Well, it looks as I have been lax for quite some time, I really must thank Microsoft for keeping these sites available for people even when I am off-line from it for so long.
 
Anyway 2008 certainly was a busy and very changing year for me. Janice and I made several trips
 
 

Caribbean, Manitoulin, PEI x 2.  I finally started to make my Jeep look like what I really want with the new tires and wheels. 

 
But for all of that it doesn’t explain the Title that I have entered: "Year of Change".  Why such a title? Well, funny enough it didn’t really hit me until December of this year just how revolutionary 2008 was for me.  Many people point out 40 as being the center of life, but I think that history may show me that 35 is a true water shed for me. 
 
1) I am getting old.  I hate to say it, but I have never been sicker this year on several occasions than I can ever remember; food poisoning, a horrible case of strep throat and finally at the end of the year a torn oblique muscle.  Now don’t get me wrong, there are still a lot of years ahead, but this is the first year of my life that I feel I need to start and "take care of myself".  Damn it.
 
2) My job, most people would know that I am pretty much a workaholic (a family trat it seems) and work for a small outfit which used to be know as Cyence.  Over the years, I have moved through various positions that to company needed filled as Developer, Consultant, Software Architect to Manager (Wow there are days where I wish that I was still Developer dude).  And over that time I have watched the company grow and spasm from about 20 people up to its current size of over 120.  But alas, all good things must come to an end and Cyence was purchased by another company called Filogix.  Don’t get me wrong here Filogix has been very good so far and I think that will continue, but I find myself starting to bump against the very bureaucratic things I despised in my early 20’s working with TD Bank and the HRM.  Not sure if this means anything as that was a long time ago, but it is something to think about.
 
3) Finally the real shock of the year came in October.  For the first time since 1982, someone very near to me died and to top it off, I will have a memorable 35th birthday standing at a funeral on a cool autumn afternoon watching a casket lowered into the ground.  I think the biggest part for me is that is was pretty unexpected, not that once you get into your 70’s it can’t just happen at any time, but I certainly had expectations of several more good years.  God bless nanny.
 
Well, 2009 certainly is looking up so far and I can only hope that it continues so, but we must always keep the eye out for realism to kick in.
 
“A heart well prepared for adversity in bad times hopes, and in good times fears for a change in fortune.” – Horace