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Bloviating Zeppelin: New Years' Resolutions

Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

New Years' Resolutions

I seldom make "New Years Resolutions" -- I've just never thought much about it.

This year, I am making some.

1. Love my wife even more: seems pretty obvious, and some would even say "of course you should love your wife -- what, you don't love her now?" But as those in successful relationships know, Life isn't a romance novel. And romance novels and chick-flicks warp one's sense of reality. It is the rare exception to the rule when two people just "click" without a molecule's worth of work. If your relationship is like that, God bless you. Life has instructed me, however, with many examples and lessons indicating: it isn't necessarily so. And in that vein, I've discovered that a relationship is truly about work. It is about concentration and the purposeful application of kindness, consideration, sacrifice and teamwork mixed with a healthy helping of love. Sometimes I forget about the teamwork part or sometimes I think it's more about me. That's the precise time that I need to focus more on my lovely wife. I plan to do exactly that in 2009 and become a better husband. I've discovered: it takes work. And I plan to apply myself.

2. Get back to workouts: I lost 85 pounds in 2004/2005, and gained a bunch of it back in 2006 when I went to a Masters program in San Diego. Since I stayed in Old Town San Diego there wasn't much to eat but Mexican food. Carbs, carbs, carbs. I also got out of the habit of running and exercising. For 2009, I want to get back into the habit of exercising and watching what I eat.

3. Continue with the Chiropractor: one of the best things I did late in 2008 was enlist the services of a chiropractor. An excellent doctor who does things globally, so to speak, I've been able to lessen my back pain and, on the other hand, handle various forms of physical labor with a fraction of the pain I encountered before.

4. Streamline my life: I started this project in 2008 and plan to completely finish in 2009. I cleaned out my outdoor shed, got rid of unwanted and unneeded items, started categorizing all my photographs, books, CDs, albums. I have, literally, thousands of music CDs and a like number of books I've collected over the years. I'm getting rid of much of these things, organizing each room of the house. I still have work left. When one project is done I move to the next. And with each concluded project I feel a weight lift from my shoulders.

5. Make more financial and retirement planning: self-explanatory. I need to focus more closely on my finances and watch spending. Time to conserve.

2008 In Summary:

Frankly, I'm glad to see 2008 exit. "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." And unfortunately I only see much of the same for 2009. I've finally come to realize that the larger aspects of the world I simply cannot much influence: where the world is heading, geopolitics, my country, her economic plight. Certainly there are tasks I can accomplish in a smaller fashion. But I must learn to place things more into perspective.

Therefore I plan to concentrate on the aspects that I personally can influence: my relationship, my surroundings, my attitude, my mind, my immediate family.

And I cannot leave you, my readers, out of this equation. I began this blog in 2004, the result of a failed relationship and in accordance with seeking a time-occupier. What began as a spasmodic and periodic series of disjointed posts has turned not only into a hobby but a venting and a modulation as well. I've always written for myself, essentially, and that there are those such as yourselves who actually take the time to read my mental mush and then opine about those words -- well, I consider myself deeply and truly blessed. I've made acquaintances and I've made actual friends, even met some of my fellow bloggers. So I thank you, my dearest readers, for taking time out of your busy days to read and then comment on my foamings. You have my most humble and appreciated thanks.

Those are my plans for the new year.

Do you have any for 2009?


2008 Trivia Questions For You:

1. When the year began there were five major investment banks on Wall Street. Name the two that have survivied as independent companies.

2. Within $5, what was the highest per-barrel price for oil this year? And what was the lowest?

3. After peaking at a national average of $4.11 per gallon in July, gas prices fell to $1.66 by mid-December. In what year was gas last priced that low?

4. Which country's beer conglomerate swallowed iconic American brewer Anheuser-Busch?

5. The only work of adult fiction to sell 1 million copies in the US in 2008 was a 576-page debut novel about a mute 14-year-old boy and a pack of dogs. Name the book and author.

6. Name three celebrities who died in 2008.


Blogger Kris said...

#1 - morgan stanley,

#2 - $142 - $35

#3 - 2002 or 01

#4 - belgium or sweeden

#5 - no idea..i like non fiction

#6 - heath ledger, bernie mack, ?

(my husband works for one of the investment banks that is now bought out,...its has been an interesting 4 months. he has survived as a brokr because he is good and honest...but it has been hard)


Thu Jan 01, 11:17:00 AM PST  
Blogger commoncents said...

Great post!

BTW, would you like a Link Exchange with our new blog COMMON CENTS where we blog about the issues of the day??

Thu Jan 01, 11:32:00 AM PST  
Blogger TexasFred said...

I didn't make ANY esolurtions, but I did make predictions...
TexasFred’s Top 10 predictions for 2009

1. An NFL football team will win the Super Bowl.

2. There will be attempts, plural, on Obama’s life.

3. The economy will get worse, much worse.

4. Health care worldwide will decline due to economics and the direct lack of contributions the USA will be able to make.

5. Public Education will continue to teach the OPINION of the teacher or professor, as opposed to teaching facts and truth, furthering the brainwashing of our youth!

6. Suicides and murders will rise due to economic depression and financial collapse.

7. The rich and famous, and our politicians, will continue to think that they are above the law. Wealth and privilege will be a great lifestyle, as long as wealth lasts under The Obamanation!

8. The Earth’s weather conditions will worsen, killing hundreds of thousands due to the coming Ice Age. Global warming will be fully exposed for the myth it is and Algore will be vilified for his skewed hypothesis.

9. War, terrorism & rioting will continue, world wide, at alarming rates.

10. Politicians and world leaders will continue pointing fingers at others, not taking responsibility for their own actions and there will be an even larger group, world wide, that will blame Israel for ALL of the worlds problems. The Obamanation will ultimately be as guilty of the *Blame Israel* mantra as anyone else!

Thu Jan 01, 04:27:00 PM PST  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Commoncents: lemme to take a peek at your blog.

Kris: I can't give up the answers quite just yet.

TF: LMAO over #1 answer!! But you really think there will be MULTIPLE attempts on Obama? Wow, now THAT's a revelatory prediction!


Thu Jan 01, 04:53:00 PM PST  
Blogger Bushwack said...

I don't think anyone will attempt to kill Obama, WHO would try to remove him to get Biden? NO ONE would be that dumb would they?

Great post BZ and I wish you well on your resolutions. I posted mine as well, I am not sure that "Resolution" is the correct term, I think Goals is a better way to describe them.

I managed to achieve a couple of my resolutions from last year, I hope to do the same this year.

Thu Jan 01, 07:25:00 PM PST  
Blogger Ranando said...

I wish you, your wife and your family all the best for 2009.

May all your dreams come true.

Thu Jan 01, 08:03:00 PM PST  
Blogger shoprat said...

The only resolution I was ever able to keep was the one never to make any New Years' Resolutions again. I never have been able to keep them and I just take moral improvement one day at a time.

Fri Jan 02, 07:53:00 AM PST  
Blogger TexasFred said...

Rob, they may not, and I agree, Biden would be even worse, not to mention, that would put Pelosi that much closer to the Oval Office, but I honestly believe that there will be more than one attempt...

Fri Jan 02, 11:26:00 AM PST  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Good resolutions! Happy New Year!

6. Name three celebrities who died in 2008.

Charlton Heston; Paul Newman.

Fri Jan 02, 12:24:00 PM PST  
Blogger Mahndisa S. Rigmaiden said...

01 5 09

Happy New Year to you and yours. I totally get realizing that it is hard to change the world outside of our own little worlds. I too have been working on being a better wife and New Mother. It is trippy but fun.

Take Care and hope all is well on your end.

Mon Jan 05, 08:26:00 AM PST  
Blogger Mahndisa S. Rigmaiden said...

01 05 09

PS I thought of you today because I FINALLY posted pics of my little Lena dog, she is the pitbull that was given to us as a result of my rescuing a cocker spaniel. She is a Godsend!

Mon Jan 05, 08:27:00 AM PST  

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