Measuring Up 2008…

Measuring Up 2008…

By |2008-12-30T17:58:35+00:00December 30th, 2008|Categories: Holidays, Things to Do|Tags: , , , , , |21 Comments

Well, it is that time again. Time to roll over the calendar and venture into another new year. Yes, 2009 is upon us! I can’t believe how fast this year has gone.

Growing up my dad always said, “just wait, each year goes faster than the one before”. Well, having just finished my 38th year I can understand a little of what he meant. This year flew by!

As I reflect back on 2008 I’m reminded of all the new friends I’ve made along the way, all the friends I already had that I got even closer to, and how thankful I am to my friends and family who are always there for me. These relationships are cherished and much appreciated. In the good times and the bad, I can count on them. I’m reminded of the opening song from the musical Rent as I reflect upon this.


Five Hundred Twenty-Five Thousand
Six Hundred Minutes
Five Hundred Twenty-Five Thousand
Moments so dear
Five Hundred Twenty-Five Thousand
Six Hundred Minutes
How Do You Measure – Measure A Year?
In Daylights – In Sunsets
In Midnights – In Cups Of Coffee
In Inches – In Miles
In Laughter – In Strife…

I thought I’d ask you to reflect and share your 2008 here in the comments. Please share a favorite sunrise, sunset, cup of coffee story, vacation, laughter, tear, new friend story, old friend story… This sharing can be in a word, a sentence, a story, a link to a photo, whatever tells your moment. I’ll be joining in and sharing my moments in the comments as well.

Happy New Year!

Dale Chumbley

The Chumbley Team
Clark County Real Estate Guide

About the Author:

Clark County Real Estate Guide
Dale Chumbley is a 2nd generation REALTOR® in Vancouver, Washington who has been selling real estate since 1994. He also spent 8 years working in the Clark County Department of Assessment & GIS in the Land Records Department. This experience gives Dale a knowledge and expertise that no other REALTOR® in Clark County, WA has.


  1. DaleChumbley
    DaleChumbley December 31, 2008 at 2:00 am - Reply

    A monumental moment for me this year was my celebration of being cancer free for 10 years! Here's a little show I created

  2. Chris Martin December 31, 2008 at 2:27 am - Reply

    I would have to say trying to push start a van in Africa, while the locals were laughing hysterically at us was up there!

  3. Tom Everitt December 31, 2008 at 2:28 am - Reply

    Our favourite moments of 2008 were turning our URL into a full real estate brokerage here in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

    A potentially tragic event that turned out very well was my father-in-law having a heart attack ON CHRISTMAS EVE at the Calgary airport waiting for his flight to visit us. He is still in the hospital but doing well. This reminded us very, very quickly of what's truly important in our lives.

    Best wishes to you, Dale, in 2009

    Tom Everitt

  4. Ira_Serkes December 31, 2008 at 2:55 am - Reply

    A highlight of the year was being stumped as to what gift to give Carol this year.. because we give each other gifts throughout the year!

    Real Estate funds our life, it is not our life (despite what NAR Commercials say)

    So.. Some life adventures?

    Travelling to Asia for a month with CyberStar Friends… and having my foot stepped upon by a baby elephant.

    Coming back with from the trip realizing that everything I know is wrong. How refreshing.

    Travelling to NYC to attend Christies Great Estates Meeting, seeing family, taking some wonderful photos, and getting to visit the top of the Waldorf Astoria. Photographing the plaque about Douglas Mac Arthur living there.

    Going 155 days without a closing (not a typo – 5 months), then having one of the best business years of our lives… including selling 2 out of the 3 most expensive homes sold in Berkeley & Kensington in 2008.

    Finishing another edition of my Nolo Press Book "How To Buy a House in California"

    Installing metal railings on our front stoop.. which looks like they've been there forever.

    Having a Thanksgiving Pie giveaway for our wonderful clients (Thanks to Leslie Mc Donnell Cyber Star & Brinton Star)

    Having birthday dinner atop a 2 level red Route Master Bus in London (OK.. that was actually last year)

    Some adventure photos:

    NYC Deco


    Remember… business funds life

    Business in NOT life!

  5. Heather Elias December 30, 2008 at 7:22 pm - Reply

    Been deep in reflection this week myself. For me, 2008 was a year of personal growth..Near the end of this yearI made the decision to leave a company that I had invested a lot of energy with (and thought was going to be my future) after I realized how very stressed and unhappy I was there. So I'm optimistic that 2009 will be much better for me!

    The connections I've made, and the friendships I've formed this year are what I will most remember about 2008. I can't adequately describe the difference that these relationships have made in my life. If I had to spotlight just one moment…well, I think it was when I got a phone call from someone I respected very much, who said, "So I was reading what you wrote and thought it was a great idea, do you mind if I pick your brain about it?" …(smile) It's great to feel like I am contributing to the discussion, and not just drawing from it…

    (see ya in NYC!)

  6. Clint aka @recr December 31, 2008 at 3:24 am - Reply

    My year was marked by the birth of my second son, Aaron Blaize. He is now 9 months old and my wife and I have been blessed. We have two healthy, happy boys. And, as a result, Im reminded that I do not love my job. I require my job to fuel and finance my life…I love my life.

  7. Kathy Drewien December 31, 2008 at 3:59 am - Reply

    I live so much in the moment… It's difficult for me to pinpoint highlights from 2008.

    Our finances have been significantly impacted with my husband unemployed for more than a year, and my real estate business being… Well, we all know what real estate has been like.

    So, I canceled my Asia trip and missed Ira dancing with the elephants. I chose a week at the beach instead of a seminar with peers in Orlando or getting together with colleagues in Cannon Beach. My time at NAR in Orlando was a healing time shared with peers whose losses extended far beyond money.

    I cried with a girlfriend who lost a child in early pregnancy. I cried with the girlfriend who said goodbye to her mother two days before Christmas.

    We started a ministry at my church for families impacted by alcoholism, and I rediscovered a passion for empowering individual family members to heal – even when the alcoholic remains enslaved by the disease.

    My faith has been tested, and held firm, in 2008.

    The best days of the year have been marked by connections to others – friends, family, the people who live in my computer.

    I share with you the video by Kelly Corrigan, an essay on women and st… which conveys the power of relationships more strongly than I can express in words.

  8. Nick Bostic December 31, 2008 at 5:08 am - Reply

    I can honestly say this has been my worst year on record, which is why I haven't written a similar post: I don't want to depress anyone. So I'll stick to the 2 things I can think of good that have happened to me: Meeting & Hanging out with Dale & Chris and Getting to Meet & Hang with quite a few members of the AgentGenius crew at Inman SF (plus Brad Coy even though he's a hound). Other than that, I will be happy to forget '08. Best of luck to everyone.

    • DaleChumbley
      DaleChumbley December 31, 2008 at 7:35 am - Reply

      Nick, As I wrote this post you were one of the people I thought of. I can't even begin to imagine some of your year. I can only hope that I have the same support & love that I hope you felt through it. I have enjoyed our time visiting on and off line and look forward to more of the same. May your 2009 be one of joy.

    • Paula Henry January 1, 2009 at 3:17 am - Reply

      Nick – I hope 2009 brings you the best year ever!

  9. Poppy Dinsey December 31, 2008 at 6:58 am - Reply

    Hey Dale 🙂

    What I like about New Year is that people take the time to reflect. I've done a huge amount this year, in fact it's probably been the most important of my life. I've never worked harder and I pretty much loved every second of it. I've written up a full post here –

    Happy New Year xxx

  10. Ramona_W December 31, 2008 at 7:02 am - Reply

    The song from Rent reminds me of T.S. Eliot's "Love Song of J, Alfred Prufrock" saying "I have measured out my life with coffee spoons." The biggest thing I learned this year is how unreasonably optimistic I am. My mother had a mastectomy in April and a stroke in October and even while people were crying and the doctors said she might or might not survive the stroke, there wasn't a doubt in my mind. I like to believe it's because I had faith in the strength and toughness Mom has always shown. It doesn't really matter because in the end I was right. She's fine and is spending today on a bus to a casino to really push her luck.

  11. Lori Bee December 31, 2008 at 8:04 am - Reply

    2008. A Year of Life. Hard year, most of it. Both personally & financially, but have learned that thru the trials, I am actually LIVING. Feeling. Savoring the good moments. That's what 2008 has taught me. To live and enjoy the special moments , and never take anyone or anything for granted.

    Many of my highlights include reuniting with old friends, making some really special new ones (a lot of which are online like you Dale!),rediscovering my independence,enjoying hard work on the farm and in the office, and watching my kids become absolutely great human beings. That's definitely most important to me.

    I look at the difficult moments as learning experiences to grow from, but not dwell on. And for better or worse, a lot of us in this real estate thing, have grown closer, to support one another thru the hard times. And that in itself, is a treasure.

    As one of my favorite Gary Allan song's says: "You can't see tomorrow, if you're always looking back." So I am looking forward to 2009. It should start off great …. at NYC meeting all my new Twitter friends! NYC, here we come!

  12. Boomer Jack Boardman December 31, 2008 at 8:44 am - Reply

    November 4, 2008

    • DaleChumbley
      DaleChumbley December 31, 2008 at 9:07 am - Reply

      Hmmm, what could have possibly happened on November 4th, 2008?

  13. Chris Shouse December 31, 2008 at 11:05 am - Reply

    I have been blessed this year with meeting you and sharing some time here in Las Vegas. Blessed again by all of the people I got to meet at BlogWorld

  14. Paula_Henry January 1, 2009 at 2:57 am - Reply

    Okay – so I posted on Twitter, instead of here. I will summize it to say, 2008 was a good year and I expect 2009 to be better. The best thing was watching my 4th granchild be born.

    Best to everyone in 2009!

  15. Kathy McGraw January 1, 2009 at 3:28 am - Reply

    2008 was what it was….I had ups and downs just like every year. I am most thankful for the small things…and very thankful that I have never been a materialistic person. That made it easier to do with less 🙂 Health, and a persona of optimism…I'm thankful for both of those as well.
    Happy New Year Dale….and Congratulations on the 10 years 🙂

  16. Jeffrey Bogert January 1, 2009 at 3:38 am - Reply

    Hands down I would have to say that my highlight was in March when I welcomed my second daughter to the world. There was nothing more remarkable. I also met some great new people via Twitter and launched my blog. 2009 is shaping up to be a great year. I'll treat you to some BBQ when I am in Troutdale.

  17. Dave Bethoney January 3, 2009 at 9:43 am - Reply

    Happy New Year, Dale. Nice meeting you this year and I look forward to getting to know you more in 2009!

  18. Richard_Stabile January 15, 2009 at 1:27 am - Reply

    I measure a year in my family growth. I always look for the time I get to spend with them.
    With business and all the busy things, I look to see the year in bites. The bites are the breaks that come for us to connect.

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