Thursday, December 31, 2009

An End-of-Year/-Decade Thanks

So, yeah, it's been a wild year -- let alone a wild decade. Everyone's been doing this "what were you doing 10 years ago" thing. Here's my shorthand from December 31, 1999:

No wife (not even a girlfriend), let alone kids. Sketchy, cliff-of-dotcom-bubble job. No writing career. Hadn't applied to business school. Horrible, illegal sub-let apartment. Tiny network of friends, acquaintances and colleagues. Atrophied-to-nonexistence fan allegiance.

Fast-forward 10 years: Lovely wife I've been with for 8 wonderful years. Two amazing kids. Fascinating work and energizing career path. Wide-ranging writing career, from being on the front page of ESPN.com every day to an obsessive blog about Tim Tebow. Harvard MBA. Homeowner. Huge network. Die-hard fan allegiance.

But as I have mentioned here -- and try to mention as often as I can -- one of the true highlights has been my relationship with you and the rest of the readers. Whether you have been reading since the Quickie or since the blog launched or when I have written for any number of other outlets, I appreciate it more than you know.

I wish each of you -- all of you -- the best in the new year and new decade: Health and happiness.

See you all back here tomorrow. Let's make 2010 the best. year. ever.

-- D.S.

1 comment:

Sam said...

Considering where my life is, as compared to where yours was 10 years ago, I feel very confident that I can achieve immeasurably great things in the near future as well. Ideally, a career that both inspires and challenges me, and that matters to others; and of course a home life with one who loves me, maybe marriage and kids, but certainly the stability and confidence a good woman lends to one's life - from understanding and encouragement, to love and laughter.
Congrats to you on your continued success, and thank you for being both a talented author who has become my first sports read daily, and an inspiration to me personally - a portent of good things to come, as it were.
I hope to one day receive a comment somewhat like this one, which would mean I've made something notable of myself as well.
Thanks for everything, and Happy New Year to you, the family, and all the Quickie/DanShanoff.com readers as well.
May the next ten be even greater than these past - for you and me both...