2019: The Year in Review

2019 was a transition year – 2020 will sure be interesting

2019 was a major year of transitions for me – at work, exercise, playing music and even in Ham Radio. The transition from 2018 to 2019 was rough – but I guess in some way it motivated me to keep forging ahead.

Several new significant things happened in 2019

In many ways, as probably is the case every year – what we do sometimes goes through a “gestation period”. At work – it took two years and now I find myself in a new great position with some irony – the new CCPA regulation drives a lot of what I have been doing. It has gone from me working on projects that were more “nice to have” to Priority 1 or being imperative. In this case, I was exactly at the right place at the right time. That’s something that can’t be engineered (per se). Not only did I complete my Data Catalog projects and designs, I’m finishing the year almost done designing the next wave of Data Warehouse – one that is heavily influenced by the Data Catalog and CCPA. This will no doubt keep me a valuable employee and marketable – something you have to always work at in IT.

I started seriously lifting weights, and that has been just wonderful. I find it a partial antidote to aging. Yeah, its been that helpful – physically and mentally.

Playing guitar again has been great – I’m exercising a part of me that has been dormant for almost 30 years. Its a welcome new addition to my life.

After floundering around looking for something to keep me in the Ham Radio hobby – QRP DX is THE winner. I have a great appreciation for Vintage gear – but that wasn’t the thing I was really looking for. I also re-introduced the AB-577 and KX-3 back into my hobby. Finding out that my CW sending is much better with a single lever paddle was really something.

Melting Icicles

I also got back into photography a little more seriously than I had been. I have been finding using different parts of the brain helps the other parts. For example, the creative helps the logical. I’m learning they are not necessarily mutually exclusive – but counter play and counter balance each other.

Politically its been the absolute weirdest year I’ve ever witnessed – but I do believe in Karma and that “Assholes Undo Themselves”. I have also found that while I don’t want to bury my head in the sand – I need to limit my time reading or watching the circus that the clowns are putting on for us in Washington.

Where late 2018 felt like a “tearing down” of many things – this year has felt like a “building up” of many things.

I like this way to end the year much better. Its been a great year, and I look forward to 2020 – its going to be busy and exciting.

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