Y'know, it's going to be pretty hard to top 2013. As years go, it was pretty amazing - new (dream) job, getting the hell out of Massachusetts, did I mention that job again? Sure, there were rough spots - despite the awesomeness of getting away from the Nanny state, there's a lot of family and friends left behind, and I'm missing everyone terribly. Fortunately, this is a pretty good day and age to be in, and through the magic of Al Gore's intarwebs we've been keeping in touch pretty well.
The oppressive Nanny State is a place I will only visit; the gun laws heaped upon the good people of Massachusetts will no longer personally affect me (I ordered a new Ruger 25 round magazine for my 10/22 BECAUSE 'MURICA). I'll still keep tabs on the other Commonwealth, if for no other reason than solidarity with the folks left behind. It is rather striking how many of us have left: Bruce, Borepatch, Lissa, Andrew, myself... I'm sure there are many others, and countless more I either haven't heard about or simply forgotten.
But this is about the New Year, and the year immediately preceding it. For the first half of the year (really the first 2/3s), it was shaping up pretty much like every other year; uneventful, placid even. Then, well, it got kicked into high gear - turned up to 11, as they say - and things have been on rocket speed ever since. I changed my job, my career, and my residence in the span of four months, all to take my shot at doing what I love as a full-time gig. And managed to escape to freedom along the way...
What 2014 may hold remains to be seen. I'm hoping it will continue to rock out loud, and as I get more and more comfortable with the new gig I'm sure things will start to click into place more and more. I'm excited about going to SHOT Show in under two weeks as credentialed press - for the first time ever, I won't have to use vacation time to cover SHOT! I don't know exactly what the future will hold, but I'm looking forward to finding out.
What's your 2014 look like from the second day in?
That is all.