Another year is almost over! As fast as Christmas Letters get received it seems it's time to write another. This year, unsurprisingly, my family's Christmas letter regaled the lives of everyone far too equally and so once again I feel the need to evaluate my own year more thoroughly and schizophrenically.
The main money winning Brad this year was employment Brad who learnt many things about himself and the corporate world during 2007. These were important things, like the best places in town for coffee. Or how to take credit for the good work done by people in India while also blaming them when things went wrong. The first eight months were all about finishing the project started almost 2 years ago. After finishing it, and failing to implement it and finishing it again the whole department was pretty chuffed. Fortunately it seems everything Employment Brad contributed to the project has been working flawlessly and he hasn't been asked a single question about data replication since winter. With that behind him he now works in a job that lets him introduce himself to people as an "Applications Server Management Support Technician" which gets panties dropping. Based on the amount of training scheduled on Application Server for the coming months it seems likely that there will be plenty more panty dropping in the near future. Especially seeing that the only other source of income this year was a miserly 0ish dollars won by Gambling Brad on sports betting and Blackjack.
Academic Brad took notes from his younger brother Employment Brad by also achieving a long term goal at the half way stage of the year. We are pleased to announce that from June he had completed his Bachelor of Innovation and Enterprise in the fields of Science and Technology (another sexy title) and his second degree in four point five years was over. The endless months of studying are now done with, much to his deep disappointment.
Sports Brad is now the most regular visitor to the university. Not for study, although he did learn a set of Tai Chi during the rainy months, but usually to work out or sit on a bike as his shorts creep slowly up his arse. It has been a long 12 months for Sports Brad, starting with the long recovery from the spinal disc he ruptured in 2006. The first few months of 2007 were full of continuing physiotherapy, Pilates, walking and awkward doorframe stretches. Since then he has slowly progressed beyond therapy to return to lifting weights and playing basketball. We are all very proud of him. While sporting achievements were limited this year, with yet another round of making the finals comfortably then being knocked out, there were a few pinnacles. The first being the highly successful BULKTEMBER which taught Sports Brad as well as a lot of other people many interesting facts about nutrition and fitness. He also capped the year off by playing six games of social basketball during one day during a Christmas basketball carnival, which plainly was just giving the finger to last summer's Sports Brad who couldn't even play in one. Sports Brad has also started training with a district basketball team to hopefully play competitively next year and to gain some skills. Sports Brad is now almost at the age where just being tall isn't enough to be good anymore.
Creativity Brad has had an average year compared to some of his peers. This marks his 151st journal entry for the year which is a poor ratio of entries to days. However the quality or at least the quantity of the words in them has gone up since last year. There have also been 25 articles or phocumentaries posted on this site so far this year, which is a new record. The progress in coding the site itself has been much slower.
Creativity Brad has also often been seen on the train busy scribbling fiction into his notebooks too, though none of those stories has ever been finished. "My writing has really improved this year" he confided in me after being rejected for a position writing music reviews for a local street press. "I keep finding more and more shit things I do and cutting them out. I have to raise myself up to acceptable soon. If Mahwela Singh could become an analyst while clearly having no grasp of Java then I too can get paid for writing crap." Yes, well you never met Mahwela Singh, Creativity Brad, it was Employment Brad who did that. You've rehashed the whole gimmick.
So wherever you find yourself this holiday period we all wish you a Joyous Festive Season and prosperous new year. Treat every day as an amazing gift, even if I don't post a journal entry. To everyone in the Internet: Merry Christmas.