2012 and Still no Flying Cars

I still remember watching 2001 and 2010 and thinking that everything in those films was possible because they were set so far into the future.  We are now in the second year AFTER 2012 and very little seen in those films has become reality.  I feel kind of ripped off in a way.  There was so much hope and promise coming out of the 60s but today we have little to show for it.  Sure we have the internet but how are we using it?  Cat videos.  Billions and Billions of bytes of cat videos.  Well, I guess 2012 is hear so we each have to face it in our own way.  Maybe the world will end, maybe it won’t.  For sure there are going to be some highs and lows.  Here are a few things I am looking forward to this year.

The Hobbit – Have you seen the trailer???!!!  Seriously, check this out!

How can you not be looking forward to this film?  I think I may be anticipating this one more than I did Episode 1 and that one was huge…right up until I saw it.  I suspect this time the film will live up to the hype.

Camping – I haven’t truly been camping in many years.  I am making it a clear point to get out this year and just enjoy being in the outdoors.  I realize some people don’t want anything to do with being away from modern conveniences but I am not that kind of person.  I truly enjoy being on my own away from the comforts of the world. Just not for too long mind you.  How does it get better just hanging out by the fire and talking about anything and everything with family and friends.  The Internet will never be able to provide the same experience.

Being a Dad – Sure, I have been a dad for over 8 years now but I am really enjoy it and expect to continue to do so. I especially like those moments when I share things with my daughter and she discovers a new “like” for the first time or learns something she never considered before.  There are always difficult times as a parent but they are far outweighed by the fun times.  My daughter is getting to the age where we can start to have real discussions about things we are interested in and I am fascinated with watching her finding her place in the world.  There are plenty of people out there that find being a parent a burden and a chore but for me it is the single most fulfilling thing I have ever done and ever will do in my life.

Reading – Something happened in the last 15 years that I am not proud of.  Somewhere along the line I became intellectually stagnate.  It wasn’t that I stopped learning but I just stopped really caring.  The weight of responsibility got in the way maybe but whatever happened I stopped reading like I once did.  I am really trying hard to change this.  Last year I actively pushed myself to read more and although I didn’t return to my pre-college levels I felt some progress.  I am trying to add more non-fiction to my reading diet this year and I am looking forward to the challenge of reading 12 or more books for the year.  Hopefully this is the start of a process that gets me to reading one book a week but like anything else you have to train to get good at anything.  This year is poised to be great when it comes to mental stimulation

Professional Development – Another thing I have let slide over the past decade is my own professional development.  “But Jeff, didn’t you go back to school a few years ago?” you say and you would be right but looking back on that it seems more like a time filler.  I was never cut out to be a pure businessman and it took getting a master’s degree in business to find that out.  I am looking at 2012 as an opportunity to get back to what I used to enjoy about technology and that is, well, technology.  I have signed up for Code Year and I am really excited about getting started with the program.  I have always been a hardware and admin guy who yearned to be something more.  I hope that this program will help me break out of the doldrums I have been facing professionally and get me moving again.

Poker – I had a dismal year playing cards in 2011.  It is all friendly, home game stuff but I let my game slide and lost some of the joy I used to get out of the game.  I am going to get back to studying the game in 2012 even though I can’t play online anymore.  Poker helps me keep my mind sharp but last year I let all of the math go out the window and I came out a big loser.  I want to play more and play better.  More poker in 2012 is definitely something I am looking forward to.

Movies, Movies, Movies – Look, I love movies.  I don’t know why but I really do love movies.  Good ones, bad ones, it doesn’t matter.  It probably has something to do with storytelling as going to the movies is akin to reading.  2012 looks to be a great year.  I have already mentioned The Hobbit but that is only one of many promising films for 2012.  Also, I hate to say it but I am kind of looking forward to Star Wars in 3D.  I feel dirty saying it but yeah, I’ll be there.

Comics – Also gotta give a shout out to comics for 2012.  Yeah, I am 36 and read comics.  I don’t just read them but I enjoy the hell out them.  I am going to tighten up my read list for the year but some of the stuff coming out looks great.  I hope I can also turn more people on to comics during the year.  I had a minor success last year and I would like to build on that and get more people reading.

There’s probably more out there but 2012 is looking to be a really great year for me and the people around me.  Can we all agree to be excellent to each other and not fuck anything up?


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