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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
  • 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

By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.