Year Ender

Well here we stand at the end of another year.  Another 365 days done and the promise of another before us.  I love the beginning of the year.  So much possibilities.  So much promise. 

It also gives us a chance to reflect on what was.  Whether it be the highest of highs or the lowest of lows.  Whatever happened helped shape the year and make it memorable.  So, to follow the thing to do, here is my list of my top moments from 2009.  It wa so convenient it came out to an even ten.  If only there was some alliterative title I could give it.  Oh well, here it goes.

#10) The Penguin Plunge in Madison.  A lot of people raising a lot of money for the CT Special Olympics.  I can’t wait to do it again this February.

#9) Tyler Witkowski winning Shoreline Player of the Year.  He was our starting varsity catcher for three years and I worked with him since he was a freshman.  It all came together for him this season and was so proud of him as a person and a player for all that he accomplished. 

#8) The UConn Games.  Tailgating in the parking lot with great friends six Saturdays during the fall was a blast.  It all wrapped up the last weekend when it was a complete guys night with the snow falling, the beer flowing and the Huskies winning a dramatic game.  Good times and we’ll be back again this year.

#7) Our win over Coginchaug at Dodd Stadium.  Not only was it a huge win but it was a gem hurled by one of my JV captains.  He threw a complete game filling in for our ace who hurt his elbow. 

#6) Youngest brother graduating high school.  Not only was I happy for him, but also for my parents who guided the four of us through all those years.

#5) Step-dad’s retirement.  He called it quits as a CT State Trooper at the end of June.  Just knowing that he worked hard, made his money and was able to get out at a young age and healthy was great.  Now he has all the time to focus on his true passion: photography(most of these were taken by him, to take a look at his work, click on the link.)

#4) Directing the GE Town Hall Meeting.  Weeks and weeks of prep went into this and it went off without a flaw.  The fact we had Jeff Zucker in the house(president of NBC Universal) and he thought we had the best facility hae had ever seen was quite a compliment.  Even better was how he noticed how smooth it all went and went out of his way to say so.  Boy, was that a stressful time.

#3) Our family reunion.  Had almost the entire clan at my parents house in late July.  It is always a good time when we get everyone together.

#2) The HD Debut.  Being the last person to direct in our old building and the first to go on the air in our new facility was quite a day.  It was such a huge undertaking but it was all worth it. 

#1)  Avery.  Easily the best thing I have ever done in my life.  She has blessed Nikki and mine lives so much.  Through all the bad times and good, I can’t help but look at her and love her more every time.  SHe is one lucky girl to be born into a family that loves her so much.  She truly is my inspiration to live a better life so I can be around her a long, long time.

There it is, my list.  I hope your year was as great as mine and that 2010 has more good times in store for us.  Thank you all for reading and I hope you are still here this time next year. 

Have a great and safe New Years.

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3 Responses to “Year Ender”

  1. Pete Olsen Sr. Says:

    What an awesome list, it was a big year for you!

    I believe # 7 would make my top ten as well.

    Good bye 2009 thanks for the memories it’s time to bring on 2010 and make some new ones!

    Happy New Year!!!

  2. That’s a great list. Thanks for sharing. In honor of #7, here’s an encore presentation of your Dodd Stadium game. Happy 2010 everbody. http://ralphchappell.smugmug.com/Sports/Baseball-2009/HR-baseball-vs-Coginchaug-at/8231259_CsZzU/1/538087561_d3bcy

  3. Pete Olsen Sr. Says:

    Thanks Ralph! You just made it feel like summer for a few minutes.

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