This prompted me to explore Facebook and my blog to see what I was doing or thinking on or around December 23 in other years gone by. This is what I found:
In December 2006, Sally and I were finalizing our plans for a 9-month around the world trip. We visited 31 countries on 6 continents without once losing our luggage! I started this blog to document the trip and wrote a series of columns in the Vancouver Sun on lessons Vancouver might learn from around the world.In December 2007 we were back in Vancouver where Georgia was engrossed in her medical studies and Claire was working with at-risk youth. Still smitten by the travel bug, like Larry Beasley who was consulting in Abu Dhabi, I tried to find work in one of the world's oil capitals, . Unfortunately, the best I could do was Fort McMurray!
I was also working with Michael Audain and Polygon Homes on what I was sure would be a winning submission to redevelop the Little Mountain Public Housing property the province had offered for sale. Unfortunately, the province selected Holborn to develop the site. Need I say more?
Sadly, while many of these ideas still have merit, few have been taken up. For example, why do we still have monthly Welfare Wednesday in the DTES? According to those who work in the community, havoc ensues. Also why isn't more effort devoted to helping people reconnect with family or find work?
Other topics of interest in December of that year were issues related to laneway houses and bicycle lanes built for few....some things never change!
Issues of the day included the requirement for condominiums to prepare Depreciation Reports which I predicted would have ramifications. The legislative changes allowing condominiums to be wound up with only 80% approval also resulted in part from this legislation.
In 2014, I shared an illustration received from a colleague in Moscow, having spent some time that year working in Russia. It illustrated Christmas Traditions around the world
A big issue of the day was the forthcoming transit referendum, which I likened to the referendum on HST in a Vancouver Courier column. http://gellersworldtravel.blogspot.ca/2014/12/opinion-hst-history-bodes-ill-for.html. Sadly, I was right about the likely outcome.
In 2015, I took a look back at the year's columns and offered some predictions for the coming year in my year-end Vancouver Courier column. As I wrote in this year's column, which is posted on this blog, it's deja vu all over again! So many of the issues are the same! http://gellersworldtravel.blogspot.ca/2015/12/opinion-look-back-at-last-year-and.html
In 2016, I wrote about a Seattle newspaper article that picked up on my interest in exploring whether there was a way to make better use of all the empty bedrooms in our cities. http://gellersworldtravel.blogspot.ca/2016/12/could-your-empty-bedroom-help-with-king.html Ironically, a year later, Vancouver is taxing empty homes, and even empty lots. Is it just a matter of time before they tax empty bedrooms?
I've enjoyed looking back over the past 10 years. Perhaps you can take some time to review what you've been doing at this time of the year in years gone by. It might be equally gratifying. Merry Christmas, or whatever!