For me, 2013 was an excellent year

Published: Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 12:15 AM.

Hooray for me! In celebration of this New Year, I accomplished exactly what I set out to do. I stayed awake long enough to see the ball drop. Wow!

To most folks, having such a miniscule goal is silly, but as I’ve aged my circadian rhythms often take full control, especially after sundown. Did you know eyelids can gain a hundred pounds?

What made this past year important to acknowledge is because it was so wonderful. I wanted to show it “respect” by personally watching it move into my rearview mirror. I’m not unique by any stretch. That date threshold fills billions of rearview mirrors as earth’s rotation triggers celebrations around the world.

Suffice it to say 2013 was excellent for me in every measurable way. My wife Ann and I took a couple of great vacations, had a couple of very enjoyable visits from family, and personally had an excellent World Series of Poker tournament experience in Vegas.

I also love what I do for a living so find enjoyment at some level every single day. All in all, the year didn’t leave much to be desired for us.

And most importantly, we enjoyed a blessing, which makes all else pale in comparative value. We’re healthy, which trumps everything.

I printed out a compilation of what all went on last year and felt somewhat embarrassed our family fared so well. I fully understand my good fortune is neither earned nor deserved but simply fate’s benevolence, which I’ll appreciate until the 12th of Never as Johnny Mathis might say.

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