Year In Review
2001 was an interesting year for me... one that I will not soon
forget, that's for sure. Cancer treatments, sleep apnea surgery, a 6 month
"vacation", losing my job at the nuclear power plant, starting my new
job, three new Toyotas, getting to play in a TV studio, having Sheri start
college, getting a cell phone... THAT's a pretty big year!
Here are a few photo highlights:
Well, if I only had one photo to summarize 2001... this
would be it! I've been known for bad hair cuts over the years, but this
was a bit extreme.
Seriously, beating cancer
in 2001 was a pretty big deal. Chemotherapy
was something I won't soon forget! Thank goodness they caught my tumor so
early that it didn't take much of a battle to treat. I have a friend
that recently died from cancer after going through YEARS of chemo, so by comparison my little ordeal was
And, hey, I learned to love hats in 2001.
We've always had an appreciation for nice vehicles in our family and
this year we took it to a new level.
We decided to replace two of our older cars with new Toyotas... plus
Sheri also bought a new Toyota this year... so that makes three
for the Zim family in 2001. Here's Kellyn posing with her new Highlander
SUV, and my Sienna minivan in the background.
Jeff had a very fun year getting a lot of experience in video
production at the local cable TV public access studio. He spent
practically the whole summer there (and just about every weekend) and
has made quite a name for himself. While other kids his age are playing
sports, sitting in front of the TV, or chasing girls... Jeff is totally
focused on his work in the studio.
When I was off work during my cancer treatments, it was a thrill for me to
get to work with him as a father-son control room team on one of the weekly
Sheri graduated from high school in June and started college at Cal
Poly in the fall. She's living at home and commuting to school each day in
her new Toyota Corolla. She also quit her job "in the fast food industry"
and took a new job making fundraising calls for the University.
Sheri really wants to major in forensic science, which they don't
at Cal Poly, so she is trying to figure out ways to go to "a real college"
in the future.
Her high school boyfriend is going to school in New York, but they have
managed to stay together thanks to the telephone and the computer.
Kellyn and I had our 20th wedding anniversary in 2001. The timing
(during my cancer treatments) didn't allow us to do anything major to
celebrate... we would have loved to have gone on a Carnival
... but maybe some other time?
Kellyn took very good care of me during my cancer ordeal and really stood
behind that "in sickness and in health" vow!
We continue to raise Cocker Spaniels
and hope to have several litters of
puppies in 2002. (Here we are with Abby, our newest cocker.) Kellyn
is also a major fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers. We made it to Dodger
Stadium for one game last year and hope to do it again in 2002.
Well... that's my year in review! It was a pretty interesting
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