2012 Wrap Up

2013 is here!!!  So last year I had a whole bunch of goals from last year . Did I complete most of the ones I set out to do?  Let's find out and givet hem a quick review. Let's cross of what I think I succssfully accomplished. 

  1. One Song a Month 
  2. Learn about Buddhism 
  3. Skydive
  4. Finish furnishing house
  5. Personalize office
  6. Donate at least $100 a month to charity  
  7. Learn to rock climb
  8. Cross country ski
  9. Be a better husband
  10. Zen
  11. Go on a date once a month with wife
  12. Go see a musical  
  13. Pickup model building again 
  14. Goto a concert 
  15. U of I football game 
  16. Ride more motorcycle
  17. Don't look back in anger 
  18. Replace valves in other 2 toilets 
  19. Build a workbench
  20. Take more quiet time
  21. Expand my musical repitoire
  22. Be patient

OK......So not too bad. I missed some of the big items, but some of the smaller more interpersonal items I definitely accomplished. This year has been very busy though with Megan getting into the full groove with her new job. I think one thing Megan and I need to focus on this year is more personal time together. But I will save that to a post next week for my 2013 goals. 

Thoughts on the past week.

So Guns………… So I was initially going to prepare a whole long discussion on the whole aftermath of the shooting, but instead of espousing a lot of text, I am just going to bullet point my thoughts.

  • Children Died.
  • It was horrible and I cried.
  • Journalists interviewing the children are in poor taste.
  • Journalists still have every right to do it.
  • The parents need to say no.
  • Let’s stop pretending journalists are some sort of bastion of integrity. Journalism has always been a slimy business in America.
  • Your prayers aren’t doing shit to help anyone. Take real action.
  • Don’t treat children like idiots. Talk to them and let them process this event. Don’t hide it from them.
  • God and schools have nothing to do with anything.
  • The gun was the mechanism, not the cause of this problem.
  • Don’t erode civil liberties in the name of protection.  
  • Mental Health is ONE OF the root problems.
  • Assault rifles are not what the media is telling you they are, and they are not what you think they are.
  • Stricter gun control does need to happen in this country.
  • That said people should be able to own any gun they want for whatever reason they want.
  • Self-defense for gun ownership is mostly bull shit in my opinion.No one I have ever known or talked to has known anyone who has ever been involved in an incident needing a gun for self-defense.
  • Stop with the hyperbole.
  • People are upset and want answers.
  • Don’t let emotions rule your judgment.
  • Sometimes there are no answers.
  • Sometimes there is no solution.
  • Sometimes there is nothing that could possibly have been done to prevent something.
  • This is the real world and bad stuff happens all the time. Face it. Accept it. Learn from it. Grow from it.

November 2012 Reading List

Time for another reading list update. 

As 2012 is coming to a close, I have to say that the reading list this year has been a pretty good one. I am on track for fifteen or sixteen books read if I keep my pace up through December. It is hard to believe that I haven't posted one of these since April. 

Anyways, tons of books read. Most notable of them has been the first two books of the John Carter series. Yes, the same John Carter that Disney tried to make into a movie last summer. While the movie wasn't a smash hit at the box office. the first two books in the series are absolustely incredible. They are adventure pulp fiction at its best, and I was litterally on the edge of my seat while reading them. They have quickly gone to the top of my favorite books shelf. They are also public domain so if you have an e-reader, go download them for free. 

I also read books two and three of the Harry Potter series. I remember why those movies are so engaging. Nobody but J.K. Rowling can make boarding school sound so appealing. 

Finally I just started reading "The Hobbit" again last week. This year is the 75th anniversairy of the book and the movie is coming out in December. I think it apt to re-read the book, since I haven't read it since about fifth grade. To be honest I remember almost none of the story and I am amazed again at how good the book is. I am surprised how much the tone really comes across as a children's book though. The whole prose really gives a sort of Narnia vibe a little bit, much more so than the "Lord of the Rings". 

You can see above that my childhood copy is a bit of a wreck, so I am actually reading a copy I bought my wife several years ago.