One big hope for 2021

I don’t like to brag. My philosophy is “Those who are, don’t have to tell you.”

It’s why my least-favorite question in any job interview is “What is your greatest weakness?” It’s hard enough for me to say how awesome I am without then having to say how I suck, even though I know the point is to talk about how I’m trying to overcome it.

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The week gone by — Jan. 5

We left the Christmas lights up ’til January, but they’re down now. So are the cards and the tree.

If the holiday season wasn’t already over — since I don’t wait for Epiphany — not only did my friend Bob’s family holiday note arrive telling the tales of their madcap adventures from the previous year, but I finished the last of the egg nog.

See you next November.

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Thoughts and a wish for 2020

I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. I don’t like making promises that I don’t know I’ll keep, even if the promise is just to myself.

Sure there are things I want to do. I’ve gained back some of the weight I’ve lost, not a lot, but I’d like to put a stop to that.

I need to better at enjoying life in the moment, and make sure I read more books.

I just don’t like looking at my life on Jan. 1 and saying, “OK, now I have to do all these things” where it’s some kind of failure if I don’t.

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Remember when the world was going to end because the computers were messed up?

It occurred to me the other day that Jan. 1, 2020, is the 20th anniversary of the world not coming to a horrible end due to Y2K. This is originally from July 28, 2014.

Today, my wife and I went to Boston to meet up with an old friend of hers who’s in town on vacation with his 13-year-old niece.

He’s a funny guy, and she seemed like a really great kid. At one point, we were talking about various things she wouldn’t know about by virtue of being only 13 — after all, she was a newborn around the time of 9/11 — when I brought up Y2K.

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Two months to go

When we go to Williamstown for Christmas Eve, we drive through the Berkshires.

Since Williamstown is in a valley, there’s a final descent down a mountain to get there, including a switchback that’s always a little nerve-wracking, even though you know it’s coming.

The arrival of November feels like the start of going down that mountain.

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Beginnings and endings on New Year’s Day

I know that today is the first day of the year, but Jan. 1 feels more like the end of something than the beginning.

It’s the end of the holiday season, a two-month sprint from Halloween packed with travel, family, events, parties, shopping, bowl games and resolutions (although my gym was pretty empty tonight). Continue reading “Beginnings and endings on New Year’s Day”