Teresa and Andrew wish you all a Healthy
and Happy Holiday Season
Here's what have been up to in 2010:
Many changes have happened in the past year, and
we have much to be thankful for. Firstly, we have survived and
even thrived in one of the most difficult economic climates in
our own little paradise here in Salida, Colorado. As
mentioned in our last
e-card, Andrew started Salida Tech, Inc.
taking on the many aspects of running a
business including accounting, irate customers, hiring and firing. After running it for a year and eight months, he
decided this past August to get back into software
development. The reasons were many, but suffice it to say
it just wasn't working out. (The company is still around and
providing the best computer service in the valley.) It was
a fantastic experience, he left on good terms, and other than a
few more grey hairs, he has no regrets going through the
whole experience. Luckily he was able to find
a fantastic telecommute opportunity working for Infotank, Inc., a Georgia
company, working for a friend he's known for a long time.
So far, while he is still supporting some local customers
through Infotank, he's also been creating mobile Android and
web applications, and enjoying the work.
Tanda CAD freelance
drawing services has slowed with the economy, but she has started up a little artistic endeavor
called HiFi Follies, creating art from old vinyl records.
She's had some success with it in an online store and even
better success at our
Farmer's Market and other shows.
She also continues to work at
Early in 2010, our good friends Gautam Bhan and Donna Guest
caught the Colorado bug and bought a house in Lyons Colorado,
the Gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. We've visited
them several times and have met many of their
neighbors. It's great to have our long-time friends move
nearby. Lyons, although smaller than Salida, but near
Boulder, is home to
some of the best Colorado music festivals, and this year we were
able to attend Folks
Fest and plan on attending next year as well.
In the spring, we joined friends on another hut trip.
Hut trips are like luxury winter camping trips. Although
you deal with snow, snowshoes, and zero-degree temperatures on
the way in, you sleep in a wood-heated cabin in the middle of a
stunning winter wilderness, with a furnished kitchen, pit
toilets (with toilet paper!), solar lights, and sometimes, running water! This
time, we hiked up to nearby
Lost Wonder Hut,
which sits on the flanks of distinct
Mt. Aetna. As if that weren't enough adventure, Andrew
and his friend Mark Wiard
decided to head out one Sunday to build and sleep in a snow cave
Andrew did this crazy run called the
Warrior Dash. It's about a three mile run with all kinds of obstacles.
This year at Copper
Mountain, it included a steep run, water hazard/mud pit, a climb over
vehicles and walls, crawling through tunnels and jumping over a
flaming barriers. All this for a silly Viking hat, t-shirt, and a beer.
Sounds like fun, doesn't it?
Also in June, we were visited in Salida by Andrew's parents,
Jack and Ellen Koransky and we all went rafting in
along the Arkansas River. We went with a local rafting
company and rafted down some beautiful canyon scenery.
Over the course of the summer, we also enjoyed all the fantastic
weather, our local festivals, plenty of hikes, and some mountain
bike rides on our ever improving
In the fall, we took a trip to Florida to visit with the
Teresa's family, the Piercy clan in Orlando, as well as a side
trip to visit Andrew's grandmother Rose Arbeiter in Boca Raton with a stop in
Melbourne, Florida for a brief 24 hour R&R at a B&B before returning
home. A month later, we flew to Atlanta for Thanksgiving
with the Koransky family where it became official: Teresa and
Andrew will become Aunt and Uncle soon to Todd and Meghan Koransky's baby boy, expected at the end of May. We will
be taking another trip to Atlanta to meet "Clyde" as they now
jokingly (Clyde Koransky?) call him. Finally, Jack and
Ellen have grandbabies to spoil! Somewhere in the coming
year, we hope to squeeze in a trip to Europe too.
That about does it for this year... we hope all of this finds
you well, and...
May the Universe smile on all of you with Peace and Happiness!
Teresa, Andrew, and Simon
What a long strange trip it's been...
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