Sunday, January 2, 2011


Another year has come and gone. I can't believe it's time for the annual sum-up post already.

2010 was a good year. It wore me out like any good year should.

In 2010 I started eating salmon regularly. I read exactly four more pages of Crime and Punishment (well, three and a half). I ran a marathon. I got severely sunburned in a third world country. I attended a reggae concert on a beach and subsequently got stuck in a hurricane-like storm. I won a competition. I competed in Boston and DC. I attended a temple dedication in Ukraine. I got my first ever speeding ticket. I got in my first ever car accident. I started a new job and continued an old one. I staged a half-effective sit-in. I experienced a total computer crash two weeks before finals. I moved twice. I finished year two of law school. I crashed into Uncle Will’s garage with my car. I visited Mexico a couple of times. I went cave tubing in Belize. I stayed in a "hotel" that cost $4 a night for two people. I lost my bathing suit in the ocean. I met a famous Russian actor in the Moscow airport during my 20 hour layover. I made lots of borsch. I impromptu taught Sunday school half a dozen times. I ran the mud run and cleaned mud out of my ears for the next week. I started riding the bus. I landed a clerkship. I finally broke down and got a gym membership. I almost learned how to swim. I blogged and wondered how many people were actually reading. I successfully went on a four month shopping fast. I had Thanksgiving in Brawley. I recovered from the hand surgery. I purchased two old icons from a woman sitting on a stool in L'viv. I rode on two sleeper trains in eastern Europe. I visited New York City for the first time. A cat jumped on my lap on a red-eye flight. I helped work on a 400 page brief. I watched Breakfast at Tiffany’s and thought it was sad. I ate at “Shigella’s” in San Felipe. I passed the MPRE. I took third in a pretty un-competitive Halloween 5k wearing very little clothing despite the freezing temperatures. I fought several battles at school and lost many of them. I taught contracts to 75 1Ls for a few days. I started sleeping without taking sleeping pills. I unexpectedly reconnected with long lost friends who I thought had disappeared forever. I gained a new niece. I found heaven on Earth on San Pedro Island ("Paris . . . dice".). I found Hell on Earth in Belize City. I went to midnight mass. Of course, I visited Salvation Mountain, again. I was the man of honor at Kimbally’s wedding. I went ice-blocking and then wondered why. I went body surfing and then wondered why. I went through several more terrible Blackberry Pearls. I danced for four straight hours at a Halloween party. I helped advocate for points I didn't fully believe just to make sure all sides were considered. I fell even more in love with my friends and family. I drove for two days looking for the Grand Canyon before finding it. I enjoyed life.

It’s amazing to me that I’m already reflecting on 2010. 2010 was my best year. It was different than any year I've had, full of strange events that have shaped me into a person that I appreciate more in my never-ending quest for infinite strange experiences to fill my repertoire of stories. I talk about a lot of strange moments on this blog, always in the most positive light possible, because, really, the strange experiences are what we live for. They represent the moments in our lives where we dared to feel something unique, learn something new, and pick up a new story along the way. So while we appreciate the common day-to-day experiences that keep us grounded, we savor the strange ones that keep us interesting.

Farewell 2010. Here's to a great 2011; may it just get stranger for us all~


  1. wow. that sounds like an incredibly busy adventurous fun filled 2010. and by the way, i regularly read your blog still. so keep it going! :) happy new year!

  2. I LOVE it! And, I am so glad I was there for a LOT of these great memories! I might steal this idea for my blog (as well as some of the events)...hope that's OK....

  3. Happy New Year!!! Good luck with your LAST year of Law School!! Looking forward to hearing of your continuing adventures!

  4. Jeremy and I love your blog! While I am not at school as often as I was my first year to hear your stories first hand, I enjoy "catching up" through your blog. :) Just to add another 2010 event: It meant so much to me that you and Anette came to see little Elijah when he was born :) Thank you!

  5. Eli, you forgot to mention that your Grandma asked you a dozen times if you were ok on Christmas. :)

  6. Wow, I've known you for two sum-ups now and was happy to be smiling yet again at some of the memories we shared together! You are the best man of honor a girl could ask for! And I'm happy I could be that third friend everyone needs to have...yah, you know what I'm talking about. I'm hoping 2011's summary details a really great story about some mishap you and I have on a train in Eastern Europe :)