Daddy and Julia in Mar Vista/Venice area of Los Angeles on December 31, 2008.

New Year's Resolutions for 2009


THE COUNTDOWN:
A new year and a new start!

Rich Geib's 2009 New Year's Resolutions!

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

“"Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man."
Benjamin Franklin

YEAR OF 2009

  • SAME AS LAST YEAR: TENNIS AND THE WEIGHTS

Same as last year's failed resolution.

STATUS: In large part because of the (almost) free child care, I joined a gym and visited it assiduously. I didn't have time for the greatest, most in depth workouts, but it was a big lifestyle improvement. Success!

  • CONTINUE BEING THE BEST FATHER AND HUSBAND I CAN BE

Takes just about all my post-work time and energy...

STATUS: Not bad at all. As always: family first (as much as possible).

  • CONVERT TO BLU RAY

Sony BDP-S350 unit for blu-Ray so as to continue the Bravia Theater Sync.

STATUS: Total success!

  • LEARN FROM YOUR BETTER HALF

Social isolation and physical inactivity is not what your wife has done: learn from her positive example

STATUS: Not horrible, not great. Too busy to worry so much about this one for the present....

  • DR. WHITE

Get HMO situation under control

STATUS: Success! Continue building doctor-patient relationship with Dr. White.

  • POTTY TRAIN JULIA

My God, will this be a blessed thing!

STATUS: Total success! Just in time to return to diaper-land with new baby.

  • PLAY MUSIC LOUDLY!

You have an uber-expensive sound system downstairs, but never make the time to use it (or find the time when wife and daughter are not around).

STATUS: I would have to live with the few successes hear and there that I could achieve when cooking in the kitchen with wife not at home.

  • GET BRENT AND BARICH ONTO FACEBOOK

    Fight the lonliness of weakened scattered nature of the contemporary American life in way you can.

    STATUS: Total success! Brent and John not so active on Facebook, but I was amazed and pleased to see so many of my own generation gravitating to Facebook. I was able, even briefly, to re-connect and touch bases with old high school and college fraternity buddies! So healing, so nice.

  • MOVE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE TO ITS OWN DOMAIN

    Important task in long-term but much short-term tedious grunt work. Get it done.

    STATUS: Done! Expensive and tedious, but it should be the basis for the next decade.

  • LONG AND LAZY AFTERNOONS AT THE GETTY VILLA
  • Lounge about for hours among the artifacts of antiquity in Malibu and read deeply of the ancients during summer break.

    STATUS: Total success!

  • RSS FEEDS TO NON-MARQUEE CLASSES

    The last five yards after so much earlier hard work. Get it done in 2009-2010.

    STATUS: On the way to being done....

  • MAKE SOME KIND OF DENT IN THE "TO READ" AND "TO WATCH" BOOK PILE --

    Here is the lineup at this time:

  • First Rung:

    • "What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848" by Daniel Walker Howe
      • (DID READ)
    • "A Most Wanted Man" by John le Carré
      • (DID READ)
    • "Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief" by James McPherson
      • (DID READ)
    • "Up in the Air" by Walter Girn
      • (DID READ)
    • "Never Check E-Mail In the Morning: And Other Unexpected Strategies for Making Your Work Life Work" by Julie Morgenstern
      • (DID READ)
    • "NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children" by Ashley Merryman and Po Bronson
      • (DID READ)
    • "Mother on Fire: A True Motherf%#$@ Story About Parenting!" by Sandra Tsing Loh
      • (DID READ)
    • "The Water is Wide: A Memoir" by Pat Conroy
      • (DID READ)
    • The No-Cry Discipline Solution: Gentle Ways to Encourage Good Behavior Without Whining, Tantrums, and Tears" by Elizabeth Pantley
      • (DID READ)
    • The Manipulative Child: How to Regain Control and Raise Resilient, Resourceful, and Independent Kids" by Ernest W. Swihart Jr. and Patrick Cotter
      • (DID READ)
    • Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire: The Methods and Madness Inside Room 56" by Rafe Esquity
      • (DID READ)
    • "Lighting Their Fires: Raising Extraordinary Children in a Mixed-up, Muddled-up, Shook-up World" by Rafe Esquity
      • (DID READ)
    • "The Forever War" by Dexter Filkins
      • (DID NOT READ)
    • "Will the Circle Be Unbroken?: Reflections on Death, Rebirth, and Hunger for a Faith" by Studs Terkel
      • (DID READ)
    • "Hope Dies Last: Keeping the Faith in Troubled Times" by Studs Terkel
      • (DID READ)
    • "Facing Unpleasant Facts and All Art is Propaganda" by George Orwell, complied by George Packer
      • (DID NOT READ)
    • "Mother on Fire: A True Motherf%#$@ Story About Parenting!" by Sandra Tsing Loh
      • (DID READ)
    • "Of Plymouth Plantation" by William Bradford
      • (DID NOT READ)
    • "Gomorrah: A Personal Journey into the Violent International Empire of Naples' Organized Crime System" by Roberto Saviano
      • (DID READ)
    • "Promised Land: Thirteen Books That Changed America" by Jay Parini
      • (DID NOT READ)
    • "The Strongest Tribe" by Bing West
      • (DID NOT READ)
    • "The Time of My Life" by Patrick Swayze and Lisa Niemi
      • (DID READ)
    • "The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time" by Jeffrey Sachs
      • (DID NOT READ)
    • "The Reader" by Bernhard Schlink
      • (DID READ)
    • "The Abstinence Teacher" by Tom Perrotta
      • (DID READ)
    • "The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream" by Barack Obama
      • (DID NOT READ)
    • "Tess of the Durbervilles" by Thomas Hardy
      • (DID NOT READ)
    • "The Impending Crisis, 1848-1861" by David M. Potter
      • (DID NOT READ)
    • "Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877" by Eric Foner (read in December 2009)
      • (DID READ)
    • "The Conquest of Gaul" by Julius Caesar
      • (DID NOT READ)
    • "Anabasis: The Persian Expedition" by Xenophon
      • (DID NOT READ)
    • "Mystic River" by Dennis Lehane
      • (DID READ)
    • "Gone Baby Gone" by Dennis Lehane
      • (DID READ)
    • "Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power" by Robert Dallek
      • (DID READ)
    • "Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America" by Rick Perlstein
      • (DID READ)
    • "The Secret Man: The Story of Watergate's Deep Throat" by Bob Woodland
      • (DID READ)
    • "Never Check E-Mail In the Morning: And Other Unexpected Strategies for Making Your Work Life Work" by Julie Morgenstern
      • (DID READ)
    • "Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate over Science and Religion" by Edward J. Larson
      • (DID READ)
    • Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Meth Addiction" by David Sheff
      • (DID READ)
    • "Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines" by Nic Sheff
      • (DID READ)
    • "The Little Mermaid" by Hans Christian Andersen
      • (DID READ)
    • "The Unredeemed Captive: A Family Story from Early America" by John Putnam Demos
      • (DID READ)
    • Second Rung: On the radar screen but longer-term goals:
      • "Power of One" by Bryce Courtenay
        • (DID NOT READ)
      • "The School on Heart's Content Road" by Carolyn Chute
        • (DID NOT READ)

  • MAKE SOME KIND OF DENT ON THE NETFLIX QUEUE --
    • "Darwin's Nightmare"
      • (NOT VIEWED)
    • "Downfall"
      • (NOT VIEWED)
    • "The People vs. Larry Flynt"
      • (NOT VIEWED)
    • "Beaufort"
      • (VIEWED)
    • "Lawrence of Arabia"
      • (NOT VIEWED)
    • "American Experience: The Rockefellers"
      • (NOT VIEWED)
    • "The Wobblies"
      • (VIEWED)
    • "I've Loved You So Long"
      • (VIEWED)
    • "The Seventh Seal"
      • (NOT VIEWED)
    • "This Film is not Yet Rated"
      • (NOT VIEWED)
    • "Friends of God: A Road Trip with Alexandra Pelosi"
      • (NOT VIEWED)
    • "The Edward R. Murrow Collection"
      • (NOT VIEWED)
    • "Dying Young"
      • (NOT VIEWED)
    • "Lorenzo's Oil"
      • (NOT VIEWED)
    • "Deliver Us From Evil"
      • (NOT VIEWED)
    • "Harlan County, U.S.A.
      • (NOT VIEWED)
    • "Public Enemies"
      • (VIEWED)
    • "Bra Boys"
      • (VIEWED)
    • "Mongol"
      • (VIEWED)
    • "Body of Lies"
      • (VIEWED)
    • "Enter Les Murs"
      • (VIEWED)
    • "Quantum of Solace"
      • (VIEWED)
    • "Battlestar Galactica: Season 4"
      • (VIEWED)
    • "Battlestar Galactica: Season 4.5"
      • (VIEWED)
    • "Phillip K. Dick: The Penultimate Truth"
      • (NOT VIEWED)
    • "Chicago 10"
      • (NOT VIEWED)
    • "Commune"
      • (VIEWED)
    • "Waltz With Bashir"
      • (VIEWED)
    • "The Wrestler"
      • (VIEWED)
    • "Valkyrie"
      • (NOT VIEWED)
    • "The Reader"
      • (VIEWED)
    • "Revolutionary Road"
      • (NOT VIEWED)
    • "The Road"
      • (VIEWED)
    • "The Reader"
      • (VIEWED)
    • "Quantum of Solace"
      • (VIEWED)
    • "JCVD"
      • (VIEWED)
    • "Gran Torino"
      • (VIEWED)
    • "Gomorra"
      • (VIEWED)
    • "Frost/Nixon"
      • (NOT VIEWED)
    • "Entre Les Murs"
      • (VIEWED)
    • "Defiance"
      • (VIEWED)
    • "Slumdog Millionaire"
      • (VIEWED)
    • "Changeling"
      • (VIEWED)
    • "Body of Lies"
      • (VIEWED)
    • "Austraila"
      • (VIEWED)
    • "The Shield": entire series
      • (VIEWED)
    • "George Wallace"
      • (VIEWED)
    • "Stevie"
      • (VIEWED)
    • "Frozen River"
      • (VIEWED)
    • "What Doesn't Kill You"
      • (NOT VIEWED)
    • "Resolved"
      • (VIEWED)
    • "Frost Nixon: Watergate Interviews"
      • (VIEWED)
    • "Doctors' Diaries"
      • (VIEWED)
    • "Rescue Dawn"
      • (VIEWED)
    • "Clarence Darrow"
      • (VIEWED)
    • "Frontline: Sick Around America"
      • (VIEWED)
    • "The Brain"
      • (VIEWED)
    • "Taken"
      • (VIEWED)
    • "Righteous Kill"
      • (NOT VIEWED)
    • "Medea"
      • (VIEWED)
    • "King Corn"
      • (VIEWED)
    • "Food, Inc."
      • (VIEWED)
    • "Eric Clapton: Sessions for Robert Johnson "
      • (VIEWED)
    • "Appaloosa"
      • (VIEWED)
    • "Religulous"
      • (VIEWED)
    • "Black Belt"
      • (VIEWED)
    • "Sergeant York"
      • (VIEWED)
    • "The Wobblies"
      • (VIEWED)
    • "Mountain Patrol: Kekexili"
      • (VIEWED)
    • "The Laramie Project"
      • (VIEWED)
    • "American Teen"
      • (VIEWED)
    • "The U.S. Mexican War"
      • (VIEWED)
    • "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed"
      • (VIEWED)
    • "Spartacus"
      • (VIEWED)
    • "Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial"
      • (VIEWED)
    • "The Bucket List"
      • (VIEWED)
    • "Andrew Carnegie and the Age of Steel"
      • (VIEWED)
    • "Buenavista Social Club"
      • (VIEWED)
    • "The Baader Meinhof Complex"
      • (VIEWED)
    • "The Terri Schiavo Story
      • (VIEWED)
    • "The Dark Ages
      • (VIEWED)
    • "Billy the Kid"
      • (VIEWED)
    • "George Balanchine's The Nutcracker"
      • (VIEWED)
    • "Frontline: Bad Voodoo's War"
      • (VIEWED)
    • "Guitarra!: A Musical Journey Through Spain"
      • (VIEWED)
    • "Sin Nombre"
      • (VIEWED)
    • "Stress: Portrait of a Killer"
      • (VIEWED)

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