New Year's Resolutions for 2002

Revelers wave the American flag as they celebrate the coming of the new year in New York's Times Square on December 31, 2001. An estimated 500,000 people crowded Times Square under heavy security to watch the 95th annual "ball drop" marking the end of 2001 and the beginning of 2002.

Rich Geib's 2002 New Year's Resolutions!

What should I do? Where to go? How to live?

We human beings are ideally rational creatures who can influence our fortunes by planning and then building our futures. Unfortunately, it seems in the maelstrom of wrestling with the challenges of life often we tend to drift and lose sight of the bigger picture -- and I am no exception! Consequently, I take New Year's Resolutions somewhat seriously as a means towards taking a good look at myself, deciding where I want to go, and figuring out what needs to happen to get there. Hence this business of making lists of resolutions -- which I have done every New Year's Day for some ten years now -- and forcing myself to spell everything out and to be kept accountable by making them public.

"The important thing is this: to be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become."
Charles Du Bos

"Every trial endured and weathered in the right spirit makes a soul nobler and stronger than it was before."
James Buckham

YEAR OF 2002

    For over two years you have not been entirely injury free!  This is no good!  Exercise smarter in the past and cut down on avoidable injuries.
    Consequences of not achieving resolution: blah.
  • Lifting heavy and more intensely at the gym.
    A great past few months at the gym.  Keep up the momentum and switch your workouts around to keep your body challenged and ready to adapt.  Spend the same large amount of time at the gym that is required.  Now with the new juice bar, it should offer more enticements.
    Consequences of not achieving resolution: blah.
  • Keep exercise subtle muscles of forearms.
    Tendonitis in wrists slowly but surely receding; keep your forearms strong so as to keep the trend going.
    Consequences of not achieving resolution: Failure to build awesome curriculum...
  • Go to early morning spinning bike workout classes on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
    It brings back whiphs of high school, no?  You wake up early anyways, so you might as well just get out of bed a few minutes earlier and get a good jump on the day.  Those classes help when you have the instructor barking at you to pump harder.
    Consequences of not achieving resolution: Understanding unenriched by greatly enriching literature.
  • Renew teaching credential before it expires in August, 2002.
    Finish that last class, get the paperwork started, and get it done so you can have a job to return to in August.  Just because it is stupid and bureaucratic does not mean it is unimportant.
    Consequences of not achieving resolution: blah.
  • Be prepared for Advanced Placement courses and start them off successfully in Fall 2002.
    Attend the weekend AP workshops for the English Language Composition and Reading and U.S. History exams.  Get a good jump on all the grunt work for the website and projects.  Get a good look at how you want the land to lie when it comes to the curriculum of these two courses.
    Consequences of not achieving resolution: blah.
  • If not injured and able to train, sign up for and complete Solvang Century.
    Consequences of not achieving resolution: blah.
  • Open multimedia lab at work with all new equipment networked and ready to go.
    Brush up on your Mac knowledge, get everything working and know why it works, have all the multimedia software and clips loaded to file servers, and have everything ready for Fall of 2002 with multiple Viscom classes.
    Consequences of not achieving resolution: blah.
  • Attend the Shakespeare Festival in Ashland with father.
    OSF in 2002: one word: MacBeth!  Make the annual peregrination up to see Dad in Oregon.    
    Consequences of not achieving resolution: blah.
  • Post my Italy trip diaries.
    Consequences of not achieving resolution: blah.
  • Balance work and private time better.
    Consequences of not achieving resolution: blah.
  • Bike with Velo Bike Club around Lake Casitas at 5:00 p.m. when it stays lighter later.
    Consequences of not achieving resolution: blah.
  • Do the Solvang Century bike ride April 9, 2002.

    Consequences of not achieving resolution: blah.
  • Buy and listen to Classics of American Literature and Thomas Jefferson lectures.
    Make good use of unavoidable down time in car driving from place to place.  Absorb massive amounts of lecture and cover large swathes of history and literature while commuting.  Maybe even get some new lectures (GreeceMusic?) for big drive in summer.
    Consequences of not achieving resolution: blah.
  • Make it to dentist and optometrist before end of February.
    After ninth grade project ends, get yourself in to see these two gentleman.  It is time.
    Consequences of not achieving resolution: blah.
  • Make a good dent in "book to read" list.
    • "Inheriting the Revolution: The First Generation of Americans" by Joyce Oldham Appleby
    • "Booknotes Life Stories: Notable Biographers on the People Who Shaped America" by Brain Lamb and Philip Turner
    • “Vita Nuova” by Dante Aligheri
    • "A New Birth of Freedom : Abraham Lincoln and the Coming of the Civil War"
      by Harry V. Jaffa
    • “The Invention of Peace,"  by Sir Michael Howard
    • “Ideas in America” by Louis Menard
    • "The Best of Times" by Haynes Johnson
    • "Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae" by Steven Pressfield
    • "Culture Matters: How Values Shape Human Progress" editors Samuel P. Huntington, Lawrence E. Harrison
    • "Nickle and Dimed" by Barbara Ehrenreich
    Consequences of not achieving resolution: blah.


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