Thursday, January 1, 2009

Adios 08

Truth be told, there is no such thing as 2008. Our calendars are whack. Julian,
solar, lunar, who knows. Jesus may have been born on the Fourth of July.
But then, the British could not have Christmas, because.... they don't celebrate the
Fourth of July in England.
The Chinese think this is the year of the Iguana, and at Connection Communications, it is the year of the bumble bee. But for the sake of sanity and some order, let's look back on 2008 from the frontiers of Luskoland.

Highlights: Jesse and Josh headed to CCBC in So Cal. two more in the Calvary Compound!
Daniel proposed and is on the runway for a January 24 take-off. Heidi did better in Honors Algebra then Art at Hope. (A Lusko first) Larissa and I spent nearly a month in Israel over the year, also took work trips to Morocco & Turkey, and were able to weasel 24 hours in Paris. It was no picnic, when I am overseas, I tend to work on site on the film project by day and keep up with work hours in ABQ. That has to stop. I did get to walk around the final lap of the Tour de France, in downtown Paris. That was epic.
Lance is going back this summer, and if the Gods of Frequent Flyer Miles smile on me, I will see it. In a perfect world, I would get to go to Wimbledon the first weekend of July, then Chunnel to France and see an ascent like Alp'dHuez.
Lowlights: Lenya's health and also in Montana, Levi did an Evil Knievel on snow and snapped his femur. High drama and trauma. I still get sick to my stomach when I think about it. Imagine how he feels.
The U.S. crashed into financial recession. Welcome to my world. I've been in a monetary death spiral for some time, but a few new projects give a glimmer of hope and change. Yipes. That's what Obama said.
But then there is Jaxon. And Alivia & Lenya! Now these three are amazing!
Spiritually, it was a high and holy year. I produced an international conference in Jerusalem (that was a challenge, sound & video people speak a different language, to start with... ) but it worked out. I probably overreached on that trip, in addition to bringing 800 people on a tour with Skip, Chuck and Joel, we did the conference, and shot footage for two different documentaries that are coming out. Here's a trailer for one of them:

Event wise- it was an amazing year, Levi blew it up at the O2 experience. I was able to work on stage with Lee Stroebel, Joel Rosenberg and others, what am I doing there?
In December, found myself filling in for four services at CCABQ. Wednesday's are one thing, but a weekend is a large dog. Quite an honor for a retired hippie like me. I hadn't done a weekend at Calvary since The Disaster in 2000.

Lots to be thankful for- a wonderful wife who is teaching studies at Women at Calvary.
Great, I used to be someone, now, I am Larissa's husband and Levi's Dad.
Becca manages a Mac store in uptown ABQ and Larissa works right next door at Lucky Jeans, I have been able to work on projects with Daniel all over the world with more in the que. He worked on a network TV show this fall, and stopped returning my calls briefly. A sign of things to come when he really hits it? Just kidding.

All in all- it was a very good year- I have to go now, I have a stellar idea for a book about dolphins: The Porpoise Driven Life.
Grace and Peace.


Levi Lusko said...

great blog! great year--GREAT GOD!

can't wait to see you tomorrow.

Becca Clay said...

Good-bye 08, bring on the year of
the Bumble Bee!

Love you Dad, and your style!