What do you remember doing 10 years ago? Twenty? Thirty??? Forty???
I remember 10 years ago, my wife and I were looking forward to a new baby and preparing to raise our child the best we could as we watched the snow fall outside our apartment on our second New Year's eve as husband and wife, thinking that Y2K was going to shut everything down.
I remember 20 years ago, my brother and I, and a bunch of our friends, jumped up and down in a huddle as we welcomed in the 90's at the stroke of 12.
Thirty years ago, fireworks rang in the streets of San Juan, Metro Manila to celebrate the arrival of 1980, and my family was getting ready to welcome another child into the family. All this while preparing the house to welcome the neighborhood kids in what was my grandmother's annual New Year's Day celebration.
For me, the dawn of a new decade comes with a lot of emotions. This decade, I get to look forward to both my children going into junior high AND high school, possibly college. Both of them getting their drivers licenses, and all the bells and whistles that come with being...teenagers. I get to see the 90's become popular again (did the decade ever really go away???). I get to look forward to another decade of getting older as I turn the big 4-0 (and I had a hard time adjusting to 30).
Ten years ago, I joined my first hobby forum (the Topps forum on the old Prospero boards). Before the end of the year, I registered with eBay. Blogging, Facebook, and other websites soon followed. Who knows what we get to see in the next ten years that we won't be able to live without?
Well, time to stop rambling, and time to start getting into more important matters. Because in the world of baseball cards, there will be a lot of changes coming into the 2010's.
May all your collections grow to new heights. Let's hope Topps makes it a bit easier on us insane set collectors. Thank you for letting me into your computers this past year. I hope to be able to share more of my collection with you in 2010!!!