Not one to look at the end of one year and the beginning of another as any sort of landmark or guidepost, but I suppose it’s as good a time as any to count your blessings.
First and foremost, my family and friends (and come to think of it, me!) are all healthy and happy, and for that I am truly grateful. Let’s all be careful in the new year, okay?
Spent this past year getting acquainted with St. Pete, and among the highlights were taking in a dozen or so Rays games at the Trop. Won tickets to see Nelly after one game and he put on a great show. Also had an opportunity to take in the first playoff game against the Rangers, something that never would have happened at Fenway.
Saw The English Beat at newly revamped Janus Landing (an outdoor concert venue that takes up a half-a-block downtown.) First Fridays in downtown St. Pete were always a fun take. The city shuts down one of the main streets and they have live music and activities for the family. Also, you can drink on the street, which will never get old.
Went to The Taste of Pinellas and Ribfest at Vinoy Park, and chili festivals in the Kenwood neighborhood and on the waterfront. Went to the beach more than a few times.
Got just two stories published, “The Intersection” in the Night Terrors anthology and “Milk of the Goddess” in 52 Stitches. Need to work harder on that.
But I did complete and self-publish a novel, “Swash,” and had another novel “Applewood” accepted for publication by a small press. Lots more on that in the new year.
Finally signed up for Twitter and am enjoying the hell out of it. Can FaceBook be far behind?
All in all, it’s been a fun and interesting year, and thanks to all of you who occasionally pop your head in here to see what’s up.
Guess I’ll leave you with the image I’ll take most from 2010, of a man who reminded us what’s really important, and what isn’t.
Happy New Year!