As always, here is my annual Christmas newsletter that I send out with my Christmas cards, lest those friends whom I've drifted apart from may be googling my name one night, wondering whatever happened to me.
Mark Cappis here, with his annual holiday form letter letting you know all the exciting things that happened to me in the year just ended, 2015! An ancient curse says, “May you lead an interesting life.” In that case, I must be blessed, for my life in 2015 was quite uninteresting.
You’ll still find me up in Westlock, Alberta, as the afternoon host for 97.9 the Range. That’s just half of my job, as the other half is the music director for the Range and our sister station 93.5 Prairie-FM in High Prairie. (“Music director,” for those who don’t know the radio biz, is the guy who actually picks the music a station plays.) The job still throws the occasional challenge at me. For example, we’re getting ready to switch to a new computer system, so I’ve spent the past few months starting to pave the way and get everything ready for it.
In other news, I finally got my car paid off, and with that, am finally debt free. The question now is whether to start building up that debt again by taking on a mortgage and buying a house, or just continue enjoying my little ol’ 2-bedroom apartment.
Did manage to get in a bit of a summer vacation, as I accompanied my parents to the Whitehorse Wildland Provincial Park south of Hinton. Did some hiking, enjoyed the Rocky Mountains, and just enjoyed being in the wilderness.
Perhaps my greatest personal triumph, though, was finally rebuilding my website, chaosinabox.com. While it was originally made with the finest HTML that 2003 had to offer, it was starting to get rather dated. So, with the help of a friend, I installed WordPress (the Internet’s favourite DIY web design software), and burned off two weeks of unused vacation time rebuilding chaosinabox.com. You can actually listen to my podcast streaming at the website now. I recovered and re-posted all of my movie reviews, extending back to 1998, and you can now search and re-read my original blog, which ran from 1999 to 2006.
All in all, it was a quiet year, spent in manic anticipation of the new Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens. It’s in theatres now, and by the time you read this, I’ll probably have seen it three times.
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and May the Force be With You!