"It was the best of times. It was the worst of times". That is the way Charles Dickens started one of his classic novels and that pretty much sums up the 1st half of 2017 for me. My friend, Connie, and I were discussing it at the Lagoon Concert Series on Wednesday night. Life is a series of ups and downs. I am blessed to have what I have.

I started out the year by rolling my truck, putting myself in the hospital and missing three weeks of work and the Habajeeba Show. I am very very fortunate. I know that. I ripped my ear off, messed up my neck, and got a concussion, but it could have been a lot worse. I did lose my truck, but my wife did let me buy a new one. People have asked me if It changed my perspective on life. No. Not really. I may have a little deeper appreciation for what I have, but I have always tried to live my life the right way and I still do.

Todd's Wrecked Truck
Jenny Harding, For TSM

So many good things have happened to me this year. K99 won "Station of the Year" at the annual "CBA Awards of Excellence".  It's only the 2nd time that has happened over the past three decades. Brian, Susan, and were inducted into the Country Radio Hall of Fame, which was by far the highlight of my career. It's a night I will never forget.

Brian, Susan and Todd and their spouses at Hall of Fame
Country Radio Broadcasters

I have had some other great things happen this year:

  1. We took a cruise to the Bahamas with our friends from Realities for Children
  2. Jenny found a new job after 23 years with the same boss at CSU. The jury is still out on whether the new position was a great move.
  3. We have had 3 guests stay with us from Italy, while they attended the CSU Vet School. Noemi, Francesca, and Beatrice have truly become members of our family. Plus, we took an unforgettable trip to the Black Hills with the girls and a couple visits to Rocky Mountain National Park.
Crazy Horse Memorial with Francesca and Noemi
Jenny's Camera, For TSM

We lost our cat, Morgan, in 2017 after 18 wonderful years and recently we got a new kitty. Little Benedict is awesome. Benny is the perfect little brother for our cat Frosty. Having a new kitten does help ease the sting of losing Morgan a bit. We lost my Dad's brother, Uncle Bob, this year, but he is in a better place now.

Benny on Todd's Shoulder
Todd Harding, TSM

Jenny's Mom had health problems for the 1st time in her life. She has a pacemaker now. Hopefully, the new normal will work well for her. Jenny and I are starting to feel old. She is battling plantar fasciitis. I have a case of tennis elbow, all things considered, life is good. I really can't complain and probably wouldn't anyway.

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