Friday, December 31, 2010

The Obligatory 2010 Wrap-Up & New Year Resolutions

Annual Summary

Wrote about visiting an orphanage in Cambodia, and night navigation training in Marin County.
Turned 29.  Despaired.
Moved to Los Angeles and had my first taste of mountaineering in Tahoe.
Not much.
Failed to talk to the girl in the coffee shop and went to the Living Desert with my Parents
Visited Santa Cruz for a close friend's birthday.  Chaos ensued. Started a fiction series that sucked.  And sucked.  And sucked again.
Multi-Day Backpacking trip with a band of ninjas and samurai.
I stabbed myself with a Masai Spear, and then summited Mt. San Gorgonio with Les Champ.
My cousins from NY visited.  I learned what it would have been like if Bryan had been a sister.
My friend Alison visited from the UK.  We made and ate dessert every single day.  We visited Santa Cruz and San Francisco, where Alison almost had a fistfight with "The Fury of Me."  I made soap.  I then got 2nd place in a travel writing contest.
I wrote a 3-part How-To guide for Amateur Boxing competition at the Art of Manliness.  Spent Thanksgiving with my Parents and family in Palm Desert.  Visited Hong Kong to discuss a new job opportunity.
Accepted new career offer, watched my Brother in his first MMA fight in Watsonville, visited Joshua Tree, spent Christmas with my family, and rang in the new year with my beautiful girlfriend.

2011 Resolutions
  • I will write in my journal everyday
  • I will finish paying off all of my debt
  • I will achieve conversational level of Spanish
  • I will live off 50% of post-tax income
  • I will drink 1 gallon of water a day
  • I will sleep outside as often as possible
Thanks to everyone who followed along and commented over the course of the year.  A special thanks to the following constant readers:

Hanley at The Fury of Me
Barnes at Gaijin Ass
Alison at some Muay Thai gym across the Atlantic
Allison at Webster's Law
Katrina Kay at Gimme Fantastic
Juliana at Night Writings
Cheryl at Starbucks Break
KC at Word
Annabelle at I'll Tell You Anyway
Bryan, Mom and Dad

Happy New Years to everyone.  I hope that 2011 is a year of adventure, experience, humor and joy.


Allison said...

Thanks Martin! Happy New Year to you too. Sounds like you've had an amazing year!

shoegal101 said...

I need to adopt the drinking one gallon of water resolution. Perhaps that will prevent dehydration when running 20 miles?! haha Happy New Year!

Venom said...

Hey - you linked me? I knew you loved me.

The Masai Spear incident is my favourite story of 2010.

Happy New Year Martin!

Anonymous said...

Gonna have to agree with Venom and the Masai Spear incident, for obvious reasons. But, Joshua Tree with the family sounded like quite a wonderful way to round out the year.

May happiness, health, honesty and humor guide you well in 2011 :)

linda said...

Weee :) Thanks, Martin. You are one of my inspirations in life. You know that right? Thanks for that too.

thelamest(dot)com said...

nice resolutions. They are the same as mine...except replace gallon of water with gallon of holly water.

I plan to become Apocalypse ready before 2012 kicks off and bad CG waves slap the planet upside the head.

Anonymous said...

Interesting year!

Let me know if you're ever in Hong Kong again and fancy meeting for a beer!

All the best for 2011.

Thaino (formally Duke Fandango)

Anna said...

Quite the year! Here's to the next.

But, Martin.... Why so much daily water?

"M" said...

Great recap of 2010. Here's hoping that 2011 brings you all the best!

Reuben said...

clearly you're still thinking about the girl in the coffee shop that you failed to speak to in May. maybe you should try and find her by posting an ad on craigslist? sounds like you had an amazing year. happy new year and all the best in 2011