Happy New Year, everyone! From the looks of things here on the Squirrel Farm, we're off to a promising start. The squirrels look just as happy as they did yesterday and that's very happy, indeed.
As I seem to have made a tradition here on the Glob, I better list a few resolutions. Looking back at last year's resolutions, I only managed to keep one of them and it was the only one that I was certain to fulfill. Based on these results, I feel that it's necessary to emulate corporations that have missed their targets. I must set the bar lower.
- I will eat out more in 2008.
- I will buy even more earrings in 2008.
- I will write at least *5* blog posts in 2008.
- I will make more phone calls in 2008. This is actually a serious one. Ever since I can remember (probably starting in my very early teens), I've been almost phobic about making phone calls. Business calls don't seem to count, because I (sub)consciously feel as if I am calling on behalf of my employer. Restaurant reservations don't count, because they are basically scripted and I make them at the same restaurants so often that all I have to do is grunt. If you look at my call history on my cell phone, other than my parents and restaurants, the call I make most frequently is to the Duke Campus Police, to request the disposal of cars parked in my reserved parking space. In the last seven years, I haven't heard the voice of one of my closest friends, other than in YouTube videos, because I never called him back. So, this year, I vow to do something about that. Instant messaging and e-mail just aren't sufficient, because they only provide a small portion of what is needed to effectively communicate.