A lot can happen in three years

All of these things happened to me in the last three years (honest). Since lists appear to be so damn popular lately, here’s my list:

1) I was promoted to manage a larger group, and moved from Texas to Florida to do that.

2) I was hit by FIVE hurricanes – four in 6 weeks or so in Florida and another in South Padre Island, TX

3) I was attacked by a turtle.

4) I had trees catch on fire – THREE TIMES.

5) I waited in line for gas for more than three hours on more than ten occasions.

6) I moved BACK to Texas after the hurricanes hit in Florida. I don’t do so well with coastlines.

7) I was laid off, along with 90 percent of the new group I was promoted to build.

8) My job went to India, and a better one came back.

9) I became friends again with my ex wife.

10) I started three for profit businesses (all are still active) and one non-profit (that needs to become more active).

11) I started four blogs, and finally decided not to try to blog for anyone other than me, and the people I care for πŸ™‚

12) I decided to try consulting – and I find I love it – and that it doesn’t pay much πŸ˜‰

13) I sold a classic 1957 MGA Roadster car that I loved – and found I really don’t miss it at all.

14) I nearly got a DUI for mowing my own yard.

15) I learned that I don’t ever have to meet someone to consider them a friend.

16) I reduced my personal expenses by almost 65% – and find I’m not missing anything I gave up – and I didn’t give up a lot. I just do things in more moderation now.

17) I saw my son turn 18 years old – and stay the same great kid he was when he was 10. He still kisses me goodbye on the cheek every morning. Even if his friends are watching.

18) I watched my daughter turn from a cuddly little ball of energy into a beautiful young lady that I am proud to all my daughter. And I think she will always make me proud.

19) I passed up several good job opportunities on the West Coast simply because I didn’t want to inflict my hurricane-magnetism on them (Californians can send their donations via PayPal)

20) I decided I am pretty happy with who I am – and for the first time in my professional career I shed off the “Imposter Syndrome” I had always carried. I have not become cocky – just confident.

And that’s 20 things. And it is a fractional list. Some things happened that I can’t tell you about πŸ˜‰



  1. Uhhh – can’t you just read about those in the Police Blotter, like everyone else? πŸ™‚


  2. Okay, I am waiting for the top twenty list on things that happened when with friends and really good tequila… πŸ˜‰