This is the closet shelf in the California house where I kept my Franklin Planner and other books no longer in use. I donated the old books to the Salvation Army, but I brought the planner notes back to Arizona to review and dispose of them. I wrote the following on the other blog earlier this month:
For over fifteen years, I faithfully recorded notes, personal and vocational goals in my planner. I retained the records in binders, one for each year I used the system. I was organized, believe me.
As we cleaned out the old stuff from the house in California after completing the sale, I elected to bring my volumes of planner with us to Arizona, so I could review, and dispose of the old notes as appropriate.
There were a lot of important events I recorded. I looked in the initial 1991 volume today and found the page where my first grandchild was born. That was the granddaughter who just recently gave birth to my first great grandson last month.
Well, I finally did read notes for the entire collection of volumes. As I made my way through the pages, I noted that I had forgotten the faces that went with a lot of the names I wrote. Many acronyms I recorded no longer had any meaning to me. Events I recorded may or may not have jogged my memory of when I wrote them.
I logged most everything, including who I may have talked to on the ham radio on the way to and from work. I kept a radio log for when I worked distant stations and satellite contacts. At the bottom of the daily schedule on this page, I recorded a ham radio satellite pass suitable for access using my non-elevation rotating antennas.
I made notes of some political events including the bumbling Clinton Administration’s on-going gun grabbing activities and where it eventually got them. I also made notes of when the US invaded Kuwait to remove Saddam
Insane Hussein and his troops. I noted the World Trade Center Bombings (both of them) and the subsequent retaliation against Afghanistan and the Taliban.
Lastly, I made notes about family, friends and my relationship with The Better Half, including our wedding on Catalina Island and the subsequent honeymoon to New Orleans and Nashville. Lots of good times then and our good life continues here in Arizona with the Blogs serving the recording purpose that my planner notes once did.