明けましておめでとうございます!It’s the year of the ->寅<-. Yippie!

“10 years ago” has been the Internet Theme for the past day. For me, 10 years ago…

* I had just left Japan and returned to the US, been in the states for a little under a month with 1 wife, 3 cats (Subaru, Chobi and Ku-chan), nowhere to live and about $4,000 to my name, saved up from a teaching/consulting gig in Japan.

* I was just starting my career over from scratch, temping at the Duke University Glaucoma Center. At this time, I started moving back slowly towards computers as a career, but I was still looking into consulting and training work.

* It was about a week before I “tried to teach myself Linux over the weekend”. LOL!

* I had been playing Thief: The Dark Project for 2 years, and Thief II for a few months.

* I was a size 34. Now I’m a size 36, trying to get back to 34.

* I was still feeling shitty about my previous relationship breakup (due to it being entirely my fault). Cut to 10 years later, when I dwell on it I still feel pretty shitty. Funny how time sometimes doesn’t blunt pain.

* I was looking forward to the next Matrix movies.

* Nikolai lived a few hours away in DC, Drew in Boston.

* My hometown in Japan was still called “Sakai-machi” (and I worked mostly in “Azuma-mura”), and both hadn’t yet been assimilated into Isesaki-shi.

* I was into my first year of posting on RPGNet.