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.
Saturday, December 31, 2005
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
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)
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
8+ months on one salary
Review financial plan
Estimate to start process for SeaRanch
Breakfasts on our anniversary day
12 culture events
Write one letter a week
Host four parties
Eat 12 lunches with friends
Exercise twice a week (walking the dog doesn't count)
Go to the beach 12 times
Get a physical examination
Cook 6 new recipes
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
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
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
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
FAIL - Track spending
PASS - Meet with a financial planner
PASS - Review insurance
PASS - Figure out some long term goals
FAIL - Write one letter a week
HALF - Host four parties
HALF - Eat 12 lunches with friends
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
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.
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.