all of my major problems at work, completed Christmas shopping with days to spare, and made a few new friends from my ancestral home of France. I also got to go back to New Orleans (and I'll be headed there again at the end of January, 2012). I cooked for friends, family, and co-workers throughout the holiday season and topped it all off with The Big Bang Theory Season Four DVD set thanks to my loving wife.
So, overall 2011 was hit-and-miss. It wasn't great, but it could have been a lot worse. Looking back on the year, I've managed to remain as healthy as a fat boy can be, made some great friends, scored a few cool pieces of KISS merchandise, and set plans in motion for a great 2012.
Here's to ya, 2011. It was nice knowin' ya!
And in case you are wondering, the photo below is of me meeting one of my childhood heroes, Jeremy Bulloch, AKA the original Boba Fett from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. It's also pretty cool that he was also in the classic Doctor Who series, which is my favorite sci-f show of all time. Nerdgasm!
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Despite looking extremely cool, I have to admit that I'm a dork. I grew up on the outskirts of the small town of Oberlin, LA. I have since relocated to the Lake Charles, LA area.I love my home state … more
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2011 (MMXI) will be a common year starting on Saturday. In the Gregorian calendar, it will be the 2011th year of the Common Era or the Anno Domini designation; the 11th year of the 3rd millennium and of the 21st century; and the 2nd of the 2010s decade.
The United Nations has designated 2011 the International Year of Forests and International Year of Chemistry.