2. 0. 1. 5.

I wasn't going to do it, but what better time than to gather my thoughts from 2015 than right now. Hell, it's a year-end tradition at this point. So here it goes. 2015 began and continued the same way 2014 ended, i.e. depressingly. This November and December, though, has brought me a lot of mental clarity that I was severely lacking for over a year and a half. I suppose, other than studying for various professional certifications throughout the year, being depressed was starting to become a second hobby. Talking to friends helped tremendously.

Professionally, I nailed my two-hour LEED Green Associates exam with only 2/100 questions wrong in just under 57 minutes (yes, it was an easy exam) in August, and I passed my Professional Engineer Exam in October. In November, I was invited to attended a mechanical engineering practice leadership meeting in Philadelphia. All the regional managers and group leaders were there to talk about projects, lack of profits, and other issues. I was invited to provide a "young engineer's perspective" on this; I felt somewhat out of place. I learned a lot in Philly, including the fact that I have, at least among the mechanical group, a good reputation that precedes me. Yay.

Soon enough, I'll have PE, CxA, LEED Green Associate behind my name on my new business card! Maybe I'll quit my job next year.

I went to two work-related Orioles game this year: Philly@Orioles, 3-19, in June; and Athletics@Orioles, 2-18, in August. With such a ridiculous win rate, Taylor says I need to go to every home game to help them out. Disappointedly, I haven't attended any Wizards games this year.

My sister Kelsey and I took a two-and-a-half week vacation/road trip in September (right at what should have been the peak of PE Exam studying season). We started by visiting Stephen in Seattle, WA. From Seattle, we rented a Chrysler 200S and drove to Portland, OR via Mount St. Helens. From Portland to Eureka, CA, via a circuitous detour to Crater Lake National Park (at which we saw literally nothing because of epic fog). After leaving Eureka, we stopped at Fort Bragg, CA for lunch before arriving at San Francisco, CA. San Francisco was awesome. We met up with some distant cousins for dinner, we wandered the necessary sights, and we biked across the Golden Gate Bridge twice. I travelled through SFO airport for the first time. (No new airlines in 2015 though.)

Also, I visited York, PA three times, including for Christmas this year, and I visited Taylor in Raleigh, NC, once. I only went home to Brooklyn a disappointingly meager four times; I need to do better.

This year, my car engine died suddenly while I was going 75 mph driving home from the aforementioned Athletics@Orioles on I-95S. Coasting without engine power, across three lanes, to the right shoulder is definitely something I do not want to experience again. I had to call for tow-truck service for the first time in my driving career. (It turned out it was a failed Cylinder #3 coil, causing the unbalanced engine to shake violently whenever I tried the accelerator. Ultimately, the broken piece was replaced for me under warranty. Luckily.) I drove approximately 20,870 miles in my Mazda3 this year, at an average of 34.36 mpg. My best tank-average to date was 39.53 mpg, which occurred in 2015.

Photography took a major backseat this year, but I've resorted to Instagram, which is weirdly addicting. I am considering making a photo book of my Instagram posts in 2015. Otherwise, there's been no major new hobbies this year. Although, I did develop an interest in horology and watches late in the year.

I should go meet some people and get a life. 2016 will be life-changing. I promise.

So sit up straight. Pay attention. Don't be shit, Kevin.

To My Self

To You,

I hope that you can stop yourself from falling into old, destructive habits. I hope this tragic ending to your year-long fling with the idea of finding love and happiness won't stop you from discovering new love in something you've yet to do or with someone you've yet to meet. I hope that you will be able to forgive and let go of those things that have hurt you. I hope you will be able to find your own way and find the peace you've been looking for for far too long.

Yours truly,

Kevin

Mousepad

K: Is a mousepad where a field mouse dwells?

B: Yes.

B: If he's single.

B: Like a bachelor pad.

B: Otherwise it's a mousehouse.

K: Ohhh!!

Not a Haiku

Right turn. 
Walk 10 steps.
Left turn. 
Hit wall. 
Open door. 
Hit wall.
Left turn.
Fall down stairs.
Keep falling.
Keep rolling.
Exit on level G1.
Turn left.
Keep going to Laundry Room.
Turn right.
You're at the Loading Dock.
Hit wall.
Fall down 4 feet.
—Directions on how to exit my apartment, to RC

Mid-Year Review

Again, I cannot stress the accomplishment the design and production of the 200,000 square foot bus storage facility has been. Kevin has taken on major portions of the design, drawing and specification production, including calculations, internal and external coordination.  This, while we continue to push forward many other small and medium sized projects.
I have been working with Kevin for over a year now and it is a pleasure. [T]he enthusiasm and energy he brings to the office along with intelligence and professionalism.
Thanks, Boss.

Plans, Ahead

I think I've decided to make 2015 the year of professional growth. There are a few exams lined up for various certifications and professional licensure with my aim to successfully attain them by year's end. We'll see.

Brighten Your Day

K: I like when I accidentally hit my light when answering the phone.

K: It brings me much joy.

B: Does it brighten your day?

K: Quite.