I want 2014 to be the year I complete at least one marathon. Looking over the ones I am interested in, I think the 2014 San Diego Rock and Roll Marathon is the one for me. It is on June 1, and not too far from m Los Angeles digs.
I have already started running, and it is kicking my ass. Still, a little ass kicking is good for the soul every now and then. 2 days ago
Another thing I need to accomplish is organizing all my collectibles. I have coins, stamps, trading cards, comic books, military stuff, and toys. I need to organize and catalog what I have.
After that, I really need to figure out a way to display and enjoy my stuff. Still, knowing what I have is the first step. 2 days ago
I’ve been playing with the idea of going back to collage for a Master Degree in History. I like being educated, but the pace can be hell.
What do you think about education for the sake of education. 2 days ago
I would like to complete the following 5K runs this year.
1. Pasadena, CA. Awesome 80s Run 5K on Sat, 08/23/14 – 8:30 a.m.
3. San Diego, CA – Awesome ’80s Run 5K on Sat, 11/01/14 – 7:00 a.m.
2. San Francisco, CA – Awesome ’80s Run on 5K Sun, 11/23/14 – 8:00 a.m.
These are all the Awesome 80s 5K runs in California, and it would be cool to knock them out this year. 4 days ago
So here it is December 1 and I need to set my quick goals and resolutions for the upcoming year. I would like to erase at least three of my long standing goals here on 43Things.
In addition, I need a list of short term goals to accomplish for the upcoming year.
The three long term goals I would like to complete are:
a. Complete a marathon
b. Make a short film
c. start another website
I will be thinking about the short term goals I need to make that can be completed in 2014. I am actually excited for the upcoming year, and hope to make it amazing. 4 days ago
How I did it: After being gone so long, I really made the most of what was left of 2013. We managed to organize our Ogden House, and did a lot of dejunking.
We also embedded ourselves in Los Angeles, both with jobs and school. I like my current job, but know it is a step stone to doing something else.
Finally, we had a lot of fun. We live in a cool place, and make the most out of the restaurants and coffee shops that are nearby. Read how I did it… 4 days ago
Whenever I click in on 43Things, I check the Neighborhood Watch. I usually vote for at least one page of questionable activity.
It feels good to know that I am doing my part to make this a vibrant and creative atmosphere to share ideas and chart goals. 4 days ago
I found a nickel in the road the day before Thanksgiving. It was in the middle of the road, and I almost did a face plant trying to pick it up. Still, I got it and was thankful.
New total $2.49 and growing. 5 days ago
Completely and totally worth it. We had so much fun on that trip. We used a Brit Rail, and went all over. The highlight was visiting Loch Ness, where we took a tourist boat ride.
Alas, no monster sighting.
We also went to Glasgow, Aberdeen, Isle of Skye, Inverness, and Thurso. I can’t believe it has been 20 years. I want to go again. 1 week ago
I am currently working on the theme/topic for my new site. I would like it to be a blend of projects I am working on now, combined with stuff I have done in the past.
In addition, I want it to have a very active blog element. 1 week ago
With little more than a month to go, I feel that 2013 has been a very productive year. That being said, I want to make the most of the next 37 days. It is time I will never get back, and I will regret wasting it.
I know the next month will be great, because I will make it great. 1 week ago
I have only found 2 pennies since my last entry. I guess people are really watching their change, and times are tough. 1 week ago
Still, it is pretty cool that you did this, Also, Over the long term I wonder how much you will use these words without even realizing it.
This took a lot of focus and discipline, so kudos for that. I think this is a really cool goal, and am proud of you for making it.
I have been a 43things user for a long time, and want to see the community continue to be a positive environment..
I was actually sad to read the 43places is going to be shut down next month.
Anyway, count me in. I am now part of the neighborhood watch. 2 weeks ago
How I did it: I needed "dress" clothes for my teaching job, but didn't want to spend a lot of money. There is a Goodwill here in Hollywood, and the clothing selection is amazing.
People here have good taste, and get rid of high quality clothes. Anyway, I picked up shirts, ties, and three sport jackets.
I just stopped in weekly, and found what I needed.
So very happy. Read how I did it… 4 weeks ago
I have started painting to complete the goal, but it may be for an army that plays Imperial Fist rule. I have a lot of different paints, so I may have one Imperial Fists squad and some other “allies” that play the same rules.
I get bored with one color. 1 month ago
I have been able to spend a lot of time with my wife so far. We spend almost every night together, and go to some really cool places around Los Angeles. Also, we are supporting each other with both our writing and career goals. It feels good to be getting in sync, and is setting us up for a successful 2014. 1 month ago
I have been working on the tanks, and they should be done really soon. I need to prime them this weekend, and do some minor building. After that, I will hit them with a desert toned base coat and fill in the details. Should be cool. 1 month ago
Found a quarter last week, bringing my new total to $2.42, which is nice. Keeping an eye out for more. 1 month ago
How I did it: I've been to twenty countries since 2000. I went on most of these trips with my wife, and others through the military.
The trips I took with my wife involved buying a rail pass and basically wandering about. We used travel guides to get us where we wanted to.
The military trips were not as fun, but I saw a lot of interesting things. One thing about the military, you do get off the beaten path.
1. Sweden (2001, 2002)
2. Denmark (2001)
3. Poland (2001)
4. Czech Republic (2001)
5. Austria (2001)
6. Slovakia (2001)
7. Hungary (2001)
8. Germany (2001, 2005)
9. England (2001, 2002, 2005)
10. Kuwait (2004, 2012)
11. Iraq (2004-05)
12. Mexico (2010)
13. France (2005)
14. Spain (2005)
15. Portugal (2005)
16. Morocco (2005)
17. Switzerland (2005)
18. Belgium (2005)
19. Kyrgyzstan (2011, 2012)
20. Afghanistan 2011-12)
There are other places we visited in the 1990s. but this is the most recent list. Looking it over makes me think it is time to go back to Europe.
Read how I did it… 1 month ago
Great day yesterday exploring the site of the old St. Francis Dam. Completed in 1926, it suffered a catastrophic failure in 1928 resulting in over 600 fatalities.
A friend and I climbed some of the concrete remains of the dam, which liter the area. Some are as big as a house and were moved over a mile from the original site when the dam broke.
There is also an abandoned bit of road that runs by there. It was damaged by a storm in 2005, and left alone. It has a very interesting post-apocalyptic vibe to it. We hiked it both ways, and it was too cool.
We also explored an area used for target shooting back in the day. There was a lot of old shattered glass and cans. The bottles (Pepsi, Mountain Dew, 7 UP) dated back to the 1960s and up through the 1970s.
After hiking and taking pictures, we did a little target practice with an airsoft rifle and pistol. There were some scatted cups and drinking bottles that made excellent targets.
We are for sure going back, and maybe film a short or something. 1 month ago
I was really focused on starting the new blog/website, but my new job and civilian transition got in the way. Things are starting to settle down a bit, so I am resetting my start date. I am going to scrub 2013, and roll out my blog/website January of next year.
It feels like a bit of a cop out push to 2014, but I want a quality product. With the demands of work, I can’t deliver the quality I want. That should change when I get a bit more organized. Also, the Xmas break is an excellent time to focus on the blog kickoff. 2 months ago
How I did it: I was born into a recycling family. Back in the 1970s we used to pick up aluminum cans along the side of the road.
We would also "work" parks on weekends and holidays picking cans out of trash cans.
Our city set up a place to recycle cardboard and paper, and I would drop stuff off there. In addition, I would save the recyclables from the convenience store I worked at and take them there.
When bottle recycling/deposits started in the late 1990s, I sorted mine and left them out for the homeless to collect and cash in. I then did the same with plastic bottles.
In the military, we've cleaned up old training areas and recycled the paper, plastics, and metals. I have probably recycled/cleaned up a few tons of stuff from military bases. One time we cleaned up stuff dating back to the 1970s.
At my house I "compost" most of my organic waste (fruit bits and coffee grounds). And when I go hiking, I take a bag to pick up trash.
We also try and used green products, walk instead of drive, and use less energy. It isn't always successful, but we are making an effort. Read how I did it… 2 months ago