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    Howdy. This is Bob. The Bob of Bob Blog. This blog contains about five minutes of my thoughts each day. A record. A history. And occasionally worth reading.

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    Saturday, December 31, 2005  
    Goals: 2006
    The following list is things I would like to accomplish in 2006. I'm hoping to write more measurable goals this time too.

    Reflection and growth
    Maintain monthly/weekly goals
    Blog regularly


    Adventures
    Travel overseas
    Take 6 camping trips
    Anniversary trip with Sophia
    Go backpacking 2 nights
    Bicycle in the desert
    Do something new
    Research driving down Baja (and hopefully drive it)


    Education
    Less TV. Pick reading, task list, web, even EQ2 first
    Read 12 books
    Learn basic Spanish
    Learn basic VW maintenance
    Learn basic VW electrical and motor
    Make 12 bus improvements
    Attend a professional conference


    Financial
    Track spending
    Create budget
    8+ months on one salary
    Review financial plan
    Estimate to start process for SeaRanch


    Friends
    Breakfasts on our anniversary day
    12 culture events
    Write one letter a week
    Host four parties
    Eat 12 lunches with friends
    Mudd Reunion


    Health
    Exercise twice a week (walking the dog doesn't count)
    Go to the beach 12 times
    Get a physical examination
    Cook 6 new recipes
    Reduce clutter


    Work
    Maintain Balance (<50 times after 8pm, <8 weekends)
    Ship another retail box (game/expansion)
    Start working from home 1 day/week
    Figure out five year plan
    Framework for BobAndSophia.com
    push sirigames.com and mountabbey.com live
    4 games for Sirigames.com

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    2005 in Review
    Last year had a long list of goals. I'm learning that I need to simplify the list if I'm going to remember them.


    Reflection and growth
    FAIL - Maintain monthly/weekly goals
    PASS - Blog regularly


    Adventures
    PASS - Travel overseas (Japan and Mexico)
    HALF - Take 6 camping trips (3?)
    PASS - Drive up the coast with Sophia
    FAIL - Go backpacking 2 nights
    PASS - Do something new


    Education
    HALF - Read 12 books
    FAIL - Learn basic VW maintenance
    FAIL - Learn basic VW electrical and motor
    PASS - Make 12 bus improvements
    FAIL - Attend a professional conference


    Financial
    FAIL - Track spending
    PASS - Meet with a financial planner
    PASS - Review insurance
    PASS - Figure out some long term goals


    Friends
    FAIL - Write one letter a week
    HALF - Host four parties
    HALF - Eat 12 lunches with friends


    Health
    PASS - Exercise twice a week (walking the dog doesn't count)
    PASS - Go to the beach 12 times
    FAIL - Get a physical examination
    HALF - Cook 6 new recipes


    Work
    PASS - Find balance
    PASS - Ship another retail box (game/expansion)
    HALF - Start working from home 1 day/week
    FAIL - Figure out five year plan


    12 (and 6 partials) of 27 goals. I would have done better if I reviewed the list more frequently. But overall, I'm not disappointed in 2005.

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    Friday, December 30, 2005  
    Football: Is it over?
    With the bowl games just starting and the NFL wrapping up the regular season this weekend, it is pretty easy to feel overwhelmed. Or perhaps just not care anymore.

    The Chargers lost to Kansas City last weekend in the rain and mud. I was in Cabo in the sand and the sun and didn't watch except a bit of the scores. The loss officially eliminated them from the playoffs; but in reality, the loss at home to Miami was the end of their legitimate shot at a playoff spot. Perhaps they should lose to Denver to get a 3rd place schedule for next year to make the road to the playoffs easier. They certainly made the road to a new stadium harder by not getting into the postseason.

    My picks were 8/16 this week. Dreadful. Lots of upsets though and the best expert at fantasysports.yahoo.com was 10/16. OK. I don't feel so bad.

    Happy New Year.

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    Monday, December 12, 2005  
    Football: Week 14
    I can go 13/16 again if Atlanta wins tonight. Unlucky week for the Chargers who may have only managed to stay in the playoff hunt because Dallas had a miracle in their comeback against the Chiefs. But with 3 really tough games left (@Indy, @KC, Denver) I don't think they will be able to overcome the Steelers for the last wildcard spot.

    So expect to see me wearing more Orange!

    In the Yahoo pro football pickem, I have 130 points (I forgot to vote the first week so I'll be generous and say 140 points.) The leader has 159. I'd have to improve a game plus to catch up. A few bad weeks (6/16, 7/14, 8/14) didn't help.

    The real football this year happens in June. World Cup is here! The US is in a difficult group with Italy, Ghana, and Czech Republic. Most predict 3 games and out for the Americans. Argentina and Brazil and Mexico are all potential winners.

    It is hard to believe that four years ago I was in South Korea working during the World Cup. I have some great memories of sitting with the crowds watching the games on giant TVs in downtown Seoul. And then roaming the streets afterwards with the excited Koreans.

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    Sunday, December 11, 2005  
    Book: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
    I wanted to reread the book before seeing the Naria movie. It was time well spent. I won't give away the plot. I think the summary I heard -- Lord of the Ring for kids -- was pretty accurate. While reading it, I kept hearing the book being read to me. The narrative helped, almost breaking out into the reader universe. Excellent book.

    And on Tuesday, the movie!

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    Tuesday, December 06, 2005  
    Multiverse
    Someone is going to get the platform down for MMOs. And finally we'll be able to focus on the game.

    Perhaps Multiverse is it.


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    Monday, December 05, 2005  
    Football Week 13
    3/4ths the way through the season. ESPN's rankings continue to be the best indicator for which team is going to win, followed by win/loss record. I managed to pick 13/16. Not bad until you realize the rankings predicted 15/16. Without doing the math, I think that would be "significant."

    The Chargers inched forward towards the playoffs. They need to win three of their remaining games (Miami, @Indy, @KC, Denver). There is still lots of football to be played.

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