2010 and a time for reflection

As 2010 draws to a close I thought I would take some time to reflect on what has been a fantastic year.

As 2008 closed I felt, not neccessarily sad, but certainly that sometihng was ending (which it was obviously). It had been a brilliant year, finishing high school, a really enjoyable holiday at Nana Beach which I still look back on with fond memories, and then starting college. I went into 2009 feeling that I couldn’t really have a much better year. And time showed that was the case as 2009 unfolded in front of us. Nana passed away in May as mum began her radio therapy treatment. Nan’s passing then put us all under quite a bit of emotional tension which, as Poppa spent more and more weekends here, bubbled under the surface for a few months but just out of the reach of talking about it. It came to a head last christmas Eve and I forget the exact events but Dad flipped and I such a way that me and Katy both remarked that we didn’t fancy spending a considerable amount of time in each others company in the planned holiday in 2010. Soon after christmas, before new year, while sat round the dinner table Katy and I brought up the events of Christmas Eve and our feelings as to the state of our family. Feelings that don’t need to be discussed here but I feel going in to 2010 we were in a better position with them being out in the open.

And 2010 happened and I feel exactly the same as I did at the end of 2008.

The year started on New Years Eve which was a fantastic night spent in the company of really good friends. The majority of the first part of the year was still the same old life at college which was fun all the same. Days off in the snow were memorable, making massive snowmen and sledging down the hill at the back of wayfarer’s drive. March brought a road trip to Warwick Uni to attend the Warwick TEDx conference which was extremely interesting and the drive there and back was thoroughly enjoyable. Aware of the impending A-Level exams, work and preparation became the main focus of life from easter time right up to my last exam at the end of June. Amongst this backdrop of revision we had our college leavers ball and said goodbye to a good number of friends made during time at college.

July brought an amazing holiday in the USA, to which Mum and Dad cannot be thanked enough. Starting in Las Vegas, we saw the Grand Canyon which is simply breathtaking and took in the sights around Vegas however the oppressive heat, even at 10pm, meant that we couldn’t spend that much time outside and darted from hotel to hotel to stay in the cool of air conditioining. We did however manage to meet up and go to the Stratosphere Towers with our neighbours who moved away a few years ago, by coincidence they were doing the same trip but in the opposite direction and we were both in Vegas at the same time. From Vegas, we drove up through death Valley and spent a night in a small town called Independence (it still reminds me of the club in wigan) and the day after carried on our drive north and passing over the Sierra Nevada mountains via the spectacular Tioga Pass. We spent 4 nights in a log cabin on the banks of Bass Lake, about 30 miles south of Yosemite National park. The first couple of days we were there we spent relaxing on the lake and the areas surrounding the cabin and then the last full day we venture back up the Wowona Highway (of which a 17 mile stretch was dug up for roadworks) and spent a day touring Yosemite National Park via the Glacier Point coach tour. This was thoroughly enjoyable and the driver leading the tour was superb and very knowledgeable.

From Yosemite we then drove through California to spend our last 5 nights in San Francisco which was fantastic. The city is very nice to be in and has an incredible micro-climate hence temperatures of around 10-15C which was very nice compared to the 50C the car was measuring in Death Valley. The city is like no other and me and katy both remarked how nice it would be to live here or take a gap year here. We spent the last week of the holiday with relatives in Knoxville, TN which finished off an amazing trip.

Arriving back home, the waiting game began with results day looming. Yet time passes and the two weeks passed quickly and results day dawned. Not wanting to check UCAS beforehand, I headed to college to collect my results. A*AAB in maths, further maths, geography and physics respectively meant that I was going to Sheffield to study Civil Engineering. I Spent the following weekend in a field listening to some fantastic music at V Festival at Weston Park. The weekend was fantastic having watch Madness, Kasabian, Florence and the Machine, David Guetta and many many more. I then returned home to find myself with a job for 3 weeks before I went to university and then I left and life hasn’t really been the same since.

I have met some fantastic people at uni an shared some brilliant moments with them. In a house of 13 there is never really a quiet moment and certain nights will always be remembered. Not all of uni life is drinking and nights out and work is still being done and with exams looming revision will yet again be rearing its head. That said, civil engineering is really interesting (and yes I include concrete in that). Between us, we have our favourite modules but I am certainly in the minority of those who enjoy sustainable engineering. Having lived away from home for a considerable length of time now, family life is very different to university and a lack of banter is never really very good. I look forward to getting back to uni and many coming nights out this semester.

Generally, a lot of things have still  been fairly constant this year. I still love driving and as always I still keep up to date in the movements of the tech industry, specifically Android and phones. However other tastes have changed throughout the year and I have started listening to some brilliant artists this year notably Deadmau5, The Temper Trap and Ronny K. It is often remarked as to how varied my music tastes are and this leads me on to this years music playlist which I hope everyone can enjoy some songs in it even if trance is not to your tastes.

Track Artist Album
From Somewhere Ronny K. vs Ziki YT Trance
Sequile (Ronny K. Emotion Mix) Emotia YT Trance
Love Lost The Temper Trap Conditions
Tear Red Hot Chili Peppers By The Way
Not Nineteen Forever The Courteeners Youtube
Morning Light (Intro Mix) Ronny K. pres EOYC YT Trance
Strobe Deadmau5 For Lack of a Better Name
Sweet Dispositon The Temper Trap Conditions
1987 Ticon YT Trance
Atlantis Ronny K. pres Advanced YT Trance
Where is the Love Baracuda Youtube
Miss You Simon Patterson YT Trance
Finale B Jonathon Larson Rent
Drumming Song Florence and the Machine Lungs
C’est La Vie B*Witched Youtube
The Cave Mumford and Sons Sigh No More
Dog Days Are Over Florence and the Machine Lungs
Feeling The Moment Feeder Youtube
Tik Tok KE$HA Youtube
Right This Second Deadmau5 4×4=12
Place Your Hands Reef Youtube
Some Chords Deadmau5 4×4=12
An Olive Grove Facing The Sea (2009 Version) Snow Patrol Purchased
To Love Again Alesha Dixon Now 74
House of Fun Madness Total Madness
This Ain’t a Love Song Scouting For Girls Youtube
Club Can’t Handle Me Flo Rida feat. David Guetta Youtube
FML Deadmau5 For Lack of a Better Name
Sunlight DJ Sammy The Very Best Euphoric Dance Breakdown 2009
Drifting Away Lange feat. Skye The Very Best Euphoric Dance Breakdown 2009

Many tracks here remind me of many different place, a lot of memories of V Fest, holiday and uni. There is also a spotify playlist available here my2010

I hope 2011 will be just as good a year that 2010 has been and I have a few resolutions I hope to keep. One is to read more and I hope with my kindle this is possible. I also hope to write more on here and the last one  is to take more pictures, hopefully lots of pictures with my DSLR but also of people and nights out. I hope this year has been just as good for other people and see you in the new year.


So I now I’ve remembered, here are the rest of the pictures I took on holiday

San Francisco by night

A collection of pictures took at the California Science Institute (The museum building was designed by Arup but I didn’t know this so I have no pictures of the building)

Pictures taken from various boat rides out into the bay

The Golden Gate Bridge

Other Pictures of San Francisco