My Extroversion Resolution

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope 2014 will bring you much joy and prosperity!

As usual, I have a slate of resolutions to aim for in a continual effort to improve myself and my life. Instead of blogging them all at once, though, I thought I would just blog one at a time every now and then. If anyone were inspired to do the same thing, there are no rules to say they can’t take it up part way through the year, so there is no need to blog all my resolutions at once. Besides, it would be a very long post because I don’t just have statement sort of resolutions, I have plans to help make them happen. I also have indicators to track their progress and success. That’s how resolutions should be done if people wanted a better chance of making them happen. It’s all in the details! Finally, some support others so not all are stand alone resolutions, either.

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Help Me With My Fashionable Earth Day Goal for 2012

Happy Earth Day, everyone!

In the past, I have set annual Earth Day goals to work on for the “environmental year”. For example, I pledged to reduce my possessions by 3X my weight in 2009. I still don’t own a car and rarely ever take a cab, opting for public transit and walking mostly… by choice. I recycle a lot. I’ve become much better at energy usage than before, including turning off just about everything any time I’m away for more than 3 days. The freezer is usually the exception. I eat more locally and seasonally now, and so on. I plan to upkeep all this, of course, but have one more thing to add for the 2012-13 “environmental year”.

With my new foray into sewing and fashion since last fall, though, this will be the area of my Earth Day environmental focus for this upcoming “environmental year”. Below is what I plan to do to start. However, because I need to do a lot more research in this, I will have to add more specifics as I go along. Any suggestions anybody’s got is much appreciated. Thanks!

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Mikael Granlund’s “Lacrosse” Style Scoop Hockey Goal Video

Mikael Granlund, a 19 year old hockey player from Finland drafted 9th overall last year by the Minnesota Wild, just scored what may well be the play of the year on Friday the 13th of May, 2011!

On the IIHF World Championship semi-final stage against the Russians, at full speed stealing the puck in the corner, then walking around a player, then having that player chase him behind the net, Mikael scoops up the puck and puts it up and under the crossbar. He scored “lacrosse style”, as some like to say, to give Finland a 1-0 lead. But never mind my description. Have a look for yourself because words don’t do this goal justice!

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Earth Day Pledge Update #2 – My Farmers’ Market Experience

For Earth Day 2010, I made a pledge to eat better.

I then defined “better” with four specific goals.

This is an update on goal #1, which was to spend more money on groceries at the farmers’ markets than in the grocery and other stores. That’s without having to go to extremes of not eating what I want or paying unreasonable prices for similar products in the grocery stores.

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Chicago Blackhawks Win Most Undramatic Stanley Cup

Congratulations to the Chicago Blackhawks who has won the Stanley Cup in 2010.

Despite winning in overtime, the Blackhawks won the most undramatic Stanley Cup ever. Winning on the road in Philadelphia, the crowd was not with them. However, nobody could really find the puck when it went in. The red goal light didn’t go on. No horn went off.

In a late reaction, Patrick Kane, who scored the goal, seemed to have been the only one who realized it. His teammates almost seemed to joined him only because they wanted to believe him that he scored the winning goal.

Even the referee had to go to the box for something or rather, almost as if to see if a video replay were warranted, after the fact as the Blackhawks were celebrating. It took a replay to confirm it did go in because even the commentators seemed uncertain for a little while.

Wow. How uneventful could an overtime Stanley Cup winning goal be!

I didn’t even flinch.

Did you if you were watching it?

Great to see an Original Six team win it again, and at least one championship drought ended, too.

Oh, congrats also to Marian Hossa. After 2 consecutive years of having been on teams with 3-2 leads in the Stanley Cup final, only to lose, he finally wins one. I don’t think he thought the Blackhawks would be winning quite as much as he did when he sold out to join the Penguins, then to join the Red Wings who had beaten the Penguins only to get beaten in the rematch last spring. You can’t be unlucky forever, Marian, as much of a loser as you are.

Jonathan Toews won the Conn Smythe trophy and deservedly so.

Now, are the Natives and Native rights activists going to protest the politically incorrect name and logo of the Blackhawks?

I say get on the Washington Redskins first. Actually, the Cleveland Indians would be the better first choice with the dorky smiling Indian logo. At least the Blackhawks and Redskins have tough looking logos that at least had the intent to imply respect, whether some interpret it to be so or not.

Any other suggestions for politically incorrect team names that should get changed?

Flesch-Kincaid Grade Reading Level: 7.3

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