January 28th, 2011
A lot of people look back on their year in December. I think it doesn’t make sense to look back on a year until it’s done. And then take a little time to let it simmer. That’s my excuse for not doing this until almost February, anyhow.
2010 started with a 3-day ordeal of taking out the trash, nearly snapping the hood off my pickup while closing it, and Greek poetry. I then dived right into reading the Odyssey, and my post suggesting we read the Old Testament of the Bible like we read Greek mythology generated almost 100 comments. I guess I said something controversial…
I also read a number of other books last year.
Our family had quite the year. In March, Terah and I got to visit Europe for the first time. A few months later, we visited New York City for the first time and I attended Debconf10. Jacob predictably loved our train trip to NYC, calling our room in the sleeper “the best place of ever.”
But as I look back at my posts from last year, I’m struck that most of them were about more everyday, ordinary events of life. Jacob loved the switchbox he and I built, Oliver somtimes acts like Yoda, and they both loved camping. I have made probably way too many posts with photos of them last year, but I’m making no promises to slow down this year!
Jacob and I built a computer together, and he loves bashing random words at the Linux shell.
He also developed an interest in some half-broken FRS radios, and had tons of fun with them. Eventually this kindled in interest in amatuer radio in me.
At the end of 2009, I finally completed my computer science degree and mused about what I might do next. I’m a curious, inquisitive person that enjoys both challenge and knowledge. I thought that perhaps I would dive into reading more, or perhaps take some more college classes. Turns out I instead picked up amateur radio — one of the big unexpected twists of the year. Jacob really did kindle that interest in me, and by July I had passed my technician and general exams and was on the air. I continued to study, and passed my extra class exam in October. Since then, I’ve rigged up my bicycle for amateur radio operation, made some fun contacts, set up outdoor antennas, and got going with digital operation. It has been a lot of fun, and will keep providing opportunities for a challenge for me for a very long time.
Also on the technical side, I made my archive of Gopherspace available for download.
It’s hard to cut off the list — I have dozens of other things I could mention — but I suppose I should end it with the Christmas gathering / piano moving episode.