Out with 2k6 and in with 2k7

Well, the year of our Lord 2006 has come to a close and with it another chapter has been written in the annals of the world. Looking back on 2006, I'd say that it was a pretty good year, full of good times and good people. 2006 was also a pretty big year for me in terms of life, career and those sorts of things; I closed the book on professionally becoming an engineer and undertook a new path that will eventually lead to a legal career. I've changed localities, moving out to Minnesota for the time being; I expect that I'll be back eventually but not until I finish up law school and, besides, it's nice having a change of scenery for a while. 2006 also marks the year that I brewed my first batch of beer, marking the uptake of a new hobby that I hope to carry with me for the rest of my days. All in all, 2006 had a few downs, mostly relating to moving away from people, and quite a few ups, so I would say that overall it was a pretty good year in the life of George.

As tends to be a subject around this time of year, let's talk about New Year's resolutions, shall we? Last year I resolved to 1) get better at meeting and interacting with new people, and 2) be friendlier. In spite of forgetting about those resolutions pretty quickly into the year, I'd say that I did a decent job of being friendlier and a half-decent job of getting better at dealing with new people. Now that a brief analysis of last year is out of the way, let's dive into resolutions for this year:

  • Be more productive
  • Be more professional
  • Be more fiscally responsible
  • Get better at faking extroversion
  • Get better at faking an alpha type personality
  • Exercise
  • Eat healthier
  • Fence more
  • Play more video games

It's a bit of a hefty list this year but that's because there are elements of my life that I've decided are long due for an overhaul. Let's hope I can remember my resolutions this year or, failing that, make good on them anyway.


where do you fence?

I haven't fenced since before I left Massachusetts but my plan was to start by going to the U of M Fencing Club. Then, depending on how the people are, I'll either keep going or maybe start going to the Twin Cities Fencing Club.

i highly recommend TCFC. it's where my friend fences and the instructors are awesome. the space might not be as large as you're used to, but it's fine for the people that fence there and you are in the midwest, after all. also, they have a really good sabre instructor, which is what you enjoy, i believe. if you want more information, i can have my friend contact you. he's groovy.

Actually, no, I fence foil, but that's fine, TCFC was also recommended to me by my previous coach from here in MA.