Last year, after my birthday, I started keeping a list of some of the cool things I did while being a 50-year-old. It’s now my birthday again, so here’s that list, in no particular order:

  • I achieved debt freedom a second time.
  • I joined a gym, and I liked it.
  • I found a zumba class that I actually liked.
  • I tried boxing and liked it.
  • Did not like the weights class.
  • I bought a punching bag.
  • I attended two professional soccer games. And then I bought season tickets for the next season.
  • I ate some rambutans for the first time.
  • I cooked and ate artichokes for the first time. Not sure how much I liked them.
  • I tried marmite and didn’t like it.
  • I tried vegan faux-beef jerky. It was pretty good.
  • I tried a pomelo. It was okay.
  • I had tapas and loved it.
  • I introduced my Utahn colleagues to chow-chow. They loved it.
  • I went to Thailand. Ate so many new and wonderful foods.
  • I ate mangosteen, longan, salak. Did not like the salak.
  • I attended a Thai wedding and saw my little baby married.
  • I was made welcome by a whole new family.
  • I hung out with elephants and fed a few.
  • I visited a floating market.
  • I rode commuter boats. By accident!
  • I rode a motor scooter in a foreign country.
  • I traveled through China. It was a little scary.
  • I celebrated Dia de Muertos in Mexico City, and again ate a ton of great food.
  • I took an international trip just for a weekend.
  • I failed an exam and still felt good.
  • I became VMware Certified Professional.
  • I became a Dell Certified Associate.
  • I moved out of Support and into Application Managed Services.
  • I bought firearms.
  • I registered as a Democrat. Was not happy about it, but needs must.
  • I ran a voter registration drive.
  • I got seriously involved with Moms Demand Action.
  • I learned how to lobby at the State Capitol. And I met some Senators and Representatives.
  • I took painting classes.
  • I found a utility shell for my truck and outfitted it for camping as well as tools.
  • I went to Drag Queen Bingo and loved it.
  • I bought special computer glasses and they’re great!
  • I got a fortune from Zoltar. He said I’m gonna find love – either romance or a great friendship.
  • I ended a 10-year commitment to cover my head.
  • I got my first spiral perm.
  • I finally started getting tattoos again. I got a lot! And I got a lot of my old ones fixed.
  • I got henna for the first time.
  • I commissioned art!
  • I introduced my cat to video games.

The coming year:

  • A summer scooter trip from Durango, Colorado.
  • A Labor Day Weekend scooter trip in Yellowstone.
  • At least one trip to shop for cheap desert land.
  • A trip to NM to hang out with an old friend and a new friend.

Objective

To be an expression of God’s love in the world. Do that by:

  • Traveling
  • Learning
  • Advocating
  • Assisting
  • Having a good time as often as possible
  • Helping others have a good time, too

Short Term Plan

  • Get better paying job.
  • Finish the waggon, including optimization for work-from-home.
    • Exterior trim.
    • Shutters.
    • Finish interior paneling.
    • Interior trim.
    • Electrical system.
      • Shore power.
      • Solar.
    • Final furniture build and anchoring.
    • Interior and exterior decor.
      • Get my cousin to paint chickens on the shutters.
      • Paisleys and curlicues everywhere.
    • Mobile internet.
    • Optimized workstation.
  • Begin investigating properties.
    • Desert base.
    • Northern base.
  • Get 100% remote work job. (Would love it if this job and the first job are the same job.)
  • Begin travel.
  • Begin buying properties.

Medium Range Plan – Establish Desert (Winter) Base

  • Acquire property.
    • Water rights. Catchment at the least. Groundwater + catchment optimal.
    • No utilities.
    • No zoning.
    • Access by serviceable road. No easement-required land.
  • Improve property.
    • Garage to park the waggon inside.
      • Earthbag construction. If not practical for large-scale with earth-sheltered, then concrete or other alternative.
      • Earth sheltered to the north, east, west, and top.
      • Large, wide door(s) to the south.
      • Ample ventilation.
      • Rocket mass heater.
      • Cool food storage.
    • Rainwater catchment.
      • Land needs sufficient slope to provide single location for catchment.
      • Ditches and gutters.
      • Filtration and purification.
      • Pump.
    • Outdoor living area.
      • Firepit.
      • Shade.
      • Workbench?
    • Strategies for dealing with critters.
    • Solar and/or wind power.
  • Adventure!
    • Activism.
    • Communal farming.
    • Visiting friends and relatives.

Medium Range Plan – Establish Southern (Spring/Autumn) Base

  • Property already acquired.
    • Utilities available as self-install.
    • No zoning.
  • Improve property.
    • Concrete RV pad for the waggon.
    • Wooden deck.
      • Between RV pad and garage.
      • Water and shore power for waggon.
    • Garage.
      • Reclaimed materials.
      • Includes bathroom.
      • Septic system.
      • Possibly outdoor cooking area.
    • Gravel drive.
  • Adventure!
    • Activism.
    • Communal farming.
    • Visiting friends and relatives.

Long Range Plan – Establish Northern (Summer) Base

  • Acquire property.
    • Water rights. Catchment at the least. Groundwater + catchment optimal.
    • No utilities.
    • No zoning.
    • Access by serviceable road. No easement-required land.
  • Improve property.
  • Adventure!
    • Activism.
    • Communal farming.
    • Visiting friends and relatives.

Long Range Plan – Establish Overseas Base

  • Evaluate whether to acquire property and/or nomadic dwelling.
  • Make it so.
  • Adventure!
    • Activism?!?!
    • Communal farming.
    • Visiting friends and relatives.

Assistance

OUR MISSION
Is to provide quality clothing, shoes and other supportive services to the homeless and families in need and to promote proper hygiene.

OUR VISION
We Service the Homeless population and families in need. We partner up with local and international organizations that support our mission. We are believers of a healthy and hygienic life. We want them all to be socially accepted and ready for any available opportunities.

Mission
Jack the Bike Man, Inc.‘s mission is to strengthen our community through bicycle education and safety programs.

Vision
Our vision, to create a community of healthy, active individuals by providing hope to the less fortunate through support, training and access to bicycles.

For more than 20 years Jack the Bike Man, Inc. has fixed bikes and donated them to needy children and adults in the West Palm Beach area.

Jack the Bike Man, Inc. has given away thousands of bikes to:

      • Underprivileged kids
      • The homeless
      • Women and men re-entering society from prison
      • Recovering addicts in half-way houses
      • People living below the poverty line

We’re a dedicated group of Mississippians who believe in access to full reproductive health care that includes abortion as a human right and an essential part of reproductive justice. We recognize and affirm that the right to parent, not to parent, have access to full reproductive health care and education and to raise children in safe environments with full support and your needs met are ALL basic human rights.

We do our part by offering financial assistance and practical support to persons seeking abortion as well as free emergency contraception, community based comprehensive sex education and fighting for reproductive justice in Mississippi. We strive for a world where every person experiences full reproductive justice.

Community

OUR MISSION

We are a community of hope for religious explorers who wish to transform our world into a more just, compassionate and sustainable place. We embrace diversity and provide opportunities for creativity, spiritual growth, and celebration of life.

OUR COVENANT

We covenant to build a religious community that is guided by love, sustained by respectful relationships, and committed to action to make a better world. We celebrate this common purpose whenever we gather, and we do our best to abide by this covenant.

Our Mission
Compass’ mission is to engage, empower and enrich the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people and those impacted by HIV and AIDS.

Our Vision
Compass will be a collaborative leader in creating a safe, healthy, inclusive, equitable, and affirming community for all LGBTQ people and those impacted by HIV and AIDS. We will engage the individual and collective strengths of our community and its allies to promote and develop leadership, unity and pride. We will connect the community through diverse communications, vibrant programs, essential education and resources, and creating opportunities for our community to be seen and heard.

Education and Information

The Be SMART framework is designed to help parents and adults normalize conversations about gun safety and take responsible actions that can prevent child gun deaths and injuries.

Secure
all guns in your home and vehicles

Model
responsible behavior around guns

Ask
about the presence
of unsecured guns in other homes

Recognize
the role
of guns in suicide

Tell
your
peers to
be SMART

NPR is an independent, nonprofit media organization that was founded on a mission to create a more informed public. Every day, NPR connects with millions of Americans on the air, online, and in person to explore the news, ideas, and what it means to be human. Through its network of member stations, NPR makes local stories national, national stories local, and global stories personal.

Activism

The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) is a nonprofit, nonsectarian organization advancing human rights together with an international community of grassroots partners and advocates.

We focus our work on intersecting roots of injustice to defend rights at risk due to criminalization and systemic oppression of people based on their identity. We support self-determination and defend the rights of people displaced due to climate, conflict or economic hardships; and we respond to humanitarian crises as partners with people whose access to aid is most limited.

Striving to center the voices of people most affected by injustice, UUSC creates eye-to-eye relationships with frontline grassroots movements across the world that support marginalized communities in determining their steps for the future.

Our mission: UUSC advances human rights and social justice around the world, partnering with those who confront unjust power structures and mobilizing to challenge oppressive policies. Our work is grounded in the belief that all people have inherent power and dignity

Elizabeth has a lot of plans, but they’re really one simple plan: We need to tackle the corruption in Washington that makes our government work for the wealthy and well-connected, but kicks dirt on everyone else, and put economic and political power back in the hands of the people.

 Moms Demand Action is a grassroots movement of Americans fighting for public safety measures that can protect people from gun violence. We pass stronger gun laws and work to close the loopholes that jeopardize the safety of our families. We also work in our own communities and with business leaders to encourage a culture of responsible gun ownership. We know that gun violence is preventable, and we’re committed to doing what it takes to keep families safe. 

Everytown is a movement of Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities. Gun violence touches every town in America. For too long, change has been thwarted by the Washington gun lobby and by leaders who refuse to take common-sense steps that will save lives.

But something is changing. Nearly 6 million mayors, moms, cops, teachers, survivors, gun owners, students and everyday Americans have come together to make their own communities safer. Together, we are fighting for the changes that we know will save lives.

Everytown starts with you, and it starts in your town.

We will be the allies that our Jewish ancestors needed in Germany, before it was too late. We will take relentless, bold direct action and we will not stop until ICE is shut down, the camps are closed, and immigrants no longer live in fear.

The United States government is targeting immigrants in our community like the Nazis targeted the Jews. We were taught to never let anything like the Holocaust happen again, so we are sounding the alarm now. We refuse to wait and see — we know from our own history what happens next. Never again is now. Many of our ancestors narrowly escaped from conditions like what we are seeing today in concentration camps at the border and detention centers around the country. We are putting our bodies on the line because when we say never again, we mean never again for anyone.

 

The Way I Watch TV

  •  I don’t channel surf. I don’t “see what’s on”. Maybe that’s also channel surfing.
  • There’s no channel or network that has a whole lot of something I like.
  • I don’t let the TV play if I’m paying attention to something else. It’s getting my full attention.
  • Therefore the show had better be worthy of my full attention. If it can’t hold my attention, then nopes.
  • I don’t torrent. Because reasons.
  • Sometimes I try recommendations from the streaming services based on what I’ve added to my list. Most of the time I don’t like them.
  • Sometimes I try recommendations from friends. Most of the time I don’t like these, either and then try not to get mad at my friends. They can’t help liking something so much they’re sure I’m gonna like it, too.
  • Pretty much, I just get certain shows. 
  • I no longer mess with watching one episode per week. I wait until the whole season is finished and then binge.

Amazon Prime

  • Altered Carbon (full season) 
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (full season) 
  • The Expanse (full season) 
  • Doctor Who (pay extra to stay current, see without extra cost one season behind) 
  • The Tick
  • Travels by Narrowboat
  • Starz on Amazon HOLD
  • Outlander (one episode per week)
  • American Gods (one episode per week)
  • HBO on Amazon HOLD
  • Westworld (no idea how it drops, am one season behind)

Netflix

(I think all are full season drops)

  • Stranger Things
  • Grace & Frankie
  • Black Mirror (whenever?)
  • The Umbrella Academy
  • Alias Grace
  •  Call the Midwife
  • Agents of Shield
  • Raising Dion
  • The Crown
  • Travelers
  • Glitch
  • Another Life (even though it pissed me off)

Sling TV HOLD

  • The Magicians (one episode per week, am a full season behind)
  • Doctor Who (one episode per week)

Hulu

  • The Handmaid’s Tale (one episode per week)
  • The Orville (one episode per week)
  • Fresh Off the Boat (no idea how it drops, not caught up)

Try

  • Killing Eve – Hulu
  • The Accident – Hulu
  • Fleabag – Amazon
  • Falling Skies – Netflix
  • Agent Carter – Netflix

Liked  But Got Tired Of

  • Breaking Bad
  • Better Call Saul
  • Moone Boy
  • Mr. Robot
  • Jane the Virgin
  • Cable Girls 
  • Mars
  • House of Cards
  • Dexter
  • The Walking Dead
  • The 100
  • Workin’ Moms
  • The First
  • Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
  • Sex Education
  • Flight of the Conchords
  • Cheers
  • South Park
  • Absolutely Fabulous

Didn’t Like

  • The Boys
  • Killjoys
  • Defiance
  • Father Ted
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Lost in Space
  • The Good Place
  • Transparent
  • Seinfeld
  • Family Guy
  • The Simpsons

Liked But Now Canceled or Concluded

(Partial List)

  • Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
  • Jessica Jones
  • Luke Cage
  • Daredevil
  • The Defenders
  • Broadchurch and Gracepoint
  • The West Wing
  • Sherlock
  • Firefly
  • Caprica
  • Dollhouse
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Angel
  • Electric Dreams
  • Good Omens
  • Orphan Black
  • Undone
  • Sense8
  • When They See Us
  • Godless
  • The Man in the High Castle
  • Orange is the New Black
  • The End of the F***king World
  • Love Death + Robots
  • Maniac
  • Nurse Jackie
  • Happy Valley
  • The OA
  • Halt and Catch Fire
  • Wallander
  • Shetland
  • An Idiot Abroad (fast forward the Ricky Gervais bits)
  • The Vicar of Dibley
  • The Rain
  • 13 Reasons Why
  • Russian Doll
  • Tales of the City (old and new)
  • The Feed
  • Hogfather
  • Doc Martin
  • Foyle’s War
  • Legion

PS: I am learning Boldgrid tools, so I won’t tell you how long it took me to make this post. I’m praying there’s a fast way to replicate the results.

All my recent tidying up was sparked by a conversation about TV shows. I keep a list in Google Keep of what shows I follow, what I want to check out, and what sorts of things I like and dislike. But it’s on Google Keep. That’s not very shareable. On the verge of posting the list on Facebook, there was a “waitaminute” moment.

We are now at the conclusion of that moment.

Further, any potentially shareable list can go right in here.