I turn 35 on Tuesday, June 11. When I started this blog, I was a few months from 31. Over the last 4 years, this world (me included) has changed quite a bit.
4 years ago, the Iphone was revolutionizing the phone industry and becoming a thorn in the side of the popular Blackberry.
4 years ago, asking for a cider at a bar got you a Strongbow, if you were lucky. I was introduced to Crispin that summer.
4 years ago, I hadn’t heard of celiac disease…or gluten.
4 years ago, my daughter was going into 1st grade in fall. This year, she’ll be in 5th.
4 years ago, I was running 3 miles a run, three to four times a week. Now, I’m lifting 3-4 times per week and running 6 minutes per workout.
4 years ago, my grandfather died. I am still discovering what a great man he was.
4 years ago, I visited my friend Kris and his wife Amy in Nebraska. No one should ever consume as much scotch in one night as I did.
4 years ago, I was unhappy in my career with Northern Tool. Now, I’m with my current company and I love it.
4 years ago, I was answering mainly advice from an overwhelming number of readers. Now, I’ve scaled the advice back and I’m getting more requests for product reviews, and I have time to be more introspective.
4 years ago, I’d never heard of Amazon Kindle. Now, I’ve published a handful of books there.
4 years ago, I spent most of the year dating. This year, I’ll be married.
4 years ago, a gallon of gas was $2.73 on average. An average new house cost $280,000 (it’s about $185,000 now).
4 years ago, Michael Jackson died.
4 years ago, a Harry Potter movie was the top selling movie of the year. I’m going to bet that this year it’s Iron Man 3…or The Man of Steel (this year’s Superman flick).
4 years ago, H1N1 was a big deal.
4 years ago, netbooks were a big deal. Ipads hit in 2010.
4 years ago, I had more hair on my head..but not much.
4 years ago, I wasn’t a homeowner. Now, I’m moving to house number two this month.
4 years ago, I’d never cried at a movie. This year, I saw “ Extremely Close and Incredibly Loud” and broke that record because the boy reminded me of my daughter.
4 years ago, my radio DJ job had been done for a year. The station turned to a crap format of 70-80’s love songs. Now it’s a crap Sports Talk format.
4 years ago, I didn’t know about any of you. Look where we are all now.
Thanks for being such loyal readers over the years, whether you’re a new one or long time reader. You are all amazing and I am glad I could share this journey with you.