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Old 12-24-08, 02:41 AM   #1
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How was your 2008?

I feel that this year has largely been progressive for me. I initially entered a bit damaged from previous relationships and hard classes (lots of studying and less social interaction), so this year was a good one to pave the way for reconstruction.

I'm very happy knowing that my study methods and time-management skills are more down pat then they ever were (though it should never take anyone three years to get there. If you're a high school student reading this, learn to study!! I reaped the benefits from those improvements with a better GPA and a step closer to my 3.0 goal. I still have a lot of work to do, and am trying to improve daily. Grasping better time-managent and goal-setting skills are a big challenge for me, and my focus on mental fitness later in the year helped improve that as well (along with my most recent co-op).

I've also made massive headway in my lovelife and relationships, almost to the point of complete transformation. Considering that I can have regular, controlled conversations with very beautiful and intelligent women (which I could clearly never do in January) pretty much describes the level of improvement that I've made in this area of my life. In fact, the scarier part about it was that most of the changes began taking place in July! I've used the pickup community as a reference for my learning, and while I don't agree with a lot of their practices (I'm not a seducer, and I certaintly don't crave sex), the fundamentals are solid and heeding them will yield guaranteed results almost instantenously.

The quality of the women that I've been dating has also been shooting up as well, confirming my improvement. I started this year with someone who, while very nice and well-meaning, wasn't exactly dateable per se. I had a lot of failures, but all of those failures were with women I would have probably never considered or "had a chance" with earlier. I really highly doubt that I would have met and gotten together with the woman that I'm seeing now, who is absolutely beautiful, scary intelligent, younger than me and can freaking cook! (This is a blessing.) I can't even begin to remember the number of women that I've approached (yes, in public locations; the battlefield of practice); probably close to or more than one hundred.

My family has also been successful with my Mom's daycare really taking off. It was founded last April and how has many children under its wing, along with some staff to help ease the burden. My Mom seems to really do well with them, and has really made me appreciate and begin to understand children a lot more than before.

My cycling's gotten better to; more power, more guads and better wheels! (But the same ol' yeller! )

I've seen success in a few other areas, but I don't want to drudge on about me. I'm very blessed and thankful for what has been brought onto me this year. I know that some of you have not been as fortunate, and I wish you guys a great 2009 going forward!

Now let's hear some of your stories!
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Old 12-24-08, 06:16 AM   #2
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sounds like you were super busy this year, Mr. C. Keep on the straight & Narrow and have an even better 2009!

But you bring up a good point...I feel bad for young students today....so many distractions from studying that simply did not exist back in the dark ages when I was in school....
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Old 12-24-08, 08:43 AM   #3
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Hope this year brings you every thing you hope for in your life
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Old 12-24-08, 09:26 AM   #4
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Good. Every year is good. Despite any kind of negative things or pitfalls, I always find a way to manage somehow. And I succeed. I have to.
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Old 12-24-08, 10:25 AM   #5
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Very good, with some bad.

Good: Moved to a nicer place, bought a bunch of nice things, increased savings balance, wife got a better job, went on vacation to NYC area.

Bad: Had to put 16-year-old cat to sleep, moved out of a place we loved, doubled my commute (to 3 blocks), rode less & gained weight.
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Old 12-24-08, 10:31 AM   #6
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Old 12-24-08, 10:36 AM   #7
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Good start, good finish, unpleasant filling to the annual sandwich.

Started with big birthday celebrations, and private chocolate party, large chunk of battling cancer in the middle, and ended with wonderful new partner who provides just what I want out of life.

Oh, and he rides a bike as well.
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Old 12-24-08, 10:48 AM   #8
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Expensive. Replacing stolen bikes (not full insurance coverage), new furnace & new hot water heater today.

In general - great. Went to Winnepeg, Vancouver twice, camping & Mexico (best holiday ever). Still have happy/healthy family & friends.
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2008 was ....

let's just say that I'll be glad to close the book on it.
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Old 12-24-08, 10:56 AM   #10
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Now that I think about it, it involved a lot of fail compared to other years. Hardcore fail. But I met some cool people.
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life has been good despite some downturns - we're kinda glass-is-half-full folks anyway

had nearly $7000 in home repairs during one 72-hour period in June, but went on a week-long vacation in July to an absolute paradise about three hours south, courtesy of fellow tax payers

rode almost as many miles as last year (about 4,000)

mother-in-law has moved in until Spring (an annual event)

we have more in-come than out-go, even after fully funding retirement savings

got two new house members: Cap'n Jack the Flibbety Gibbet and Varnell the Gentle Giant
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Old 12-24-08, 11:05 AM   #12
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Got promoted(?) to manager, Sold my SO's house and bought a house together, rented my old house, my parents moved to town, SO's aunt died, went to Sri Lanka for work, got married, and in the past few weeks, got pregnant

And in the middle of all that I still found time to ride a total of like 450 miles. Been a busy year.
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Old 12-24-08, 11:22 AM   #13
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Not bad and n improvement from 07.
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