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Raising The Bar

January 15, 2012

I posted one post in 2011, and with this post that makes one in 2012. So, I’m at my 2011 rate and my target is to raise the bar for 2012 — at least one more post. 🙂

Changes over the past year? Not really very many. Spent a tad more time on amateur radio stuff (though didn’t update my amateur radio pages on this site), my honeybees didn’t do very well, weight went in the wrong direction, no gardening done. Frankly, in 2011 I ticked another 31,536,000 seconds off of whatever life I have left in an inconsequential manner (ah, don’t we wax philosophical during January each year). On the brighter side, 2012 offers 86,400 more seconds of life than did 2011, as this year there’s a February 29! Of course, that assumes the world doesn’t end with the Mayan calendar on December 21, 2012.

So, what do I hope will be different by the end of 2012? Well, several things:

  • Weight goes negative compared to the start of 2012
  • Get back into gardening
  • Get my shop prepared to be a useable woodworking shop (insulation and ceiling installed, new lights installed)
  • Get some repairs done on the house
  • Get the honeybees established
  • Maintain this blog
  • Start back doing some fiction writing
  • Watch less TV!

In any case, that’s the plan, Stan. We will see how it goes.

You might wonder (or might not) why there are no work-related things on the list above. That’s because K5DE is about my life, and work isn’t my life it’s my work. Some folks “live to work” whereas I work to live. Don’t get me wrong, I try to do a good job and I think I succeed more often than not. I get paid a fair wage for the work I do and I’m in no way complaining. I average considerably more time than the traditional 40/week at work, not to mention spending a fair amount of time doing employment-related activities at home, but that’s part of the deal. That said, I don’t want my employment to be my life, so that’s what I mean when I say I work to live. We all need money to do the things we enjoy and to prepare for after we retire, but I want to build a different set of memories than just work ones. Family, friends, good times together, getting back to basics . . . this is the base for building memories.

On another front, while I sit and type this I’m watching the NFC Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs (Go Pack!) but I suspect my life will be little impacted whoever wins this game. I’ve already watched Baltimore beat Houston on the AFC side, so together I’m looking at six+ hours spent watching TV. What is the opportunity cost of that time? What else could I have done with that six hours? It’s like money: if you spend it for one thing, you’ve lost the opportunity to use it somewhere else. Same with this time today, and I can think of several things that would have advanced the list above that I gave up to see which of these groups of overpaid gentlemen will end up having the best playtime. I don’t want to downplay the importance of downtime, but with DirecTV’s Sunday Ticket which I had this year, I spent a lot of nine+ hour blocks of time this past fall watching NFL games. Kind’a silly, really.

So, we will see how it goes for this year and if you were to stumble upon this site you’ll be one of the first to know by the number of changes that occur over the next few million seconds.


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