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2018 Items: An accounting of things in no particular order

Memorable things I did

Dug into a new role at the j-o-b job

Traveled to Carbondale, Colorado for a good friend’s wedding and was inspired to think of friendship and fishing

Went to Disneyland

Took my son to a lot of swimming lessons and saw him improve day by day

Breakfasts at the Tourist Home and dinners at the Whisk and Whiskey.

The Josh Ritter concert in Flagstaff, a magical night

Almost, almost finished a remodel of our bathroom (soon, please)

Tools and things I used, and my own self-hosted micropub and media endpoints for email

My Xbox Elite controller (freshly repaired!)

Libby, which opened up ebooks and audiobooks from my library in such a great way.

My Lamy Safari All-Black and Monteverde Sapphire

My Nike Metcons. According to Runkeeper I racked up 137 workouts in these. Might be time for a new pair. (41 spins in my Shimano Click’rs)

Ishtar Commander, Discord, and for my Destiny 2 community

[Fish shell](fish shell

Leuchtterm 1917 dotted journal, the first journal I have actually maintained for coming up on a full year.

Last year’s original iPhone X, and by the way I remain completely satisfied (even delighted, still) by my first gen Face ID.

My 13-year old Patagonia Half Mass shoulder bag

A good soft, warm wool cap from Ibex, a company that has since gone out of business but which also made my favorite cool-weather shirts.

A rolling adoption and then abandonment, a couple times each, of spacemacs, org-mode, and OneNote for work note taking and organizing.

Cartel Coffee’s espresso series

jq: For all my json parsing, API-crunching needs

Things I enjoyed reading, listening to and playing

Waypoint and its surrounding ecosystem of podcasts and forums were the best things for me to listen to and hang out with this year, for lots more than gaming.

Pop Culture Happy Hour

Track Changes, the Postlight podcast, consistently has observations and insights that reflect on my own life in a big enterprise.

All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr, was the best book I read last year. Also Lands of Lost Borders, by Kate Harris.

Frank Turner and Josh Ritter, whose music always finds ways to get me. Plus lots of old and new music on my turntable.

Destiny 2, still my hobby game and pastime

Other notable games include some Fortnite, Forza Horizon 4, Ashen, Into the Breach, and Celeste.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was just so spectacular (as are the great reserved seats at our new theater)