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December 31st, 2009: 5:14 pm

I’ve seen people remark that this passing decade was bland, and/or they’d rather get on to the next one. Me, I think it was fairly major. Any ten year window is a lot of time for events to happen in.

While any window of time has its bad events, the celebrations were often enough and grand enough to make this 2000 to ‘twenty-ought-nine’ decade my favourite so far. Not that I’ve had many to choose from. Here is ten years in short summary from my point of view:

  • Witnessed the start of a new century, and millennium. Living to tell that sufficient work was done to ensure that computers would not annihilate the planet at this junction.
  • Graduated from University, and saw my friends graduate. Started the ‘first day of the rest of my life’ in my profession. Seeing all my friends start at the same starting gate at the same time(ish) and witnessing where we’ve all progressed to has been fun.
  • Presented at an industry conference. I don’t remember how I got that courage, but hope to do it again.
  • Started a family. Marrying, supporting, and being supported by someone I love for a lifetime of adventures ensures that this and future decades will be bright. Bringing Lola into the world has brought about even more adventures.
  • Bought our first house, and then built a new house. No more rent was nice, but we really miss the free heating bill.
  • Traveled. Discovered that Los Angeles wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be (in fact its quite enjoyable!), and made several return trips. Backpacked around the world (and in the process, inspired others to travel). Made a return trip to Europe (and would go back a lot more if the wallet wasn’t so empty).
  • A new car!
  • Witnessing my friends’ celebrations, from new homes and new families to new jobs in new cities and countries. I’m hoping they too will have found this decade fantastic.