Monday, December 28, 2009

Decade In Review: 2003 - 2004

College Football: Ohio State over Miami 31-24, Fiesta Bowl, January 3, 2003
Superbowl XXXVII: Tampa Bay Buccaneers over the Oakland Raiders 48-21, January 26, 2003
World Series: Florida Marlins over the New York Yankees 4 games to 2, October 25, 2003
Highest Grossing Film: The Return of the King
Best Picture: The Return of the King

This year was happily consumed by Un-Scripted's inaugural season. I still had time to dabble in directing regular plays and go to Alaska for the Last Frontier Theatre Conference (though I haven't made it back since). I also made it home for the annual July trip to the lake with my sisters and their kids. Although, they were one kid short as Joseph hadn't been born yet. Perhaps more importantly, I got a digital camera that year.

College Football BCS: LSU over Oklahoma 21-14, Sugar Bowl, January 4, 2004
College Football AP: USC over Michigan 28-14, Rose Bowl, January 1, 2004
Superbowl XXXVIII: New England Patriots over the Carolina Panthers 32-29, February 1, 2004
World Series: Boston Red Sox over the St. Louis Cardinals 4 games to 0, October 27, 2004
Highest Grossing Film: Shrek 2
Best Picture: Million Dollar Baby

This year I left my 20's behind and ventured into my 30's. Thank god. To celebrate, I went to Vegas and Maine with friends. It was on this trip that I attempted to read Night Fall by Nelson DeMille. I complained constantly on the trip about how bad it was until Tara finally said "Then why are you still reading it?" It had never occurred to me that I didn't have to finish a book that I'd started. Then that Christmas season that book was a bestseller. Seeing that horribly written piece of crap sell first planted the seed in my head that I could write a novel.

I moved into my own little studio in the Inner Sunset in 2004. Mom and Dad came out to visit me for a lovely weekend in Sonoma that fall. In the spring, I got to go to China to visit MerryMaker's factory, and I went home a few times. Joseph was born and went from this in April:

To this in November:

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