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January 05, 2006

Six Resolutions for '06

Two years ago I wrote a (relatively) optimistic post in which I introduced a new version of and listed four resolutions that I promptly broke. While I don't have a new version of the web site to release (I'm still working on it!), I do have some resolutions I would like to break in the next few weeks, so I thought I might as well list them for the world to know in my inaugural post for 2006.

Generally speaking, my New Year's resolutions over the past few years have all revolved around two to three underlying themes: being (more) nice to people, gaining weight, and exercising control over rampant and unchecked spending. If any of you have seen in me in the last few months, you know that rather than improving on any of the aforementioned themes, if anything, I've gotten worse. So, once again, my New Year's resolutions for 2006 will revolve around being less surly, more healthy, and less spendthrifty, although with hopefully less presumptuous notions of success.

  1. I'm going to start playing tennis again regularly—I'm planning to join the Golden Gate Tennis Club. If any of you want to play sometime, let me know.
  2. I'm going to join a gym (and maybe even go). This isn't to gain weight; I've accepted the fact that that's not going to happen. Instead, it's simply to be more healthy, and more importantly, to avoid rush hour traffic from the East Bay.
  3. I'm not going to eat out more than three nights a week, on average. Not only is this more healthy, but it will also save me a lot of money!
  4. I'm not going to party twice a week, every week, and more importantly, my bar tab won't be $150 every time I go out.
  5. I'm going to start some volunteer activity—if anyone has any recommendations, please e-mail me.
  6. I really am going to try to be less of an ass. Okay. That was a lie in 2004, and it's a lie now. Maybe I'll try to be nice to one person a day.

Granted, most of these resolutions will probably be broken by this weekend, but you can't say I didn't try, right? Feel free to slap me if you see me breaking one of them. If you do, however, just remember that you won't be the person I'm nice to that day.


I'd be up for tennis!

In terms of getting healthy, Discovery Health is sponsoring a National Body Challenge starting Jan 14. If you sign up for the program, you get a free 8-week gym membership to Bally's.

As for volunteering, try or to find a volunteer opportunity.

Shouldn't your seventh resolution be to find a WIFE, you're no spring-chicken ya know?

Ryan, how well you know me ... but finding a wife will have to wait a year, because, Seven Resolutions for '06 would have sounded dumb.

My one resolution for 2006 was to make only paradoxical resolutions.

In other news, you should try rock climbing. Ellie is going to start going again when she gets back from Europe. You're skinny, so you'll be really good right away, but you'll also build muscle like... uh, like... let's just say unlike a professional baseball player.

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