Armen Chakmakjian

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The year that was……..Awesome

In Holidays on December 31, 2010 at 4:19 pm

As 2010 closes down, I’m not going to delve too deeply into what my plans are for 2011 or any resolutions.  The truth is that 2010 was a great year, and even though there were some really rough patches and some things I wish didn’t have to be, I’m looking forward to next year.

Here are the list of things to that feed into the good feelings:

  • Doing all the things to make a house a home and an existence a life with my wife (my best friend and my rock)
  • Watching my sons compete in track meets last winter and spring seasons…and setting personal records in the process
  • Watching my older son graduate from 13 years of Armenian Saturday School.  He gave a speech he had prepared in Armenian and wowed the crowd.  I remember all the difficulty getting him and his brother there on Saturday mornings when he was younger.
  • Watching my older son  go to his prom and graduate from high school and start his independent life at Northeastern.
  • Handing the older one the car keys and not being in the car (this is a massive leap of faith)
  • Watching my younger son develop intellectually far beyond anything he had already wowed me by before.  The prime example was writing an essay in Dickens’ model for his sophomore english class.  It was truly hard to tell the difference between his and the dead writer’s work and it wasn’t a “Pierre Menard” moment.  He was channeling chuck.
  • Various gatherings with friends this summer…we do have a lot of fun
  • Playing my guitar at my first open mic event…I had never played with a sound man – ever.  I especially appreciate that someone would consider singing a duet with me (in public) and I was happy that I didn’t embarrass myself or get a wince out of the crowd or the person singing with me 🙂
  • Walking into the bank with 15 years of rolled up change in 3 shoeboxes on a dolly so that I could have money in the account to justify buying my new 12 String Taylor GA4.  You had to see the look on the teller’s face.  It was priceless.
  • Publishing my sci-fi book in print this year…holding the first real copy was like…<I leave you literary license to fill in the blank>
  • Having a giveaway contest on goodreads and seeing the 717 people might actually be interested in reading what I have to say
  • Seeing the new Star Trek movie…on Mother’s Day (that was my wife’s idea…she wanted to share a movie we would like on Mother’s Day and I think she enjoyed watching us enjoy the movie 🙂
  • Continuing my studies this year at Bentley and getting 2 A’s and an A-….and I’m looking forward to finally getting to my HF and Marketing concentration classes this year.
  • Running the local portion of two tech forum events at work.  Feeding 75 people 3 times in a day, dealing with AV problems, greeting guests…The knex crash event was hilarious
  • Watching the economy slowly recover despite Washington’s (both sides) reluctance to do the right thing.  I might actually be able to put both kids through college with only minimal debt on their part…and I might not have to trade in my one gold filling for my part.
  • Family gathering this year at Easter, Christmas, Funerals and Graduations.  This is the essence of my life
  • Scrambling in the rain to put up my metal grill gazebo because I was worried about the rain on my son’s graduation.  It poured like hell on me while I was putting it up, and the graduation day was cloudy but never rained…figures 🙂  I do enjoy using it though.
  • Our suddenly not traveling quiet thanksgiving, and having to scramble to get the four Cornish game hens cooked and on our plates.  Having a mini turkey on each person’s plate is an image I will chuckle over as an old and decrepit man and tell every year to my future grandchildren.  The morale of the story is: Make the best of any situation

There were some rough spots this year: some business events where I wished I had a magic wand to fix at the time, some family health and life issues which I wish I could snap fingers and make go away…oh yeah and that stupid sty on my eye that wouldn’t go away for 5 months…until I was in for a regular checkup with my eye doctor, who was back for her first day from surviving pancreatic cancer, said “Oh we can take care of that in a jiffy” and did…Gave me some perspective…All in all stronger for the difficulty.

All of this confirms my general 2 part philosophy (which I don’t always live by, but I try):   “Awesome, let’s do it” and “That’s not right, let’s fix it”

Please have a Happy New Year, stay safe, take care of yourselves, hug your kids/family, and be grateful for what you have and were able to do…

Book Giveaway

In Random on December 29, 2010 at 12:21 am

Urtaru (Volume 1) by Armen Chakmakjian


by Armen Chakmakjian

Giveaway ends December 31, 2010.

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OK now for something completely different…

In Random on December 1, 2010 at 3:05 am

I made a smoothie in the blender this evening:

  • Bananas
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Pomegranate juice
  • Cauliflower (didn’t have Broccoli)
  • Baby Carrots
  • Lemon Juice
  • Ice

tastes great, very healthy.