The Perpetual Self-Improvement Game (Part Two)

In our last installment, I was complaining that I've gotten fat.  Now, everybody complains about being fat at some point in their life, but in my case it's particularily embarassing.

You see, I'm a bit of a clothes-horse.

I like to dress up, and can usually be found rocking a sport coat or blazer and tie.  I've spent quite a bit on my wardrobe, so you can imagine my concern when things no longer fit.  My newly-sedentary lifestyle has taken its toll, and I gotta lose the gut.

But I covered that (largely) in my last post.  It's old hat.  I did, however, mention that I'd trot out my New Year's Resolution list, so without further ado...

CJ's New Year's Resolutions

(no guarantees)

1.  Eliminate from my life all traces of snark, sarcasm, and passive-aggression:  It may surprise you to learn that I am a great deal more sarcastic and passive-aggressive in person.  In a world of snarky commentary, I alone am God-Emperor... in fact, things got so bad that some of my coworkers invented a new word to describe my own particular brand of sarcasm:  Shauncasm.  Looking back, some of the things I said (in jest) were pretty horrible.  As a Christian, I'm supposed to love my neighbour, so it's time to clean up the act and be more respectful (and respectable).

2.  Give up Facebook and Twitter for Google+:  Believe it or not, I actually prefer Google+ to Facebook, especially on my Android tablet.  The downside is few of my family or friends are on Google+.  The upside is few of my family or friends are on Google+.  However, all the businesses and magazines that I follow on both Facebook or Twitter are on Google+.  So, it's off to Google+ I go, swapping one personal-data-sharing corporation for another.

3.  Keep up the home improvements:  Make room for baby.

4.  Give up my both my computer- and video game hobbies:  I've been collecting console video games since the late 70s, and still spend far too much time on my computers.  Now that we have a baby on the way, I want to spend more time with/on our family.

5.  Try different things:  I admit to being fairly adventurous (sometimes to the point of madness) when it comes to cocktails and music, but I tend to play it safe when it comes to meals and restaurants.  Ditto for my wardrobe - I tend to stick to a couple of different colours and styles, so it's time to diversify.

6.  Finishing what I start:  I'm notorious for letting myself get sidetracked, and I have more ideas on the go than can be realistically achieved by one man. At last look, I estimate I have over two hundred articles and/or blog posts in the works, and several multi-part posts awaiting conclusion.  I'll have to come up with a better way of doing things and concentrate on staying on task.  Speaking of which...

7.  Amalgamate some of my blogs into the main site:  I currently have no less than ten blogs going, under a few pseudonyms.  Some see a few posts per month, others a few posts per decade.  Each comprises a facet of my personality or concerns one of my many, many interests.  I started moving some material to my main website, and perhaps it's time I started doing it in earnest, or eliminating some outright.

8.  Read more (physical) books:  I love my Kobo ereader, but I don't care for its battery life.  You don't have to wait for the old-fashioned paper variety of book to recharge in the middle of an extended read.

9.  Use more paper products:  Seriously, our pulp and paper industry was hurtin' a while back.  Besides which, if I need to consult my notes, it's just a matter of opening my Day-Timer and flipping through the tabs.  Instant-on, and no need to worry about paper holding a charge.

That's pretty much it.  Nothing too difficult!


  1. Good list.

    I'm curious about Google+, but not enough to actually try it.

  2. That seems to be the concensus. It took me over a year to warm up to Google+.

    It's a bit of a wasteland out there right now, but I'm going to see what I can do with it.


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