The 2000’s was the decade in which I became an adult. There are some who might disagree with that statement, of course. Hahaha.
A quick timeline of my decade, more or less…
Mid-1999…Got my first real job and I’ve been there ever since.
Late 1999-Aug. 2003…Resided in nice, little, one-bedroom apartment on Des Moines’ northeast side.
June 2000, June 2001, June 2002…Saw my Lakers win back-to-back-to-back NBA championships.
June 2001…Made my first trip to Los Angeles, the coolest city in the world. Saw two games at Dodger Stadium, the Dodgers winning both. Hung out with my brother Tom, who drove up in Phoenix.
Aug. 2003-Dec. 2003…Resided in Urbandale house with my best buddy Al. Enjoyed the phenomenal run of Dodgers closer Eric Gagne (MLB-record 84 consecutive saves).
Dec. 26, 2003…Met Jill, the girl who would eventually become my wife, at an Irish pub. 🙂
Summer 2004…Another trip to Los Angeles, this time with Al. Saw two games at Dodger Stadium, and one game at Petco Park in San Diego. In October, I enjoyed the Dodgers’ first postseason appearance since 1996.
Dec. 2004-Feb. 2005…Got engaged, moved out of Al’s Urbandale house, lived briefly in Beaverdale.
Feb. 2005…Moved into Ankeny townhouse. Joined the ranks of management.
Sept. 3, 2005…Married Jill in her hometown of Westphalia, Iowa.
Aug. 2006 … Traveled to Mexico for my best buddy Al’s wedding.
Oct. 2006…Enjoyed the Dodgers’ second postseason appearance of the decade.
July 2007…Jill and I attended three games at Dodger Stadium. Moved into our current house in northwest Ankeny. We like it here and have good neighbors.
Spring Training 2008…Jill and I visited Vero Beach, Fla., aka Dodgertown. Talked to Larry King, Pat Sajak, Tom Lasorda, Charley Steiner, among others. We also went to Disney World in Orlando.
Sept. 26, 2008…Witnessed the birth of my best little friend, Maisa Clare Kramer.
Oct. 2008…Enjoyed the Dodgers’ third postseason berth of the decade. And the team’s first postseason series victory in 20 years.
2009…Got a kick out of each little milestone Maisa reached. Spent lots of quality time with my little girl. Labored through a difficult year of illnesses and tragedy. Enjoyed the Dodgers’ wonderful season filled with walk-off wins and youthful excellence. Greatly appreciated the sweep against the Cardinals in the NLDS. Watched with satisfaction as the Lakers notched their 14th NBA title.