Saturday, January 2, 2010

The decade that was

On New Year’s Eve 1999, I went to a party. It was held by a guy from school—not a close friend, but a fellow band member with whom I had numerous mutual friends. I don’t remember how I ended up there. All I remember is watching “Good Morning, Vietnam.” At 11:30, I was bored and went home. I rang in the millennium in my pjs, with my family, and was asleep by 12:15.

A lot has happened since then.

2000: With my family, went abroad for the first time to Austria, Germany, and Liechtenstein and developed a taste for travel.
2001: Graduated from high school; started college; met Jules, Michael, and Ashley
2002: Apparently nothing happened in 2002. That I can remember.
2003: Picked a major (and a minor)
2004: Spent semester in London; met Ed, Val, J, Annie, and Karen; was offered an internship that that would turn into a career; traveled around England and to Ireland, France, and Italy
2005: Graduated from college; got my first (paid) job—financial independence!
2006: Got promoted
2007: Bought a car; moved into my own apartment
2008: Quit a job and started a new one
2009: Got promoted

A lot happened over the last ten years, but the thing that has stuck with me most is that in the 00s, I met the people who would become my second family—some here in D.C. and some not near enough.

On New Year’s Eve 2009, I made chili, watched the Vols lose their bowl game, and then walked to Ed & Val’s apartment. With them and J and Heather, we played Scrabble and Apples-to-Apples, watched Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin, and toasted the new year. Not a bad way to start the new decade.

1 comment:

  1. I did not see this post till today! I thought it went from Holiday miscellany to New Year's Cop Out. That was such a fun surprise. I like how you had ten years of stuffs- cute idea. I was thinking about what mine would be and several are overlaps. As for 2002, wasn't that the year we lived in bunkbeds and had eleventy billion fire alarms? And also I pushed your bonbon up through the mattress? That's all I got.