Goals For 2018

Here’s what I’m aiming to get done in 2018

  1. I’m going to go offline for a 24 hour period once a week – Saturday evening through Sunday evening. Phone calls will be answered, but that’s it; no social media or texts or anything like that. We’re going to go to movies and have game nights and go for walks and such. I also need more time dedicated to reading.
  2. “He does not suffer fools gladly”. I want people to say this about me. To that end, I pledge to be less accepting of nonsense. I predict there will be some crying involved because I see absolutely no reason to be gentle when assaulted with stupidity. I will be bringing a gun to all knife fights.
  3. I’ve seen a few videos on Facebook in which people assigned themselves 100 days to accomplish something, then they track their progress and post it. It’s essentially crowdsourced motivation. This seems do-able, even for a lazy prick like me, so I’m going to try it with the following:
    1. Going to try juggling and card tricks again…
      They didn’t get a fair shake in 2017
    2. Planks and pushups…
      Let’s see if I can get some muscle tone back in this old body. At the very least, improved core strength should help with my posture and general well being. I like the idea of being physically intimidating as well as intellectually intimidating. It’s not bullying if people are scared of you because of their own insecurities.
    3. Cursive writing…
      I’ve recently developed a love of fountain pens. I’d like to have the kind of handwriting that compliments a quality writing instrument.
    4. Sweep picking on the guitar…
      This has no practical value for me other than to show off to my friends and anyone who might be listening at the music store, so if anything has to be sacrificed because of time limitations, this will be the first to be abandoned. I’m pretty adept at finger tapping, but my right-hand technique has always been sub-par. I’m fixin’ to rectify that.
    5. Banjo…
      I got a banjo for my birthday a few years back. While I’ve noodled around with it a bit and can fart out something resembling music, I’ve never really dedicated myself to getting the finger rolls going. That’s where the cool, Earl Scruggs sounds are.

Merry new year, ya’ll. Let’s plan on grabbing a coffee or lunch soon.


2017 Goals: Reviewed

Get published.

Fail. In hindsight, however, this was an ill-considered goal. My goal should have been to write enough material to make it worth paying a content editor and a line editor to get it ready to be shopped to a publisher.

Find reliable news outlets, and stick to them.

Success, although 2017 made this easier than it should have been due to the astonishing and utter train wreck that is the Trump presidency. It wasn’t necessary to find news sources because Donnie Two-Scoops delivered his nonsense directly to us via video and Twitter. It’s not necessary to confirm things when they come straight from the horse’s mouth.

That being said, The Intercept is where it’s at. Jeremy Scahill’s weekly podcast is a must listen.

Adopt a dog.

Unqualified success. Alice is a fantastic doggy.

Make a significant life-change, hopefully in the form of a new job.

This was thrust upon me when I lost my job at the end of May. I’m still trying to figure out what to do next. I know for sure that I don’t want to spend the rest of my life commuting to a job in a cubicle with a bunch of other people who hate their jobs just as much as I do. I can also live without having a psychopath for a boss.

Learn how to juggle.

Fail. To be honest, I only tried to learn this for a couple of days before forgetting all about it.

Learn a few decent card tricks.

Fail. Didn’t even try.

“He made you feel like you were the only person in the room.”

I think I made strides. This is an ongoing goal, and I can’t be the one to decide when or if I’ve succeeded. It’s for you to decide.