Good bye 08

This year will forever be known in my memory as the year I got bionic hearing, well not quite, but I can say I had a laser destroy bone inside my head. I also have two prosthetic stapes now!

However this year was about a lot more, from meeting Bea’s family to knowing that even in our times supporting a politician can make people say some nasty things, it was about the up and downs of life and a year where turning 30 really brought a lot of wisdom into my life.

I began this year with the goal that I was going to become very introspective and work on self discovery this year. My relationship with my wife had really opened my life to feeling more like myself than during any other period of my life. Marriage brought me freedom by knowing that someone loves me exactly for who I am. Early this year I was able to cross paths with a graphologist and had my handwriting analyzed with very interesting results.

As the weather got warmer and I started to get a little more vocal about what I believed on. I knew it would bring some resistance and controversy, but never as much as I got from telling people that I did not believed on going to see dead people on display.

I also started to hang out more with the crazy bloggers around this area and found started calling most of them friends. Funny enough I still have not met Shane.

During the middle of the year some hard times began. I was so wrapped up on work and life that it started taking a toll. I started to miss home (both Chicago and Colombia or I guess family overall) terribly. My wife also experienced the same and we realized little by little that the rat race was just making us unhappy. Thankfully better days have come and we are now making changes to that and life is starting to get better every single day.

Those days were made easier by having some good friends around. Some know more than others how much they helped, but overall I thank you all.

One of the closest people to me, whom I have never met personally started going through some difficult times. Daniel has dealt with more than a person should this year and it killed me not to be able to go sit next to him and have a cup of coffee. Supporting people long distance is freaking hard, but geographically it was all I could do. I was going to say this to him in a private e-mail, but since our relationship started with our blogs I wanted to say this to him and all of you dealing with life… it will pass, it will get better, and you will come out stronger at the other end.

On that note, one of the many lessons that I learnt this is something I want to share with you. To be successful in life you have to forget about that little voice that tells you “what are people going to think.” This takes me to something I want to say about my wife. Love, you are so strong and dealt with so much loss… also fighting depression and being public about it makes me incredibly proud, because even though so many people might want to make it seem like it is something to either deal with privately or be ashamed about you are dealing with it head on, and going through it I am sure you will help others see that they are not alone.

This year was tough, and the next might be even tougher in many ways; however, change has happened, change is coming and even though it is difficult to swallow sometimes it is necessary and it will make the world a better place. Make 2009 the year you work on all of relationships and make them stronger.

Parking

Even though most of my driving career has been here in the United States, I first learn the ways of the road in Colombia. While I still get a little shocked when I first drive there, parking there is actually too different to even include on this post. Lets just say that in most places you park you have to know people or the tourist thing will happen. You have to see Slumdog Millionaire to get this reference.

I learned how to parallel park in Chicago, and even though I am out of practice I can get my car into some pretty tight spots. Parking last night at 75th Street Brewery was a pain because the lot was full, so I got lucky and found a street parking spot where I would not be towed. Wait… no… just ticketed. That is when I realized something, I am super paranoid about getting towed.

I probably have seemed rude in the past here in Kansas City when in a suburb I park on their driveway when visiting them. In the Chicago area parking is a big ordeal. You have to have a city sticker allowing you to park there over night. However, just visiting friends can result on being towed or getting a ticket. After seeing my Dad get towed and having to pay a hefty fine to get the car back I became paranoid. These is one of those ordeals you do not forget and neither does your wallet because it can be more than $200 bucks down the drain.

I have to get out of the mode of parking on people’s driveways and just park on the street since there is no danger of being towed on the suburbs over here. You rarely have to even parallel park.

Slumdog Millionaire (****)

I cannot believe that in the last weekend of 2008 I actually watched a movie that I can add to my must see list. The Dark Knight was an impressive movie, but the raspy voice of Batman made it lose its fourth star. I was ready to start building the post about how much this year sucked when it came to movies, when my wife went and found this gem of a movie.

Mixing a fictional story with the crude reality affecting the world right now would be impossible to execute, but this film did it. The most amazing thing is that it did it while being entertaining, beautifully shot and impeccably casted.

I loved the use of color on the movie Hero that made the frames almost look like paitings, I also was taken back by how real City of God portrayed poverty and social inequality. I never imagined that a director could create a film where every scene could be made into a poster and hung in a gallery as a photography exhibit and also paint such a clear picture of India.

I know India is a big country and trying to say that a movie can give you an idea of what goes on over there is pretentious. The globalization theme has made me interested in India beyond liking its food and watching National Geographic documentaries. Almost every single aspect of how much India is changing is touched on in the movie. The social commentary is subtle and intelligent. From everything I have written it would seem like this is a heavy movie, but that is the best part of it, the movie is not.

Even though the movie takes on themes like poverty, globalization, and entertainment, in its core this is a coming of age story. Growing up we learn things that we use later on in life. This movie cleverly mixes that idea into how moments in your life can be used to win a game show. Not just any game show, but the Indian version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire.

I hope all the scattered thoughts that I have posted here spark your curiosity, because it’s hard to talk about the movie without giving too much away.

Merry Christmas

My wife is way more talented than I am when it comes to graphics, so I will borrow the awesome card that she created to say to you all! Merry Christmas.

Merry Christmas from John and Bea

2008 was another year full of changes! but they were all for the better! I feel very positive about this year that is coming. Again borrowing from my wife and her talent. Check out this picture recap.

Last but not least, please don’t forget what today is about… and no I am not talking just about the religious aspect which I find important, but about the spirit! family, friends, love, and joy to the world!

Merry Christmas

Working Up a Sweat

I have been confined to my house for the past 6 days. Today I am actually getting out to go to the doctor. This time it has taken a little longer to get to 100%. I am not hearing just yet, but I think it is a matter of time. I think the antibiotics this time are a little different and affecting me a lot more. Thank God I am done with those tomorrow.

I am getting very impatient to get back to 100% because I really want to start working out and just being overall more active than I used to be. I think that now that I have the chance to have good hearing again I should take that as a chance to get all of my body a little more miles. Being dizzy and inmobile has been no fun at all. I cannot wait to work up a sweat.

I also been thinking a lot about washing my car. It has been a while since I gave it some TLC. I enjoy washing my car and detailing the inside. It is one of those things that actually calms me down and gives me time to think. Do you have a manual activity that you really enjoy doing?

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