2017 HIGHLIGHTS

In an attempt at a more cheerful online presence, and my begrudging acceptance of "live listing", I want to fill the 99 points of this list throughout the year, and have something more substantial to look back on in December. 99 highlights in 365 days shouldn't be difficult.
  1. January 8th - NFC Wild Card game between the Green Bay Packers and New York Giants
    My roommate looked up tickets on Thursday and they were insanely cheap, due to the expected cold weather (it was 13 degrees, the coldest game at Lambeau in four years), so we bought tickets and had pretty awesome seats! It was my first pro-football game, first Packer Game, and first playoff game in any sport. After a shaky first quarter it was an awesome game and so sweet to get some playoff vengeance against the giants.
  2. January 8th - Titletown Brewing Company
    Before the game we stopped at Titletown for a few beers and lunch, the Peanut Butter and Bacon Burger was 💯, and the beer was awesome 🍺.
  3. January 14th - Bought a Car
    I last bought a car in September, it lasted three weeks before quite literally exploding while I picked the best man for my sister's wedding up from the airport. It's nothing more than a beater but it runs and helps facilitate my next point.
  4. January 17-20 - First Week of School
    I had to drop out of Drake University unexpectedly my junior year cause it was super expensive. Getting back to school has been my goal for four and a half years, it kept not working out for various reasons but I'm finally here! And am typing this while I have a break before my night class. It seems like it will be a challenging and interesting semester! Here's a castle in campus at my new school, Northern Illinois University.
  5. February 23, saw "All Get Out" with about 40 people in Madison, Wisconsin.
    Phenomenal show, great guys, and a very intimate venue.
  6. March 3rd, Birthday!
    Went to a fancy theater where you can order dinner and saw Get Out which was fantastic
  7. April 8 - First Cubs game of the year.
    Drove up to Miller Park for a game in Milwaukee with my friend Tara. It was a fantastic game, something like 11 runs without a single Home Run, so that was cool! and the Cubs won!
  8. April 14-17 - Easter weekend in Northeast Ohio, visiting with my Dad's brother and his cousin who was in the States from Hungary
  9. April 17 - Cubs Game 2
    As I was in the car with my parents driving home from Ohio I got a call from my roommates asking if they could drop me off at Wrigley. Cubs lost but we had awesome seats and an overall good time! You just can't beat Wrigley Field.
  10. May 12 - Semester ends with a 3.6!
    I don't wanna brag but I was proud of myself. It was my first semester back in college after five years away and I kicked its ass. I got 100/100 on both my big final papers and was super stoked.
  11. May 18 - Rent! for Mother's Day
    Convinced siblings we should go in on the Rent! 20th Anniversary Tour tickets for Mom, but Dad didn't wanna go so I got to instead!
  12. May 27 - First Round of Golf
    The course was a little swampy but I got out with the roommates and played 9 for the first time this season, and I hit pretty damn well!
  13. May 30 - This email!
    I submitted a final paper to the Midwest Pop Culture Association annual conference and it for accepted! I will head down to St. Louis in October to present it!
  14. June 14 - Wilco
    I had seen Wilco once before, in the back row of Riverside Theater in Milwaukee. But this year they came to Rockford (which is like, a HUGE "Get" for Rockford. I forgot to buy tickets and looked them up an hour before, I found orchestra seats for $6 a pop and met one of my best friends (who moved in with a GF and I hadn't seen in months), we are some special Colorado chocolate (😉)and it was an amazing time. They are the perfect jam band and so fun to see live.
  15. June 25th - Father's Day Golf Outing
    Second Annual Golf Day with my Dad and my two Brothers-In-Law on or around Father's Day. My Dad gets very frustrated during Golf but this year I rode with Skylar so it was much better 😂
  16. July 1 - New Jay Z
    Honestly I'm not like a massive Jay Z fan but I do love his work and this day was just perfect, I listened once while deep cleaning my house, listened to "Lemonade" while doing a ton of yard work, and then 4:44 again sitting on the back porch with a cocktail. It was a good day.
  17. July 8th - Halfway Point of my Summer Semester.
    I'm taking my one required math course this summer, and I did not expect to do very well, but checking in at the halfway point I am pulling a high "A" and I'm so happy/relieved!
  18. July 14th - Refund Day
    I paid for my Spring and Summer semesters at school out of pocket, because there was a big hiccup in my financial aid. That finally got sorted out and I got basically all of my spring tuition and fees in the form of a refund. It's more money than I've ever had at one time and I spent the next week paying off some debt, and spoiling myself a bit in the form of concert tickets, new shoes, and a new mattress (mine was easily 15 years old).
  19. July 15 - Lake Geneva Day
    One of my favorite cousins and his wife was in Chicagoland for a week visiting their best friends, he texted me Tuesday asking if I wanted to go boating with them Saturday. Which, of course. After a week of plans being in the air due to massive amounts rain and flooding we were able to rent a boat on Lake Geneva, my favorite place on earth, and spent the day relaxing and wake-boarding.
  20. July 25th - Sir Paul McCartney
    One of my "splurges" from refund day was 23rd row tickets for Sir Paul McCartney. If you've followed me on List you know how big a deal this was. It was literally the best night of my life thus far and I'm still having trouble putting it into words. The show was perfect, the set was perfect.