Thursday, December 31, 2009

That's It for the Aughts

I'm just taking a quick break from celebrating New Year's Eve with Sylvia to take a look back on the '00s, the oh-ohs or the aughts. A lot has happened in the past ten years - the world has been through a lot, tempering some of the optimism of the 90s. But on a personal level, it's been a pretty good decade, so tonight I'm just going to take a moment to reflect on the events that have affected me most since the new millennium began, in no particular order.



















I've written speeches for two Lieutenants-Governor and two Leaders of the Official Opposition.








I left Hole's and started work at the Official Oppositon.












I returned to Leaf Rapids - twice.



















I've seen family and friends enter new relationships and end them; I've seen the children of those friends come into the world or grow steadily older. I've made new friends, lost touch with old friends, reconnected with others.

















I ran for public office against a sitting Premier - and lost handily, but learned much.






































I've travelled to Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Honolulu and Victoria.





































And of course I met and married Sylvia Boucher, certainly my favourite event of the decade.





The aughts may not have been great years for the world, with disasters both natural and manmade causing untold misery. But I'm grateful that the first decade of the 21st century has been very generous to me, and I hope it's been an equally good ten years for you and yours.

See you in 2010.

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