When my kids were little, we played a game at dinner every night.
Because kids tend to not want to talk with their families (at least when they become teenagers) at the dinner table, we looked for ways to get everyone to engage in the evening. We started with a no electronics at dinner rule. That worked to some extent, but we still got a lot of shrugged shoulders or “I don’t know” answers to the normal questions of “how was your day, or what happened at school today?” Eventually, we came upon a game that we played every night for years and years at the dinner table. It turned out to be one of the highlights of our family time together. We called the game Best and Worst, and over the years the game has developed a life of it’s own. The kids friends participated in the game as well when they were young, and now when they are at our house someone trots out the game to this day.
The rules of the game were simple. It was a game that the rules could be made up by the person who called the game that night. Whoever called the game, not before all butts had sat down at the table – as that was outside the overall rules, got to make up the rules for that night. Of course, since I invented the game, I often times changed even that rule if someone beat me to the game. Just this past Christmas dinner with the kids and their significant others, we played the game. It was a fun version.
As I take a look back on 2017, I think the format of the game is my ticket into a 2017 review. I am calling the game “Best and Worst”, so sit yourself down and take a look.
On January 1, it looked like we were going to have a normal snow year. Even 2 weeks before the Birkie at the Pre-Birkie, there was good snow. Unfortunately, it rained and all went away just before the Birkie. We found ourselves with an historic 2nd canceling of the race and unseasonably warm conditions across all of the upper midwest. I guess this all qualifies as a Worst entrant into 2017.
Springtime brought a trip to Flanders for the race, Vienna for work and a couple of days there for Liz and I.
We went to the Giro for the first time. Got to see the future with Tom Dumolin as he dominated the race. The mountains are just incredible in northern Italy. The race is way better than the TDF as far as an event to go to. After the race, we traveled up to Amsterdam where we saw Eddie play solo, then home.
So far, those are all pretty good things. There were a few bad things that happened in 2017. I ended up in the hospital with a bad infection that I could not seem to kick. It all worked out in the end on that point, but it wasn’t fun. Unfortunately, the bad events with cars and bicycles keep happening, and the world lost Nicky Hayden to a bike and car crash.
Summer came along and was overall pretty great. Lots of family visits and bike riding and a bunch of other great things.
Fall always rocks in Wisconsin. We had plenty of great fun this year by adding a MTB trip out to Utah. We saw Hanna and Adam, and had an announcement that we will be grandparents from Ali.
Rolling into Winter and 2018.
All in all, 2017 was an awesome year with just a few things that did not provide a great experience. Feel pretty blessed to live where I do, with the people I do and have the opportunities I have had.
Looking forward to 2018. It is going to be a big year.