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My Personal Top 5 for 2006

Mid December, today in a week I'll be on a plane on my way to Germany to see my parents and sister over Christmas. A lot of blogs are writing their reviews of the year, so I thought I might do the same. To save time and be able to crosspost I decided to do it in Top 5 style. Here we go, my highlights (mixed with a few lowlights) for this year:

5. Nikon D70 (and the lenses for it)

I actually bought my Nikon D70 back in 2004 and Nikon has since replaced it with the D80 (Here's the page for the D70s), but I have no intentions of replacing it. It still does a fantastic job and I'm really happy with it. Soon I hope to add a new lens to it, the 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED AF-S VR DX Zoom-Nikkor. I've heard excellent things about this lens, so even without having actually used it yet I can probably declare it to be my personal gadget of this year.

4. Hard Facts

I'm actually still reading it, but even from what I've read Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths, and Total Nonsense by Jeffrey Pfeffer and Robert I. Sutton is already on top of my list. Linked to it, here's a podcast with Bob Sutton about Hard Facts at IT Conversations. Some of the topics of the book are covered in Three Myths of Management, which should give you a good idea what the book is about.

3. My Secret Is My Silence

I haven't bought many CDs this year, on the contrary, I actually got rid of quite a few (and still have some to sell off). Nevertheless, if there's a CD of the year for me it is Roddy Woomble's My Secret Is My Silence. There's a bit of Idlewild in it, but also a lot more 'folksy' tunes. He also had some excellent support, which probably helped a bit. Either way, on heavy rotation for the last several months and probably for a long time to come.

2. Walking on Islay

Regular readers will know of my fondness of the Isle of Islay, after all I even started a blog about Islay earlier this year. They will also know that I quite like to get out for some walking, some of the best walking I've done this year happened to be on Islay. In particular the walk to Bholsa and Rhuvaal comes to my mind, another one was a walk near Lossit Bay during my summer holidays. Unfortunately that part of the Scotland Summer 2006 travelogue isn't complete yet, I'll have to see when I can get that done.

1. My Family and Friends

Just before I left for my summer holiday I was told I was going to be made redundant, late in the summer I left Intel and had to find a new job. I've started in a new job recently, but the road there wasn't easy. There were (and to an extent still are, but I'm not ready to blog about that yet, possibly might never be) a few other worries added to being unemployed soon after it happened. In other words a very difficult and challenging time.

One of the most important factors which helped me to get through it was the moral support by my family and friends. I spent a lot of time on Skype talking with my mother and sister, received supportive e-mails from friends and other bloggers and met with some over a pint. Without you I think I would have really struggled to stay sane. I hope I can give at least some of it back some day should anyone I know be in a similar situation.

And that was my 2006, or at least parts of it. A lot happened during the year, some I've blogged about, some I haven't and some I wouldn't even think blogging about. Now on to 2007...

Note: This entry was crossposted to Top 5 » My Personal Top 5 for 2006

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