There's no doubt in my mind that, looking back years from now, we'll still have much to say about 2011; both personally, as well as culturally. This was the year of political uprisings. The first battles of the quiet class wars. Media scandals rocked the broadcast news world. A space program was scrapped. And our own congress' approval rating dropped to a mere 5%; the lowest, ever. EVER.
But, for most of us, life trudged on. For me, I gave my look a revamp; growing out some facial hair, and putting the kilt into storage for the foreseeable future. I'm still shocked that so many people, nearly a year later, are still telling me they'd like to see it make a come back.
After a long illness, my grandmother passed away in April. She was, in so many ways, the lynch pin of the family. I have to tell you, it's been odd, not having my greatest debating rival around to argue all the things we'd bash about; retiring, after an exhausting bout, to sandwiches, smug in the knowledge each of us was totally right... and that we had, somehow, saved the world.
Though her passing hit us all, it had the most profound impact on my grandfather. With the foundation of his life now gone, he's quickly succumbing to his affliction; Alzheimer's. I've been staying with him these past two years, and it's been tough to watch a once celebrated NASA engineer slip away; one piece - one memory - at a time.
Shortly after, I left Classic Vacations and accepted a job with Crystal Dynamics; home of the mega hit Tomb Raider. All I can really say is that it's either been the worst mistake of my professional career - such that my "career" is, or a hearty challenge that I can only hope to rise to meet.
NTA Comics, as always, hit some rough track through a lot of this. We had a couple of shut downs, a few delays, and a personnel change, here and there. But, we're pleased to bring on board our first official engineer! Annie comes to us with a variety of experience in a couple different art fields. Her first couple of pages are impressive, to say the least. I'm excited to see what she's going to add to the already colorful world of Galactic Gun.
Both Grand Central, as well as The Conductor's Office saw a lot of new traffic, too! Of course, a lot of it is probably due to the link bombing I've been doing. But, hey; can you blame me? Look for big, new things coming out of the station in the next couple of months.
And, lastly, the epic tales of the dating misadventures of IronChuck... Eh: I hear the priesthood is lovely, this time of year.
Whew... what a year. Can't say I'm sorry to say it's over, but I am excited for all the opportunity it's left behind. Peace and Grace be with you all in the new year! The winds of change blow strong from the valleys of promise. We look forward to your ridership in 2012, and all the new adventures yet to be had!