Okay, y'all. Revel in reviewing how I did and didn't meet my 104 Things in 2004.
I'll probably close out the year with a 70% completion rate. It's passing, but I'm not thrilled about the areas I fell short in. And my unstated goal of reviewing the books I read was a total no-go. On the bright side, I now know what areas to concentrate on for "105 Things in 2005." And I'm still taking suggestions for that list.
(Strike-throughs mean I did 'em.)
Send out the holiday cards/CDs before the 2nd of the year. -- Shut up. I have a few days left before Jan 2, 2005.
2. Volunteer with the Girl Scouts here. -- You know, I called and called and called, and the Girl Scouts just don't want me anymore. So, hello, Friends of the Library!
Participate in the 2004 California Coastal Cleanup Day.
E-mail my favorite people more than once a week, if only so I can stop hearing, "But you're a writer! Why can't you write me?"
Return to my excellent childhood manners and write thank-you notes promptly.
Figure out what the hell we're doing for the '04 holidays. -- You should see the post-mortem I'm doing in anticipation of 05.
Send off the charitable donations in June, not December.
8. Get digital pix bound into actual paper books for Mom. -- Technically, this will be done on January 1, 05.
9. January - March nonfiction reading list: World War 3.0,
The Progress Paradox, Boob Jubilee, The Joy of Keeping Score, The Malcontents (mixes fiction and non), The Consumer's Guide to Effective Environmental Choices, Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace, GigaLaw Guide to Internet Law , Small Pieces Loosely Joined, The Ontology of Cyberspace, Alpha Beta, Mencken Chrestomathy, The Consolations of Philosophy.
10. April - June nonfiction reading list:
How Proust Can Change Your Life, TechGnosis, The Substance of Style: How the Rise of Aesthetic Value Is Remaking Commerce, Culture, and Consciousness, The Social Life of Information , The Metaphysical Club, A Fool and His Money, Culture and Consumption, A, B, C, Et. Cetera, The Highwaymen, The Atoms of Language, The Moral Obligation to Be Intellient, Bamboozled at the Revolution, Why Do Catholics Do That?
11. July - September nonfiction reading list:
Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk, Trading Up: The New American Luxury, Living It Up : America's Love Affair with Luxury, Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII, American Sucker, Dumbing Down: Essays on the Strip Mining of American Culture, A Dangerous Place : California's Unsettling Fate, At the Water's Edge : Fish with Fingers, Whales with Legs, and How Life Came Ashore but Then Went Back to Sea, The New Way Things Work, The Consumer Society Reader, Cute, Quaint, Hungry and Romantic: The Aesthetics of Consumerism, A Company of Readers : Uncollected Writings of W. H. Auden, Jacques Barzun, and Lionel Trilling from the Reader's Subscription and Mid-Century Book Clubs, The Hedgehog, the Fox, and the Magister's Pox: Mending the Gap Between Science and the Humanities.
12. October - December nonfiction reading list: Reading list to be set by September, based on new nonfiction books I learn about this year. 13 books. Ultimate goal -- a new nonfiction book each week. -- HA. I did knock off a few books not listed here: the Best Business Writing, 2002 and 2003 editions; the Best Business Crime Writing 2003; No Collar; Of All Things! and Love Conquers All, both by Robert Benchley; the New Yorker's collections of humor writing and of dot-com-era writing. The latter was funnier than the former. Also, I finished Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle, which should count for something.
13. Resubscribe to the New York Times. -- Nope. Still reading it online.
14. Find a book club. -- Nope. How do you people find these things? Do I need to start loitering in more bookstores?
Resubcribe/ subscribe to the following magazines: Bitch, MIT Technology Review, Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, New Yorker, Business 2.0, Columbia Journalism Review, Cook's Illustrated, Skeptical Enquirer, Discover. -- Done. But here's the thing: I'm not renewing my subscription to more than 3 of these.
Move the Rage Diaries to TypePad, with domain mapping to Schmeiser.com.
Get the new improved Rage Diary updates listed on DHAK (this means finding my password for the site).
19. Send out two new pitches to publications monthly. (24 pitches! Ack!) (And no, you don't get to see what my pitch list is.) -- I consider this my No. 2 failure for 2004.
Finish novel outline.
21. Finish first 6 chapters of novel. -- I did three.
Keep writing for Teevee.
Keep writing for City Pages. Note to self: need to resume this. If you're reading -- Michael, call me!
Keep writing for Television Without Pity.
25. Find a church I like. Attend it regularly. -- I consider this my No. 1 failure for 2004.
Take 10 minutes a day to meditate/pray/contemplate.
Observe Ash Wednesday, Lent at church.
29. Find someplace nearby that a) offers Yoga/Pilates classes, b) does not charge an arm and a leg, and c) has classes at times I can go. -- HA. I found A, which has C, but B is more elusive than the yeti.
30. Then go to those classes 2X weekly for 12 weeks straight.
Give up sugar for Lent. Again.
Do not fall off sugar wagon until Pentecost.
Find a good local public swimming pool.
34. Hit it at least 1X/weekly.
35. Complete Self Challenge again. -- This would be my No. 3 failure of 2004.
Train for U.S. Marine Corps Marathon.
Run/walk U.S. Marine Corps Marathon.
Go to the doctor.
39. Go to the dermatologist for mole/skin scan.
Get new glasses.
Hit the dentist 2X.
Cut back the McDonald's No. 4 breakfasts to 2X/weekly, tops.
Keep brown-bagging lunch at work.
44. Take CPR/ First Aid class.
Resume drinking 96 oz. of water daily.
Weekend trip: San Diego.
Weekend trip: Phoenix.
48. Weekend trip: Portland.
49. Weekend trip: Big Sur.
50. Weekend trip: Tahoe.
51. Weekend trip: Yosemite.
52. 4-day Weekend trip: Seattle/Vancouver.
53. 4-day Weekend trip: NYC. -- Wow, this litany of places we didn't visit is kind of depressing.
4-day Weekend trip: Baltimore/DC.
Crack open that L.A. hiking book.
Learn how to operate a sea kayak.
Explore a different area of L.A. 1x/month.
See a ballet.
59. See a symphony performance or opera.
Visit LACMA at least once. -- Going tomorrow, in fact.
Go to Hawaii again.
Go see an IMAX movie (I've never seen one.)
64. Go whitewater rafting -- it's been four years.
Go to the Stonecutters' hoedown this year. -- There wasn't one, so...
Go to the Tropicana one more time before it's blowed up real good.
Use up that wonderful B&B certificate Mom got us for Christmas.
68. Take a surfing lesson.
Swim in the Pacific.
70. Play more board games.
Expand cooking repetoire: learn how to make at least one hors d'oeuvre, so I do not panic when someone asks me to bring a hors d'oeuvre.
Expand cooking repetoire: learn how to make at least one dessert that does not threaten to stop anyone's heart.
Expand cooking repetoire: get out of the college-cocktail phase -- just because it has a lot of vodka or grain does not make it a mixed drink. Learn how to mix five drinks without checking the recipes once -- the Cuba Libre , the Mai Tai , the Zombie , Milk Punch and Pimm's Cup , beloved of stylish TWoP recappers like Alex Richmond.
74. Re-dye black tees even blacker.
75. Bleach the hell out of all the whites.
76. Rip all our CDs, store the files on a FireWire drive, and sell the CDs. -- I will be ripping CDs through February. So ... half done.
Hang all our photos and pictures.
Put away my clothes once I've worn them, as opposed to folding them and dropping them on the nearest flat surface in the bedroom.
Throw a party.
Figure out how to handle big sewing repairs without buying a sewing machine. -- Yes. Outsource them.
Resurrect my container garden.
82. Anchor bookcases to wall in case of earthquake. -- I will probably regret not doing this after I'm buried under a pile of paperbacks.
Find new 7' bookcase to match one in living room.
Dye Easter Eggs this year.
NOT EASILY CLASSIFIED
Take cats to the vet for general check-ups.
Take cats to the vet for teeth-cleaning.
87. Get a passport.
88. Open AmeriTrade account and begin stock trading using the CAN SLIM philosophy promoted at work.
89. Get old 401(k) accounts rolled into new one.
Find a local hairdresser.
91. Find a local day spa. Become a regular.
Update my address book.
Stop hitting online forums the moment I'm bored.
Resume saving for house down payment.
95. Get bodywork on Saturn, esp. trunk.
Keep celebrating our wedding anniversary every month on the 12th (We've managed every month since our vows -- so that's a 40-month-and-counting streak).
Keep track of what goes on in the 109th Congress.
Write my federal and state representatives as needed -- Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, and Rep. Jane Harman . My state senator is Debra Bowen , and my state assembly member is George Nakano.
100. Become more diligent about recycling now that we've left the Bay Area and it's not as easy as stepping outside and tossing something in a bin.
Go one month without using the vending machines at work.
102. Take more pictures of our daily life.
103. Post pictures for our friends and family.
Watch Duck Soup on New Year's Eve.