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new year’s eve 2008

January 1, 2009

It was the most exciting one we’ve had in years.  Me, the wife, and kids all headed over to my good friend Paul’s house for the evening.  The kids got completely stoked on regular Pepsi, cupcake frosting, and the company of 9 or 10 other kids.  My wife spent the evening discussing me with the 3 other wives, while me and the other three husbands watched some VH1 top 100 list and reminisced about concerts, music in general, and the drunken indiscretions a few of us had shared in years past.  Funny how now that I have been sober for 4+ years all of that shit seems to make great conversation.

By the time midnight came and the ball dropped, most of the kids and couples had gone.  It was just us and the hosts and our kids, and I realized how lucky I was to be in the company of such wonderful people: one of my oldest and greatest friends, his wonderful wife, my beautiful wife, and our complement of well behaved though ludicrously wired children.  I finally had a New Year’s Eve that seemed really right; I enjoy being home with my family for the event but I’ve always felt that it’s an occasion to celebrate with others.  It was nice to be with other families and share it all with kids and grown-ups alike.  There may be a time when I want to leave the kids home and enjoy the night with my wife somewhere, but not just yet.

Surprisingly, we were home and settled in for the night by about 1:00 am.  I sat on the couch after the wife and kids were settled into bed, thinking that it’s about time we got this New Year’s Eve thing right.  I smiled to myself, turned the light off, and shuffled off to bed to rest up for 2009.

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a year’s difference

December 30, 2008

It’s almost the new year, and frankly 2008 was a tough year all the way around.  My Dad started the year in a nursing home, barely able to stand under his own power and suffering other effects from his heart surgery and stroke.  My wife’s grandmother lost her battle with cancer this fall after a short but ferocious battle, then her uncle died in his sleep of a massive heart attack that very same night.  He was only 46.   My aunt lost her mother to brain cancer a couple weeks before Christmas, and my friend and coworker died after a two year battle with cancer the same weekend.  He was just 49.  Not the best of years in that department.

There have been blessings, though.  My Dad made a pretty amazing recovery, and to the casual eye he’s the same guy he always was.  Not to mention that his new aortic valve must have been recycled from a horseshoe; he’s hit at the casino a couple times this year for 4 figures and got himself a lawn tractor to play with.  There’s a new addition to the extended family, Zachary, and friends are repopulating the area with babies born already and more on the way.  I still have a job, which is no small matter in these days of high unemployment and shitty financial news.  Yes, there is some good news out there!

Overall, I won’t be sad to put 2008 behind me.  Mostly, though, I am looking forward to 2009 and things only getting better.

an inside joke for an old friend

April 23, 2006

Ahem.  Mr. Burke, Mr. Burke.  Paging Mr. Burke.

There is a call for you on the "Flyers SUCK!" line.

Mr. Burke?  Where are you?