How Was Your 2018?

Discussion in 'The Studio Lounge' started by JHDK, Dec 2, 2018.


How was your year?

Poll closed Dec 30, 2018.
  1. Better than 2017

    4 vote(s)
  2. Worse than 2017

    1 vote(s)
  3. About the Same

    1 vote(s)
  1. JHDK

    JHDK Release Robin's Bra

    How was your year? I'm not talking about 2018 in politics or world events or anything like that. Personally, how was your year when compared to 2017?

    Better than 2017
    Worse than 2017
    About the same.

  2. JHDK

    JHDK Release Robin's Bra

    For me it was clearly, significantly better.

    There were some rough patches that I documented here on DRC. Getting fired was rough and really scary. But the upside was that getting fired was one of the last lingering consequences of all my legal troubles. Now it's over and my new gig knows about my record so I'm good to go. Besides that I had a pretty great year. Most importantly, my dad didn't die. That's a big deal and here's to hoping the old man's got another year left in him. Along with that I got a new job, a new car, became obsessed with watches and late in the year fulfilled a lifelong dream of being able to go to Disney more or less whenever I want.

    In 2017 I went to jail for a week and had to deal with all the stuff that came after that. Probation, community service, various court mandated group counseling and driving schools...all of that wasn't fun. And it was thousands of dollars. This year I got my license back and 99% of all that is nothing but a bad memory. The only part I'm still dealing with is the more expensive car insurance. While that sucks, I'm happy to pay it because when I do it reminds me of how far I've come since the start of 2017.

    Now, besides my dad, the best part of 2018 by far was the Eagles winning the Super Bowl. I've waited almost my whole life for that and it was amazing. I will be talking about that when I'm 80. My Birds finally got one. It was glorious. Fly Eagles Fly.

    I'm lucky to have a supportive family and I'm proud of my accomplishments in 2018.

    This was a very good year.
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  3. MadisonRadio1

    MadisonRadio1 MadisonRadio

    Mine was about the same. I had a great 2017 and was expecting the worst at work because we were taking on a new line business that was going to be big with long hours and it sure started out that way. But I got to work with a lot of new people and re established myself as a leader. I've been a Supervisor in the same position since 1990. I was also starting to gain some weight by mid summer, probably with the long hours and was having trouble with my right knee and didn't feel like taking any walks. But I put on a knee brace for a few days and presto my knee was back to normal. I starting exercising hard in late summer/fall bike riding and going back to Planet Fitness and I'm back down to 155, normal weight for me. For my Cord Cutting life, I added Starz, HBO Now and ESPN Plus. I just want to get the most out of my leisure. I average about 6 hours sleep and still feel good so I'm happy with the way things are going right now. And Of course, I still enjoy being here with all of you talking about satellite radio and all
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  4. HecticArt

    HecticArt Administrator

    2018 hasn't been great.
    Mrs Hectic's dad died in 2017 and that was pretty rough. My boss' boss also died last October. We got a new boss this spring, and he's been dismantling my department bit by bit. I think it's mostly out of spite, because my boss is still the one that everyone comes to for answers. There's been a hundred other bits of BS piling up over the last year at work, so I've been looking for another gig. I've had a few promising interviews, and hope to have something lined up soon.

    The Mrs was pretty sick at the beginning of the year, and we're hopeful that's behind us now.

    I'm the president of the local architects' professional organization this year. Our administrative director resigned at the end of last year, so I had to deal with hiring a new one. We had the last one for close to 10 years, so nobody knew how to do everything. It sucked. It took most of the year to find a good one. We hired one that was terrible, and then another that had to move out of town to help with a family illness. Yadda, yadda, yadda,

    I'm hopeful that 2019 is better.
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  5. IdRatherBeSkiing

    IdRatherBeSkiing Sherbert is not and never will be ice cream

    2018 is not over yet. Did somebody forget to include the December page in your calendar?
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  6. Aaron

    Aaron Moderator

    2018 was about the same for me.
    Happy at home, but work is still stressful.

    More doctor visits this year. Been feeling sluggish for a while, so my family doctor sent me for lots of blood work and a trip to a specialist. I'm anemic, so now taking iron supplements, and also hypoglycemia, so I can't indulge in as many sweets.

    I'd be happy to get a new job in 2019.
  7. memebag

    memebag Top Brass, ADVP

    Memegirl started college this year. I miss her but I'm glad she's getting to do college.

    Every year has been better for me since 2003. 2018 was no exception. I had a bike crash but didn't break anything. I saw a bunch of good movies. I rode to Austin and Galveston. I had a lot of good beer. My job is still fun. Age hasn't incapacitated me yet.
  8. Wolf

    Wolf The Lone Wolf

    I would say my 2018 was better then last year.

    I have a better job then last year, finally getting out of the debt hole and affording things I been wanting to buy for years. Most of my family and friends are doing great, I'm starting to meet new people and hanging out with them. Mostly from the soccer community, since I'm a season ticket holder to Phoenix Rising FC.

    In the last couple of months, I help get an asshole arrested and a former co-worker who was nothing but trouble fired.

    Hopefully 2019 will work out great for me.
  9. scotchandcigar

    scotchandcigar arrogant bastard

    This is a tough one, as this year has been filled with significant events - some great, some terrible - but I'd say that overall, it was better than 2017.

    My wife's brother-in-law was diagnosed with cancer in 2017, and he died on January 2nd of this year. He was 58. A week later, her dad was taken to the hospital with pneumonia. He died 2 weeks later. He was 83. Strangely, the passing of her dad seemed more shocking, because it was unexpected. But he had some health issues pop-up now and then, and he came very close to dying 25 years ago, so everyone is thankful for all the extra years they've had with him.

    On the positive side, I became a grandfather in March, 3 weeks after we took occupancy of the house we built. Those were 2 really great things. In 2017 we were still living in a rental, and I spent the better part of 6 months arranging financing for the house construction. Also this year, the younger Scotchlet was eligible to apply for a job promotion, which she got. She's now working in a lab doing research, which was her goal.

    Spending the summer at our new home by the beach was awesome. We love the house, the town, and the area. There's nothing like being able - at a moments notice - to drive 10 minutes to the (mostly permit-only) town beach. Or taking the dog for a walk on the 1+ mile Long Sands beach after dinner. There's a mountain to hike which is 5 miles from us, and a well-maintained system of trails that abut our property. Down the road from our house, there's a river to kayak. And our neighbors are throwing a welcome party for us. We're glad we picked this location to settle down.
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  10. MadisonRadio1

    MadisonRadio1 MadisonRadio

    I also made friends with the neighbors dog. the year before he was a puppy and we would just stare at each other from our yards. but this year I would go over to visit him or he would come over to visit me
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  11. HecticArt

    HecticArt Administrator

    They had a meeting at Mrs Hectic's office today.
    10% of everybody is getting laid off.
    People are getting escorted to their desks by HR with packets.

    Nobody knows who's next.
    She's very nervous, and everyone is freaking out.

    No clue yet if she's on the list or not.
  12. scotchandcigar

    scotchandcigar arrogant bastard

    That sucks, hope she survives.
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  13. HecticArt

    HecticArt Administrator

    She just texted me, and she made it through unscathed.
    That was a long 5 hours.

    IRBS & Yogi Berra were right.
    It ain't over till it's over.....
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  14. memebag

    memebag Top Brass, ADVP

    Now is the time to find a better job.
  15. HecticArt

    HecticArt Administrator

  16. IdRatherBeSkiing

    IdRatherBeSkiing Sherbert is not and never will be ice cream

    At a company I used to work at (they had laid me off years before), they were doing the layoffs by calling people into the corner office. They would receive their packet and then be escorted to their desk then out by security. Some of my friends (some might call them jerks) started calling peoples extensions to get a laugh out of it. It was pretty jerky but looking back would have been quite funny. They let go of about 1/2 their staff that day.

    Glad she made it but honestly, it would probably have been better to get the package. Then get a new job and double dip for a bit.
  17. HecticArt

    HecticArt Administrator

    It's generally a good company. When she started there 8 years ago, they had about 55 employees. This morning, they started with a little over 170. All of the bosses stood up there and told everyone what was going on. They said that they were taking pay cuts too. (I don't think thy said anything about their bonuses.....)

    She's hoping to stick around, but will keep her eyes open for a while.

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