Wow! 2009 was a busy year for me! A few weeks ago I was trying to remember all that had gone on in my world this year: What directly affected my life? What did I accomplish? What did I leave to be accomplished next year (or beyond)? Where did I succeed and how did I fail?

After thinking on these topics a few times, I decided to write (as briefly as I can) about my year. This post should serve as an archive and a stake in the ground for myself personally and maybe as an excuse for any missed deadlines and to everyone who I didn’t spend enough time with this year ;).

I started 2009 by passing my first certification lab exam, and becoming a Juniper Networks Certified Internet Professional (JNCIP). I was the 680th person to achieve this level of certification, as of today there are 912 JNCIPs in the world. I followed this up in June by joining an even more elite group of router jockeys when I passed the Juniper Networks Internet Expert (JNCIE) exam and became JNCIE #449! Today there are still just over 500 folks with a JNCIE.

After passing the JNCIE I had a bunch of time on my hands, what with not studying and all, so I decided to