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Dispatches from the dimension of demented Drupalists. Also, assorted bullshit.

December 14, 2017

The 2017 good-shit list

So, politically, 2017 was a proverbial fire-in-the-shithole. But you know what? There are thousands of other posts on Medium where you can read more about that. Starting last year, I began a new year’s-end tradition: I compile and publish a list of good things that happened. In no particular order:

  1. I met a woman. A fantastic one. With whom I believe I can actually build something. This is scary new territory for me, but it’s also one of the best things that’s happened this year.
  2. I traveled to Europe on the (relatively) cheap and experienced two cities/countries. And I got to do it with a beautiful companion.
  3. I bought a scooter, learned how to ride it, and got to spend an entire season zipping around the back roads of New England.
  4. I attended DrupalCon twice, continuing to be heavily involved in the addictively awesome Drupal community (and its less awesome, but no less addictive code).
  5. I had the once-in-a-lifetime pleasure of seeing my sister marry her best friend, in whom I now have an incredible brother-in-law.
  6. I also had the surreal, unbeatable experience of DJing for a joyous, enthusiastic, appreciative crowd. I stepped outside my musical comfort zone and collaboratively laid down a set that will be remembered for years by those who were there.
  7. I co-produced and co-performed a song that blew the roof off!
  8. I had the opportunity to visit my grandmother.
  9. I furthered my knowledge and appreciation of beer by a quantum leap.
  10. I listened to tons of good music and expanded my musical horizons even more.
  11. I became a better and more knowledgeable programmer.
  12. I learned the basics of MIG welding and electronic engineering. I can solder now!
  13. I discovered Swear Trek.
  14. I finished a song I have been working on for years.
  15. I learned how to pick locks. (Short answer: with lotsa practice.)
  16. I got to see my parents fulfill an amazing, longtime dream project of theirs.
  17. I laid down my first DJ mix in a solid decade.
  18. I saw my brother fulfill a years-in-the-making dream of his, and start a band.
  19. I tried yoga (or rather, a bastardized version of it).
  20. I started blogging and sharing my bizarre Drupal knowledge with the world.
  21. I got a Starfleet logo tattooed on my right arm. And I love it.
tags: Gratitude