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Wendy posted her New Year’s Resolutions so I thought I would post mine.

  1. Take the stairs to the top of The Lighthouse at least daily.  This seems like a really good idea now that building is only four stories but when the new tower is nine stories this summer, it could be a really bad idea.
  2. Carry less crap.  There are days when I go to work with my DSLR, a video camera, my notebook, a Moleskine, an iPod, and my cell phone.  Do I really need that much stuff?  Well considering that I have never used all of it in a single day, probably not.
  3. Ride my bike more.  Wendy has a Dave King inspired goal of riding 750 kms this year.  I think I will join her although none of those miles will be done at Ice Cycle which I still think is insane, no matter how many people enjoy cycling in –40 weather.
  4. books and more booksRead more books in 2012Darryl Dash has a post on how he wants his reading to more focused which I tend to go the other way.  I want to read and explore topics that I haven’t explored before, understand new things, and then figure out how they fit together later.  In the spirit of Thomas Homer-Dixon’s book The Ingenuity Gap, I want to be a deep generalist.  Part of it is the column I write but part of it is cultivating a spirit of curiosity.  It may be because I am at a point of life when I have a lot to learn and I don’t have the need to be a specialist.
  5. Contribute more to the matrix of agencies that I am a part of as a staff member at The Lighthouse.  Some of those actions are proprietary but I can’t handle agencies that don’t play that well with others.  It comes from an atmosphere of fear and competition that doesn’t need to exist.  Hopefully we can model a different way.
  6. Spend more money locallySaskatoon Farmer’s Market, Souleio, Broadway Roastery, The Two Twenty, Collective Coffee… you know businesses that are Saskatoon born and bred.  Less Starbucks, Tim Horton’s, and fast food joints.
  7. Attend more University of Saskatchewan Huskies and Saskatoon Hilltops games.  The Huskies may have the best game day experience of any football team in Canada and the Hilltops because of what they did for Mark’s understanding of football in 2011.  That and all they do is win national championships.
  8. Post more photos.  Despite having a decent camera phone camera, a DSLR, and a pretty good compact camera, I took far too photos in 2011.  That needs to change in 2012.
  9. Keep losing weight in 2012.  I lost 40 pounds since my heart event this summer and I want to lose another 120.  I should have it lost by next Christmas.
  10. Listen to more music.  I love music but I rarely take time to listen to it.  It’s always a background activity and never a foreground one.

Those are my resolutions.  Good luck with yours.

Bike Sales 101

maverick3mens-0 I have been looking all over town for a bike the last couple of weeks.  Some bike shops are higher end than others and some of the advice that I got was fantastic.  After explaining what I wanted to a couple of stores, they suggested I look used or gave me some brands that other stores carried which I was blown away by.  They were quick to tell me that they could service the bikes and upgrade some of the components. 

The shop that I thought I was going to buy from was a mess.  First of all they tried to upsell Wendy when she stopped by to see what they had and then when I came by, the salesmen insisted that I needed to spend at least $1700 but if I was  going to be really happy, I needed to spend $2200.  This would be like going into a General Motors dealership to look at a Cobalt (a car that has grown on me) and being told that I have to purchase a Cadillac or I won’t be happy at all.  The Cadillac may be a fantastic car but if all I want is a Cobalt… I finally asked him, "If those Trek bikes that you carry are such pieces of crap, why do you keep them in the store?"  He didn’t have much of an answer except he thought they weren’t the right fit for me.  At that I left.

In the end, we looked at the big box sports stores and I wasn’t that impressed with the quality until I saw an Iron Horse bike at Sport Check, after researching them online I decided to get it.  In the end, my two days of dithering made it so the bike was on sale for about half price.

As I said when chatting with Dave King via IM today, if I get 50 trips in this summer and fall, I will be very happy.