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Wednesday 1 January 2014

Welcome to your new year.

Last year I totted up a bunch of numbers from 2012; here's the update. In 2013:

  • I took only 9 trips, visiting 4½ countries (Canada, England, Scotland, South Korea, and North Korea—the last one for only 4 minutes) and 4 states (New York, California, Washington, and Texas). I probably visited Indiana and Wisconsin in there too, but only incidentally.
  • I flew 77,610 km and drove only about 3,000 km. This is why I love living in a city.
  • As I mentioned yesterday, I wrote 537 Daily Parker posts, only 2 more than in 2012, keeping up the average of 1.48 per day for the second straight year.
  • I changed timekeeping systems in August, moving from Fogbugz to JIRA, so it's too much of a bother to calculate how much time I spent doing what. I can say, however, that I had 2,197 chargeable* hours at work, but I can't say (in public) how many were billable.
  • I took more photos than last year: 4,197. This was still fewer than 2011, 2010, or 2009.
  • For some reason, I only started 28 books in 2013, but I finished 30.
  • The really sad number, though, is that I only went to movie theaters 3 times, once to see a TV show (Doctor Who's 50th anniversary special) and once to see a movie I'd already seen (High Fidelity). So, really, I only saw one movie in a theater. On the other hand, I went to 13 baseball games and 5 concerts, and I did manage to watch 50 movies at home. Still, I need to go to more theater, clearly.

A mixed review, then. In 2014, travel will probably go up; so will seeing movies in theaters; so will reading books and taking photos. I'm looking forward to finding out.

* All time doing anything for my employer, not including vacation, PTO, or holidays.

Wednesday 1 January 2014 12:00:11 CST (UTC-06:00)  | Comments [0] | Kitchen Sink#
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