I am not a fan of new year's resolutions--partly because I am so bad at keeping them--but I go with the flow and make a few every year for the fun. My resolutions for 2014 were:
|Improve my writing and decrease the mailed-in post : real post ratio.||Complete. I just ended up writing way less overall!|
|Attend a Major League Baseball postseason game... whether or not the Blue Jays happen to be playing in October.||Incomplete. I did purchase Blue Jays postseason tickets though, so partial credit?|
|Visit Manchester, New Hampshire to watch the Fisher Cats play.||Complete. I went during the August long weekend and got to see Johnny Anderson, Daniel Norris, Dalton Pompey, and Derrick Chung.|
|Visit Boston and watch a game in Fenway Park.||Complete. Same weekend as above--saw five games in three days! Even stopped by briefly in Syracuse for a pitch or two at a Chiefs game.|
|Be less frustrated at dumb plays and Blue Jays losses.||Complete. Unfortunately there were points in August where I just stopped caring about Blue Jays losses.|
|Be less frustrated at Blue Jays analysts and talk-show hosts.||NOPE|
|Be less frustrated at Darren O'Day.||Complete, I guess. I thought about Darren O'Day like four times the whole season.|
|Listen to more Lansing Lugnuts baseball as called by Jesse Goldberg-Strassler.||Complete. Seven is more than three, no? I even sat in the booth for half a game when I visited him and Trey Wilson this summer.|
|Keep up with updating the Blue Jays roster tree subway map.||Complete. Really proud of myself there (latest here).|
|Drink beer and eat steak while watching baseball. (I'm allowed to have one easy one.)||Yup. Many times.|
|Learn R to do fancy-schmancy stats stuff.||Incomplete. I bought books (including the one recommended to me in the comments) and enrolled in online courses and everything too. Most disappointing incomplete for me.|
|Read more baseball and non-baseball books.||Sort of. I have read more non-baseball books but probably not more overall compared to 2013.|
|(Not baseball-related) Scuba-dive.||Complete! I went diving among the colourful fish in El Nido's (Philippines) coral reefs.|
|(Not baseball-related) Perform a Supperjump that involves eating food from Waffle House.||Incomplete. I still have yet to visit a Waffle House.|
|(Not baseball-related) Floss regularly.||Hahaha whoops no.|
I actually completed one more resolution that I didn't make until later in January: to eat at least three new animal species (different types of fish excepted). I added horse, whale, puffin, and snake to my list. Thank you, Iceland, for the first three. I also managed to do a whole bunch of stuff that I didn't even expect to do a year ago today like drinking with Jonah Keri, going to PITCH Talks, watching Eric Thames play a game in Korea, visiting the Hall of Fame and seeing the Toronto Blue Jays in first place, watching all 19 innings of an 19-inning game in person, getting a cease-and-desist order from the MLBPA, and getting to "warm up" in the Rogers Centre bullpen during the FanFest. It was a pretty good year.
How did you all do on your 2014 resolutions? I know that ClintB got to see games in Toronto. How about the rest of you? What is your new target to having beers with MartsB, e&n4e?
Here are my 2015 baseball-related resolutions; I'll keep it short this year:
- Attend a Major League Baseball postseason game--failing that, a Minor League Baseball postseason game.
- Get really drunk in Montreal during the Blue Jays-Reds exhibition games
- Visit Chicago and attend the SABR 45 convention (June 24-25)
- Organize a Bluebird Banter party in Toronto
- Score (baseball games) more often.
- Continue to improve my writing and make better contributions to this blog.
So, what are yours?