Good bye 2012, you were great
Well, we are well and truly into 2013 now, there are some great things on the horizon, but I would like to take the time to reflect on an epic year.
I loved 2012, it was rammed full of many exciting events, many thing I had never done before, even a childhood dream thrown in.
I saw 2012 in at the o2, with my best mate Will. We went to see Kasabian, I think it is fair to say, the gig was simply epic, hit after hit after hit, perfect way to start the year, with great music.
Now, I can’t remember doing much else significant for a few months after that, I am not saying nothing happened, just no big events. The next big event for me was again, going to the o2 (in April). Now as a teen, I used to love Pro Wrestling, it had been a dream to go see the WWE. At the age of 26 and being in a position to take myself, I did, it was fantastic fun. The show I went to see was being recorded for TV, to be aired later that night. I met up with @CripMikeYates , he was a fantastic guy, glad to have met him, hope we can go to a show again sometime
Also in April, I took part in my first competitive Boccia match. I must say, it went very well, I was captain and we beat an Ipswich side 11-0, not bad eh?
In May, I went to my first ever International Cricket match, at Trent Bridge, it was such a lovely day, so hot. It was England v the West Indies, I went with my Dad, who doesn’t really like Cricket, but enjoyed the day. I also met BBC’s Test Match Special’s ‘Aggers’.
Also in May, some special tickets arrived ;)
June saw me going to my second Test Match, in Birmingham, this time I went with my cousin Phil, had a great time. I got very excited when I got to meet head England Coach, Andy Flower, he even signed my hat.
July, there were a few significant events, quite early on in the month, I pranged my car, for the first time, damaging a wing mirror. This of course shook me up, it also meant I would be without a car, for a very important weekend, the Boccia nation team championship. The competition was great fun, as a club, we game third, again, I was the captain, I have to tell you, it is quite a stressful game.
My boccia medal.
The end of July saw the start of the Olympics! We had tickets to a few events, first up, the rowing, not long after that was going to Lords to see some Archery! I can’t say I was amazingly excited about seeing archery, more excited about the venue and the fact it was the Olympics, how could you not be impressed by that eh? I also saw some canoe sprint, this was my least favourite event, partly because I had an argument with my dad while we were there, so I was in a mood. It was just dad and I at the archery and the canoeing, but we went as a four to the rowing, I’m so glad all of us can say we saw something at the Olympics. I well and truly had Olympic fever, the whole thing was magical, we did ourselves proud as a nation.
August was an equally amazing month, the Olympics were going strong, I was addicted to it. But there was something that would pull me away from it, just for a few days. August saw me going up to Leeds, to watch 2 days of the Test Match against South Africa. There I met the lovely @chariscroft, (this is also a year that saw me meet a couple of folk from twitter) it was a great time, the result was not great, but I loved being there. It was the first time I had stayed away from my family, on my own, with no friends/carers/family etc, it was a great experience. I must confess, I had planned those few days for the best part of a year, a little OTT you might imagine, but it was worth it for my peace of mind. The hotel was fine, nothing fancy, but it did the job it was meant to do. I of course stayed in a disabled friendly room, I have stayed in these before, they are fine, but other than the toilet, the bathroom tends to be off limits. Thankfully this time, I requested a wetroom (like i have at home), it was perfect, I was so happy. On those few days, I also had dinner with @thetwochucks & @GeorgeDobell1 (we went to a fish and chip shop cricketers go to), they were lovely chaps, hope to meet them again.
This was a present from @chariscroft for inviting her to the Cricket.
The back end of August saw the Paralympics, I had tickets for the first 4 days of sports, Swimming on day one (morning session), Athletics day two (all day), Basketball the next two days. I’m not going to go on about how magical it was, it was exactly like the Olympics. Only difference this time was, I got to go to the Olympic park, which was basically happy land.
September, nothing happened, I got he new iPhone.
October, well, that was a very tough month. My Uncle and his family left for Australia, to live. To say we were gutted is an understatement, but hope they are happy there.
Towards the end of the month, my Dad moved out, I’m going to brush over this bit, because, well he is a knob and I’m glad he is gone. It is horrible, don’t get me wrong, but as a three, we are moving on well.
I saw a few good things, Bloc Party, went with Will & Fay, also saw muse with them. The day after Muse, I went to Wembley to see the NFL, it was amazing!
November, I saw the Killers, went with Keith from work, they were amazing! The night was made all the better by the fact it was the first time Keith had been to a big concert, it was great to share that moment.
December, well, I expected this month to be harder than it was. It turned out to be a lovely month, we put the tree up straight away. My sister and I made sure we spoiled mum on Christmas day, we saw loads of family. We went to London, the theatre, it was amazing.