New year, new opportunities

To quote the chairman of the board, for me and mine it was a very good year. In 2014…

  • The family and I went on a cruise (for the first time)
  • I went on three International business trips (to Greece and Mexico)
  • I was able to visit Paris (again, for the first time)
  • Attended a party in the Seahawks stadium (on the field), two weeks before they won the Super Bowl
  • Enjoyed two great trips to Vegas
  • Rode in a submarine
  • Visited Mayan ruins in Mexico
  • Visited the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • Got to see more of America through work trips (Pittsburgh! Washington DC! Dallas!)
  • Visited the Christmas Story house and Southfork Ranch
  • Got to visit the Computer History Museum
  • Survived a car wreck that totaled my Jeep (RIP)
  • Once again took a trip to Twin Peaks
  • Hung out with friends in Seattle and Los Angeles…
  • Got to speak at a couple of conferences
  • Visited the Andy Warhol Museum
  • Met a LOT of famous people (Hi Norman! Hi Brent!)
  • Had the opportunity to do great work with some very talented teammates…
  • Lost a bit of weight (enough for people to notice and for me to feel better).

Basically, it was better than I hoped. Lots of pics of my travels are here.

I look back at this past year with profound gratitude. Lots of people are not doing half as well as we are, and I am doing what I can to help as many people in need as possible – an effort that is absolutely driven by the appreciation of what me and mine have.

So, 2015… what do I do for an encore? Well… Here’s my list. Don’t call them “resolutions” – consider them “plans.”

  • Visit Seattle at least three times
  • Visit Portland again
  • Lose more weight, but more important gain more muscle mass
  • Don’t go to the Star Trek Las Vegas Convention (been there, done that, got the t-shirt)
  • Don’t go to DragonCon (again, I’m over it)
  • Go to SXSW
  • Speak at three conferences (two are already booked)
  • Go back to Europe for business and pleasure
  • Drink less, but drink better (elevate my palate, as it were).
  • Get the Icon Windows Phone
  • Upgrade my wife’s phone
  • Get rid of some stuff (either by selling or giving it away)
  • Walk more
  • Eat less fast food
  • Eat more fish and vegetables (ESPECIALLY SALMON)
  • Finish my Neglected Cinema series (and publish it as an e-book)
  • Write more (I’ve been slacking off the past three months due to my day job)
  • Put more in my 401K (and be grateful that I HAVE a 401K)
  • Join a gym
  • Go to the beach on two continents
  • Catch up on some TV shows
  • Relax more
  • Read more
  • Get better sleep
  • Play more games (board and video)
  • Do something that scares me
  • Do not see the second and third Hobbit films
  • Do not see any films that star Kevin Hart or Kevin James
  • See the Avengers 2
  • Probably see Mad Max:Fury Road and Tomorrowland
  • Maybe see Star Wars VII or Ant-Man
  • Watch Better Call Saul, The Walking Dead, and The Middle
  • Watch any show Gordon Ramsey is on
  • See a lot of movies on airplanes
  • Bedazzle NOTHING
  • Pay off debt
  • Accrue more dept
  • Eat more stroopwafels
  • Celebrate some anniversaries, big and small
  • Try and appreciate the little things
  • Try not to die

That’s my list, folks. I hope you make a similar list – not of what you hope to do, but one that lists everything that you WILL do.