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I skipped writing this post last year. The reason itself does not matter, though it was likely a combination of frustration for what 2011 had been -- a year for resetting things and handling the last bits of that middle-20s angst. The new year brings with it renewed promises, no matter how empty those may feel 11 or 12 months later. Still, the exercise of chronicling another year in the life remains important to me. I do not have too many regrets to share and perhaps fewer expectations for the new year. So here is 2012, in no particular order:

  • Bought a new car for the first time.
  • Completed my first year with my employer and moved to our new offices near downtown.
  • Visited Ashville, NC for the first time.
  • Was sent a jury summons for the second time since living in Nashville, and still did not serve on a jury.
  • Wrote a handful of letters to the editor on varied topics such as chickens, guns, voting, and dressing up statues.
  • Watched a hockey team advance to the second round again, with the same result as the year prior.
  • Hosted a handful of gatherings centered around West Wing and poker at the apartment.
  • Saw a handful of independent movies at the Belcourt.
  • Made an impromptu trip to Chattanooga and Ruby Falls
  • Watched a concert at the (Nashville) Schermerhorn Symphony Center for the first time.
  • Made a return trip to Chicago.
  • Flew out to San Francisco for a work conference.
  • Bought my first ever set of season tickets to a hockey team that still hasn't played this fall.
  • Bought another set of season tickets for a team that will play in the spring.
  • Ran around downtown in a Santa suit.
  • Played entirely too much NHL 12/13, Minecraft and Civilization V.
  • Ran in far fewer 5K races than I paid for.
  • Went to two weddings for friends from college.
  • Lost in fantasy football again.
  • Went to the Winter Warmer (beer festival) despite tickets selling out within just a few minutes.
  • Finally settled once and for all that my middle name is not just a single letter, despite what a copy of my birth certificate says.
  • Helped re-elect a president and a handful of other campaigns around the state.
  • Made an impromptu visit to Cedar Point to ride roller-coasters nonstop for a day and a half.
  • Visited Washington, DC for the first time.
  • Took a lot of photos on Instagram of beer, hockey and new places.