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It's been almost half a year since I've written one of these...huh.

So, not gonna lie, I've kinda lost interest in keeping up my account here.  Doesn't mean I'm going to stop posting photos, but for the most part that's all I'm really going to be doing.  I'm not a huge fan of a fair number of the changes that dA has been implementing lately (they all just seem needless and superficial, in my opinion), and given that I hardly write or create fractal art anymore and instead almost exclusively do location and weather photography lately means that this account will pretty much just become a depository of my photo work.

That being said, 2015 has been...well it's been a year.  I can hardly believe that today's New Year's Eve.  I started this year with high hopes and almost immediately went through one of the darkest times of my life.  Not going to go into much detail about that, but let's just say that for the first half of the year I legitimately feared for my future for the first time in my life, and it wasn't fun.  But that's all behind me now, and hopefully my past is where I can leave it!

2015 has been a tough and very stressful year, between significant changes at work, the aforementioned life issues, drama and struggles with Running of the Leaves, and my current living situation...2015 is both a year I'd love to forget but also a year I'll look fondly at for a long time.  2015 saw me traveling (almost literally) coast to coast for the first time in my life and my first time traveling to an international border.  I went on only 4 legitimate storm chases but saw 2 tornadoes (one of which was the among the strongest in state history and touched down in my own home town!), and I went from being Director of VIP Relations in RotL Con to being Co-Chair of the entire event.  I've also started collecting highway signs...haven't made much progress on that one though.

So let's take a look at where I've been this year...

26 states (Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland) plus my first glimpse at another country!

4 storm chases (across Colorado, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas), saw 2 tornadoes.

Moved from an apartment to a multi-story townhouse.

Saw/met Kamelot and Dragonforce at the Ogden Theater in Denver.

...and I think that about covers it.  I'm hoping to start regularly going to the gym again to get back to where I was prior to college, and I think within 2 years I want to move out of Colorado, so I'll be working hard to make that a reality.  I also have tickets to see Bullet for my Valentine in a little over a month at the Ogden, so that should be exciting!

Portland, OR by eon-krate32Vancouver, WA by eon-krate32Reno, NV by eon-krate32San Francisco, California by eon-krate32Las Vegas Strip by eon-krate32Topeka, KS by eon-krate32St. Louis, MO by eon-krate32Wheeling, WV by eon-krate32Pittsburgh, PA by eon-krate32Philadelphia, PA by eon-krate32Wilmington, DE by eon-krate32Baltimore, MD by eon-krate32Cleveland, OH by eon-krate32Toledo, OH by eon-krate32Detroit, MI by eon-krate32Windsor, Ontario, Canada by eon-krate32Chicago, IL by eon-krate32Davenport, IA by eon-krate32Des Moines, IA by eon-krate32Omaha, NE by eon-krate32Black Hawk, CO by eon-krate3206/04/2015 Berthoud, CO  EF3 Tornado by eon-krate32
08/17/2015 Kiowa/Elizabeth Tornado by eon-krate32
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  • Listening to: Poets of the Fall - Carnival of Rust
  • Drinking: Soda


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PoesDaughter Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015  Professional Writer
Thank you for the :+fav: on "Tornado - Avondale" :) 
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Happy birthday!  :cake:
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Happy birthday!
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:music:birthday cake by Chibivillecute:music:
     Happy Birthday Xak 
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