Montana n: A state of the northwest United States bordering on Canada. Admitted as the 41st state in 1889. The fourth largest state in the union, it includes vast prairies and numerous majestic mountain ranges.
Syn: Treasure State, Big Sky Country, Last Best Place.
Jones n: slang. An addiction or very deep craving.
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Best of lists are all the rage at this time of the year. In keeping with the spirit of reflection and best of lists here are the top events in the life of Jones for 2005.
New Car -- October 01, 2005
The old ride was, well, an old ride. It was a sweet car for sure. A sporty Honda Prelude that got a phat 32 MPG. I had it a lot of years, and more importantly it was paid off for a lot of years. Unfortunately it sucked on snow and needed more and more age related maintenance. The new ride is a practical Subaru. Not quite as good on the mileage, but better than most cars out there. Every now and then I get a weird shiver when I realize that I have gone from driving a sports car to driving a station wagon. <shudder> I hope I get over it.
My biggest gripe so far about the new car is that it has not yet earned a name for itself. Gotta name your car before it is truly yours. It would be sweet if it would earn something cool sounding like "Squirrel Killer", but if nothing else comes up soon I am just going to have to call it "The Love Wagon". Yeah, that's it, chicks would dig riding in "The Love Wagon".
Major M_ comes home from Iraq. -- March 17, 2005
An uncle of mine who had gone to Vietnam as a soldier once told me that going to war and coming home was hardest for the men who cared. Major M_ cares. He cares for the men under his command, he cares about his mission, he cares about doing the right thing. War plays absolute hell on people that care. His homecoming was a high point for my family this year.
I started a blog. -- February 11, 2005
And I never again had a day free from the constant neurosis of conjuring the next blog post out of thin air. Damn, what could I possibly blog about next? I just wrote on the blog and I already gotta do it again?
A sweet one night stand. -- March 15, 2005
Perhaps it is a little sad when a one night stand ranks on your most significant events of the year list. But hey, us single bachelor types need sex too. As they say, sex is like air, only important when you're not getting any.
My year was not completely void of sex. But the problem with being single is that you never know where or when it is coming from next and lengthy droughts can hurt the self esteem. So this event stands as testament to the importance of getting some good freaky lovin'. I believe that the world would be a better place if everyone could get laid a little more often and everyone had more orgasms.
As fulfilling as sex can be to a well rounded life, there is a flip side to that coin. Romance. Sometimes you just need someone to hold. Someone to care about. Someone that you know will be there at the end of the day. We can all relate. The quest for love is older than history. A very nice lady crossed my path and piqued my interest this year. Still not quite sure what went wrong. All I know is that when the girl tells you the romance is off that pretty much means the romance is off. Period. No matter what. No matter how many flowers you buy or what romantic move you lay down. Time to move on.
First successful summer season. -- June - September 2005
This was huge. The whole point of my moving to Montana was the work. It feels almost anti-climatic to whittle all the hours days and months I worked this year down to a single bullet point.
A lot happened, I had employees to worry/care about. I had to bust ass to keep everyone in groceries. Money stress, supply stress, safety stress, regulations stress. I had to fire an employee and everyone else had to work harder to cover the gap. I got precious little sleep and no days off for almost four months. A lot of decisions were made. In the end the business venture was a success, profit was made and I get to do it again next year.
I moved to Montana. -- January, 2005
The number one biggest event in the life of Jones in the past year. It was a year ago right now that I was making plans for this move. I settled into my new address in mid January. Ever since I have been learning about what it means to be a Montanan. Relocating can be very difficult emotionally. To abandon all that is familiar and comfortable. To leave behind all your friends and people you know. I used to say it takes a year to adjust after a move. I think I may have been wrong. Perhaps it takes two or three years.
There is more Jones in the archives: February 2005 March 2005 April 2005 May 2005 June 2005 July 2005 August 2005 September 2005 October 2005 November 2005 December 2005 January 2006 February 2006 March 2006 April 2006 May 2006 June 2006 July 2006 August 2006 September 2006 October 2006 November 2006 December 2006 January 2007 February 2007 March 2007 April 2007 May 2007 June 2007 July 2007 August 2007 September 2007 October 2007 November 2007 December 2007 January 2008 February 2008 March 2008 April 2008 May 2008 June 2008 July 2008 August 2008 September 2008 October 2008 November 2008 December 2008 January 2009 February 2009 March 2009 April 2009 May 2009 June 2009 December 2009 January 2010 May 2014