Gratitude 2014

In 2012 I wrote a post about everything I felt grateful for on my 32nd birthday. I didn't follow up on that post in 2013 because I was busy buying a house and getting ready to be a father. But now that I'm 34, I think I have just as many things to be thankful for.

Comparing the list from the 2012 post and my running tally on my About page, I see:




  • Attended Appleseed rifle training course
  • Built a safe direction


  • Attained 2nd and 3rd degree in the Knights of Columbus
  • Attained 4th degree in the Knights of Columbus


I did well on my reading as well, getting in 36 books last year, not counting children's books. In the last year, I made progress on two major goals: I submitted all the paper work for my first patents, and paper I co-authored is nearly ready for submission.

Over the past year, as my son has approached todderhood, this has largely turned into my CrossFit blog. There don't seem to be as many hours between his bedtime and mine as I would like. Everything is as it should be.


Today is my 32nd birthday, and the primary emotion that I feel is gratitude. I appreciate all of the well-wishes, and I especially appreciate the opportunity to spend time with my family today. I live in a good place, I have a great career, and I've had many wonderful opportunities in life. Looking back on 32 years, I have had a great many adventures in my life already! There are only greater adventures to come, with the birth of my son in a few weeks and the completion of our house.

Inspired by Steve Kamb at Nerd Fitness, here are all the epic quests I have completed so far:






  • Been to Europe on business
  • Drank in a disco with famous physicians
  • Responsible for a capital expenditure of $1M in one year
  • Remediated asbestos as a student job
  • Self-employed as computer technician


  • Received a grade of Marksman in the Gunsite Academy 250 Defensive Pistol class
  • Earned a red belt in taekwondo

Personal Development

  • Got married!
  • Learned how to two-step
  • Ad-libbed a speech in front of thousands of people [High school graduation 1998]
  • Served as president of a Catholic school board
  • Met with a state representative to discuss tax credits for religious schools
  • Served at the altar for Latin Mass