"Nothing in the universe can stop you from letting go and starting over."
Guy Finley

New Year's Resolutions for 2018

"The beginning is always today."
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

YEAR OF 2018

“So what do we do? Anything. Something. So long as we just don't sit there. If we screw it up, start over. Try something else. If we wait until we've satisfied all the uncertainties, it may be too late."
Lee Iacocca

Rich Geib's 2018 New Year's Resolutions!

What should I do? Where to go? How to live?

  • Switch from HMO to PPO health insurance.

    As you get older your health needs increase, and it is high time to spend a little more money -- and to get much higher quality care and more immediate service. It is time. You should have done this five years ago.

  • Julia:
  • Help her to make the successful transition from elementary to middle school. Help her to manage to have a cell phone and use it in a healthy, not unhealty, manner. Continue to memorize poems with her. Continue to encourage her to read more adult literature and to move to "next level" tennis and soccer. The base for athletic achievement has been solidly placed beneathe her; now is the time to build higher towards real accomplishment. Time to go to the "next level."

  • Elizabeth Anne
  • Volunteer to captain/coach her 10U junior tennis team to help her get her feet wet in playing actual matches. Continue to give Elizabeth gobs and gobs of literature in the bedtime daddy reading hour. Continue to have homework by Elizabeth done by 3:30 every afternoon.

  • Tennis

One sesaon of USTA captaining per year. Continue to try and find the sweet spot of too much playing and too little playing. Play mostly without pain, for a change.

  • Do lots and lots of yoga.

Yoga might not come easy to you and can be a bit boring (which is why you never pracitced it before), but be patient and listen to how much your body needs this. You are great at stressing the muscles so they will grow; learn the equally important skill of relaxing the muscles and allowing for flexibility and full range of motion. And remembering how to breathe. If you want to maximize your potential and improve muscle recovery, you need this. Remember how bad you were at the beginning as a sign of how much you need this! Remember swimming: how this does not come as easily as other activities to you, but with time, practice, discipline, and patience you will get better.

  • Get off social media.

Don't delete your accounts, but take the apps of phone and ipad -- and almost never check in to Twitter or Facebook. Ten minutes out of the hour are worth it, ten minutes it is arguable, and then the other forty minutes on the hour is just time wasted. Stop spending time on social media and, instead, read another book every week in its place. Your limited time is precious; don't squander it. You have only twenty or thirty years left, Richard! Don't piss your time away on social media.

  • Get rid of DVD deliveries from Netflix.

    The DVD disks they mail you sit there at home for half a year, and still you don't watch them. Just rent the occasional movie extemporaneously from iTunes instead.

Here is the reading lineup at this time:

    • "Unstoppable: My Life So Far" by Maria Sharapova
      • DID READ
    • "Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia" by Pomerantsev, Peter
      • DID READ
    • The Elephant Man" by Christine Sparks
      • DID READ
    • "The Death of Expertise" by Tom Nichols
      • DID READ
    • The Elephant Man" by Nicholas Carr
      • DID READ
    • "The Death of Expertise" by Tom Nichols
      • DID READ
    • The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones" by Sandra Tsing Loh
      • DID READ
    • "The Death of Expertise" by Tom Nichols
      • DID READ
    • "Love and Trouble: A Midlife Reckoning" by Claire Dederer
      • DID READ
    • "Educated: A Memoir" by Tara Westover"
      • DID READ
    • "The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains," by Nicholas Carr
      • DID READ
    • Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer Ehrenreich, Barbara
      • DID READ
    • "How to Shoot Like a Navy SEAL: Combat Marksmanship Fundamentals" by Chris Sajnog
      • DID READ
    • "Rod Laver: An Autobiography," by Rod Laver
      • DID READ
    • "The Angel and the Dragon: A Father's Search for Answers to His Son's Mental Illness and Suicide," by Jonathan Aurthur
      • DID READ
    • "Black Klansman: Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigations of a Lifetime," by Ron Stallworth
      • DID READ
    • "No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden," by Mark Owen
      • DID READ
    • "So You've Been Publicly Shamed," by Jon Ronson
      • DID READ
    • "The Butterfly Effect," by Jon Ronson
      • DID READ
    • "The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations," by John McCain
      • DID READ
    • "Black's Law: A Criminal Lawyer Reveals his Defense Strategies in Four Cliffhanger Cases," by Roy Black
      • DID READ
    • "The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels," by Jon Meacham
      • DID READ
    • "Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer," by Barbara Ehrenreich
      • DID READ
    • "The Gift of Fear," by Gavin de Becker
      • DID READ
    • "The Glass Castle: A Memoir," by Jeannette Walls
      • DID READ
    • "Strokes of Genius," by Jon Wertheim
      • DID READ
    • "Recovery: Freedom from Our Addictions." by Russell Brand
      • DID READ

Make some kind of dent in the Netflix queue --

    • A Quiet Place
    • Hostiles
    • Darkest Hour
    • Lady Bird


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