2011: An Amazing Year


Wire to Wire, 2011 has been one of the best years of my life. Of course there were some challenges and disappointments, but as I look back it has really been amazing. Some of the things (in no particular order) that made 2011 AMAZING!

  • New TV installed just in time for 2011 Rose Bowl featuring the Wisconsin Badgers
  • Packers winning the Super Bowl
  • 3 trips to Las Vegas (all work!)
  • Running two marathons (Green Bay and New York City)
  • Family vacation to Arizona and a long camping weekend
  • Long weekend vacation with my wife in New York City
  • Watching the Packers play a road game, even though they lost (there only loss in 2011)
  • Running with my son in his first 5K
  • Helping coach T-Ball and Soccer
  • Watching my kids dance and music performances, soccer games, t-ball games, and hockey games
  • Reading lots of books (my last count was close to 45 books)
  • Posting nearly every day to this blog
  • Meeting lots of you at EMS and Fire industry conferences
  • Swimming in the Atlantic ocean while visiting Miami Beach
  • Running the Bellin 10K with nearly 20,000 other people
  • Receiving an EMS 10 Award
  • Recording dozens of new episodes of the EMSEduCast
  • Presenting with Kyle Bates at NAEMSE
  • Seeing my friends Michael Fraley and Kevin Collopy present at EMS World Expo
  • Completing two 100+ mile bike rides
  • Watching the first 4 seasons of Mad Men
  • Reconnecting with many of my cousins
  • Restarting my regular column for EMS1.com
  • Being told by a paramedic that something they learned in a CentreLearn CE lesson helped them save a patient’s life
  • Working with NAEMT to finish the Safety Course instructional design
  • Working with NAEMT to design the online materials for PHTLS
  • Writing exam items for the NREMT basic exam
  • Preparing to watch the Wisconsin Badgers play in the 2012 Rose Bowl
  • Eager anticipation of the Packers making another run at the Super Bowl
  • My wife getting a new job
  • My son logging more than 1400 minutes of reading in November
  • Running 1375 miles and biking 1500 miles
  • Financially supporting many organizations that believe in
  • Spending lots of time with my parents, in-laws, and other family

I hope 2011 was a good one for you and 2012 will be even better for all of us. I am genetically pre-disposed to optimism and have high hopes for what we can accomplish together in 2012!

Crossing the finish line of the 2011 ING New York City Marathon