The year started out benignly enough. I had started playing around with YouTube during the Christmas break of 2007 and had put up a couple of silly videos; I posted a few more videos during the year. I also rediscovered Blogging and have been Blogging more often.
The year saw a lot of changes at work. The biggest change was our new Vice President but there have been other changes including: a couple of retirements, resignations, changes in responsibilities and organizational changes - all have required getting use too.
A younger wilder Clyde resurfaced mid-year when I took a 2-day motorcycle riders course and later bought my own motorcycle. I plan to take a lot of day trips on it next summer, and will take a lot of pictures and video of my trips. I just wish I could grow my hair long.
The enthusiasm of the younger wilder Clyde was tempered somewhat with a couple of, hopefully, minor and manageable health problems. I recorded the highest blood pressure reading I ever had when I went to see my Doctor about the numbness in my hands. I've experienced some numbness in my hands for a year but it was short lived and I could always shake it out. It kept getting worse and was downed right painful when riding the motorcycle. The numbness was diagnosed as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and has been treated with Carpal Tunnel Release surgery on both wrists. But, the high blood pressure reading is another matter. I stopped smoking (for 4 weeks) and started exercising (alright, I exercised twice.) Those 2 items are on my list of new years resolutions.
A number of people I knew all died during the past year. Floyed Tanaka, Dave Roberts, the elderly couple with the Cockatiels, and my Mother all died this year.
Obama! I don't know which was the bigger highlight of the year: the new motorcycle or electing Barack Obama to be our nations 44th President. What a night! I wish I could have been in Chicago that night. I have both his DNC nomination speech and his victory speech on my iPod. But I still like my motorcycle.
The common themes that have been rolling around in my head this year have been: civility, existentialism, religion and humanism. I expect these to stick around a little longer.
I do here by resolve to:
- Be nice.
- Stop smoking.
- Exercise more.
- Lose weight.
- Ride! Ride! Ride! (I feel a BTO song coming on.)