2012 begins…

(Well, I’m a day late in writing this post, but through the magic of Teh Intarwebs, I shall be able to back-date the post and pretend I hit the ground running…)

It’s less about the New Year, and more about just getting beyond the damn holidays and the spasms of consumption. Nevertheless, I find myself wanting to set myself some goals for the year:

  • Lose some weight — it wasn’t so long ago that I was running a triathlon and hiking and generally dropping weight. All that shit has gone by the wayside, and I’ve put all that I lost back on, and then some. I’m starting again, this time from 290 pounds (holy jebus, lookit this fat fuck). Last time, I did a lot of tracking and talking about it on a separate site that I never showed y’all, because I was going through some other shit that I didn’t make general knowledge. This time, I’m using this site to provide myself a little accountability.

Goal: drop 70 pounds, by limiting caloric intake, correcting my diet (basically, knocking off the bad crap that I know is bad, and trying to limit the processed and other craptastic stuff), and getting up off my ass and working out again. I know what this takes, I just have to see it through. The more serious long-term problem is figuring out how to make the changes stick so I don’t end up back here again…

  • Take some pictures — I bought this smokin’ new camera back in March of last year, and I haven’t really done much shooting with it (other than down at Trapeze High Florida, where I’ve shot a ton of pictures and time-lapse experiments). I have gotten a couple of good results with the telescope, but in general, shooting my normal milieu of landscapes and sunsets has basically gone to nil because, well, now we live on the East Coast in a flat-flat-FLAT (“She’s flat like your head!” 1:07) part of the world, and I just don’t have the opportunities. Still, the time for that bitching is over: I’m going to go back to carrying my camera all the time, and committing to shooting — ANYTHING.

Goal: take (at least) one picture, every day. Get out of my comfort zone: Sunshine got me this bitchin’ new 50mm prime lens, which is super-fast (1.4/f) and super-clear, and I should be learning to shoot with it, by forcing me to use no zoom.

Note that I’m not committing to posting every day — that’s simply too much administrative burden — but once I get the site re-designed, I should be able to start queueing pictures, so they post on their own and updates are less about my consistency administratively, and more about me generating good content, which will comes in fits and bursts.

Sub-Goal: re-design this site so that I am proud to send people to it. This includes setting up a sub-section for trapeze photography, so that THFL can refer potential clients to me without having to get in the way of the business. (Note the implicit sub-sub-goal to this sub-goal: getting photography clients.)

  • Get more art into my life — I have a ton of great art, both my own and from other artists, that sits around in tubes and flat files. I also have an alarming collection of empty frames. Clearly, there is a problem here: laziness. There really isn’t any excuse — the art should come out of tubes and flat files and get into frames and up on the walls. Our walls should be CROWDED with stuff — it really is ridiculous that there isn’t more stuff up.

Goal: get art out of flat files, into frames, and up on the walls.

Sub-Goal: get my own art out onto the walls of other people — friends, family, and potential clients (notice a trend here?) Sunshine’s parents have turned their home into my personal art gallery, and its always very gratifying to see how they’ve used my photography. There should be more like them, but it can’t happen if I insist on hiding my light under a bushel.

  • Build a poker bankroll — this may seem odd, but poker is both a source of joy, and potentially a source of income. The only way it can become both is for me to build and leverage a good-sized bankroll. This, obviously, needs to be tempered by other constraints, both legal and personal, but definitely needs to be on the agenda.

Goal: set a savings goal and set aside a little cash whenever I can. Take some fliers in tournaments and cash tables, and save the winnings (if and when). Accountability is the key here! Gotta find a way to hold myself accountable…

Sub-Goal: get better at both the live game and the online play. These days, obviously, I’ll have to focus on live play, as online is very restricted, but I can still keep my chops warm by playing the free tables, and other resources. This past summer’s experience with the Bar Leagues was very powerful, and a lot of fun. Now I need to learn how to adjust my game and be more consistent.

Part of the reason I’m late even declaring these goals is that I was too busy acting on them today:

  • I hung a bunch of art that was already framed — this is just a little bit of what got hung today:

  • I played JPA today, and made the final table, busting out in 9th for 30 points — I’m not happy with how I went out, but I’m happy I scored some points (the last few weeks have been a struggle with constantly going out bubble — in 18 tournaments, I bubbled no fewer than 7 times — that’s far too consistent to be anything other than a series of bad decisions). This series, I’m playing a lot less, so I need to make better use of the opportunities and score more points each time I play. I’m also playing the Omaha league, and doing quite well in that with second place points. I will likely move all of the poker discussions over to a tumblr blog, as this one is really supposed to be about art and my life. Yes, poker’s a big part of that, but I want to write for a different audience there — don’t worry, I won’t hide it…
  • I ate well today, and tracked everything I ate in Lose It! There’s a bunch of new features that weren’t available three years ago when I last tried this adventure, so I’ll dig into that and figure out how much of this I can share — again, it’s all about the accountability for me for this year. My biggest concern about the weight-loss thing is that I tend to become obsessed about what I’m going to be eating and it becomes all I think about. I need to be more balanced about integrating the changes into my life and not putting such a primary focus on the day-to-day actions.
  • The pictures in this post count! I had to shoot them all with the 18-135mm, though, because the 50mm wasn’t working for the angles. Obviously, I’m going to have to force myself to work with it more to figure those situations out, but for now, just happy that I shot a couple of pictures.