Wide Awake in Winnipeg (UPDATED!)

I have insomnia.

For the last two weeks, I have been largely unable to sleep at night.

I can't figure out why.  I'm not under any more (or less) stress than usual, there are no lingering issues at the back of my mind, and I've gotten over my repeated bouts with "the bug that's going around".

My mind hasn't been racing when I turn in, my diet is as good as it (n)ever was, and I'm not taking in much (if any) caffeine or sugar in the hours before repose.  I don't nap during the day, and our environment is largely quiet, so that's not an issue.

I just can't figure it out.

Being unable to sleep at night leaves me feeling exhausted during the day, which has been fine up until now, as I've been on holidays... however I'm back at work tomorrow.

If I don't get some shut-eye tonight, my customers may find me surlier than usual tomorrow.

Perhaps it's time I returned to my old method of having a couple of shots (bourbon, whisky, etc) before turning in..?

I can deal with being hung-over.

That said, Happy New Year to all my faithful.

Insomnia or not, I've refrained from doing a year-end roundup post.  I think the last time I did one was back in 2005 on the main website.  My memory ain't what it used to be, and there was a lot about 2011 to remember... things like:

January:  Announcing to the world that Jillian and I are engaged, and moving her in two weeks later.  Hell also froze over... I bought my first cellphone: a 2004 vintage Palm Treo 650.  Bought for $5 on eBay.

February: Taking the day off work, Jill and I spent my 38th birthday shopping and hanging out at my old haunts, having breakfast at the new Salisbury House on Leila, running around downtown and Polo Park, and capping it all with dinner at the Spicy Noodle House in the Osborne Village.  February also marked my return to the church after a 30 year absence (albeit in a different church, in a different denomination).

March:  I announce to my family that I've decided to convert to Catholicism.  It met with a little tension (I was raised Anglican).  March also marked the first time I observed Lent, which was a character building experience.

April:  Found out I missed a hero of mine, former hacker Kevin Mitnick, on his visit to Winnipeg.  I gave up the Internet for Lent, and as such was not aware of his visit until he'd left.  After Lent, I finally brought Nadia back from the dead for the third time, which enabled my return to mobile blogging.

May:  The TRS-80 Model 100 community lost a great friend when Rick Hanson, proprietor of Club 100, succumbed to cancer.  In happier news, Jillian returned to work full-time, enabling us to...

June:  ... buy a SUV, a 2006 Ford Escape.  For the first time in fifteen years (apart from a couple of months when my '86 Daytona Turbo Z was running) I didn't have to take the bus.  Funny how grocery shopping is less of a chore when you have a vehicle.  It also came in handy when we had to rush my cat, Ethin, to the animal hospital on an emergency basis.  Almost lost him, but thanks to the quality care he received, he is still with us.

July: Unfortunately, no animal hospital could save the New Winnipeg forum, which shut its virtual doors in July.

August:  A few of us from the New Winnipeg community got together for one last hurrah.  It was fun, and one of the regulars proposed starting a new forum to take its place.  I also discovered the joys of Bluetooth devices, and the attendant fun that one could have.

September:  Began planning in earnest for the main website's 10th aniversary in February 2012.  I also started a design company after being inspired by a lamp a friend's daughter created in her university design class.  I ain't gonna be outdone by no teenage girl!  ;)

October:  Realized I'm being called to work with the poor, hungry, and downtrodden.  Once our wedding and honeymoon are over, I will be entering the fray.

November:  I'd finally had enough of Tripod's blog interface, and migrated my blog back to Blogger.  I haven't looked back since.  My traffic has increased tenfold, and I've had a much more positive response.  I also enjoy blogging again.

December:  The planned follow-on for New Winnipeg, the WinnipegZoom forum, opens.  The imminent demise of print media is again predicted (not gonna happen in my lifetime).  The world loses Vaclav Havel.  December 23rd marks the one year anniversary of the day I proposed to Jillian.  I also announce a forthcoming podcast, starting in February 2012.

Well heck, I've gone and done a Year in Review post anyway... I seem to be resurrecting a lot of my old traditions lately.


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  2. Lets try that again I could read you the Criminal code section on Defamation of character and that would put you to sleep for sure . Seems to me I do have it here some where . Have a Happy New year

  3. No worries, I have a copy here somewhere! :)

  4. Mitnick was in Winnipeg? Dang. That's what I get for not subscribing to 2600 :) Free Kevin!

  5. Yup, he was giving a security talk here back in April, no doubt promoting his then-upcoming book "Ghost in the Wires" as well :)


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