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February 16th, 2004

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09:35 am - The Year in Review
I got email from LJ yesterday telling me that my account was set to expire on the 25th. Its been a whole year on LJ. This last year has been particularly huge for me. A lot of things have changed, so I thought I'd do a year in review.

The Highlights


I started out the year with an excellent Suzuki SV650S. It is a sportbike, and I found myself doing a lot more cruising and distance riding, so I switched to a better suited bike, the Yamaha FZ1. What I would like to have is the drool-worthy Yamaha FJR 1300. I have other priorities at the moment though, so the FZ1 will be fine for the forseeable future.


I started working at ITA Software, Inc. This is a stable, profitable company, and I'm working with cool people. I think I'll be here for quite a while.


Even though I have a job, I'm continuing to take College classes online via Umass Lowell Cybered. I plan to finish a degree, not because it will do anything for me at work, or I plan to get another job, but because I really feel like having it, just for me. And there are a bunch of cool classes I can take. I plan to tune up my ability to program, despite being lazy.


I have broken my habit of toymeistering. I used to be a giant gadgeteer, and there was no way they could come out with an iPod or Handspring or Cellphone without me being the first kid on the block with one. I still like these things, but I just don't feel the need for them that I used to.

Deviated Septum Surgery

I had septoplasty just recently to remove a deviated septum. Although the full effect should not be apparenty until another few weeks, I'm already sleeping through the night without waking up, and I have more energy in the morning, so my sleep cycle is more restful.

*drum roll please...*

Cochlear Implant Surgery!

Cochlear Implant Surgery has really given me back so much of my life. I love my Auria.

I can:

  • Talk to strangers.
  • Talk to people I know with accents.
  • Talk on the phone!
  • Listen to the radio.
  • Hear Alarms, Buzzers, Bells, and Whistles.
  • Hear much more music.

If you haven't been hearing impaired, you just can't know how much this really is. To this day, people who are close to me are just stunned at how much difference there is.

Well, that about wraps it up. I hope this comes through fine, as I'm posting with Semagic for the first time.

(6 comments | Speak your mind)


Date:February 16th, 2004 03:24 pm (UTC)
Glad it's been a good year for you. Hope this year will be great too :)
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Date:February 17th, 2004 12:19 pm (UTC)


Yeah, this year I hope to add to it!
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Date:February 17th, 2004 12:20 pm (UTC)


I know. Right now I'm banking everythign for a downpayment, but maybe I should lower my housing expectations... nah!

Impact on my life is huge. My everyday interactions are so changed. I clearly and directly credit it with getting me my job.
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Date:February 18th, 2004 02:51 am (UTC)
wow, that' a hell of a year!

so... if your account is going to expire... i mean... you're not dropping off lj, are you?
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Date:February 18th, 2004 02:28 pm (UTC)


It was a big year for me.

When your paid accounts expire, they just turn into free accounts. But I went and paid for another year, because I like the LJ service.

I'm not going anywhere!

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