2004? Yes, it was a good one

Well that was a good year.

Zach and I had lots of fun in the snow on Mt. Hood last winter. We made some very adventurous trips to the mountain on Friday nights where they had a $10 special during the season. On a couple of trips the windshield on the van completely iced over as I was driving. It’s not easy to drive at night in the blowing snow in near white out conditions, peering through a translucent windshield. Looking back on those drives, I’m glad we made it home safely. But the snowboarding was excellent; the snow was deep and soft.

During the spring I went to my first ever TechEd. That was a real blast. I knew so many folks who were there and made a bunch of new friends. The highlight of the trip was renting a 32′ sailboat for one afternoon and taking a bunch of folks from the Northwest (and Ian from the Bay Area) on a San Diego sailing journey. We all stood in awe as one of the old America’s Cup sailboats zoomed past us a couple of times. What a lovely boat. And we all ended up with nicely sunburned faces, arms, and legs to help make the memories last longer.

During the summer we went to Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, for vacation. It was so peaceful up there. The drive to & from was a bear – long, hot, boring – but relaxing on the lake for a few days was heaven. We tried to hook up with Cory and his family, who were also visiting the area that same week, but coudn’t get our schedules to mesh.

This fall was a lot of fun.

Rory joined Microsoft and I’ve had the privilege of working with him on a regular basis. It’s hard to top that. What a brilliant young man (but you people already know that).

The Portland Nerd Dinner events were well attended all year long. I enjoyed getting to meet and know so many people there. And now there are 30+ nerd dinners happening around the globe, thanks to NerdDinner.com. That’s pretty cool.

And now here we are on the doorstep of 2005. It looks like it’s going to be a fun and challenging new year, full of lots of new opportunities and adventures. I hope it’s as rewarding as 2004 has been.

Thanks for visiting. Hope to see you again next year.


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