I don’t know about you (as I barely even know about me) but 2007 was a pretty big year. I got hired at Loma Linda and got promoted to the ridiculously long title of Assistant to the Chair of Pharmaceutical Sciences. I love where I work. It’s a community environment and I love the college atmosphere and since I ran out of ways to figure out how to be a student, this is about as close as I can get to it. The work varies from day to day. Some days I sit at my desk and do expense reports and filing (mind you I do this while listening to the muppets on my ipod) and some days I’m at conferences all over the country…..and some days I have to figure out how to ship freeze-dried penguin liver samples to Vancouver (FedEx was not enthusiastic about that). I got married! I married my best friend and she is ludicrously awesome. I hate listening to other people gush about how awesome their significant other is, but mine is better than yours so you can just sleep easy knowing that. Marriage is awesome, hard, maddening, and wonderful often within the same hour. I attribute all success in mine to my wife. I would have divorced myself from myself in my teens had the option and technology existed. I’m a step-dad too! I suck at that! I mean I’m really, really, really bad at it. You can ask my step-children! Granted, parenting-wise, they are pretty much done but as a relief pitcher in the ninth inning of their childhood, I am throwing metaphorical fastballs over the catcher’s head. This, along with a possible onset of whatever type of maturity I will ever attain, convinced me that though I thought I really wanted kids one day and I’d be a great dad…..that I wouldn’t. I just wouldn’t. I’m too impatient. I’m not giving enough. A child should be the center of everything a parent does and I can’t do that. I’m not equipped. Those of you doing it. Kudos. I respect it tremendously. I’ve always said though that if you can’t do that, you have no business having children. I can’t….so I won’t. Now this wasn’t so much a biological option in my marriage before, but we’d discussed adoption and other things and this was the year I let it go. It’s not my role. My brother plans on cranking out 12 so I’ll be a great uncle, but not a father. I don’t merit that. Ok that got very heavy, so let’s move back to the wacky. I traveled a lot in 2007! I hit somewhere around 20 states….17 of them in five days with my brother on a 2000 mile madness trek that we’ll be talking about when we’re geriatric. I got a Xbox 360, which may not seem like a life changing event, but ask my wife. It’s in our family photos. Me, the step-kids, the dogs, and the xbox. Overall, 2007 was pivotal in my life for a lot of reasons. There have been long stretches of very hard times, but a lot of very amazing blessings, and chiefly a wonderful wife. God shepherded me through another year. Bring on 2008!
PS-Let’s all sit back and note that this is the SECOND consecutive year I did not drive a car through my house. I feel a trend!!!
This year sucked. I honestly can’t recall a year in my life that was so blah at the movies. Now, I haven’t seen all the year-end releases yet, and I’m still hoping that I see one movie worthy of a Best Picture Oscar. But, since I am bored and the new year approaches, here in order of release are the films I’m looking forward to in 2008. I’m sure others will come along and surprise me, but these are ones I’m already hyped about from trailers or source material.
- The Bucket List January 11 Morgan Freeman & Jack Nicholson….COME ON!!
- Cloverfield January 18 I have no clue what this is, but the trailers have sold me, plus its JJ Abrams
- Jumper February 8 Could be really cool SciFi, but contains the Samuel Jackson X factor…..
- Semi-Pro February 29 Will Ferrell is on a hot streak, Blades of Glory was great this year.
- 21 March 28 Adapted from Ben Mezrich’s awesome book “Bringing Down the House”
- Iron Man May 2 PLEASE, GOD, LET A MARVEL MOVIE BE GOOD
- Narnia: Prince Caspian May 16 Possibly the best trailer I’ve seen all year, I cannot wait to go back to Narnia.
- Indiana Jones 4 May 22 I really, really want this to be good….and I really, really doubt it will be
- Incredible Hulk June 13 They can’t make TWO godawful movies about the Hulk in a row…..can they?
- Get Smart June 20 Steve Carrell in an update of one of my favorite TV shows ever.
- WALL-E June 27 Pixar. Period.
- Hancock July 2 All Will Smith movies that open Independence Day weekend are required viewing.
- Hellboy 2 July 11 YES! I like Hellboy. Shut up. Could be a great year for comic book movies…..
- The Dark Knight July 18 I haven’t anticipated a movie this much since Lord of the Rings, BATMAN BABY!!!
- The X-Files 2 July 25 When this series was good, it was amazing….it was also very NOT amazing at times
- Step Brothers July 25 See aforementioned Will Ferrell comments (note: must re-watch Anchorman)
- Punisher: War Zone September 12 Better casted Punisher, new direction…..eh, maybe?
- Valkyrie October 3 I will see anything Bryan Singer directs, plus they try to kill Hitler so everyone wins
- Body of Lies October 10 Ridley Scott directs DiCaprio and Crowe
- 007 (Bond 22) November 7 Casino Royale was one of my favorite movies of last year, need more Bond!
- Harry Potter 6 November 21 Best book in the series. Best movie?
- Star Trek XI December 25 JJ Abrams reboots Trek
- Killing Pablo December 31 From the bestselling author of Blackhawk Down
- Coraline December 31 Creepy children’s fable by Neil Gaiman
- Time Traveler’s Wife December 31 Best book I’ve read in the last four years……can it be a good movie?
Lots to look forward to in 2008. Hopefully the franchise movies perform better than their 2007 counterparts.
I am aware, in the same way I’m aware that I owe Visa a lot of money, that I should be updating this frequently. Somehow I manage to go weeks without doing anything on here. Shame on me. I’m personally abashed. I’ve abashed myself. That should please you all.
Lots happened recently. Jan and I went and saw the Trans Siberian Orchestra in Anaheim. If you’ve never seen TSO, you are-and I mean this kindly-an incomplete, malformed half-person. They play Christmas music…but they play it the way Air Supply would have if they were better. Oh and there’s explosions. I can’t get in the holiday mood without TSO.
As part of my burdensome job I was forced, FORCED, mind you, to go to Las Vegas for five days to aid with the ASHP Midyear Convention at The Venetian. The Venetian is a ridiculously lavish hotel/casino with an Italian theme. Clearly I did not stay there. My wife is French. I stayed at Paris-a ridiculously lavish hotel/casino with a French theme. This was part of my job. What else has my job forced me to do lately? Well the Dean took the whole staff to lunch in a hummer limo. Barbara Bush came to campus for a talk and I went to represent my department. Yeah, so clearly I’m just snowed under with burdensome and onerous tasks as the holidays approach. Oh shoot, I forgot to mention that instead of a Christmas party we went as a school to see Cirque de Soliel. And, yes, I’m fully aware how obnoxious I’m being, but most of you work for the federal government and get Arbor Day off so I have to get my digs in where I can.
Here we are only one week from Christmas. This is my first Christmas totally without visiting with my family, so that’s kind of odd. Both that I’m 28 and it’s the first time it’s happening and also that traditions and things that are normally part of my holidays aren’t there this year. But Jan and I are making our own traditions (did you READ the TSO paragraph???)and that’s exciting too. To you and yours, happy holidays and a very merry Christmas!