Looking Back on 2011

This will be my last post for 2011. I felt it would be a good time to reflect back on the year. It was a tough year for most of us. I only had 3 months of work this year, but I managed to keep it all together. I’ve discovered new forms of earning money as a freelancer such as taskrabbit.com and I was almost selected as the best political blog in San Francisco by SF Weekly.

Politics: We had a mayoral race where Mayor Ed Lee who said he wasn’t going to run, but did and then won caused a stir. Supervisor John Avalos had a good run in the race he’s someone to keep an eye on in the future. Oddly enough, I have never really been into politics so this year was a surprising one for me.

Wackiness: We had lots of coverage of the nude guys in the Castro. It seemed like every week there were tastefully[?] posted pictures on sfgate.com. I’m still not too sure about it all, but I don’t travel to the Castro much.

Steve Jobs: Yes, I love Apple computers and fact that they lost the person who brought them back from the brink of death in the 90’s was a sad time indeed. Apple looks like it’s holding up well after the passage of one of the greatest CEO’s of all time.

Post PC World: Tablet computing changed the way we live and it will get even better. I’d like to take the time to thank all of you who contributed to my being able to get an iPad for my austistic daughter. She’s coming along quite well with it, so once again thank you all for your support.

Autism: I’ve learned a lot about children with special needs and the support system that the SFUSD offers for them. Thanks to Kara, Alexis, Kate, Rosie, Mari and Kari who helped her improve through the year. You’ve all become friends and I consider you a part of my family.

Republicans: Thank you for giving me a reason to laugh. While I don’t agree with all of your views you need to pull it together and identify with the Americans you want to represent. You are showing yourselves to the world as an out of date dying old man. Someone will pull the plug on you shortly. Tony Hall is the only Republican I can say I have any respect for.

Leland Yee: Thank you for giving me the publicity I never asked for. Your love of shark fin soup and my hatred of shark finning gave me a reason to write and helped me become a finalist as the best political blog in SF. Let’s have coffee at the Tennesse Grill.

Westside Hipsters™: Yes, I coined that term after many meet ups with friends at the Java Beach Cafe at the foot of Judah. Everyone had a laptop, tablet, smartphone and we’re having informal meetings regarding their business start ups they were working on or just networking in think tank mode to figure out which mobile app would be the next big thing to code. Unlike the Mission Hipsters, these guys worked and drank beer better than Pabst Blue Ribbon.

SF Bloggers: I finally got to meet some of these people and I have to say that I’m in a good crowd with Ocean Beach Bulletin and N Judah Chronicles. I’m planning on making sure I can meet more of them in 2012.

Money: Never had enough of it, but somehow I managed to get through the year. I don’t know how I did it, but I did. Unemployment helped a bit as did the three months of real work I had, but I guess I had someone watching over me and dropping freelance work just when I needed it.

My Wife: So doesn’t like attention so I always refer to her as my wife. She kept me from going crazy and has always stood by me for the past 15 years, so to her I have to give the biggest thanks.

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