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2010, What?

Posted by on January 5, 2011

Dear Loyal Readers,
OK… Who am I kidding? I don’t have loyal readers anymore. While it may be true that two people used to read this blog with (some) regularity, it seems evident that nobody is reading this anymore. Why? Well, one big reason: I haven’t given people anything TO read. The observant among you may notice that I posted nothing to this blog during the entire calendar year of 2010. It’s almost as if 2010 never existed in my world. And, in a way, it didn’t.

You see, in the last quarter of 2009, I was put into a deep freeze. Kind of like Woody Allen in the movie Sleeper, except that I wasn’t forgotten for 200 years. I was re-awakened just a few days ago, and I’m trying to get myself settled back into this strange world.

A lot has happened since September 23, 2009:

  • My employment at UC Berkeley was terminated (10/1/09)
  • I “lived” in Australia for two months (10/10 – 12/10/2009)
  • My friends Trish and Jamie were married in San Francisco, CA (12/12/09)
  • I started a regular food and wine paring dinner group (six dinners in 2010)
  • We bade my friend Heather adieu on her way to Korea (1/28/10)
  • I took a safari to Kenya with my sister (February, 2010)
  • My friend Johnny visited from Korea (April, 2010)
  • I was invited to (and attended) a “Mindful Dinner,” with a guest list intended to include only fascinating people (4/24/10)
  • I helped my sister buy a house in North Carolina
  • My friends Lauren and Chris were married in Atlanta, GA (5/14/10)
  • My sister got her M.D. from the University of Utah (5/22/10)
  • Flight of the Conchords in Concert in Berkeley, CA (5/28/10)
  • My fish, Sophocles, died, saddening many (6/5/10)
  • Mike and Suz visited San Francisco on a vacation from their year-long vacation in South America (July, 2010)
  • I hosted a “sweet” Dessert Party (8/14/10)
  • I participated in habitat restoration in the Presidio (9/4/10)
  • I was introduced to the Old Fashioned Cocktail – life will never be the same
  • My friends Ryan and Caitlin were married in Notre Dame, IN (10/2/10)
  • My cousin Jessica visited me in San Francisco (October, 2010)
  • I attended one of the best Baptisms ever (11/20/10)
  • I visited Texas for the first time (December, 2010)
  • Babies were born to: Amy & Frank (Toby, 9/29/10); Elia & Emilio (Emily, 12/16/10); Leilani & Shane (Gabriel, 12/24/10); and Melissa & Scott (Michael, 12/24/10)
  • My friend Joe Scaroni passed away unexpectedly (12/26/10)
  • I flew 35,332 miles with the Star Alliance (2010 calendar year)
  • I flew 11,662 miles with Sky Team (2010 calendar year)
  • I spent my first New Year’s Eve in San Francisco (12/31/10)
  • So much more…

As you can see, life was busy. As such, I hope that you won’t hold it against me for too long that I’ve kept you all waiting with bated breath. I can’t promise much more for 2011, but we’ll see. Until next time!

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