Happy New Year’s Eve!

As I start to write it’s a little more than two hours until next year. It’s been nearly a week since my last posting. Let’s recap.

On Sunday, I officially entered the world of iPod. After ripping and transferring all of my CD’s, I have a 20-GB iPod that’s twice as big as necessary. Time to get some more music… I enjoy having all my music at my fingertips. Not having mastered the skill of creating multiple play lists, I’m enjoying listening to my entire library in shuffle mode. Never know what’s coming next. Quick tip: if you have an iPod, you need Anapod Explorer from Red Chair Software. Anapod makes it easy to have more songs on your iPod than on your PC. This won’t be a problem if you can dedicate 20 GB to your music library; I can’t.

Just a few days after my first post on earthquakes, the devastating earthquake and resulting tsunami struck south Asia. The current death toll is 124,000 and expected to rise. The earthquake still shows as a large circle on the IRIS seismic monitor, but it will soon be replaced with a purple dot, indistinguishable from the many already showing. The earthquake doesn’t yet show on the USGS list of significant earthquakes, but when it does, it will not be the earthquake with the most loss of life. That horrific honor goes to a quake on January 23, 1556, in Shensi, China. Amazingly, there are a few more with at least 200,000 fatalities.

Ironically, on Wednesday, we went to the OMNIMAX theater at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Portland, Oregon, and saw Forces of Nature.

Just yesterday, Suzi and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary. Only those who have never made it beyond their honeymoon would believe me if I claimed the last 20 years have been without trouble. Nonetheless, the years have been much better than I deserved. Thank you, Suzi. Here’s looking forward to 20 more!

I haven’t written New Year’s resolutions for years. This year won’t be different. Meet you in 2005!