Tag: anniversaries

Happy Anniversary, Jen and Jason!

Yes, today is the two-year wedding anniversary of he11o_sunshine and stubiebrother and writing those words makes me realize just how quickly time is flying by. Two years already? Jen and Jason spent a romantic weekend in Mystic, Connecticut to celebrate their anniversary.


Hope you had a great weekend, and a great day today. Looking forward to seeing you in a couple of weeks.

13 years

Today is my 13 year anniversary at the company where I work. It sounds like a lot, but I know people who’ve been here a lot longer than I have. In fact, I know several people who’ve worked here over 30 years and a handful that have worked here over 40 years! These days, it seems “old school” to stay in a job for more than a few years (at least in the IT industry, and at least based on the resumes I see from time-to-time). But there are quite a few people who I’ve come up with that are still around, and that must say something about the place we work. I think it also says a lot about the people we work with.

What is strange is that this is only the 4th job I’ve ever held in my life. My first job, when I turned 16 was working in a stationary store. My second time, which I took during my senior year in high school, was working for a pharmacy. My third job, throughout my college career, was working in the dorm cafeteria. And finally, this job, which I started only a few months after graduating from college. All told, I’ve been working for 19 years now, but the vast majority of those years have been here.

After I’d worked here 5 years, I remember wondering if I’d still be here 5 years hence. So it is no surprise to learn that after working here 13 years, I sit here wondering if I will still be here 13 years hence. They year will be 2020. What changes will have taken place in the world in the course of those 13 years? What changes will have taken place in my life? I’ll be 48 years old (or 48 years of age, as my Grandpa would say). It will be interesting then to look back on this blog entry and see what has changed.

In the meantime, happy anniversary to me!

62nd anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima

Today, August 6, marks the 62nd anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. I have read 3 books on the history of the atomic bomb, those involved in building it, and those involved in trying to prevent its proliferation thereafter. It gives me a bit of hope that in the 62 years since Hiroshima and Nagasaki, governments have been smart enough not to use them in anger again. And while no one can say for sure that they won’t be used again (whether by sovereign nation or terrorist group), restraint seems much the way it would be in a 12-step program. You take it one day at a time, steadily building a history and before you know it, you’ve got 62 years sober.

5 years in the Washington area

Today, August 1, 2007, marks the 5-year anniversary of my time in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area. In some ways, the time has zoomed by. Nevertheless, though I arrived in the D.C. area a few days before August 1, 2002, it was not until August 1 that I had my first official day of work in this office, and since August 1 is a nice, round number, I use it as my official anniversary date.

On an interesting note, during these past five years, I’ve never driven my car into the office–a striking difference when compared to the 8 years of constant commuting from Studio City to Santa Monica. Whereas I was driving around 16,000 miles/year in L.A., I have averaged 6,000 miles/year here in the D.C. area.

A renewal of vows

Posted at about 5:30 PM local time, on July 9

Mom and Dad had their vow-renewal ceremony this afternoon before dinner. We all got dressed up and then met outside the chapel at 5:30 PM. Jen and Jason had just finished up their couple’s massage and they had to rush to get dressed, but they were up to the chapel on time, and in fact, we were able to start a few minutes early.

The ceremony was brief, but private, with the ship’s captain presiding over it. I video-recorded the whole thing on my camera and the entire ceremony lasted 3-1/2 minutes but it was really very nice. After, we went back to my parents suite to have some champagne.

Graduation donation

I graduated from University of California, Riverside 13 years ago today. I have only the vaguest memories of my graduation ceremony, but I do remember how hot it was. (In fact, the graduation scene at the opening of my soon-to-be-appearing story “When I Kissed the Learned Astronomer” comes from memories of my own graduation.)

A few months back, I mentioned that my June/July donation would be a combined donation to UCR. Since it is close to July and since today marks a nice anniversary date, I am preparing to send the donation out today. I’m giving my school $400 this year. I’m directing that $300 of it go to the Creative Writing department and that $100 go to the Political Science department. Granted, I was a political science major and a creative writing minor, it is the creative writing part of my work that I am most proud of at this point and I probably would have given up on it were it not for the encouragement of some of the professors in that department.

This brings my total donations for the first half of 2007 to $1,165, which is not as much as I wish it could be, but is still better than what I did last year.

Happy 11th anniversary Rich and Tricia!

Rich and Tricia (dear friends from college) celebrate their 11th wedding anniversary today. I was Rich’s best man in their wedding (the second time I’d performed that duty) and going back to my diary entry from 11 years ago today, it is one the longest entries that I’ve got, taking up nearly 4 pages of small print. (It was the first Catholic wedding I’d ever been to, the services of which are notoriously long, and so perhaps my diary mirrored the wedding in that respect.)

I can’t believe that it’s been 11 years! It means that this coming September, I will have known Rich and Tricia (and Dan and Megan) for 17 years! Incredible!



Isaac Asimov died on April 6, 1992, which was fifteen years ago today. Fifteen years! It seems like an impossibly long time, especially when I am deep into his autobiography (he is only 13 years old at this point) which reads as if he is talking to me.

The anniversary of Isaac Asimov’s death is also the anniversary of my diary, which is 11 years old today. I’ve been keeping a diary now for just about one-third of my life, and at this time next year, it will be exactly one-third of my life. Of course, for the last 16 months, my diary has been entirely online, this blog, and what you see is what you get. My paper diaries were not much different, if only somewhat more boring than what appears online.

Of course, it being an anniversary day has got me thinking about various milestones and events and I would expect to see some posts relating to these things throughout the day. For instance, it occurred to me as I waited for the train this morning (while it was snowing!) that a few days ago, April 3, was the 7th anniversary of the day on which I got my pilot’s license. So proud was I of that feat that I have carried that license with me every day since, even though the last time I flew an airplane was back in 2001. Today will be the last day. It’s falling apart and I’ve decided that, pride not withstanding, there is no practical reason for me to carry it around anymore.