Tuesday, January 08, 2008

New Year’s Resolutions, 2008

In my head I have a long list of personal and professional goals that are updated and revised throughout the year. For New Year’s resolutions, I cull that list down to just the fun stuff. As you can see, many of them are bicycle related. (The day I take up basket weaving, they’ll be basket related.) Here they are in no particular order:

• Complete the Tour of the Unknown Coast in less than 8 hours. This is a tall order, being that last year it took me 11 hours.

• Go camping.

• Ride at least three century rides (100 miles in one day) and compete in as many bike races/time trials as possible.

• Build a birdhouse.

• Read up on at least one or two belief systems or philosophies that don’t make any sense to me. (That includes nearly all of them.)

• Complete a 10- or 11-mile time trial (formal or informal) with an average speed of at least 23 mph.

• Gamble more often. Seriously. I live near two big casinos and I enjoy gambling, but I rarely go.

• Convert my old Panasonic into one of those hipster-doofus fixed gear bikes, just for the hell of it.

• Travel more often to see family and friends.

• Catch a fish, or at least a clam or crab.

• Spend less time listening to those fucking idiots on cable news and spend more time reading interesting articles and columns written by people who have brains.

• Enjoy a wide variety of cocktails, including the kind that are served with tiny umbrellas.

• Write a simple song, play it on my trombone and record it. After I listen to it, I reserve the right to delete it.

• Scrounge a couple bikes, fix them up and donate them to a good cause. HumWORKS comes to mind. The agency helps women get off drugs. They’re given bikes to help them get to work. Sounds cool to me.

• Buy some crap on eBay.

• Sell some crap on eBay.

• Complete at least one construction project that makes people say “That’s nice. I didn’t know you could do that,” with me responding “neither did I.”

• Watch as much of the Summer Olympics as possible.

• Cook a mind-blowing, decadent meat dish that’s beyond anything I’ve ever made before and rivals the best meal you’ve ever had. Then, make something equally good that’s vegetarian.

• Attend some live concerts. Listen to more music, be it recorded, on the radio or live. Appreciate the full range of musical genres, from classical to punk.

• Ride my bike long distances to nowhere in particular and enjoy happy thoughts as much as possible regardless of the worldwide ecological meltdown and collapse of our global empire!

• Wear more wool when it’s cool.


Blogger Pamela said...

I have two kids bikes here if you want them you can have them. They have some minor needs but are still in good shape. Just stop by and get the or we can make other arrangements. :0)

6:10 PM  

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