Goodbye 2015! Hello 2016! The turning of the calendar marks time for reflection (did that last week) and looking forward — resolution time, in other words. I skipped my resolutions last year, in part because I was still working on my 2014 resolutions, but the time has come for a new batch. Sure, I didn't precisely ace my last batch of resolutions, but if completing the previous batch was a requirement for making a new one, the tradition of resolutions would have died out the year after it started. Like I said last time, I'm pretty good on all the regular kind of resolutions — my health is fine, no real bad habits to speak of, and I already tell me wife and kids how awesome they are basically every single day — so I'm sticking to my geek resolutions again.
Reconnect with my love of movie theaters
Back on the cusp of 2014, I had resolved to get out of the house more to embrace Denver's always great slate of geeky events. My plan was to do one a week, and while I failed at that, I have been going out a lot more to do cool geek stuff, and even the occasional non geek activity. One thing that has been conspicuously absent, though, is movies. I love seeing movies in the theater, but somehow I have been to less than a dozen movies in the theater in the past two years. Considering I used to go to at least one a week, this is a pretty steep fall off. I doubt I can get back to anything like once a week without slacking on many other responsibilities, but I am going to make a point to see the "big" movies in the theater, at the very least, the kind that are just never quite the same at home on TV. Let's call it once a month, as a reasonable goal.
Read more novels
This is another "back to my roots" resolution, because I love to read. I used to read at least a book a week, sometimes two — during one long stretch of unemployment I read a book a day for most of a year, if you can imagine — but the same way I've slacked on getting out to the movies, somehow I've fallen out of the habit of reading books for fun. I still read a lot, it's just now mostly in the form of articles on the internet, in part because it's easier to focus on a bullet-pointed list when a three-year-old is literally trying to pinch your face off, but it's time to stop making excuses. I never really stopped buying books, so it's not even like I have to search around for reading material. I just need to go to that shelf where I put all the stuff I want to read and, well, start reading it.
Get back into reading comics
Yet another return to my roots! These roots are even older and more neglected, though. I haven't been a real comics guy since junior high, and that was decades ago for me. The last comic I read on a regular basis was slightly more recently, when I discovered The Walking Dead around 2007 or so and read everything that was out up to that point. Since then, I've really only read a few graphic novels and indie comics, mostly for work-related purposes. The weird thing is, there are a ton of comics I want to read, both contemporary and classic, but I just keep finding reasons not to, even after I put a comics-reading app on my phone and tablet. Well, the procrastination is over — it's time to dive back into the world of sequential storytelling, from that run of '70s-era Doctor Strange that has always piqued my curiosity to finally reading the rest of Noah Van Sciver's catalog.
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My Xbox 360 has served me well, up until the point that my one-year-old son decided to "adjust" the disc drive so that it sounds like a maladjusted woodchipper and no longer loads information from the discs. Luckily, it hasn't been a big deal, since I hadn't been playing much anyway, but lately I've had the itch and no way to scratch it. And, even worse, the current game systems finally have a game I really, really want to play, in Just Cause 3. The two of these things, plus the fact that the prices have come down to the merely extravagant level means sometime this year I will most likely take the plunge. I'm just waiting until there's some kind of sale or bundle that can get me up and running for under $300, which with luck will happen in time for Father's Day, in case any of my kids wants to do right by me and try to earn a better inheritance.