The Year That Was Two (i.e. 2007/2008 in review)

So, for me last year was really 2008 & 2007. I never really took the time to slow down at the end of 2007 and reflect on the year. I just ended up rolling right into 2008.

At the time I was building clusters for Engine Yard, among other duties. That combined with a new baby and crazy travel schedule made for very little time during the holiday season for anything but a brief visit with my mothers on x-mas day to open presents with the kids and have breakfast.

So long story short, the last year, for me at least, was really two years. Two very mixed years.

Pros

  • Interlix was going strong.
  • I started working for Engine Yard in June of 2007 as a contractor.
  • Mia was born on July 3rd, 2007.
  • I got my current bike, a Triump Sprint ST, after successfully selling my Victory on eBay.
  • Geekerz was still around.
  • I played EVE occasionally, at least until I started working for EY and I pulled myself out of Geekerz.
  • With Engine Yard’s help, I moved to Sacramento, CA, escaping Missouri after a little more than 6 years there.
  • I rode my motorcycle out to CA from MO.
  • New house in Sacramento, CA. With a hot tub.
  • Got to see my extended family at my mother’s funeral.
  • Met tons of interesting people by way of Engine Yard.
Cons
  • My mother died of complications due to brain cancer.
  • Vapor (aka Daniel Feather) died in a motorcycle accident.
  • Joey died of complications due to cancer.
  • I moved to Sacramento, CA, not the bay area.
  • Still have my house in Republic, MO
  • Couldn’t sell Interlix, ended up closing it down.
  • Not much time for family given my work schedule. But that’s the life of working for a startup.
  • Paying my brothers rent.
If I think of anymore I’ll update the post.

What were your pros and cons of 2008?