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40+ Again

Dear Reader,

My what a difference a year makes. Last year on my birthday I was a little depressed because I was still living away from my family and winding up a job that I really , REALLY loved but had to leave. This year, I’ve been through two jobs, one that I didn’t really like but it paid the bills and one that is possibly the coolest job I’ve ever had. (Well, as with any job, there are some things that could be better but by-in-large, it’s damn cool)

So here I sit again, celebrating my 40th birthday for the n+1 time. I’m looking back over the past year and I have to say that it’s been a good one. Here’s a list of a few things that stuck with me. (In no particular order)

Barry Coggins
BC& Big Head Rock!
Digital Dog
Until the CEO flipped out, my wife kinda sorta liked working there. (Maybe more on that in a future post) Heck, I even did a 3 week stint there and enjoyed the people.
Band Season
Ok, so the Eagles didn’t win State this year. Still I had a ball and even though I complained, I really did enjoy it.
Freelance Fred
Don’t worry Fred, I’m not going to get all mushy. You make me laugh, for that you’ve earned lifetime free tech support. Even if the answers are mostly Hmmmmm….never seen one do that. (Obligatory Beanstalk link)
Zend
I’ve worked at a lot of companies (don’t believe me, check my resume) and Zend is second only to Jupiter Hosting in my list of the top companies to work for. Zend truly rocks as a company. They make sure that even though I’m 2/3 of a country away, I feel included in the daily corporate life. They also do things like remember my birthday and make sure that I don’t miss out on things like corporate parties even thought I’m not there. That’s just awesome!
Brian Setzer
That was a heck of a concert and one of the best Birthday presents I’ve gotten since my first Pentium.
Chicago
Wicked was great. Hearing my daughter talk about it to her friends was even better. Best of all though was 2 days, uninterrupted with my wife and kids.
Mildred Crabtree
My Nana passed this year. I wasn’t sad. She lived a great life and now she’s in heaven. It was fun to see all my cousins again.
Savannah College of Art and Design
I got to spend a whirlwind two days with my daughter on a college tour. I am happy for her and think that her decision to go to SCAD is the right one. I wish I had gone to college.
Wife 1.23
Another wonderful year with my wife, the lovely and talented Kathy.

There were more, I know, but those are the ones that stick out.

I love this time of year. not for the usual reasons but it is my tradition to spend time in December thinking back, looking over my shoulder before moving on. It’s fun to visit old memories and old friends. Tomorrow I’ll worry about where I’m going, today, I just want to enjoy where I’ve been.

Until next time
Push the button Frank.

(l)(k)(bunny)
=C=

3 thoughts on “40+ Again

  1. Congrats on more 40+s… But I’ve got you out-numbered, I bet.
    I was pleased to discover you on line (via looking for intro to SQLite) and discovering at devzone.zend.com/node/view/id/644 your PHP 101 (part 9): SQLite My Fire! – Part 1
    I was not able to comment there, so thought I’d mention that the link to “Part Eight” gave a dead page.
    I think I could learn a lot from your clear presentations, so if the links could be updated you’d get more love! ;)
    Happy Holidays!

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  3. I was just surfing by and I’m so glad I stopped and read your post.
    Such a great attitude is contagious and yours has definitely made a improvement in my day.

    Happy Birthday and Thank you!

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