thinking in print

Dan Savage frequently mentions going to clubs and bars as a way to meet people (both friends and more-than-friends) who you then do not go to clubs and bars with.

Definitely not my scene – I’m not wired to have fun at clubs and bars, instead I’m more likely to be anxious ahead of time and then need to spend a day or two hiding by myself to recover.

Coffee shops, though… coffee shops are great.

Quiet.

Comfy chairs.

Good for reading, internetting (should that just have one t?), writing, conversing quietly…

I hear sometimes you can even meet people there.

And it turns out that Seattle has a butt-ton of coffee shops.

tl;dr: I need to find someplace to be a regular.

“resolutions”

I’ve never been a big fan of New Year’s resolutions… anything a lot of people do because it’s expected or traditional tends to throw up red flags for me (aside from the fact that most NY resolutions last a few days, or a couple weeks, at best).

The past couple years, though, I’ve started using this time to think about my aspirations and goals for the year. 2013 I accomplished a few of them (mainly finding a job I could be happy with for a long time), and failed miserably at others. Will I do better in 2014… well, we’ll see.

Here are some of the main things I’d like to do this year

  • Write
  • Run (and do a marathon in the fall)
  • Cook regularly (instead of living on frozen and fast food).
  • Practice my violin
  • Blog (hello)
  • Have more of a social life, both online and afk (I’m ¬†perfectly content to be alone… but as Stina Leicht recently said “I’m finding that the longer I stay home alone, the harder it is to get out of the house.“)
  • Tied into that, find some sort of creative outlet/community… YouTube, podcasting, improv comedy, I don’t know. But something.