1. Stayed employed
With the unemployment rate at 8.6%, 7% in MA where I live, I feel lucky to have a job.
2. Daughter loves college
My youngest daughter has had a successful year and a half at college. I can’t take credit for her academic achievements, but I encouraged her to apply to the small liberal arts college she attends. It was her top choice and it has been a terrific fit. Speaking of college, in the summer of 2011, I wrote a post on how to select the right college.
3. Blogged Alot
For my 2010 New Year’s pledge, I vowed to post 7 times a month, and on average did so in 2011, even when I thought I had nothing to say, or was too tired to write what I did have to say.
4. Loyal Up With Chris Hayes Viewer
This is a terrific early morning weekend political show hosted by one of the best young journalists in the country. I have even been tweeting with other #uppers every Saturday and Sunday morning. The show has only been on the air for a few months, but I hope it catches on and eventually gets a better time slot.
5. Bucket List Vacation
6. Read First E-Book
William Dean Howell’s A Hazard of New Fortunes. I don’t have a Kindle or a Nook so I read it on my HTC Evo. However, my eyesight seems to have deteriorated, so I ended up with new, more powerful reading glasses. Notwithstanding my eyesight, the portable e-book reading experience was pleasurable, partly because the book was such an entertaining and informative historical read and partly because it was free.
7. Became a Spotify Addict
I’m a huge Spotify fan and when my free trial runs out, I will buy a monthly subscription. I can’t tell you how satisfying it has been to have virtually every song and artist at my fingertips. I’m listening to a playlist I created as I’m writing this, a playlist I shared to ShareMyPlaylists.com.
I’ve shared something like 20 playlists I created on Spotify in 2011. What good is a playlist if you can’t share it? Some of my playlists include: Stereolab Mix, The Worst 40 Songs Ever, Kool Keys, Songs About Places and in a nod to my youth, the Mix of ’76.
9. Went to My 30th High School Reunion
Another bucket list activity. My wife and I had a lot of fun at the reunion and driving around Little Rock. We went to the Clinton Presidential Museum and caught up with some of my college friends for dinner at a spot along the banks of the Arkansas River. At my high school reunion, I was one of the few who most had not seen in 30 years and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if some didn’t recognize me or even remember me, as was the case with a few folks I should have recognized and remembered, but did not.
10. Went to a Handel & Haydn Society Concert
My oldest daughter invited me to see Beethoven’s 5th Symphony and Haydn’s Clock Symphony on the evening of the show. I was so tired I almost didn’t go, but I am glad I did. We had a great time listening to some fantastic music. My review of the concert can be found here.
2011 was a good year for me. I hope 2012 will be as good or better.