Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash: Pick Two (aghrivaine) wrote,
Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash: Pick Two
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2007, 2008, infinity, and beyond!

For 2007, I resolved that I wouldn't argue with anyone about anything. By the strictest standards of that resolution, I didn't make it - I certainly did argue with someone about something; though it was a surprisingly long time from the first of the year! However, throughout the year I engaged in far less arguments than I ever have previously, which I can say was only to my benefit. There was no point during the year when I thought to myself, "Wow, I wish I had argued with that person!" and several times when I had, but wished I hadn't. On many occasions, I caught myself starting to argue, and then backed off - so that's a good outcome to a difficult resolution, I think. On the few occasions when I did get stuck in an argument full-throttle, I regretted it afterwards.

In all 2007 was a better year than 2006 - no major tragedies in terms of the deaths of friends or families; no financial losses, and I got back on stage and did two musicals, which I haven't done since high school. I made some new friends, too - really good friends that I imagine I will be long-term close with. I did get plantar fasciitis, and then a ruptured fasciia ligament - a condition which will get better, but never actually go away. That's a bummer! I did some great travelling, saw a slew of great concerts (Flogging Molly, GWAR, The Decemberists with the LA Symphony Orchestra, Manic Automatic, various others...) and some great plays and shows (Wicked, Avenue Q, Full Monty, and a bunch of shows at SMC.) It was an exciting, pleasant, and not very trying year - and all in Venice, a place I love. If 2006 was the year when I got by with a little help from my friends, 2007 was a year when I was able to be helpful to be friends.

So for 2008, some more aggressive resolutions:

  • I will be less deciduous.

  • I will stop my war of vendetta with the platypi.

  • I will break my addiction to Marmite.

  • I will seduce fewer supermodels.




First and foremost, I'm going to lose 30 pounds. I'm tired of being overweight - I've stopped and started with getting back to a more appropriate shape at least a dozen times. This time I'll do it - by the 2009, I'll be back to 190 pounds. I'm not sure which program to follow - I do know that in hte past, simple calorie restriction is what worked best for me. I'm certainly happy to hear from any of you with advice or success stories! I'm tired of being fat. It bothers me every single day. It effects my life, and worst of all - I fear ending up like my father, rather than my grandfather.

Secondly, I'm going to write a movie every season. This shouldn't be hard - I have two half-finished projects so that's half the year right there! It's high time I got serious about shopping around my stuff. I had what seemed like promising bites last year, but they didn't come through. This is what I want to do, I've got to work at it. To work at it, I have to have stuff to show people - that's obvious. That means less blogging, and more serious writing. I've got a ton of ideas cooked up, that's not the problem. Write! Finish it! I will do it.

Third: Learn to sing. The fact is, I love doing it - in the car, in the shower, on the stage. Time to learn to use this voice. I think there's a pretty good tenor in my somewhere. By 2009, I'm going to sing Nessun Dorma, and sound good! I'm signing up for voice classes now!

Lastly, I'll spend one weekend a month learning about a new neighborhood in Los Angeles. This is my city, my home now - I can't use the "I'm from Philadelphia" excuse any longer. Barring some unforeseen weirdness, here I'll stay for the foreseeable future. There are so many exciting little corners to find and discover - I want to get out there and see them, instead of staying in my little West Side bubble.

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