Coming into 2023 with optimism…

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January 6, 2023, 10:12 PM

First of all, I hope everyone had a good new year.  I’m looking at 2023 with much optimism.  2022 was a pretty good year as well, though I did have that car accident in October that totaled my HR-V.  On the whole, though, things are going well in my life, and I hope that it continues throughout the year.

One thing’s for sure: I enter the year quite grateful to be alive.  At the time that the accident with the HR-V happened, I was mad that this idiot had run a light and destroyed my car.  I was quite shaken, but I was walking around, and only suffered a few minor scrapes.  As such, I refused medical care at the time other than the medics’ bandaging up the cut on my head.  In other words, all considered, I came out of it pretty well, and Elyse and I still did the trip to Tennessee that we had previously planned, but in a rental car rather than in my own car.  I was lucky, because things could have been much worse.  Not long after my accident, a friend from college lost their mother to a car accident in Texas.  I don’t know the circumstances surrounding the other accident, but considering my own accident right around the same time, their accident really hit home.  It made me wonder why I managed to survive my accident largely without injury, while my friend’s mother perished.  It was a reminder that life is short, and life is precious, and it could be over in an instant due to circumstances completely outside of your control.  Looking back, I’m pretty sure that the airbag knocked me unconscious for about a minute during the accident, because I remember the collision, and then the next thing I remember, the car was at rest and a bystander was calling for me to get my attention.  I have no recollection of the car’s traveling about 150 feet and coming to rest.  So it was definitely lights out for a minute, but it’s a scary realization that it could have very easily been lights out permanently.  Glad that wasn’t the case.

Otherwise, though, things are looking up.  The new HR-V is coming in March, and Mom’s Scion now feels routine (though I am looking forward to bringing it back to my parents).  I also did some significant upgrades to the house over the course of the year, getting new doors in March, and a new heat pump system just before Christmas.  The new heat pump system is something that I was particularly excited about, because my old system was reaching end of life, and this is new one is a more efficient system.  It also runs a lot more quietly than the old one, which I found a tad disturbing at first, but now I’m used to it.  It also uses the Nest thermostat, which is something that I had wanted to a while, but the old system was not compatible with it.  Now, I can control the temperature of my house from anywhere via my phone, and can also say, “OK Google, set the temperature at [whatever],” and the system will respond.  I dig it.  It’s very smart, and Elyse and I are still learning how to best use it.  We have not yet been on any overnight trips since we got the new system, but we’ll see how that goes when we set vacation mode and such for the Nest.  That or we’ll just turn the system off before leaving and then fire it up by remote a few hours before we’re supposed to return.  I know that we did have an interesting moment on the first day after we got the system, where a setting that detects whether or not we’re home was on and then I went to work.  Elyse wasn’t set up with it yet, so when I left, the heat went off and the house dropped like ten degrees.  We have since disabled that setting, at least for now.

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Categories: Myself, New Year's

Talk about a last-minute New Year’s arrival…

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January 1, 2007, 1:34 AM

Aside from Sis, everyone got home at the eleventh hour to spend New Year’s at home. I got home around 11:30, and then Mom and Dad got home with literally seconds to spare.

Funny was when Mom called me around quarter to twelve. She called on the land line. The first thing she asked me was, “Where are you?” This is the usual greeting on the cell phone. The problem was that this time, this wasn’t the cell. I replied, “I’m at home. This is the land line.” I think I caught Mom a little bit off guard.

So there you go. Happy new year, everyone.

Categories: New Year's

Should old acquaintance be forgot…

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January 1, 2006, 12:05 AM

Well, happy new year, everyone, as I write the first Journal entry for 2006.

I watched the ball drop in Times Square on NBC, and what was interesting to me is when they mentioned how long these people had camped out in Times Square. Some people had camped out there as early as noon. The hosts on NBC commented on this a few times, and how these people probably really had to go to the bathroom. One girl interviewed by a woman on the street put it like this: “And I really have to go to the bathroom!” They shouted this out loud, live on national television. I’m sure that’s something they’ll look back on and say, “What was I thinking?” The interviewer expressed hope that she could hold it in a little bit longer. Of course, if you leave to go to the bathroom, you lose your spot. So what else are you going to do?

Meanwhile, I’m hoping that this will be a good year. 2005 was a lot of fun, what with the counter-inaugural, making new friends and running into old ones, A16, a number of road trips, the vacation to Virginia Beach, the September 24 protest, lots and lots of photography, and so much more. 2006 ought to be so much fun as well…

Categories: New Year's

Happy New Year!

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January 1, 2005, 1:24 AM

And so now let’s all sing a round of Auld Lang Syne.

And this is the first entry of 2005, after I rolled the Journal into the next database. If this posts when I submit my form, then I was successful.

I have to say, I noticed a few things about the new year’s arrival. On the TV, we again noticed the glasses with the year on it. I just wonder if they’ll continue it come 2010. Then, you see, there will be no number with a big open middle on one eye for at least ten years (you could pull it off in 2020, since the “2” is sufficiently open). But a “1” is kind of poor for that kind of thing. I wonder.

Otherwise, I’m still up, which is amazing in itself. I fully expected to be fast asleep before midnight, considering how long I was slightly droopy at Wal-Mart at the beginning of my shift. But I ended up hitting a second wind or something, I guess.

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Categories: DC trips, New Year's

New Year’s Eve…

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December 31, 2004, 9:56 PM

As I write this, it’s less than 30 minutes until 2005 arrives. And people were ready at Wal-Mart. Practically every customer the entire bloody day bought all sorts of alcohol, usually multiple items. Beer, wine, you name it. Virginia has state-operated liquor stores, so we don’t sell liquor at Wal-Mart – just beer and wine, and other stuff that falls into those two categories, like that malt liquor stuff.

And it was hopping at Wally World. Lines all day. People want to get loaded full of food and alcohol, and they bought it in large quantities. Whee!

Meanwhile, the Deli got some new mashed potatoes and gravy. I think that’s going to be a hit, particularly with the associates. I had some of it with my lunch. Good stuff indeed.

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And a “Happy New Year” to you, too.

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January 1, 2004, 1:06 AM

It’s 2004! That’s a frightening thought.

I spent my New Year’s up on the Blue Ridge Parkway, taking an hour or so to myself in the quiet. This is the first time in at least twelve years that I did NOT do like most people do – sitting and watching the TV, watching the ball drop at Times Square. Instead, I spent the time deep in thought, allowing my mind to completely release itself with a view of the Shenandoah Valley below.

And you could tell exactly when the ball dropped anyway, based on what happened in the valley below. From my vantage point on an overlook in the mountains, I saw a bunch of fireworks going off all across the valley. All kinds of illegal (in Virginia) fireworks blasting high up in the air, to ring in the new year. And that’s another thing – they really did appear small from my vantage point. Sure, they probably seemed huge from below, but since I was above the people’s fireworks looking down on them, they really seemed kind of diminutive.

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