Welcome to 2008!

Well, here we are in 2008! 2007 is simply another score on the board of humanity. Another notch in the belt of maturity. Another 365 tasty days, shaved from the cheddar cheese block of life, placed between the bread of knowledge and fried in the pan of experience. Yes my friends….. 2007 is gone, and as is customary at this serious time when I sit and deeply contemplate what kind of calendar I will hang in my cubicle (will it be “Diapersaurs“, or “Dachsund Puppies“?), I like to take a moment to reflect on the past year, and also to look forward to what the new year promises.

So let’s take a stroll down Ave. 2007 shall we? 2007 was not a bad year at all really. I would characterize the year for me as a kind of continuation year. It was simply a year to continue refining things God had set on my heart during 2006 and even late 2005. I left secular music completely with my exit from South of Shaw. I joined a Christian band called the Alan Yerxa Band. And I began to focus more on being a resource for other guys who have wanted a place to record and develop their ideas. I’ve also continued to meet with my bible study group / band brothers weekly. These were good things for me. They kept me out of trouble and kept me focused on God.

On the home front, Michelle and I had a great time together this year and grew closer than ever. You’d think after 20+ years together we’d be as close as we can be, but that’s not the case in marriage. There are seasons to marriages. Luckily, none of our “winters” have ever been very bad. But never the less, when summer comes around it’s always energizing. We had a fun time together and made a lot of good memories this year.

I also had some really great times with my brother and sister. This is significant because I have not been close to either of them in literally decades. But my sister owns a Harley Soft Tail Classic and my brother bought a cruiser this year as well so this year we had the great opportunity to go on some rides together and get reacquainted. I gotta say that was probably the highlight of my year.

Alright so what’s ahead in 2008? Wow, this is going to be a year of milestones. What do I mean by that? Well first off, I hit 40 years old this year. That’s a big one, but don’t even start with the “one foot in the grave” jokes alright? We’ll have none of that. 40 is just a number and honestly, I’m in better shape and more active than I was at 30 or even 25. So step off, punk!

This year Michelle and I will also celebrate our 20 year marriage anniversary. That’s a long time isn’t it? It blows me away. We actually don’t even like each other any more but we’re sticking in there just to collect presents again on our 25th anniversary. Alright, I’m totally kidding, we’re more in love than ever… but you should start thinking about a gift anyway.

Lastly, my kid will celebrate her sweet 16 this year. Which probably is the most frightening thing I’ll face all year. On this subject, I have nothing more to say, except that if you’re male and single and know my daughter, I hope you own a bullet proof vest.

So three major lifetime events in one year should help keep it interesting. I’m hoping to have some other adventures too though. I’m headed to Africa very soon which will no doubt be absolutely incredible. I’m also planning to climb Mt. Shasta in the spring (assuming I get back from Africa in one piece) and of course there will be plenty of adventures on the motorcycle as well. I’ve taken it to most of California now, so I’d like to venture further north or east this year. But most of all, I want to do more for other people this year. If anything has been placed on my heart this year, it’s to reach out and help those in need.

So here’s looking forward to the new year! If you do nothing else this year, stay tuned to this blog… I mean, where else can you see life’s experience analogized to a grilled cheese sandwich?

I pray that God blesses this year for all of us!