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.