To say that 2010 has been a difficult year would be an understatement.
- My company, which prided itself on being a forward thinking organization proved that greed exists no matter what the executives of the company might say. We were "merged" with another organization. What was once the corporate office has slowly been dismantled. Through RIFs and self-terminations, we are down to 18-20 people; hanging on to the hope that we will be kept as a service center with the new organization.
- Texas Stadium - that venerable behemoth, the daily milepost on my commute to work. A place where I saw my high school football team be crushed by defeat or vaulted towards state championships. The home of the Dallas Cowboys. A legend in its own right. In April it was imploded. Now my daily commute includes a rather sizeable pile of rubble which is slowly being whittled down.
- Mike Modano - oh how my heart hurts today. A future Hall of Famer, the most honored American born hockey player. This fan thought he said goodbye at the last home game of the season. It was something to see this guy cry, unabashedly moved by the outpouring of love from the fans. I bawled like a baby. Then to watch the final season game in Minnesota, where his storied career began....yes, I bawled like a baby.
Today, though, his story with the Stars reaches its finality. The end of his days as a Dallas Stars, THE Dallas Star. This team, the only team he for whom he has ever played, made the decision to not extend his contract. As a fan, I am so wounded. I wanted Mike to retire from this team. I'm sure many of us did. I can't imagine him in the uniform of another club.