When you absolutely, positively, truly must have a list of New Year’s Resolutions, call them bold predictions.
Sounds fancier. Probably not.
What might I try to accomplish in the upcoming year? Let’s find out!
In 2018, I predict I will…
The quest to see a baseball game in every Major League Baseball stadium continues.
I’ve visited 32 different stadiums! Only two more!*
Kauffman Stadium (Kansas City, Missouri) – Home of the Kansas City Royals
2017 is here! New Year’s Resolutions sound so passé, so I do Bold Predictions. This is that.
But don’t get too worked up, predictions and resolutions amount to the same thing, right? No idea.
I like counting, so I liberally litter these predictions with numbers. Often ones I can’t even count to.
2016 was a year that lasted 366 days, and is now over. You can skip to the bottom to see how I did on my 2016 Bold Predictions…not too bad actually if you have low standards.
Last year I also tried to do more, more, more. This year I’ll just do. Let’s go.
In 2017, I predict I will…
…finish my Major League Baseball stadium quest that is years in the making! You heard me! Only two stadiums left! San Diego and Kansas City.
…hike over 304 total miles.
…read six books I own that I haven’t read. I have so many…
…hit up another Seattle Seahawks road game. Nashville? New York? San Francisco?
…do an adventure trip. Whitewater rafting? Island hopping? Trekking? Who’s in?
…start one new venture.
…organize, clean and get rid of stuff. On an epic scale.
…complete three home improvements.
…tear down walls.
…steal your dog to play with. Forget to give it back.
Let’s look at how I fared from my 2016 list:
Success rate: 7.5/10
…visit two new baseball stadiums. Only four left! Result: Complete! I went to Denver for the Colorado Rockies (Coors Field) and Phoenix for the Arizona Diamondbacks (Chase Field).
…read 33 books (one more than last year); watch 101 movies (one more than last year). Result: Got there just under the wire! Read 33 books and watched 111 movies.
…visit two new countries (one more than last year). Result: Success! I went to both Honduras and India for the first time.
…run in at least four races (one more than last year). Result: Fail! I only ran one race, the Semper Fi 5K. I tried to run the Army Ten-Miler but had to travel for work. I did the One Day Hike (50K) for the fifth time, but that’s not running.
…find a reason to do something even crazier than the last time. Result: Last crazy time was whitewater rafting down the Zambezi River, so for this crazy time…let’s see…how about 4 nights/5 days backpacking in Colorado? A total of 43 miles with a 39-pound backpack while being stalked by a bear!
…hike over 250 total miles. (Last year I hiked 185) Result: I crushed it and hiked 358 miles! Easy.
…take no prisoners and give no shits. Result: Hard to quantify this, but I tend to give a shit, so 1/2 right only!
…pick a few musicians and go deep into their music catalog. Result: Nope! Did not do this.
…binge watch three new TV shows. Result: Indeed. In fact, I quadrupled my output and binged 12 new TV shows. See which ones here.
…play with two puppies. Result: This is a given. One of them was my niece’s new wiener dog, Jedi. He wants to come back to DC with me, I know it.
Let’s just say December involved a lot of football; either watching on TV, attending a game or playing flag football.
Extra Extra Bonus!
It is the holiday season once again. Ho ho hum.
And almost time for my annual sojourn to Washington state!
Let’s start a new tradition. Every December, a new To Do List. Okay, I say that now, but check back with me in 3 years.
Goal for December: Do all 13 items (for luck) on my specially curated To Do List.
December 2015 To Do List
- Go skiing – Last year I hurt my back, so did not get to ski. This year that situation is rectified.
- Attend three Seattle Seahawks games – Boom! One in Baltimore and two in Seattle.
- Visit Portland, OR – I hear they could really use a force like me.
- Experience Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Maybe even up to five times if it’s good…
- Visit two new breweries – There are so many new ones, so let’s get it on!
- Eat a Dick’s Drive-In (Seattle) Deluxe burger – This will go on every future To Do List forever and ever.
- Enter a cabin – Preferably one that we rent, but I’m not adverse to a little B&E if that’s what it takes.
- Try 12 new beers – Burp.
- Hike a hike – I need to get outside!
- Eat at one of Seattle’s best restaurants – According to this list here or even this one.
- See Book of Mormon – Want to. Will try.
- Attend and write-up two concerts – Minimum.
- Wild Card – Something fun or dumb, that I can’t think of right now.