This year was different, that’s for sure… It became the norm to not see people in person, we found new ways to spend time with friends, we saw family and friends through our screens. Our commutes became the time between the kitchen table for breakfast and wherever we quickly set up a desk to get work done for “the next two weeks.”

March 24 — A virtual “Cocktail Hour” with many of my WorldStage colleagues.

There is plenty to celebrate in 2020 as well, and that is what I want to do here.

New York City as seen from Weehawken, NJ.
(Left: March 16, Center: September 11, Right: December 16)

One of the biggest personal changes this year began in June when I interviewed with a company who gets its name from a fruit, but more on that in just a moment.

June 18 — Me, as seen from my web cam after a marathon of interviews for a job with Apple.
(Not pictured: thermometer showing the room temperature of 97°F)

In July, I was fortunate enough to celebrate my birthday with some coworkers. (Finally it is socially acceptable to take your slice of cake and move 15+ feet away from every other person to enjoy your slice.)

July 21 — Left: My birthday cake, after the first cut. Right: Me, cutting into the birthday cake with a few of my coworkers in my former office after it was converted into a production studio.

Having some of my coworkers around at work to celebrate my birthday was bittersweet, as just a week before I had given my notice: I had accepted a job at Apple.

August 10 — Me, pictured here taking my own photo for my employee ID badge for Apple.

This year it has been difficult spending so much time at home, particularly since I used to travel dozens of times a year both near (NYC) and far (Las Vegas, San Francisco, Orlando, and more). But thankfully I was able to enjoy some time outside in Upstate New York with a few friends.

October 10 — Left: A chicken living the good life on a farm upstate (they are one lucky chicken, since they are a pet). Center: Hudson River as seen from Ossining⁩, ⁨New York. Right: An apple orchard (public picking was not permitted, but a photo seemed fine).

Even Thanksgiving was different this year; instead of traveling home to celebrate with family, my roommate and I (and his cat, Lena, too) had a small spread ourselves.

November 26 — Michael (left), myself (right), and Lena (below) getting ready to consume far too much food.

Of course, it’s not the holidays without some snow (❕ This claim is disputed…) and this year Mother Nature delivered. Here’s to hoping for a snowy Christmas as well!

December 16 — A park in Union City, NJ/Weehawken, NJ during winter storm Gail.

Last, but not least, I want to leave you with a photo from last December (left) and this December (right).

Left: December 13, 2019 — Me on a forklift. If that doesn’t worry you, it should.
Right: December 16, 2020 — Me on a walk during winter storm Gail.