My 2013 in Pictures

It’s been a few years since I did an annual wrap up post. Where a few years equals seven. While it’s taken me longer than it should have to realize it, however, I miss them. True, the posts are really only relevant to me, but as a sucker for nostalgia, I have always enjoyed revisiting these snapshots years later. The little flashes of memory – I remember that trip – is worth the relatively minimal effort involved.

This year, I’m doing it a bit differently. Having a smartphone has not only killed off my SLR, it’s meant that significant – and not so significant – moments are all documented. Not to mention, conveniently backed up for me online by Google. So instead of a list of links, this is my year in pictures.

Before we get to the pictures, however, a few quick numbers courtesy of FitBit and TripIt (the latter via this little tool):

  • From late May, when I got my FitBit flex, through December 31st I took 2,415,119 steps
  • FitBit translates that as ~1,170 miles
  • I flew 85,886 miles
  • 43 of my 62 flights were on JetBlue
  • I spent over 2 full days in transit to and from San Francisco
  • I actually flew out of Boston (26) 4 times more than Portland (22)

The goal for this year is to travel less than I did last. Which sadly is not likely. But anyway, on to the pictures:

January 1, 2013

Spent New Year’s Day walking at Reid State Park in Georgetown.

January 6, 2013

In Fort Lauderdale for work, I visited Slip F-18 at the Bahia Mar marina as a gesture of respect to one of my favorite authors. McGee would not recognize the place these days.

January 9, 2013

My first book, The New Kingmakers, was published by O’Reilly.

January 31, 2013

Attended the Monki Gras in London, which was excellent.

February 1, 2013

Caught the Eurostar to Brussels

February 2, 2013

Hit my favorite bar in Brussels with friends and co-workers.

February 7, 2013

Got a treadmill desk. Still love it, a year later.

February 24, 2013

Got snowed in in Georgetown.

March 14, 2013

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While house hunting, viewed a property right on the water in Freeport.

March 16, 2013

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Went to the boat show.

March 21, 2013

As a function of their move, my parents finally sold my first car, a ’73 Mustang. It wasn’t one of the pretty Mustangs, and it had a ton of mechanical issues, but I really loved that car. It is missed.

March 26, 2013

Did my first (and only) book signing. In a bar.

April 13, 2013

Visited In’finiti, the newest Portland craft beer venue, for the first time.

April 15, 2013

Had to turn down tickets to the Patriot’s Day game due to a conference in Portland, OR. Watched the bombings unfold from there. Coped.

April 27, 2013

Approximately 24 hours before our scheduled closing on the property on the water in Freeport, our USAA-backed lender informed us we would not close, requesting documentation we had provided twice previously.

May 8, 2013

Using local bank, closed on the property on the water in Freeport.

May 9, 2013

Commenced second career as general contractor.

May 21, 2013

Visited friends, and the Crooked Stave brewery, in Denver.

May 26, 2013

First dinner of the season at the Osprey.

May 31, 2013

My friend Alex announced that he had been diagnosed with cancer.

June 1, 2013

With Corey’s help, ripped out two closets to free up floor space.

June 6, 2013

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For the first time in 40 years, my parents were once again residents of New England. And after a mere six months in Maine, my Dad has gone completely native.

June 15, 2013

Unable to successfully conceal an injury from Kate thanks to some pulsing blood, was forced to go to the ER. Total stitches required? 3.

June 22, 2013

Attended Shelton Brothers’ The Festival in Portland, ME.

June 30, 2013

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With my brother, took my godson to his first Red Sox game. He made it through five full innings. The Red Sox won.

July 4, 2013

Spent July 4th on the Eastern Prom with friends.

July 10, 2013

Late, but got the boat in the water.

July 13, 2013

Visited brother/sister in law up in Chamberlain.

July 23, 2013

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Thanks to Kate, got to go on the field at Fenway.

August 17, 2013

Weekend at Sugarloaf with my in-laws.

August 24, 2013

Ryan and Shawn’s wedding.

August 30, 2013

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Finished tiling the backsplash in the kitchen.

August 30, 2013

Annual pilgrimmage to Houston Brook Falls.

September 13, 2013

Thanks to very good – and very generous – friends, had my 1000th unique beer on Untappd. The selection? A 1972 Kriek brewed by a defunct Flemish brewery called Felix.

September 20, 2013

Removed our old front door.

September 21, 2013

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Kim and Sheila’s wedding.

October 3, 2013

The Monktoberfest.

October 7, 2013

Post-Monktoberfest visit to the Allagash brewery. This is the barrel room.

October 23, 2013

Caught Game 1 of the World Series from the Connecticut Yankee in San Francisco, CA.

October 26, 2013

Goods from the Woods at the Oxbow Brewery, Newcastle, ME.

October 30, 2013

November 2, 2013

Took the boat around to get hauled.

December 31, 2013

And to ring in the New Year, a marathon Hearts session.


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