A macro shot of the headstock of my Yamaha F370 acoustic guitar.

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Last year was just a dry run...

Calvin and Hobbes comic

It's New Year's Resolution time and I've decided to rollover last year's resolutions to this year. Last year, life conspired to foil my poorly-planned intentions and lukewarm efforts, but I'm pretty sure that '09 is the year baby - yeah! So, here's my list for 2009:

The Hacker's Diet Online
(On January 2, 2009 - I started at 270 lbs.)

1. Lose 42 lbs. I currently weigh 270 pounds. That may not sound like a lot but I am only 4 foot 11 inches tall. Worse, the weight is concentrated around my mid-section (as well as around my large and over-developed ego) which makes me look a little like a plum speared on a toothpick.

Speedy Gonzales

2. Learn Spanish. At the very least, I would like to speak English with a "conveensing espaneechay accent." I've already got every single Spanish instructional CD and book ever published. Unfortunately, I now know that the act of purchasing said materials is not enough to learn the language - I guess I got to actually open the stuff too. Wish me luck! (or as they say in Spain - "Tengo los huevos muy grandes.")

A TV displaying the message: Go read a book.

3. Stop watching TV. Hmmm. As Survivor's Jeff Probst often says to the 16 new survivors as they reach the island: "There is no way Steph will ever stop watching TV..." Well you are wrong this time, Jeff. I will turn you off. And I'll turn off Chuck, Reba, Peter Griffin, Malcolm Wilkerson, Kenny, Spenny, Bret and Jemaine, and - hardest of all - Adam and Jamie...I expect the hydro savings alone will be on the order of many thousands of dollars.

Barbie Dolls

4. Learn the guitar. Or at least enough chords that I can play "Whole Lotta Rosie" with reasonable proficiency. Again, I have the guitar, the CDs, and the books. And I already have the good looks of Steve Tyler and Tom Petty...the complexion of Bryan Adams, and the body of Meatloaf...really I think based on all that the guitar should come easily to me.

Last year was just a dry run...

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