January 1st, 2003


Thoughts on the new year, and a look back

As I begin 2003, I believe that it's likely to be one of the better years of my life. It was in 2002 that I finally took on a partner, and the experience has been quite wonderful. I wish I'd done it a lot sooner. It's nice just to have someone to wake up to...even if he is silly and doesn't like good eating.

I believe my company will survive another year, and even do better than it has in the past couple of years. This is due in part to my own efforts, as it is to the efforts of the other folks who work there. I was worried about that for most of the year, but I'm not too worried now. This is a Good Thing.

I've adjusted to life in a small town a lot more easily than I ever thought I would. I grew up in a major metropolitan area, where everything I needed was a short (comparatively) drive away; it turns out that all of the daily necessities are close to hand, and everything else can be shipped overnight if needed. It helps that many of my friends are only an Internet connection or a phone call away.

I lost my last grandparent this past August. I'm down to just my parents and their siblings, and my sister and brother-in-law. I think they've all got many good years ahead of them; my parents are 62, and they're the oldest left in the family. We talk regularly, and will see each other often enough to keep the ties as close as they've ever been.

Even the dreaded Minnesota winter has so far failed to materialize. This is causing problems for snowmobile shops and other winter sports-dependent businesses, but so far it hasn't been worse than a severe Houston winter. I'm still disappointed, in a morbid sort of way.

All in all, I think it'll be a good 2003. I'm looking forward to it.
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