Every year I get a month-by-month wall calendar. I make sure I get one with big squares I can write in. When the year is over, I save the old calendar. So now I have a box of them. As I was moving out of my old place, my wife would rhetorically ask in a rage "WHY THE HELL DO YOU STILL HAVE THESE?!!?" And I explained it to her. Those calendars, with those events written in them, give a pretty good snapshot of what my life was like at the time. Perhaps eventually I'll just photograph or scan those parts and ditch the physical calendars. But not today.
I do however have some other calendar stuff I stumbled across and got rid of.
2008 Calendar, given to me by my friend in August of that year. He had a bunch of them left over because he did some of the artwork. With dozens of them to give away, I said "Sure, I'll take one. Thanks." Well, those 4 months passed and that's that. I kept trying to rationalize this with "But I like this artwork, and I could do something with some of it". But it was time to just let it die in the trash with dignity. Which is more than I can say for the victims of the people mentioned in the calendar's artwork.
Then I found some old print-outs of the calendars I used to make and print at work:
This was an interesting month. It was my last time at one job, and just before starting another one that I'd end up staying with for many years. The economy was still pretty good at the time as far as software jobs went, despite the Dot Com Crash in the time to follow. I also see the usual for that time: marking upcoming Dio concerts to go to. Going to Tantra sessions. And also noting shows that were coming to my favorite club, The Station. This would still be another few years before the infamous Station Club fire, which claimed the lives of 100.