2009 Year in Review, Part I

It’s easy to remember all the crap that’s happened and forget the good stuff. So here is some of the good stuff from 2009. This is January-June.

January

We spent New Years 2009 with friends! Here’s me in the first pic of the New Year.
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A bunch of us paid our respects to Poe again!
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Doug and I had a nice night out with our friends Carlos and Jenna at the Fountains of Wayne show at the Birchmere.
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Doug and I saw Gillian Murphy and ABT in Swan Lake!
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February

We had an ice storm!
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Some birthdays, dinners with friends, our annual Valentine’s Day moviefest with our friend Mike. We saw Coraline and had Japanese food at a really crowded restaurant with a long wait.
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The banner I made for Don’s b-day, which is just like the one on The Office!
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The crocuses started blooming too! Pretty early!
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A friend from Space Camp found me on Facebook 20 years after the fact and I got to revisit my past.
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March

The band continued to have fun – I even learned a ZZTop song on the bass!
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We had a few more spring flowers – this is one of my favorite pics of the year:
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Daffodils!
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Scott and his few month old baby on his birthday
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Pepper P. pranked a friend of ours who hates Hello Kitty. And then went missing.
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I met up with Loren at an 18th century fair, and we had a really nice dinner chatting about things like Lost, BSG, and costumes!

My friends and I had a BSG finale party at Don’s, which was prefaced by an hour drive around Laurel in order to find somewhere to eat, after which we ended up 5 minutes walk from Don’s apartment.

Also, game nights!

April

The tulips started to bloom:
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Easter in Pittsburgh and a trip to Phipps, one of my favorite places!
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I went to a talk on Mars given by one of my favorite authors, Andrew Chaiken:
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The band continues to work on “Chinese Democracy”.
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Doug, Ed, Bryan, Rob and I go see Help! at the Senator theater!
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May

May is when things really started to pick up to where I was traveling every weekend!

Costume Con! I had the best time!!
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After Costume Con, Kathy and I did a one day whirlwind tour of DC – in the rain! We had a really good time though and even got to see Obama’s motorcade!
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It was while we were in DC walking around that I got the call that my band was go for playing a gig for the shuttle launch in Florida…in 4 days!

So that Friday night, we all met up by the beach. We played a party at the Astronaut Hall of Fame for the Hubble Servicing Mission folks, which was super fun:

We went kayaking:
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Saw some manatees:
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And then got to watch this from the VIP section at Space View Park:
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where there were even more manatees!
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After the launch we visited our favorite New Smyrna beach where we had a nice dinner at Fish Camp, toasted the launch, and watch a dolphin fish!
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Rob, Doug and I drank beer on the beach and watching a lightening storm, and then on our last day, we did a whirlwind trip to Kennedy Space Center. Our badges gave us no priveleges. Oh well.

Here’s the extra shuttle on the launch pad!
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I did a big post on the Shuttle Launch trip here:
http://the-mogwai.livejournal.com/58648.html

The next weekend was Abbey Road on the River. We missed Katie but Rob, J-9, Allie and I had a great time!

Here’s a group picture, though oddly, no Beatles are in it.
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June

In June I finally visited my parent’s new house in Delaware:

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We had a crazy intense storm that I was stupid enough to drive through:
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I celebrated my birthday
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The dahlias were blooming and the butterflies were out:
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And then Doug and I went to Florida to join his family for vacation. I had new reading materiala for the plane.
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One of the places we went before meeting up with his family was Bok Tower. It was really pretty there:
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Everything’s bigger in Florida..
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There were lots of pretty flowers at Bok Tower:
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We also went to the abandoned Ghost Town that was Cypress Gardens, though their Banyan tree was really cool:
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Did I mention how nice the beach was?
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Of course throughout the year were more birthdays, game nights, lunches and long teas outside at the picnic tables. It was a really mild, pleasant summer weather-wise.