Because Erica did it and I thought it was an interesting idea, I thought I'd do it, too, in my own special way. In the interest of hoping some of you don't make the same mistakes I did, here are some things I learned in 2010, in no particular order or level of quality:
- It's easier than you think to steal a catalytic converter from a Toyota 4Runner.
- It is possible to overcome time zone changes with coffee and Diet Coke, but not for three different time zones in five days.
- Californians lose 30 points of IQ when they have a ballot put in their hands.
- Emails that have the subject line "Quick question" always contain a question that takes 30 seconds to read but seventeen painful hours to answer.
- Sedona is insanely beautiful, and helicopter rides are
- Rock climbing is really fun and really, really hard your first time doing it. Oh, and it's 90% legs and 10% everything else.
- Using an iPad and wireless keyboard not only gets bigger word count, but it also gets you noticed by strangers at Peet's.
- Nederland (CO) is a place I would really like to visit again.
- Some high school classmates don't change at all in 25 years, and others are unrecognizable. Sometimes that's good, and sometimes... not so much.
- If you carry a FREE HUGS sign at an amusement park, most people will aggressively ignore you.
- If you hug the hottie carrying the FREE HUGS sign at the amusement park, your momentary embarrassment will be far outweighed by the blissful karma you gain.
- Des Moines, unexpectedly, is not a place that makes me think I must escape immediately.
- Being a Senior Vice President is pretty cool.
- Tornado warnings may usually pass without incident, but one is enough for me, thanks.
- It is possible to be #1 in something and still not win the "best of" award.