The year 2007 lifted me to incredible heights. Unfortunately, the ride was disrupted by desolate lows. I am ever an optimist, and I shall cherish the good -- and overcome that which went for ill.
The year began in the wake of my graduating from law school. Whatever else may become of my law career, I surmised, at least they could never take that credential away. Juris Doctor. I am, I have, and I did. It was unfortunate that my "backup plan" became pertinent.
January wasn't even over before the greatest event of the year, and most probably of my life: I married Stephanie Jarczyk, now Stephanie Bahr, on January 27, 2007. The wedding was outstanding and we were very happy to see so many of our friends and loved ones there.
In February, I took the Arizona bar exam -- and passed on my first try. Only barely, but a pass is a pass.
In April, I began my current job with the state government. On balance, things have gone well with it. Bottom line: I am improving my craft. Many jobs aren't as rewarding.
Unfortunately, in July, the state bar denied me admission. That story has been told already, and I have no desire to spoil my year-end celebration by repeating it now. Suffice it to say that, in time, I will find a way to resolve that situation.
In August, Stephanie and I left the college-central apartment where I had spent the better part of four years and rented a house in the southern foothills of Phoenix. Any of you who have visited can easily attest to the improvement there.
The months since then have flown by. Work progresses, the days turned colder, and what do you know, the New England Patriots turned into my personal gambling ATM this year by going undefeated with my money riding on every game. The last time a team did that, I had not yet even been born. Not too many things in this world have failed to be done for so long a duration.
At last, with New Year's Eve upon us, Alexandra Marian Bahr is due to arrive any day now, whenever Steph should happen to go into labor. Perhaps it will happen while she and Christina are at the Insight Bowl tomorrow afternoon. Perhaps Ali will be a 2008 baby. The impending arrival of our first daughter, whether she is actually born "on time" for the end of the year or not, effectively adds up to the final event of an incredible year.
I swear by my life, and my love of it, that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.
I get knocked down, but I get up again. You're never going to keep me down.
Health, wealth, and happiness to you all.