While I have my big board list of things I'd like to do in 2008... including very much making number 8 a top priority, I thought it might be cool to talk about the little things I'd like to do. These are non-binding, non-contractual sort of things which would just be nice...
1-Get to the tops of all the tall buildings in Charleston. Might be cool to see the view from the Death Star or the Union Building.
2-Try a bottle of absinthe.
3- Fill paper bag with dog shit. Light on fire. Leave bag on Bruce Springsteen's front porch.
4-Have coffee with the two presidential candidates (yes, I realize they are both players to be named later. My early picks, I think, are Clinton and Huckabee).
5-Not mention Sammy Kershaw in print for 12 months.
6-Figure a better way to mow my lawn that doesn't bring me perilously close to failing at number 8. Who the fuck decided it was a good idea to a 80 degree slope as a yard?
7-Do something extraordinary. Tell no one for at least a year.
8-Forgive public broadcasting (how long until the emails start on that one, I wonder).
9-Read more things that baffle everyone around me.
10-Have a thick hamburger, cooked medium rare and seasoned, with a slice of provolone cheese, sauteed mushrooms, creamy horse radish sauce, tomato and lettuce on a Kaiser bun. It's one of the few things I miss from my ill-fated Freshman year at East Tennessee State University. A side of waffle fries, like the kind I got with my Dad at the Halo Burger in Michigan, would be cool too.
11-Learn to be more comfortable with hugs. Try to get over issues of touch before it becomes a complete phobia by the time I'm in my 50s. I'm not comfortable being touched by most people. It's short-circuited a lot of relationships that never got started because it takes me months to feel comfortable with just casual contact. I have suspicions as to why that is, but that's another post.
12-Try to get less irritated with my family.
13-Fewer cryptic blog posts, emails and statements that are really designed to confuse. A little less vague, a little more honest, too. Just fucking say it. Try to be nice about it.
14- Accept that there will always be people who have nicer things, more money, are better loved and are getting laid a lot more than I am. There are also people who, surprisingly, are getting less. Don't envy the one and feel sorry for the other. It's all temporary.
15-When possible, sleep late on Sundays.