I had planned to do this anyway but after reading the year in review of my wildly talented friend, Dave Johnson...I had to take account of what happened somehow. So here it goes.
My year was filled with stuff I had to do, not stuff I wanted to do. What King Solomon put to words and what the great Pete Seeger put to music is true: There is a time for every purpose under heaven. My purpose was to just get stuff done.
I began 2012 with working every day of the year for the first six weeks without a day off. I ended up traveling for work about every day and on weekends I'd come home and get my other work done. By the middle of March I was exhausted, discouraged and I wasn't feeling well.
I decided to change my diet drastically and I found time every day to walk. I walked and walked and walked. By Summer I had lost 26 pounds. I felt some better and I had no clothes that fit. In fact, besides some business attire that I wear for work on occasion, I still don't have clothes that fit.
With Spring beginning my work was slowing down enough that I could take weekends off and it was time for me to work on my mom's estate. Every weekend required me to paint, replace carpet, and fish through the belongings of my deceased parents. When the growing season started I discovered that the riding lawn mower had finally given up on me. I had two acres of lawn to mow without a mower.
I was nearly killed by hornets.
I held an estate sale at my house.
I celebrated my younger son's 2nd birthday on a river boat cruise.
I borrowed a mower from a nearby friend with the hopes that the house would sell quickly. Weeks went by and the house wasn't sold yet and I was beginning to be more obnoxious with my requests to borrow the mower than I'd allow myself to be. My best friend Eric came to the rescue and said "Just come get my mower whenever you need it." I'd head to his house which was about 30 minutes away and then drive to my mom's place which was another 40 minutes away. After that I'd mow the lawn which took about 2 and a half hours, then return it...hauling it in the trunk of my small sedan. I did this until his mower caught on fire. I came over the day after I returned it to see a burned spot on the sidewalk in front of his house surrounded by the discharge of a fire extinguisher. I have no doubt that I caused this somehow. He bought a new mower and for another month I used that one until the house finally sold toward the end of Summer.
By August I had a chance to finally breathe and I celebrated by riding my motorcycle. I rode and rode and rode. It was one of the few things that I did in the year where I was able to sit and think about nothing. I did a lot of that.
Through the Winter and Spring after about 10pm I worked on my book. I couldn't sleep anyway so I figured I may as well just keep plugging away on it. My wife and I worked on it and pursued it completely as a glorious, independently published work. When it was finally done, I read the book from beginning to end and realized what a dark and stressful year it was. It wasn't the most serious literary effort that I have worked on but I will tell you one thing: I WROTE A FRICKIN BOOK AND IT'S A HARD THING TO DO. I'm proud of it but also determined for it not to be the only published example of my writing.
I went to Texas. I saw an old compound that was shot up by a well armed militia...no not in Waco...in San Antonio. The gift shop insisted that I remember it. I bought a comic book and then I hired a Mariachi band to play while I ate lunch...and then bought a cowboy hat.
I dealt with creditors, lawyers, accountants and beautiful super models. I'm lying about one of these.
I voted but I don't think a single candidate I voted for won in an election. Still, many national magazines insist that I belong to the fastest growing political movement in the country...unfortunately a fair amount of us don't vote. I am constantly toying with the idea of being a non-voter myself but I usually give in and vote so I can punch my ticket to the debate of the issues.
I made a pirate ship cake with a 2 year old.
The year just sucked in a lot of ways. When I look back and see that I had buried my head in my tear drenched palms more times than I have taken a vacation I know it's time to change things a bit.
That was the season that was 2012. Turn! Turn! Turn!