Well, here we are again on the eve of another new year. Many things have changed this year, but oddly many have stayed the same. As I have done for the past 4 years I am looking back at 2009 and seeing what I was able to resolve and what slide by the wayside and most likely onto the list for 2010.
As we look back at Resolutions 2009 I see what was achieved. The main resolution was to work more on my radio hobby. I guess it is somewhat strange to include a hobby in this list, but I was more oriented to contesting. I was able to work a number of contests this year, which helped me achieve 2000+ contacts an increase of nearly 10 times that of 2008.
I was able to spend more time with my son, who is now 4 years old. He is really a blast to have around and I am sure as he gets older there will be many more opportunities to work with him in numerous things he has taken an interest in. For example, my radios, the Cougar, as well as the Nintendo Wii. With any luck he will be playing soccer in 2010.
As for other family goals, my wife and I are still married and celebrated 5 years together. Thankfully, she has not killed me yet. While there is still work to do with the family, we have been able to weather many of the pitfalls that have come our way. Luckily, I am not in jeopardy of losing my house or job, so I will consider myself very lucky.
As for 2010 there are a number of items on the list. Now that I am 40 years old I need to start taking better care of myself. Luckily I have been in good health and while I have not gotten my 2009 physical, I know I need to watch what I eat and attempt (notice I said attempt) to work out. I am not so much worried about weight loss, as I am become weak and decrepit as I age. Yes, the Bowflex is right behind me as I sit here at my desk, in the garage banging away on the keyboard.
As for the wonderful world of radio, I want to increase the number of contacts I make this year from 2000 to 4000. With any luck participating and learning more on the contesting front will give me that opportunity. I was able to receive my first certificate from a contest that took place in 2009 (of course N6ML did most of the work), as I operated for a few hours. I also want to get my son more involved on the radio, maybe knock out a few more letter in CW.
I need to also turn my attention towards the house. I have the chance to work quite a bit of overtime in the first few months of the year and I want to paint the remaining rooms and possibly get some new windows installed downstairs. I also have a wild idea about converting the spare bedroom to game type room, maybe us guys know it as a “man cave.” I would like to redo the room and place the 52″ big screen up there for movie watching and the console games. But first, I must finish the bathroom. Yes, the same one I started early last year before my ACL surgery.
I also need to look at getting some type of modification on my home loan. While I am in no way close to being foreclosed on or losing my house, with the economy being what it is I would love to see something knocked off the principal and the terms of the loan changed, even if just a bit. I know many who have not had luck in this department, hopefully I can get lucky and rework my home loan. I know for a fact we will be in this house for a minimum of 5 more years.
Lastly, we must make a roadie to SoCal. I have not been back to San Diego since we were married, now just over 5 years. If not for my sanity, then for my son so he can truly experience the TRUE California, which is NOT the Bay Area. There are a wide variety of things my wife and I have planned, such as Disneyland (in Anaheim), the San Diego Zoo, Sea World, LegoLand and the Wild Animal Park, just to name a few. But after continued postponement this is something that needs to accomplished. I have finally accumulated nearly a week of vacation time after my ACL surgery last March, so with any luck February could see the Charger loaded up and ready to head south.
As for my New Years Eve, after I am done typing, I will participate in a 30 minute practice session for an upcoming contest, then shower and go to bed since work calls tomorrow, which equates to more overtime and a bigger paycheck. So let’s say good bye to 2009 and welcome in a great 2010. See you next year.