My 2015

I thought I might record what happened to me in 2015. Here’s a summary of the summary:

  • Traveled to Atlanta, Chicago (twice), Madison, Kentucky, San Antonio, Colorado Springs, and Cozumel
  • Went to 10 concerts, 2 comedy shows, 1 musical, a science talk, and 5 movies
  • Went to 5 conferences, spoke at 3
  • Went to 2 Cardinals games and 1 minor league baseball game
  • Went camping twice and floating twice

January

  • Garden Glow at Missouri Botanical Gardens (January 2)
  • School of Rock concert at the Ready Room (January 10)
    • My nephew Jake played in a band that did Rolling Stones covers
    • A band of older kids played Frank Zappa covers
  • Book of Mormon at Peabody Opera House (January 15)
  • Eagle watching in Alton (January 17)
  • Marched in Ferguson for MLK day (January 19)

February

  • Mentoring for Roy Clay Sr. Tech Impact program (various dates)
  • SLUUG tutorial – regular expressions (February 11)

March

  • Mentoring for Roy Clay Sr. Tech Impact program (various dates)
  • SLUUG presentation – How the Web Works (part 1) (March 11)
  • Roy Clay Sr. Tech Impact graduation (March 15)
  • STLLUG presentation – How the Web Works (part 2) (March 19)

Tech Impact graduation

April

  • Beth’s senior show (April 17)
  • RailsConf (April 21-25)
    • RailsConf workshop – http://exploration (April 23)
  • Beth’s 40th birthday (April 30)

May

  • Beth’s 40th birthday and graduation party at Montell Winery (May 2)
    • With Sean Gilmore, Stacey Christen, Julie Wilkison, Angie Schmid
  • Beth’s graduation (May 4)
  • Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally at Peabody Opera House (May 10)
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson at Peabody Opera House (May 13)
    • Seventh row center (2nd last ticket left)
  • Rush at Scottrade Center (May 14)
    • With Julie Wilkison and Scott and Kerry Schuette
  • Zac Brown Band at Riverport Amphitheater (May 21)
  • Bob and Betty Kayser’s 50th wedding party (May 22)
  • Cardinals baseball game (May 29)

June

  • Floating on Courtois, Huzzah, and Meramec (June 3)
    • With Colleen Johnston
    • Rivers were very high and fast
    • Saw over 200 tutles
    • Saw only 1 other boat on the rivers
  • Circus Flora (June 14)
  • Chicago (June 26 – 28)
    • Sofitel hotel (River North)
    • Pizano’s pizza
    • Wendella boat tour
  • Jimmy Buffett at First Midwest Bank Amphitheater in Chicago (June 27)
    • With Shannon and Bob Guillen

Tailgating before Jimmy Buffett concert

July

  • Vacation in Colorado Springs with Buchek family (July 6 – 13)
    • Garden of the Gods
    • Pike’s Peak
    • Broadmoor hotel
    • Royal Gorge
    • White water rafting on Arkansas River (River Runners)
    • Emerald Fields
    • Colorado Springs Sky Sox baseball game
  • Mentoring for Roy Clay Sr. Tech Impact program (various dates)
  • Clueless at Art Hill (July 24)
    • With Neem Serra
  • Cardinals baseball game (July 27)
  • Floating at Ozark Outdoors (July 31, August 1)
    • With Andy Wamser
    • Floated at night with glow sticks on an inflatable orca

August

  • STL Ruby presentation – Immutable Infrastructure (August 10)
  • Mentoring for Roy Clay Sr. Tech Impact program (various dates)
  • Roy Clay Sr. Tech Impact graduation (August 16)
  • Yes and Toto at Family Arena (August 19)
    • Ran into John Weber
  • Madison+ Ruby conference (August 21 – 22)
    • Madison+ Ruby presentation – Immutable Infrastructure (August 22)
  • Jimmy Buffett at Alpine Valley (August 22)
  • Chicago (August 23 – 24)
    • Site-seeing double-decker bus
    • Hotel Allegro
  • Brad Paisley at Riverport Amphitheater (August 30)

Presenting at Madison+ Ruby conference

September

  • Def Leppard, Styx, and Tesla at Riverport Amphitheater (September 4)
  • Camping in Kentucky (September 5 – 7)
    • With Sarah and JD Kline and kids
  • Justin Hayward at Sheldon Concert Hall (September 11)
    • With Mom
  • Windy City Rails (September 17 – 19)
    • Took train up
    • Hyatt had no rooms; had to take a taxi to Hammond, Indiana
    • Dinner at Slurping Turtle
    • Visited Pivotal Labs
    • Lobster dinner at Catch 35
    • Art Fair in Evanston (killing time on the L)
  • Strange Loop (September 24 – 26)
  • RacketCon (September 27)

Lobster dinner at Catch 35 in Chicago

October

  • Hannibal for anniversary (October 9 – 11)
  • STL Ruby presentation – Ruby Preserves (October 12)
  • Leon Russell at Ready Room (October 17)
  • Boo at the Zoo (October 24)
  • Stevie Wonder at Scottrade Center (October 25)
  • Agile LINC (October 29)
  • Halloween at Central West End (October 31)

Halloween costume

November

  • REO Speedwagon at Peabody Opera House (November 13)
  • RubyConf (November 15 – 17)
    • RubyConf presentation – Ruby Preserves (November 15)

December

  • Started new gig at CenturyLink Cloud (December 1)
  • Polar Express train ride (December 1)
    • With Julie Wilkison
  • Vacation in Cozumel (December 7 – 14)
    • SCUBA diving
    • Snorkeling
    • Chankanaab
    • Swimming with dolphins
    • Xenotes excursion
  • Amy Schumer at Scottrade Center (December 18)
  • Got an inflatable hot tub for my birthday (December 23)
  • New Year’s Eve at Casa Loma Ballroom (December 31)

SCUBA diving in Cozumel, Mexico

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