Hey you, twenty-twenty-two. What a nice name for a year. We’re now deep enough in the “twenties” that we can start calling them the “twenties.” Maybe we could call these coming years the “Roaring “20s,” yeah, that has a nice ring to it.
Because we’re all about standards here, below in the approved ISO format, you can see that last year I…
-Learned Python (along with pygame, django, bootstrap, plotly, matplotlib, and more libraries)
Made two simple games in Python
Almost completed course 7 of 7 in Google’s UX Certificate course
Almost learned to ride a unicycle (so close, check back in a month!)
Built some storage shelves for my woodworking room, finally completing the “dream shop”
Built a floor-to-ceiling-tension-held standing desk which is home to my first mechanical keyboard (click clack!)
Went back to Canada for the first time in half a decade. Consumed varying servings of nanaimo bars, espresso, brownies, green onion cakes, donairs, bánh mì, jalebi, various food from the Philippines, and other legal Canadian products.
Continued the now ultra famous totorotuesday project, now over 100 unique Totoros
Swam in the ocean countless times with our family, all adorned in wetsuits (even at 2.5 years old!)
Installed a “top tube seat” on my 2008 Gary Fisher Rig: the best upgrade so far, as the passenger has new found agency on direction, speed and destination as well as mid-ride conversations
Saw two sharks on the west coast while snorkeling in November (first sharks I’ve ever seen!)
Played with a giant stick-bug that my daughter’s friends found on her very first river-side bug hunt
Got back into mountain biking after an 11 year hiatus. Hiked up and rode down a half-dozen different mountains, rode the Olympic MTB course, almost finished building a brand new secret trail
Bought a 2018 fully rigid steel 27+ hardtail with hydraulic discs. Hands down, the most fun bicycle I’ve ever owned (Giant ATX 890, Kona Stuff, Giant AC, Giant Reign, Brodie Hellion, Giant Reign, Giant cyclo-cross something, Giant STP Lenosky, Giant Fixer, probably more…. Wow that’s a lot of giants)
Helped kickstart the fun Solarpunk Futures card game, which I recommend if you want a conversation based game (as opposed to luck or strategy)
Flew a kite, as did my daughter; she even blew on the high-in-the-sky kite to give it more lift (how awesome is that?)
Actually tried to take up running as I used to do, but it didn’t stick
Successfully pranked my wife by surprising her with a long-time friend visiting from overseas, as is tradition
Found my watch after not looking for nearly 3 years
Finished reading Yoshino’s “How do you live?” now officially Ghibli’s next movie (recommend!)
Hosted a Christmas party complete with boar curry, Mac and cheese, and capsule toys for all guests.
Spent 2 nights in kawane-honcho, relaxing in onsens, making mochi, and seeing the starriest night-sky in mainland Japan.
Surfed on December 27 with my lovely wife.
Forgot my favorite red jacket at the beach and came back 5 days later… it was still there!