Just like last year, I thought I would briefly share some of the highlights of the past year with a post chock full of links to some of my past features. Consider it the Internet’s method of re-gifting. Enjoy!
- The first big event of 2005 (February 2nd, to be exact) was the celebration of the one-year anniversary of Internet Zillionaire. We proudly toasted this moment, as our website was surprisingly able to survive past the average lifespan of a housefly or goldfish. And we’re still going! Some people may not measure their website’s success against the lifespan of simple organisms, but we do. In a few months, we’ll be surpassing the field mouse threshold, and that’s when the champagne corks will really fly.
- I spent most of the spring meticulously documenting my thoughts on remote controls. I wrote three massive posts on this topic, and still haven’t beaten the subject to death to my satisfaction. Apparently, I somehow morphed into George Lucas while writing these. At this point, I don’t know where it will end. There could be some prequels to my trilogy of remote control posts. I might interject Jar Jar Binks into a post about my VCR remote. Frankly, anything is possible.
While we’re on the topic, May brought the final installment of the Star Wars movies, meaning millions of nerds across the galaxy suddenly had a little less to live for. Of course, that doesn’t mean we can’t still debate the nuances of the trilogies to the annoyance and boredom of those around us.
One final note on Episode III: I think Anakin Skywalker re-defined the expression “being left for dead.” When you sever all the arms and legs off your enemy, and leave his writhing torso engulfed in flames on a remote part of a planet made of lava…well that, my friends, is leaving someone for dead. Of course, we all know how that worked out. But the point is, no longer will I settle for merely running over someone with my truck and passing that off as “leaving them for dead.” The bar has been raised considerably.
- In June, my wife and I celebrated our one-year wedding anniversary. I’ll use this opportunity to thank her for being so supportive of my writing, because without her, I would be severely hurting for material. I’m truly lucky to have a wife that doesn’t mind being the subject of a post comparing marriage to joining a monastery. And yes, these glowing compliments are a desperate attempt to score an Xbox 360 from her for Christmas.
- My wife and I did some traveling over the summer, here are a few highlights:
Boston: We toured the whole city, but I particularly enjoyed visiting Harvard and MIT, which really put into perspective what a real college is all about. I must say, it was refreshing just to stroll through a campus where half the students weren’t majoring in “Leisure Services” (apologies to Krusty.) And in some random polling I conducted, students actually knew where the “library” was, without me having to elaborate by referring to it as the “big building with lots of books.”
Superior, Montana: As the name suggests, this town is much better than its sister city, Inferior, Montana. We stayed in Superior as part of an annual river-rafting trip. Montana is the last great frontier, a place where you can drive without speed limits or seatbelts and unabashedly drink from an open container. They even have drive-thru windows that serve alcohol. You don’t even have to get out of your car for a beer! In other words, the entire state is like a reckless driving fantasy camp.
Now, compare that to my drive back to Washington. Suddenly, I have to keep it under 70, and wear a seatbelt, and get rid of my open beer. And the strongest beverage I can get via drive-thru is espresso. Needless to say, the state flower in Washington is the pansy.
Las Vegas: Truthfully, Las Vegas was our third choice. After Hurricane-Fest 2005 destroyed our attempts at a Caribbean cruise, we opted for Vegas. The highlight of the trip: My wife and I attended a topless variety show together at the Sahara. We both thought the show was excellent, but for different reasons.
- September brought news of a fetus in my wife’s oven. Naturally, an event like this inspired a series of posts, ranging from an innuendo-laced account of how the child was conceived to my fatherhood anxiety . I’m still coping with all of this, but as long as I don’t end up wearing a fake man-breast like Robert DeNiro in “Meet the Fockers,” I’ll be alright.
- On November 10th, we officially joined the 9Rules network. This was nice recognition for Internet Zillionaire, as 9Rules prides itself on only featuring quality sites. Clearly, our inclusion in the network is jeopardizing that legacy.
- Finally, I thought I would share something of interest pertaining to Internet Zillionaire. If you’re curious what our top post for the year was (in terms of hits), click here.
The sad thing is, it’s not even a horse race. That’s our most widely read post by far.
The Captive Lion summed it up perfectly: “The Internet is so lowbrow.”
As you can see it’s been quite a year. And the year will conclude the same as last year, with dozens of Zillionaires descending on my mansion to toast the New Year and each other. For those that I won’t see this holiday season, I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year…