’05 retrospective (personal)

So, now I’m looking back over 2005 from my own standpoint. It was a busy, eventful year.

Last January I buckled down and began eating healthy in order to lose weight. That was enormously successful—and satisfying—as I lost 40 pounds. So far I’ve kept it off, and plan to keep it off. My next goal in this vein should be to get into shape; yes, I’ve lost the weight, but I definitely need to start exercising. Realistic? Knowing me, it could go either way.

Also last January I narrowly missed being selected for a jury. Of the one week I was on call for jury duty, I only got called in that first day, and ultimately wasn’t selected. It was the first time I’d ever had jury duty.

I wrote about it, but I didn’t get fired for blogging.

Memorial Day weekend, I put together a playground. Almost. I find it notable because I think it’s the largest thing I’ve ever built.

It was a year for travel. We made it to Portland a few times, but our big trips were the Alaskan cruise and our week in Florida.

The cruise vacation marked not only the first time I’d been on a cruise, but also the first time in Canada and Alaska. That was quite a trip: we drove to Vancouver, B.C., stopping to visit friends in the Seattle area each way. And Alaska was amazing… I’d definitely go back.

Florida was flat and humid. The trip was worth it, though, and we made it out ahead of Hurricane Wilma.

I also did an overnight trip to Walla Walla, Washington, for work. First time there, too; I rather liked it, except for going during the hottest part of the summer.

I lost my cat. That was one of the hardest, worst things to happen in many years.

And, we got a new cat. A kitten, actually. That’s fine, I don’t really have an opinion on it one way or another, it is what it is. Better a cat than a dog, though. I’m so not a dog person.

’05 retrospective (historical)

Looking back on some of the historical events of 2005. For some reason, it seemed to me to be an interesting year for centennial events also.


  • The Huygens probe landed on Titan (Saturn’s moon).
  • One Pope died and a new Pope was selected.
  • Deep Throat’s identity was revealed.
  • Hurricane Katrina destroyed much of New Orleans, Bixoli, and the Gulf Coast. It was an unusually dense and destructive year for tropical storms.
  • Civil unrest hit France in the Paris suburbs.
  • A 7.6-magnitude earthquake stuck the Kashmir region in Northern Pakistan, killing nearly 90,000 people.
  • NASA more-or-less successfully launched a projectile into a comet for study.

Centennial notes (1905):

  • Einstein published his Special Theory of Relativity.
  • Bend, Oregon became officially incorporated.
  • Las Vegas was founded.

Bicentennial notes (1805):

  • Lewis and Clark arrived and wintered at the Pacific Ocean.
  • The Battle of Trafalgar: Admiral Nelson defeats a combined French and Spanish naval fleet.
  • Napoleon, meanwhile, soundly defeats the Russians and Austrians at the Battle of Austerlitz.

Obviously I’m only touching on a very, very abbreviated list. A good one to review (and getting better each day) is Wikipedia’s 2005 page. But, I think it’s a decent touchpoint to start with, and it definitely stimulates the thinking. At any rate, those are some of the first things I thought of or stood out to me when I was looking back at 2005.

What 2005 events are significant to you?

Recap 2002

Back with the first posting of the New Year, looking back on 2002 and some of its key events for me.

  • 2 weddings; the first in January, of a close family friend. The second in Las Vegas just this last weekend between Christmas and New Years, of my brother.
  • I lost both my grandmothers in the first half of the year, fairly close to one another.
  • My youngest child celebrated his first birthday.
  • My oldest celebrated her third.
  • I myself celebrated my 30th.
  • I changed jobs, in a bit of a rollercoaster few months.
  • A tree fell on my house. (No damage, thankfully.)
  • Some memorable trips, including:
    • The trip to Portland for the first wedding;
    • An anniversary trip to Portland, away from the kids, on a dinner cruise and expensive hotel;
    • A week-long vacation traveling down the Oregon coast;
    • The trip to Las Vegas for my brother’s wedding.

2002. Had to love it.