2015 review: the year by the numbers

The last post of the year! It’s been a really excellent year all round and time for my traditional post counting down some of the numbers that have been my life this year.

  • 109318: the number of miles I flew on United
  • 33313: my current tweet total (up 1345 from 2014)
  • 12941: the number of subscribers to our Insider mailing list (up 1320 from 2014)
  • 11823: the number of emails I sent (down 444 from 2014)
  • 10843: the number of people who follow my Twitter ramblings (up 1448 from 2014)
  • 1603: the number of books (real ones) that I own (up 129 from 2014)
  • 868: the number of books I own but haven’t read yet (up 56 from 2014)
  • 148: the number of nights away from home (nearly all with Kimberly, so not *too* bad)
  • 131: the total number of hours of online training we have available on Pluralsight
  • 126: the number of dives I did this year in the Bahamas, Yap, Palau, and the Philippines, taking my total to 526
  • 115: the number of feet down on my deepest dive this year (going through swim-throughs with Jonathan in the Bahamas in January)
  • 91: the number of minutes of my longest dive this year
  • 88: the number of books I read (see this post)
  • 70: the number of days in Immersion Events and conferences
  • 42: the number of flights this year
  • 42: the number of Pluralsight courses we have available
  • 42: the answer to the question of life, the universe, and everything!
  • 40.55: the percentage of time we were away from home (which is why we call it our vacation home!)
  • 39: the number of SQLskills blog posts, including this one
  • 19: the number of different places we slept apart from our house and on planes
  • 18: the number of airports I flew through this year
  • 15: the number of new bird species I saw, taking my total to 499
  • 12: the number of monthly magazines I subscribe to
  • 8: the number of years I’ve been married to Kimberly
  • 8: the number of countries we visited this year
  • 7: the number of new airports I flew through, taking my total to 89
  • 4: the number of new countries I visited (Bahamas, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Philippines), taking my total to 36
  • 2: the number of new airlines I flew on, taking my total to 34
  • 2: the number of awesome daughters we have
  • 1: number of new U.S. states I visited, taking my total to 23, and my first new one since 2011
  • 1: the number of new SQLskills team members, and accomplished breeder of tilapias: Tim Radney
  • 1: the person who is the best as snapping her fingers (especially when making fun of me – snap snap snap!): Erin Stellato
  • 1: the number of Jonathan Kehayias in the world – thankfully :-)
  • 1: the number of indispensable assistants, without whom our lives would be a distressing quagmire – Libby we love you!
  • Finally, the one and only best person in my life: Kimberly, without whom I would be lost…

Thank you to everyone who reads our blogs, follows us on Twitter, sends us questions, watches our videos, comes to our classes, and generally makes being deeply involved in the SQL community a joy.

I sincerely wish you all a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year!


(At Kanangra Walls in February a few hundred kilometers from Sydney, with Erin and Jon before teaching IEPTO2)



(On board the Palau Aggressor liveaboard dive boat in July, our eldest behind me)


8 thoughts on “2015 review: the year by the numbers

  1. Awesome numbers Paul.
    I just wonder how you can have the count on some of those numbers accurately :)
    wish you a great new year.

  2. Happy New Year Paul, Kimberly, Erin, Glenn, Jonathan, Tim, Libby, everybody at SQLSkills and your families!!

    Loving the figures and looking forward to another great year with SQLSkills! :-D

  3. Thank you for all of your good work in behalf of the SQL community. Of course, your reward for good work is … more work!

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