Before then, life was probably peaceful, predictable and calm - I'm now too tired to remember. But I'm glad to say it hasn't been any of those things ever since.
In this special festive post - a review of 2012, our friend's 50th anniversary year - new readers will come to understand why the chaotic life is altogether more exhilarating and fulfilling. Our friends of old will smile and nod as we relive the joys and pains of an incredible 2,500+ miles of motoring in the naughty but entirely lovable Bristol SU coach we count as 'our friend'.
Click the links to read what we wrote as we went along...
2012 began with the loo roll list, the menu of Winter tasks so long that only a toilet roll could provide sufficient length for its scribe. You'll recall that 270 KTA had made its tentative return to the road only six months earlier, after a long illness.
... and in the evening, the guests of the Stagecoach South West Long Service Awards posed alongside 270 KTA for their official photographs. Here, our friend waits patiently for her owner to stop making bad jokes on stage at Sandy Park, hallowed turf for Exeter Chiefs fans.
A second return to Wiltshire came in October, and a very welcome chance to carry passengers on some of our friend's old Trowbridge-area routes at the Warminster Running Day. This was glorious, and will henceforth become an annual pilgrimmage.
Making the most of the 50th year, activity has continued well into the Winter of 2012. TV&GWOT supported an event in November hosted by First Great Western on the Liskeard-Looe branch line, which saw the return of the Great Western Railway Society's steam rail motor to Cornwall. Toegther with Colin Billington's Bristol H, 270 KTA provided a connecting bus service which followed the train, Titfield Thunderbolt-style, through the Cornish countryside.
And so it is that the pest of old has brought adventure and joy to the lives of many over the past twelve months. More than 2,500 miles, well over 500 passengers, it's surely been a most glorious 50th year for 270 KTA. And, as I look back on the 1,000+ photographs I've taken to prove it hasn't all been a dream, I realise it's been a very special year for me, too. Chaotic, exhilarating, fulfilling... and very special.
Happy Christmas to all who follow our adventures - there'll be many more in 2013...