Friday Five for March 19th

Back in the early days of blogging (well, not early early but early 2000s) there was a meme running around called the Friday Five. I forget the exact history of it and I’m sure there were a few concurrent sites or groups running their own thing, but it existed. It was kinda fun. The one I was following stopped at some point and the world was a sadder place.

Feeling nostalgic, I thought I’d look around and see if anyone’s doing Friday Five still. And the answer was yes. A lot of people are. Sheesh. seems like a good one, though. so let’s give it a go, shall we?

For this week’s questions, how about giving a thoughtful (or sarcastic, or whatever) answer to these too-oft-asked chit-chat questions?

Can do. And, to make things more interesting, my answers will be in the form of a Choose Your Own Adventure.

1. “Come here often?”
When I get in the mood but not nearly as often as I used to.

2. “What’s new?”
The Apple iPad, which is due for release next month.
Not much, man, just hanging out, same old stuff, you know. How about you? Family OK?

3. “[insert your recent weather condition here] enough for ya?”
Ha ha, don’t you know it? I mean, sheesh, when will it end, ya know?

4. “How’s it hangin?”
Well, you know, weather and all being what it is, can’t really tell.

5. “How ’bout them [insert local sports team here]?”
You see that mascot of theirs? I swear, someone wasn’t thinking when they came up with that one.
I’m not a big communist kickball fan.

2009’s New Year Resolutions

Typically I don’t do resolutions.  And I think I say that every year before stating my resolutions.  Some of these have short timelines as they also appear on my “Things To Do Before I’m 30” list which means I have about eight weeks to finish that list.  But for this year, I resolve:

  • Write another book
  • Stop eating McDonalds
  • Stop drinking sodas
  • Start exercising more
  • Reconnect with old friends
  • Continue to try and be the best person I can

Now, writing a book and reconnecting with old friends both are on that 30 list, so clock’s tickin’ (though reconnecting is an ongoing thing). Exercising more was something I wanted to do this year and had started before things cropped up to cut my ability to go to a gym.  But I’m going to give it another go.

McDonalds and I have a love/hate thing going on and if they didn’t infuse their food with crack this wouldn’t be a problem.  But I’m done with it. Cold turkey. I did it once before, I can do it again.

Soda’s going to be a hard one and I’ll have to ween myself off of that.  But it’s doable.

Heck, all of these are doable if I put my mind and effort to it.

Here goes.  Let’s see if I can do this in 2009.

16 Random Truths

Having been tagged by multiple people, I figure I should do this.

Once you’ve been tagged, you have to write a note with 16 random truths (shortcomings, facts, habits or goals) about you. At the end choose some 16 folk, and tag them.

Try to include the person that tagged you so they can come back and see your answers.

1. I can’t snap my fingers with my right hand.

2. I have never officially broken a bone in my body.

3. I get grumpy when I’m tired.

4. I have a great fear of death.

5. I can fly an airplane.

6. Being a packrat, I collect just about everything.

7. I have a princess cat named Pantera.

8. My likes and sense of humor can sometimes be pretty childish. I like to think that this is endearing.

9. Ten years ago I expected so much more of myself by now.

10. When I was six I wanted to be a mailman when I grew up.

11. Italian food makes me happy. Chinese food makes me happy. Food makes me happy.

12. As much as technology fascinates me I sometimes feel the need to turn it off for a day and get away. Inevitably those days are the ones when people really need to find me via technology or hammer me for being away.

13. I can draw a mean stickman.

14. I have written a novel. It is not published.

15. I was a History major, specifically focused on Chinese history.

16. I need to keep in better touch with my friends.

UPDATE: Things To Do Before I’m 30

Back on my birthday I posted a list of things I’d like to do before I’m 30:

  • Write another novel.
  • Record an album.
  • Go to the beach.
  • Catch a major league baseball game.
  • Visit Yankee Stadium (I’d have to do that this year anyway)
  • Graduate.
  • Get back in touch with old friends.
  • Learn to dance.

Two and a half down (half is the “old friends”, I’ve gotten back in touch with some but need to do so with more), many more to go.  I’m trying to think of other things to add but at this point I’m having enough trouble with this list, why should I add more?  Suggestions are certainly welcome, tho.