We all make New Year’s Resolutions. But do we ever look back and see how many we kept? Here’s a look at mine from this January 1. How’d you do on yours?
Host movies on TCM – I did that in January.
Finally watch THE WIRE – No, but I did finally watch BREAKING BAD.
Get ALMOST PERFECT on Netflix or Hulu – No, and I tried. Tracked down the person who could make that happen and was told there’s no interest. The fight continues.
Go to the gym at least twice a week. (My gym is usually packed in January and by March it’s me and two other guys.) -- Did that and continue to.
Stay off the 405 freeway when it’s crowded (so only take it between 2-4 AM) – For the most part I did that. I’ll wave to you from Beverly Glen.
Visit my friend in Walla Walla – No, but he moved to Portland. So actually I have less of an excuse.
Get more productions of A OR B? -- Done. It’ll be produced at the Village Theatre in Hatboro, Penn the first three weekends in April.
Meet Claire Danes – Unfortunately, no. Of course I wasn’t in Berlin or Jordan or wherever the hell she was this year.
Learn to do an accent in my improv class -- Nyet.
Direct more episodes that my daughter and her partner write – Did that.
See a Broadway show I wish I had written – Yeah, I saw KING AND I. I actually wish I wrote the music.
Go somewhere in the world I've never been – China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, and Pala, California.
Recover from the jet lag – I still need another month.
Watch and listen to as much Vin Scully as I possibly can – That I did and will do even more this year, savoring every precious moment.
Finish writing my new play – Did that. First reading next month.
Learn what half the features on my car are – Yes, but I still don’t know how to put it into reverse.
Not piss off the North Koreans – I stayed away from the DMZ during my visit so yes.
Continue to support the WGA’s Foundation – Yep.
Give DOWNTON ABBEY one final chance – Nope.
Champion strict gun control – Yes, not that it helped. The madness continues.
Get a humor piece in the NEW YORKER – Nope, but I didn’t submit anything.
Get a cartoon in the NEW YORKER – Nope, but I didn’t submit anything. Still I blame them.
Avoid the incredibly tasty fried chicken wings at the Hamburger Hamlet (now that it has reopened) – No, I fell off the wagon.
Keep Tetris playing down to three hours a day – It’s down to four so I’m making progress.
Answer more Friday Questions (which I'll be able to do if I keep the previous resolution) – I sprinkled in some extra days and will do more of that this year. So keep those FQ’s coming in.
Clean my desk (a perennial resolution but this year for sure!) – Sort of. I found a sandwich from 2006.
And finally, solve the Natalie Wood case – Not yet but RJ, I’m on to you.
Happy New Year's. Drive safely tonight.