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2007: A Summary [Dec. 31st, 2007|06:59 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
I feel somewhat obliged to write some sort of 2007 wrap-up post, as everybody else seems to be doing it. Yes, if all my friends jumped off a bridge, I'd totally do it too.

So, in summary:
  • Became single -- In January, a 4 year relationship (and 6 month marriage) ended. Wasn't so much the total lack of monogamy as much as the total lack of honesty and communication. I don't regret the time we spent together, but without getting into details, it couldn't work out. Moving on....
  • Motorcycle -- often associated with the above, as if it were some knee-jerk now-I'm-single reaction, I was actually enrolled in motorcycle safety classes a number of months before. Anyway, 2007 was the year of me discovering that motorcycles are the only way to get around the city. [Picture]. Can't believe I wasted so many years not having one. Temporarily had 3 vehicles, but sold the Honda.
  • Studied Russian -- started taking Russian classes. Didn't get too far (I started 101 off-season, so 102 wasn't offered the following term...), but I'm enrolled in more starting next month.
  • Cooking at Brad's -- started Wednesday night "Cooking at Brad's" events. Continue to have them somewhat regularly. Great way to hang out with friends, eat, drink, learn to cook (a little).
  • Travel -- trips to Moscow, Istanbul (with doubtful_value), St. Petersburg, Frankfurt (saw calliste), Belize (diving), Tokyo (hours after returning from Belize), Moscow again in December.
  • New phones -- not so notable, but went from Treo to Blackberry Pearl to iPhone. Tinkered with OpenMoko a bit, but gave it away. 2008: new iPhone? Android?
  • Dated a lot -- relative to 2003-2006 at least, I dated a lot.
  • Moved to Google -- after almost a decade with LiveJournal, and then 2.5 years with SixApart working on 6a's infrastructure, moved to Google. Absolutely loving it... one of best things of 2007.
  • OpenID -- OpenID has continued to slowly gain in popularity. Microsoft, AOL, Blogger ... Been interesting to watch.

[User Picture]From: papa_donna
2008-01-01 03:23 am (UTC)
happy new year!!
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[User Picture]From: octal
2008-01-01 03:47 am (UTC)
Becoming single made you care enough about survival to do MSF, already being a motorcyclist? :)
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[User Picture]From: brad
2008-01-01 04:09 am (UTC)
Easier than doing the DMV driving test, which is designed to be impossible without BAMT.
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[User Picture]From: octal
2008-01-01 04:16 am (UTC)

I'm doing MSF this/next week again, then maybe I'll get a bike in a few months. Mmm, F650.
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From: evan
2008-01-01 03:52 am (UTC)
Gotta say, the motorcycle thing is tempting.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2008-01-01 04:09 am (UTC)
Do it. With both me and Mohey bugging you, it's only a matter of time.
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[User Picture]From: iamom
2008-01-01 04:17 am (UTC)
Wow. I am so out of the loop on you. Which is okay, because we don't know each other personally. But ever since getting my LJ account in 2000, I used to trip out hardcore on your lovely brain and the creation that is LJ, and now here you are over at Google? Wow! Well, sounds like 2007 was a trippy year for you. All the best in 2008. I still love your brain.

Dustin, from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
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[User Picture]From: lineri
2008-01-01 04:27 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: saltdawg
2008-01-01 04:35 am (UTC)

I've always been more of a vesparstzo, but I'm thinking about getting a URAL.

Dude, even this scumbag merchant sailor agrees that the iPhone was the best part of 2007.

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[User Picture]From: puppybraille
2008-01-01 04:36 am (UTC)
The motorcycling is definitely cool, as is the open id.
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[User Picture]From: weswilson
2008-01-01 06:18 am (UTC)
Happy New Year, Brad. I hope your new year is full of joy and magic. You're a good man.
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[User Picture]From: natalianyc
2008-01-01 08:10 am (UTC)
Just... Happy New Year,Bred ! C Новым Годом, Брэд!!
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From: kristenpaige
2008-01-01 08:41 am (UTC)
Enjoy life, as I assume you have been, in 2008.
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From: elvenforever
2008-01-01 09:50 am (UTC)
Sounds like 2007 has been a very good year for you!
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[User Picture]From: robbat2
2008-01-01 09:59 am (UTC)
Dude, you should have said you weren't non-monogamus. But yeah, honesty and communication are needed! Go and read "Ethical Slut" - should be easy to find a copy down there.

This is my token drunken new years posting.
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[User Picture]From: calliste
2008-01-01 11:33 am (UTC)
My bicycle misses you!
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From: ex_beshenov
2008-01-01 01:43 pm (UTC)
С Новым годом!
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From: denim_girl
2008-01-01 03:51 pm (UTC)
Готова помочь с русским :)
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[User Picture]From: linearb
2008-01-01 04:40 pm (UTC)
(You may not have known that I once owned a foreign language bookstore).

I have some Russian languages materials that I wanted to pass your way. Please send me an email (linearb@gmail.com) with an address to mail them.
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[User Picture]From: girl_on_a_stick
2008-01-02 04:18 am (UTC)
Happy new year, brad!
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-01-02 11:14 am (UTC)

Find a course of Russian

that is specifically designed for English speakers, i.e. explicitly employs the differences between these two languages. Communicating with native Russians who know English also helps, but mixing it with dating doesn't.
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[User Picture]From: sofija_m
2008-01-02 01:17 pm (UTC)
Happy new year. Well, lets hope it is a happy one.
Thumbs up for the two wheels.
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[User Picture]From: martyshin
2008-01-02 04:38 pm (UTC)
Русский тебе пригодится!
C Новым Годом! Happy New Year!
Приезжай в гости в Пермь, на Урал.
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[User Picture]From: bostonsteamer
2008-01-02 09:13 pm (UTC)
This year you can drive to Russia by motorcycle (land bridge!) with a hot date in the sidecar (your bike does have a sidecar, right?) and buy a new phone! When you get hungry you can cook, and then to make some $$$ you can sell OpenID to the Kremlin.

And there's your year.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2008-01-02 09:18 pm (UTC)
Love it. :)
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