What I'm Up To in 2014

sunrise from hot air balloon ride in Chianti, Italy

I want to live life deliberately, and writing a year in progress/review helps me inspect my life and make changes (before it's too late—hopefully). You may want to refer to prior years to view this one in context:

  1. 2013 Retrospective
  2. 2012 Retrospective
  3. 2011 Retrospective

2014 Themes

After 28 years of life, some of them sentient, I have a decent idea of what actually makes me happy. I picked these themes and to-dos because they are the things that bring me joy.

  1. Keep being awesome
  2. Create something every day
  3. Adventure every week

To Dos

The little things that become the big things

  1. Write in my journal every day
  2. Read 25 books
  3. Each week, do something someone can't do for them self.
  4. Go to the temple each week
  5. Host one event every 6 months
  6. Understand math
  7. Do genealogy for my ancestors

Things I've Done This Year

Saw the Gangster Museum (museum is a generous title); watched "Waiting for Godot"; went to the MOMA; went to the MOMA again; loved the 2014 temple video; saw a Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder with Lauren Jacobson; went to Charles' Country Pan Fried Chicken; saw horrible things at the Socrates Sculpture Park in Astoria; went to Jao Hi with a small faction of the Pune development team; saw Bobby McCullough play at Rockwood Music Hall; went to Terrain and bought more succulents; saw the World Trade Center memorial; worked the Fab warehouse sale with Shane Lapsys; designed my dream canopy bed; traveled to Pune, Udaipur, Jaipur, and Bombay, India, (and while I was in India I checked out Braeburn Stadium, ate the best butter chicken of my life at Amfrei in Udaipur, took a rickety cable car up a hill, went to plenty of palaces, walked to Amer fort, finally got to Anhoki in Jaipur, ate paratha after paratha and came home contented); went to Berlin and Poland (where I ate a surprising amount of KFC) and learned about "Dinesh the Dominator"; saw Motown the Musical with the fam; got pedis with McCall; went to India and hiked up a mountain near Pune; beat Shane's team in cricket; lost to Shane's team in cricket; went to a wedding in Satara India (and saw three accidents along the way); hosted Lunchbox in a Power of Two® weekend where we ate until we were sick and then watched Jack Ryan for our requisite buddy movie; went to Terrain with Lana Troung! (and got to see her again a few weekends apart) got cousin-manis with Camille and Clarissa; played "Stereotype Scavenger Hunt" at the MoMA; watched Saving Mr. Banks with the Willams'; taught a few priesthood lessons; drove with Tanner from Ocean City, MD to Salt Lake City, UT in under 40 hours (thanks, cousin Patrick, for letting us crash on your girlfriend's sorority house couch); while in Utah on that same trip Tanner and I kicked it with the imitable Brooke Camit and got Nacho fries with Sam Troy Greg Greer and a few others; watched the Lego Movie; saw Kelle and Harold Abell in Copenhagen where I also went to Tivoli Gardens and saw the Christus Statue; kicked it with cousin Ashton in Berlin; took a 20 hour train from Berlin to Padova with Dane and Tanner; saw the Peggy Guggenheim museum in Venice; went on a lovely (and mother-scaring) hot air ballon ride in Tuscany; saw David in Florence; went on my first scooter ride through the vineyards in Tuscany; went on my first international vespa ride when I went from Italy to the Holy See and back; saw Lucca and Sienna and San Gimignano; wandersplored in Sperlonga; hiked precariously at Montagna Spaccata in Gaeta; ate panna cotta in Rome; won fantasy World/Euro Cup for the 3rd time in a row; ate and biked all over Manhattan with Katie Luman; went back to Berlin and ate a lot of currywurst; took the train to Prague with Soham; went to Düsseldorf with Kai; on the way home from Germany I stopped by Paris and saw the Lourve, the Cathedral of Notre Dame, the lovely Gardens at Versailles, Deroylle; and when I got back to New York pops came in town and we went to the Highline (finally); feasted on crabs at Aunt Kathy's in Lewes Delaware; ate lunch with mum at Pio Pio Riko; hiked Breakneck Ridge with Matthew Nicole and Andrew; rafted to Pollepel Island (home of Bannerman's Castle) in the Hudson; went to Far Rockaway on memorial day; headed back to India one last time for Stas' Mumbai bachelor party a spot of food poisoning and a great time at church in the Mumbai Branch; headed to Scotland to see Jon and Sara and the build up to the referendum (Edinburgh is charming); visited Blue Hill and Dia:Beacon with Jojo and Erika; got stuck in mass while admiring a chapel's stained glass in Berlin; went to Stas and Magda's wedding with Cody in Hamburg; went to the Met and saw Provenance by Amie Segel; saw the Wayne White art show at Liner gallery; went to Brooklyn Beta; hung out with LJ again when she came in town—we went to the bird of prey show at Wave Hill with Cameron then went to Charles' Country Pan Fried Chicken; I started a new job at Oscar Health; went home for McCall's 16th birthday and had lunch with Mama and saw a red-tailed hawk; (and probably a few more things); whacked some boulders with hammers at Ringing Rock State Park; saw Strand of Oaks and Torres at the Bowery Ballroom; finally ate the pork butt at Momofuku Ssam Bar; tried to convince Dane to move to New York by showing him everything I had (not enough); went to the MET and realized John Frederick Kennsett is like grandma Rogers; dragged my family through Longwood Gardens; saw Treeline drive infested with vultures; saw an American Kestrel, 4 Red-tailed hawks, and a sharp shinned hawk over Christmas break; went to Hibatchi for Christmas Eve for the 4th year in a row; skipped the New Years party that was thrown for me and my friends.

Guests Hosted:

  1. Lauren Jacobson x2
  2. Nate and Zoe Bleak
  3. Katie Luman
  4. Lunchbox Wiedeman
  5. Amanda Coe
  6. Dane Rogers

Books Read:

A linked title connotes endorsement.

  1. Tenth of December: Stories by George Saunders
  2. Yearning for the Living God by F. Enzio Busche
  3. The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz
  4. The Goal by Eli Goldratt
  5. The Little Book of Talent by Daniel Coyle
  6. A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold
  7. High Output Management by Andy Grove
  8. Zero to One by Peter Thiel & Blake Masters
  9. Dune by Frank Herbert
  10. Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert
  11. Children of Dune by Frank Herbert
  12. Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
  13. God Emperor of Dune by Frank Herbert (not as good as the rest of the Dune Saga, in my opinion)
  14. God's Middle Finger: Into the Lawless Heart of the Sierra Madre by Richard Grant

What I've Learned

  1. Work for work's sake is good if you are working on an interesting problem.

Places Visited in 2014:

  1. Pune, India x 3
  2. Satara, India
  3. Udaipur, India
  4. Jaipur, India
  5. Bombay, India x 2
  6. London, England
  7. Berlin, Germany x 4
  8. Szczecin (and other sundry locales), Poland
  9. Ocean City, MD
  10. Hannibal, MO
  11. Salt Lake City, UT
  12. Copenhagen, Denmark
  13. Prague, Czech Republic
  14. Venice, Italy
  15. Florence, Italy
  16. Chianti, Italy
  17. Rome, Italy
  18. Vatican City, Vatican
  19. Luzzo, Italy
  20. San Gimignano, Italy
  21. Sienna, Italy
  22. Sperlonga, Italy
  23. Gaeta, Italy
  24. Düsseldorf, Germany
  25. Paris, France
  26. Lewes, DE
  27. Breakneck Point, NY
  28. Pollepel Island in Fishkill, NY
  29. Edinburgh, Scotland
  30. Aberfoyle, Scotland
  31. Beacon, NY
  32. Hamburg, Germany
  33. Warsaw, Poland
  34. Ringing Rocks State Park, PA