2011 > 2012 > ??

I hope everyone’s enjoying the very last month of 2011! Hopefully the Mayans are wrong and the world will NOT end next year. In case it does I just wanted to try and wrap a nice literary bow-tie around my thoughts of 2011. I’ll try to hit on some big topics:


2011 was filled with one longer relationship, a couple of month-long ones and lots of one-time dates. I’ve learned a ton about myself, what kind of person fits me the best and what makes me truly happy. I’m not sure what 2012 holds but for my mom’s sake I hope it’s good so she can stop nagging me. (Actually I just say that b/c it sounds normal for someone my age to say but my mom really doesn’t nag me about this – damn you pressures of social norms!)


2011 was the beginning of my 3rd year at City Year Seattle. I’ve had a blast thus far and I still love the quest of interviewing and admitting bright, idealistic, passionate young people to do 10 months of service in local public schools! I joined the board of 826 Seattle in January and just joined board of Seattle Works this month.

It’s crazy to think that seven or eight years ago I was fearful of switching careers to non-profit and here I am pretty much completely devoted to them in every way.


2011 marked the first time I talked to my brother in 3 years and the passing of my maternal grandfather. I have plans (very very early stages) to visit my dad in Korea sometime in 2012. It’s weird being so far from family members but it’s something I’ve (for good or bad) become accustomed to. I also want to make sure to see my favorite cousin in 2012 some more!


My biggest trip of 2011 was my first venture to the gorgeous city of New Orleans! I had a great time and I want to do something more next year (like go to Korea… and maybe Indonesia… and maybe India)!  I’ll be visiting Boston in January for work and have scheduled a brief stopover in NYC to visit family and friends. Can’t wait!


2011 was a big year for me in terms of coaching and the work being done here in the southend of Seattle in terms of ultimate. We’ve had coverage about our kids/programs on KUOW and the Seattle PI. My kids have traveled to Oregon and Minnesota to compete in regional and national tournaments! I won Coach of the Year! Good times indeed but it’s sad to know that my two co-captains Henry and Tugade will be moving on to greener pastures after this year.


All I will say is that 2012 will be very, very, very interesting. I think things are coming to a head and people are fed up and the 1% are adamantly holding their position on the benefits of trickle-down economics. It’s not nearly that simple but hey, it’s my blog. Whatever.


Iowa is my current favorite state for these two amazing people. I wonder if they’d want to do City Year? Hmmm…

Iowan #1 – Zach Wahls

His video went viral and it’s one of the most impassioned, well-reasoned, well-spoken pleas I’ve seen or read in defense of gay marriage.

He even has his own website now! – http://www.zachwahls.com/

Iowan #2 – Jane Schmidt

Jane challenged Michele Bachmann about her beliefs on gay marriage at a town hall in Iowa. Damn!

Enjoy your December everyone and see you in 2012 (if not sooner)!

About franknam

Just a boy in a world trying to do good, teach others, laugh, and eat tasty food. I dig snowboarding, the PacNW, all things NYC, ultimate frisbee, and anything well-made.
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