Right, now let's go back to my end-of-the-year best-of lists. Here are some of the events that made 2010 a pretty decent year:
-Seeing Marshall Crenshaw live. My mother used to play his self-titled debut record all the time when I was a boy, so as soon as I heard he was performing at my local coffee shop I knew I had to go. I got his autograph, too!
-Starting my Coffee Chats podcast. After doing a few episodes of my friend Tone's now-defunct Top 3 Cast, I decided to try my luck at podcasting with Coffee Chats. While it may not have had too wide of an audience, I got to interview some great people like Renee Johnson, Doug Pagitt, Brian McLaren, Julie Clawson, Jason Boyett, Pastor Nar, and Adele Saklar, among many many others.
-Seeing Brian McLaren speak in person. He actually made two appearances in town this past spring, but I could only go to one. I met him afterward. He must have recognized me from Coffee Chats (I had interviewed him a few weeks prior to this) because when I was next in line to meet him, he said, "And you are . . .?" Not in a snarky David Spade way, but more like a you-look-familiar-but-I-can't-put-my-finger-on-it way. When I told him who I was, his eyes lit up. He's a really nice guy.
-Joining the Something Beautiful team. We were mutual fans of each other's work for a few months, until one day Thomas emailed me and said, "Would you like to join our team?" I said, "You bet!" Even though the boys at SB told me I could still do Coffee Chats, I decided it would be easier for me to be a one-podcast guy, so I took an indefinite hiatus from Coffee Chats to focus on Something Beautiful. It's been a total blast so far!
-Rethinking my faith (in a good way). After exploring different ways of interpreting Scripture, I came to a point where I didn't know what I believed in anymore. So I decided to unlearn everything I've ever been taught about Jesus, and read the four gospels for myself. Turns out there was a lot of stuff I never noticed before!
-Deciding to go back to school. I always believed that by the time I was 27 I would be rubbing shoulders with all the important artists and intellectuals of my time. Well, things didn't turn out the way I planned, so I figured I better rethink my priorities. After a lot of thinking, I decided to get my Master's in Library Sciences. Might take me a while, though, since I don't even have a Bachelor's Degree. But I think it'll be worth it.
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