Heh, no word of a lie, 2002 was probably THE busiest and probably the most GROUNDBREAKING years of my life so far! So let's take a look at one of the most memorable events of 2002, shall we?
Overtime becomes a regular thing at work
Perfected my Martini-making technique
Started dating Dena
Gave up control of the FAQ for alt.binaries.emulators.nintendo, then soon retired from the "scene"
Started my web site!
Bought my first Macintosh computer for $5 at a garage sale, WITH MONITOR!
Got hooked on eBay
Got hit on by the (gorgeous!) auditor at my company's annual inventory
My 1986 Chrysler Daytona died for the final time :(
Won a total of SIX awards for my uninteresting web site (people have TOO much time on their hands, I tell ya!)
Overtime ends around June 1st, marking 6 straight months (about 200 Hrs accumulated) of work, with only three full weekends off.
Bought my house! It has Central air conditioning! (My Daytona is now stored in the garage, awaiting resurrection)
Adopted my cat, a 12-year old Maine Coon named Cane!
Had a wicked housewarming party, and got acquainted (and reacquainted) with some of Dena's friends (CJ's Note 5/26/2014: One of whom was Jillian, my future wife!)
Got my PC-Engine Duo R game system (YES! FINALLY!) (CJ's note 05/26/2014: It still works, twelve years later. I now have over 300 games for the system)
An old friend got hired on at work, and my other co-worker got fired two months later!
My first Hallowe'en at the house...$80 worth of candy, 12 kids...I was eating leftover candy for weeks thanks to Dena's overexuberance.
Adopted a second cat, a four-month old part Himalayan kitten named Morrigan!
(One week later, Cane and Morrigan could be in the same room with each other)
Remembered how much I love cooking
Had a birthday/Christmas/going away party for Dena and played a whole lot of Mario
Kart 64 & Mario Party 3
Dena left for the Dominican Republic for a Christmas Vacation
Gave up alcohol altogether on Christmas Eve
Got Phantasy Star Collection (Gameboy Advance) for Christmas
Spent New Year's Eve with a good friend, and had a wonderful time.
Doesn't seem like much, does it? Well, it was, believe me...I just didn't want to go into detail, and unfortunately, the brief descriptions don't let on how I was feeling at the time...