My 2020

I remember starting off my year with optimism. I really believed that this would be my year, whatever the heck that meant. Business was ehh but there were possibilities on the front. Little did I know that this year was going to be filled with many WTF moments.

January 7, 2020 A Legend Dies

I remember the headlines; “Drummer and writer for the rock band Rush, Neil Peart has died at the age of 67.” My heart sank and tears came to my eyes. My rock idol and hero was gone, from cancer, something he kept quiet for a while. WTF!

It’s inevitable that the older we get, the more actors, musicians, sports stars, etc. that we grew up watching, listening to, will pass away, it’s just a part of life. Then 2020 said, “hold my beer.”

January – March

Life was chugging along like usual but there was this sense of impending doom in the air. Was it because it was an election year, or is it because of this coronavirus they keep talking about? The answer would soon become obvious. Our state, New Mexico, started shutdowns in late March. From that point on, 2020 would belong to COVID-19. WTF!

March 20, 2020 Another Legend Gone

“Country music singer Kenny Rogers has died at the age of 81 of natural causes.” He wasn’t a favorite of mine but his music was a part of my life as a teen and young adult. Goodbye Gambler.

March 27, 2020

“Country singer Joe Diffie has died at the age of 61 from COVID-19.” WTF!

March 30, 2020 Ain’t NoSunshine

“Musician and songwriter and legend Bill Withers has died at the age of 81.” This one hit me hard. One of my favorite songwriters and singers. He died of heart complications.

April – August

April is when we noticed business starting to dwindle. My bride and I had to have that hard discussion that many other couples and businesses in the country were having, “we might have to close our business.” We put in for what government assistance we could get only to be told that there were no more funds. At some point, I hope that our government comes up with a new category for “small business.” Maybe something like “Micro business”, those of us with less than 5 employees. There are thousands of us in this county, and we are the ones who really could’ve used the help. We live in small towns across the country and are a big part of our communities. When we shut down, it doesn’t just effect us, it impacts many other businesses and people within our area.

We decided we’d see how things would play out and reevaluate the situation by August. More lockdowns happened during this time. Restaurants were told to operate at a smaller capacity and later told they could only do carry out. Later they were told they could open again at a small capacity only to be told a few weeks later “outside dining only!” It was and has been a vicious game of red light green light.

August came along and we revisited our conversation from a few months ago and we decided that it was in our best interest to close our business at the end of the year, we could survive until then.

I got to go camping with my good friend Dan who invited me to join him for the Memorial Day weekend. It was just what I needed but it took me the better part of two days before I finally gave in and relaxed. And I was introduced to a new drink, the dirty martini. Those helped me relax as well. It was a much needed long weekend. Let me tell you about Dan. He’s not just a really good friend, he’s also a mentor and a brother. God bless him.

May 9, 2020 Good Golly Miss Molly

“Rock legend and superstar Little Richard has died. He was 87.” He died from bone cancer.

May 14, 2020 Malo

“Guitarist and brother of guitar legend Carlos Santana, Jorge Santa is dead at the age of 68.” One of the baddest guitar players that I had the privilege of seeing live. He died of natural causes.

July 6, 2020 The Devils in the House of the Rising Sun

“Country music star and fiddle player extraordinaire Charlie Daniels has died of a stroke at the age of 83.” Another artist whose music I grew up with.

August 20, 2020 Bang Your Head

“Hard Rock drummer from the band Quiet Riot, Frankie Banali has died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 68.” A huge musical influence for me. Even though we knew he had been fighting this cancer, it is still a 2020 WTF!

September – Today

September…what do I remember about September? I went camping with my good friend Dan for Labor Day Weekend. More dirty martinis and more planning. Overall, a great weekend.

By this point of the year, I was already mentally transitioning into a new career. What would that be? We’d find out soon enough, in October.

October came and went quickly. My bride and I celebrated 31 years of marriage bliss…well 31 years of being married lol. I interviewed for three different positions at the same company. I guess the third time is the charm cause that landed me in the position I have now, Credentialing Department Manager for a local FQHC.

I started my new job the beginning of November and I’m loving it. New challenges, new opportunities, and a new life?! After 15 years of being my own boss, owning my own business, how will I handle this? I am handling it well. Hopefully sooner than later we can be in a position where my bride doesn’t have to work any more.

Christmas came to fast and today is New Year’s Eve. There was much more that happened this year within our lives. Loved ones who died, some from COVID-19, and other everyday happenings. It was like every other year,but then it wasn’t.

September 29, 2020 Hard To Be Humble

“Today the world lost a kind soul. Singer, songwriter, and actor Mac Davis passed away at the age of 78 after heart surgery.”

October 6, 2020 “Eruption”

“The world of Rock music has lost a true legend a guitar virtuoso today. Eddie Van Halen has passed away from throat cancer at the young age of 65.” Another heart wrenching moment. Who didn’t love Van Halen or at least hear one of their songs. This was a major WTF moment!

October 19, 2020 “Outfield”

“Singer and bass player for the band The Outfield, Tony Lewis has died at the age of 62. No cause of death given.” WTF!

December 12, 2020 “Roll on Mississippi”

“”Country artist and legend Charlie Pride has died from COVID-19. He was 86.” Charlie was a huge part of my life as a kid. I’ve always loved and will continue to love his music. WTF!

December 22, 2020 “Mississippi Queen”

“One of Rock’s under appreciated musicians has died from a heart attack today. Leslie West the front man from Mountain was 75 years old. He will be missed.” Another band from my younger days. Leslie was a very underrated guitar player and singer.

In closing on behalf of myself and everyone else, I’d like to say, “here’s to you 2020!”

May 2021 bring us closer together, make us better people, and after a year like this one, help us appreciate what and who we have.

Buen Camino.

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