One year later. The 40th anniversary of MLK Jr.'s assassination, the shooting at Southern Illinois Univ., floods in the Midwest, the deaths of Heath Ledger, Tim Russert, and Paul Newman, record high gas prices, bailouts, and douchebag auto industry owners. But on the brighter side - Michael Phelps' 8 gold medals at the Beijing Olympics, Barack Obama becomes the 44th president, gas prices fall lower than they've been in 5 years, and Bush dodges a shoe.
Gotta say the whole year is kind of a blur right now. Plenty to look back on personally though. Leaving the station in March was a little bittersweet. Lots of memories there and friends I've made and will keep for life. Traveling the country with the UAR was a blast - as crazy as it was, I'm really going to miss Austin in '09.
..and of course Josh, Jackie & the dogs - Maple is my hero, and Willow the retarded cat.
I learned that I never want to be unemployed EVER again. That was the longest 2 1/2 months of my life ever. People - always have at least 6 months in savings just in case you're ever out of a job. Man, that sucked. Love the new job, just need a doggie to take to work with me everyday.
Through it all though, there were two people that were with me the entire time. Two people I missed madly when I was on the road. Two people that I thought about when I asked myself "what can I sell to get a little bit of money to help with bills?" Two people that mean more to me than anything else, and anything that money can buy. Angie & Ry - I'm blessed to know and love you.
What does 2009 hold in store? I don't know, and if I could look into the future, I wouldn't want to know. You play the cards you're dealt. If you want to complain about how the last hand went, fine - be an ass, it's your right. But, you can't win 'em all. No one can stack the entire deck - even the MIT blackjack kids got caught. I gotta get away from this metaphor before it turns completely into a Kenny Rogers song.
Here's something totally different. We all know Billy Mays - the inventor of Orange Kazow!, OxyClean and other household cleaning agents that smell great but taste terrible. Here's what he's working on as of late:
Here's to a less soul-crushing 2009. All the best.