Happy Holidays 2002
by Kyle Chittick
Happy Holidays 2002
|2002 Kyle w/ Uncle Peter
& Aunt Aase Sorensen
Well, hello all. I've seen these crazy holiday letters arrive
sporadically, throughout my life, around this time of year
and I thought I'd take a crack at my own. Join the party,
so to speak. It's not too late though, you don't have to read
the rest... Stop now, and save yourself the anxiety!
Ok, so you chose to continue. I appreciate your sense of adventure!
Enough drama, especially with so little reward! :-)
2002 was a wild year for me. I suppose there are multitudes
of people for whom that would seem ridiculous, them having
so many more "wild" things to qualify that statement.
But, for me, a strange one nonetheless.
I'll do my best to summarize (don't bet on it), for your enjoyment
I started the year off by coming to grips with an "anxiety"
problem I had been having for well... a couple years really.
I've always been a tad high-strung, but things had gone far
beyond that for me -- and I'd hid it as long as I could (dummy).
So, I went to see a therapist, and started on some of those
medications ("meds", for us pill-poppers) that you
see on TV nowadays like Paxil, and Zoloft. The anxiety, or
rather, panic attacks, that I was experiencing vanished --
which was great, as you can only imagine (hopefully). The
problem was, the side-effects were almost worse for me. I
was losing weight, not sleeping, and I was shaky. Basically,
it was a lot like I was strung out on heroin or something
(hey now... I've only seen movies).
It was great for losing a few pounds, but then it got silly.
Not Kate Moss or anything similar to an eating disorder --
but things were certainly not acceptable. It was like, and
sometimes is still like, my metabolism kicked up a few gears.
Hey, I can eat whatever I want again! But still....
I decided to go it without the meds, and all has been good
since. There are moments of anxiety, to be sure. And they
are certainly accentuated more now, due to my past 'panics',
but things are much better, and I'm on the right track now.
I will say that over the last few years, it has been harder
for me to be in public places, or crowded situations and the
like, due to this anxiety. I certainly became much more withdrawn,
although not depressed, more ... well, withdrawn. Hey, if
I've dogged your party, or your gathering... it's possible,
this helped me make that decision.
Only for not getting help sooner, am I ashamed. If you or
someone you know is having "issues" -- try and encourage
an objective professional opinion. Let's all I'll say about
I also was another nameless, faceless victim of Bush's economy,
the high-tech crash, and a narrow business focus. I was let-go
(voluntarily) from my position at the Jathai group, although
I remain an owner with the company. It's a long story, and
this e-mail is already too long -- so let's just say it was
time. My "anxiety", the economy, a tumultuous relationship
with my boss... all of these helped make the situation too
I had a wonderful time working with some really awesome talents,
and kind, caring people while working there, and I continue
many of the relationships outside of the office. A special
note to some of you, is that I had the privilege with working
with Craig Peterson... my long time friend (oh.. 25 years
or so now). We brought each other grief, laughs, passion,
and pain to be sure. It's hard working' with your friend,
but I wouldn't trade it.
I've gone on to start a small business, in conjunction with
my old company as backers. I'll certainly keep you all apprised
of that situation, as you may be able to pass leads my way
-- and make an easy commission, yourselves. Hey, ya never
know. It is called One Step Sales, and you will hear more
about it from me soon! The premise is that we will put a business
online, and sell their goods for me, for no capital -- only
I've got a few more side projects kicking' around, that may
or may not surface, depending. If you have a crackpot idea,
and you think I can help, DO NOT HESITATE to contact me.
Relationship wise, I still suck. :-) Yes, I know -- positive
thinking! I really am just fine being single at 35, but would
certainly welcome settling down. I went through a couple more
relationships in 2002, and well ... I'm still single, so 'nuff
said. It's ok, ya know! Really, Mom, it is... :-). I always
look forward to meeting the next ex, so hook me up!
We had a softball team this year for work and boy did we stink.
Men had to bat off-hand, and you should try hitting for power
like that! Ouch. It was great fun though.
I moved this year for the first time in 4 years and it was
still too soon. I hate moving. Probably will move at least
once in 2003, as things develop.
As usual, I am playing Fantasy sports, with a passion, and
also with mixed results. It's certainly a hobby I enjoy, and
encourage for any sports fans. If you have a league, and you
need a player, don't hesitate to contact me.
Oh yah, I bought an electric guitar. Now, we'll see if I can
learn how to do more that just annoy the neighbors... coming
along very slowly folks... (sigh), but it's fun, and doesn't
involve a "mouse".
Find me on the Web:
Wanna see what I've been doing?
This is my family, genealogy Web site, that myself and my
cousin Denny Chittick work constantly on. Thanks Denny! Hundreds
of hours have gone into this ever-growing archive.
This is my resume site. Pass it around, or go check it out
Ok, some humor I accumulate from time to time - and didn't
want to lose. Visit this page for a chuckle, should you need
one. And don't we all? :-)
This is the company, I still own part of, and fully support!
If you have serious business Web needs, you don't have to
Surely I have managed to either; be a decent friend, a human
being, an instigator at times, an ass at times, hopefully
a smidgen of a comedian (albeit sarcastic), and a passionate
fool too boot -- to all of you whom are receiving this message.
I want to say; you're welcome, see!, yup I can be, I do apologize,
made ya laugh -- and "I can't help it!" -- in order.
Some of you, I haven't seen or perhaps even chatted with in
a very long time. Some probably would say -- too much! Even
if the contact is sparing. I'll try to do better about that,
if you will try also! (wink wink)! See, even now, an ass....
Believe it or not, if you received this e-mail, I am thinking
of you, and I wish you much happiness.
I wish all of you a Merry Christmas, or perhaps a Happy Kwanza,
or Happy Hanukkah, or a belated Ramadan, or whatever/however
you choose to worship or celebrate this holiday season.
Take care all, and may 2003 bring you joy and happiness --
and Britney Spears... oh scratch that... my list only.
oh, and obviously, I apologize, but I apparently can't be
brief -- and this likely isn't your "normal" holiday
letter -- but what did you expect?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
Take care of one another. Seriously, sincerely,