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The hiatus has ended! Now that the word is out, let’s get down to brass tacks. Summer came and went. Fall is falling fast.

Here what we could file under “new stuff” –

 

Meet my new bike Floyd! Although Trojan is now gone, he is not forgotten.

 

 

I’m gonna be an uncle!

OK, you’re right. This isn’t actually a picture of the kid. But apparently the kid was about as big as a rutabaga last I heard. Yeah. Did you know that’s what a rutabaga looks like?

 

Following my trip to Kansas city, my employer sent me down to a business conference in Scottsdale, AZ. And although this is old news, but somewhere along the way I got promoted to senior number cruncher (instead of just regular number cruncher). This was how I felt.

 

I’m sure there’s more to talk about, but let’s not try to do too much on this first one back. Thanks for those of you who haven’t given up yet!

 

 

 

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Readers, I’m not going to lie to you. I’m not even going to pretend to lie to you. For as much as I don’t like change and whine about technology –  being over-connected to life/work, feeling guilty for not updating my blog, how I don’t want a phone that does more than make calls, how I like the idea of a Kindle but hate the idea of having to “plug something in” to read a “book,” etc. – there is one great truth to technology that SeeFox cannot deny: The internet is just awesome.

Lately, I’ve been all about it. Like love it. Like mad about it. Like Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser style. Like Coo-Coo for Cocoa Puffs. Like Jim Cramer style. Who’s Jim Cramer? Google it!

I had a hard enough time grasping the concept of boredom before the time that AOL first brought the web into our homes over the phone line. Now that we’re all connected so much faster, I can’t even fathom what boredom feels like. All you need is a pinch of curiosity about a topic  and you’re at the webpage you want before you’ve even finished typing!

Let’s say for a minute that I’m too stupid to boil water. I Google it and boom! Internet to the rescue.

Or maybe one day I’m pondering last names and I think, “I wonder how many American families have the last name of ‘Smith.'” Or maybe I want to know the median income of my state. Ka-blam-o, the internet has got your back.

Or maybe, just maybe, I’m curious about global economics and I want to compare the real GDP of several nations from the 1950s onward. The internet strikes again.

My point is that there is so much knowledge out there waiting to be tapped. All we need to do is be curious enough about our world to go looking around. Whatever you use the internet for, there is a fantastically large amount content out there that deserves to be explored.

Exploration is in human nature! The internet is one big explorable paradise. There’s all kinds of treasure waiting to be discovered. Get out there and go find something crazy!

Ok, I’ll admit it. I occasionally read my own blog. Just to see what I did in the last few months. Because sometimes I have trouble remembering. The thing is, with only 10 posts last year even I get bored with reading about my life.

And come on, I’m far too vain to let that slide. 2010 was an exciting year! In between those 10 posts, all kinds of stuff happened. Stuff with repercussions on the present. And sometimes, it’s good to see how we got to where we are.

The facts are these:

1) This year, I’ve been getting my hair cut at great clips. Maybe it’s more like “Just-OK” clips, but anyway…Last year I always went to a neighborhood place, but after a botched first date with the hairdresser, I’ve vowed not to return. Man, I can’t believe this was the first thing to pop into my head for this list.

2) In 2010, my buddy Tony and I started jamming on a semi-regular basis. After a decade of using the same ol’ drums I started on in middle school, I’ve upgraded to a sleeker sounding kit. This upgrade has been instrumental (get it?)  in keeping things fresh and funky in 2011. And just a few weeks back, I sold my old kit to some cute lil’ middle schooler through craigslist. Hooray for music education, everyone!

3) Last year I discovered one of my favorite movies is North by Northwest. This led to my fascination with older films (Hitchcocks, noir, etc.) for which I still scour the Netflix today.

4) Above all, the summer of 2010 was about three things: Weddings, weddings, and weddings. I haven’t counted yet, but I don’t think there will be quite as many this year as there were last year.

5) I visited my sister in Florida last fall. She’s now a certified Occupational Therapist. Congrats to you, V! I’ll be coming down to visit again in 2011. Although maybe not during stingray season this time around.

Amidst all the regular chaos life provides, sometimes I find a little review of things past to be therapeutic. If I was a little more on top of things, maybe this “year in review” post would have happened in early January instead of late February, but who am I kidding? We all know I’m not so good with months, anyway.

Thanks for checking in. More to come.

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