2012 arrived at a pivotal time in my life and the life of those around me. The changes called for something special, something beyond a mere kiss at new years and broken resolutions. The new year called for a reflection.
Immediately prior to the threshold of 2012, the Mizells said farewell to our paternal patriarch, James Mizell. He lived 92 years on this planet, raising four kids and successfully running many of his own businesses. He succeeded in teaching his kids and grandkids the meaning of hard work and, as for me personally, a sense of responsibility to deal with the world forthrightly.
At the same time, I’ve jumped into a new job and thereby redirected my career slightly to focus almost exclusively on water rights. I am now working at the California Department of Water Resources as staff counsel for the State Water Project’s water rights. Rock on.
As for New Year’s, Karen and I spent the evening celebrating in a low-key and friendly way with Grant and Evelyn a their home in Amesbury, England. I believe we celebrated on Copenhagen time… or was it Brussels? In either case, it was a great evening of enjoyable banter and English TV hilarity.
What will the new year bring? This is something only time will tell. I suspect, however, it will be exciting and full of adventure. Kraen and I have several backpacking trips in the works, a season of snowboarding (if Tahoe would hurry up and get some snow) and we’re running, for the second year in a row, the Vineman 70.3 half-Ironman triathlon this July. On top of that, we have two family weddings with Julia and Chris and John & Kira.
Stay tuned for a new year.