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Resolution Conclusions

A debrief on my New Years Resolutions for 2006.

1: Steve

I wrote [here][] about my resolution to get to know Steve, my neighbour. I did actually talk to him over the garden fence once, on the subject of disposal of garden waste. And then I moved house. And so did he. So I think I’ve done as well as could be expected.


2: Read less

I also resolved to read less. In 2005, I read 33 books. So far, in 2006 I have read 11. Result.

3: Be More Aragorn

This was always a very fuzzy goal, especially as I never precisely defined what the terms mean. It’s going to be hard to know whether I succeeded or not. I have built a lot of flat-packed furniture this year, and I think Aragorn would approve of that, so let’s call it a success.

4: Eat more chilli con carne

We got off to a good start on this one, having chilli every Sunday night. But then with the arrival of Bernard, we were a little less organised, and it’s fallen on our priorities list.

Still, I’m pretty sure that I ate more chilli con carne this year than last. So let’s call that one a success too.

5: Work through the exercises in Fretless Bass: A Hands-On Guide Including Fundamentals, Techniques, Grooves and Solos by Bunny Brunel and Josquin de Pres

I managed to make it most of the way through this book. But hey, there are still a couple of months of the year left, so perhaps it is not too late.

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Run for your lives! A mem!

Four jobs you’ve had in your life:

  • Barman
  • Website designer (but then who hasn’t?)
  • Desktop publisher (hey, that doesn’t mean that I was actually any good at it though)
  • Computer programmer

Four movies you could watch over and over:
Over and over, eh? Well, here are four movies that I like quite a lot. Not sure about “over and over” though.

Four places you’ve lived:

  • Lincolnshire
  • Warwickshire
  • Surrey
  • Berkshire

Four TV shows you love to watch:
Oh stop it with the unnecessarily passionate language. No-one really “loves” to watch TV shows, do they?

Four places you’ve been on vacation:

  • New York
  • Prague
  • Budapest
  • Dublin

Four websites you visit daily:

Four of your favorite foods:

  • Chilli con carne
  • Pistachio nuts
  • Opal fruits
  • Pizza

Four places you’d rather be:

  • The pub down the road
  • The pub across the road
  • The pub up the road
  • The pub on the other side of the roundabout

Four albums you can’t live without:
You’re doing it again. Stop it. I like these four, but I would find a way to soldier on if for some reason they were taken from me, never to return. Get some perspective.

Four magazines you read:
I can’t tell whether this is “read” in the present tense or past tense. So I’m opting for the latter, otherwise my answer would be a bit short. I’m also assuming that it is specifically asking about paper-based periodicals.

  • NME (up until quite recently)
  • Bassist (a few years ago)
  • Look-in (a few decades ago)
  • Dandy (a few decades ago)

Four cars you’ve owned:
This survey seems to be aimed at people who have either been driving for a long time, or are quite bad at it. I’ve taken a liberty with number four.

  • Ford Sierra
  • VW Golf
  • Vauxhall Astra
  • A small square of car-pet

Four people to do this meme:
What do you think I am? Some sort of clairvoyant? Stuff off.