Why 2016 hasn’t been the best year for me …

As you can probably tell from the title of this blog post … i’m ready for 2016 to be over. ¬†This year has¬†definitely been a difficult year for me,¬†and i’m hoping that 2017 changes some of that.

The start of 2016 wasn’t good for me at all, as it began with one of my grandfather’s passing away. ¬†It was difficult but as we all know, we eventually have to move on. ¬†Thankfully a few months later things started looking better for me,¬†I went on a cruise with my girlfriend of 9 years, we had a great time without any issues, one of my favorite DJ’s (Illenium) played a military charity event near me at UCF, which was his first time in Florida, and was amazing … after that, things started to go down hill again … and continued up until now.

mailboxTo start off the fun, some idiot who wasn’t paying attention while driving, completely destroyed my brick mailbox, and go figure … the insurance information I got from him … was completely fake … I even helped that asshole to get a spare tire on his car

… go figure, no good deed goes unpunished.

So that was fun having to spend a ton of time removing all the broken bricks, installing a new mailbox, and then having the city come down on me to have to completely remove the entire foundation otherwise be charged $2,000 for them to do it.

That didn’t bother me too much, as that’s just life and i’m sure karma will come back around to that person. ¬†You would think things may get better, but they didn’t … for about an entire month the power company was having problems, which resulted in us losing power almost every other day, for anywhere from a couple hours, up to 12 hours. ¬†To make matters even worse, when the power company wasn’t having issue … my ISP started having problems … “maintenance” they called it, which is just BS because they don’t want to pay overtime for their employees to do maintenance NOT during normal business hours. ¬†Of course that made it very fun for me to try and work .. ended up spending a lot of time at coffee shops just trying to get some work done.

Then the completely unexpected happened … Orlando was the scene of America’s deadliest shooting to date. ¬†This was very hard on me, and I actually created a blog post describing how I had to use that anger and hatred, in a proactive way:

Pulse Orlando Shooting: Putting Anger to Good Use

This really hit home for me and there was a good couple weeks where I couldn’t do much of any work, and actually had to go see a psychiatrist just to talk about it with someone, who I could open up to and express what I was feeling. I’m so thankful that I did do this, and did go talk to someone, because it helped tremendously.

If you’re on the fence about talking to someone because you think you may need help … don’t be ashamed of it, do it, in the long run you will be very happy that you did.

About a month later after all of this happened … there was a lot of drama between a few of my friend, in particular one of my best friends, or someone who I thought was a best friend, all over a girl. ¬†She was completely anti-social, didn’t make any effort to introduce herself, and was very off putting to say the least. ¬†At first I thought maybe she’s just a quiet person and I shouldn’t judge her without knowing … but the one thing I do know, is that my friend has a huge heart … and unfortunately I’ve seen people take advantage of that, and I didn’t want it to happen again. ¬†A little bit of time goes by, and come to find out … she’s not only been cheating on him, but also completely using him in any way possible. ¬†And it wasn’t like this was just 1 other person who told me this … literally everybody who knows either him or her, was saying this. ¬†I tried talking to him, multiple times …. even broke down crying about it …. and in the end, he didn’t want to hear what any of us had to say … and unfortunately now, I no longer talk to someone I thought was one of my best friends ūüôĀ

During this entire drama filled period of time … something even more horrible happened, which made me have to step back and look at what was important to me in life. ¬†I received a phone call that one of my family members had been raped and shot, and was in the hospital. ¬†At that point I no longer had time to deal with stupid girlfriend drama, and needed to focus on family and what was really important to me. ¬†After multiple surgeries and being in the hospital for over a week, the family member was able to make a full recovery which in the grand scheme of things … I take as a good thing, as it could have been way worse than that.

Things seem to be going OKAY again, and then my last remaining blood grandpa, passed away. ¬†This was very difficult for me as I had always looked up to him as a child, and an adult. ¬†He was a professional engineer that worked at Lockheed Martin for almost his entire life. ¬†He inspired me to become the engineer that I am today, and to question things .. build things … to never take “it can’t be done” as an answer.

Right after that happens, weather reports start coming in about the hurricane that’s going to hit Florida. ¬†Yay, more fun. ¬†I have family that lives in Melbourne Beach, and here in Orlando, so after helping all of them prepare and get ready, I then had to come back to my own house and get prepared. ¬†Literally a week of just boarding up windows, buying supplies, helping move things around, and then the hurricane hits …. and all we get is a little bit of flooding. ¬†I’m not saying I wish it had hit harder, because I don’t, but in the end I guess it’s better safe … than sorry … but that now just adds another week or two of time¬†I was unable to work because I was so busy.

So after all this, i’m very backed up on work that I need to complete. ¬†Tons of bug reports have come in for some of my plugins, and now I was completely swamped with work and things that needed to be finished.

You can read more about the business aspects of this in this separate blog post:



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  • Dan

    Thanks for sharing your story. All I can tell you is that “This too, shall pass.” The great thing about begin older is knowing that happiness is just around the corner.