Wrapping up plans and goals for 2010.

Soooooo…. that was quite a marathon of blog posts about what I did in 2010! Maybe soon I’ll get round to posting my plans and goals for 2011. Again, this shit is as much for me to keep track of what I’ve done than for anyone bored enough to read the more wordy posts to this blog.

At the end of my original 2010 blog post I reduced the entire list down to 2 points, the two most important plans and goals for 2010:

The first was to continue working on cruise ships, and continue improving my solo show. This has been a great success, and I’m better than ever, with many prospects for the future.

The second was to work very hard on my Room Theatre Project, which has been a failure considering my lofty expectations at the beginning of the year. I think I set my goals too high.

In fact, I think I remember saying that the two goals worked against each other, as one relied on me being away from Berlin, and the other relied on me being in Berlin. It turned out “away from Berlin” won out, and whenever I was in Berlin I was concentrating on other projects, and socializing, and just relaxing at home, rather than trying to work on entire new show.

Again, I’m going to let this inform any plans I make for 2011 and beyond.

In conclusion: 2010 proved to be a very productive year! And a lot of fun. How can it not be fun? I have the best job in the world, one which leaves me almost as much free time as it is possible to have.

Miscellaneous plans and goals section in 2010.

“Get better at speaking German. I plan to hire a personal tutor, as regular classes don’t work with my schedule.”

Half and half. I didn’t manage to work with any private tutor, but I do think my German improved this year, despite spending far less than half of my time in Germany. I managed to perform my full show in German twice, and I was very happy with that. It’s certainly something I want to improve more in the future, but learning German is, by far, the most difficult thing I have ever done. Forget learning how to juggle, or anything else in these plans and goals lists; learning a language just kills me.

“Try to spend a few hours a week in the gym whenever I’m on a cruise ship.”

I kept this up for while, for a few cruises, but it wasn’t the last. My health and fitness varied throughout the year, the story of which could almost make blog post in its own right, but generally I’m quite healthy. I have very little need to spend time in a gym.

At least that’s what I tell myself.

It’s a fail anyway.

“Spend more time with friends.”

Win. This mainly comes down to making new friends as well, and getting into better routines while in Berlin.

“Make new friends.”

Win. It was good to make new friends in Berlin, but who aren’t jugglers, and didn’t know me as one half of a now defunct relationship. Handy!

“Have sex.”

Win. The details are for me and my private diary, not my blog, but needless to say it was one of the first things I ticked off this list in 2010.

“Maybe buy a new laptop. This macbook has served me well for almost two years, but I’m doing more and more music and video and photo editing, and it’s struggling a bit. I think I’ll buy a full spec 13″ MacBook Pro, and upgrade to a solid state hard drive for super quick load times. ”

Win. I actually bought a 15 inch MacBook Pro. It’s the most expensive thing I’ve ever bought except for a car. But I think it’s worth it, considering I use it daily and constantly.

This section: 4.5 wins versus 1.5 fails. Not bad.

Consumption of entertainment plans and goals for 2010.

Catch up with Dexter.

“Catch up with Dexter.”

Partial win. I finished season two and three. Season four on DVD is still too expensive to buy, and I can never be bothered to pirate anything. Also I have a general principle which states I will never watch anything made for television for free, I will always pay for it. This way I will only spend time and effort on a series I really care about, rather than filling stupid amounts of time with dross. By paying for television it’s like I’m putting a dollar value, or euro value, on my own time. That I’m the one paying the dollar value means I value it even more.

“Watch more than the first episode of Battlestar Galactica.”

I did watch more than the first episode, although I haven’t made it to the end of the first series. Maybe in 2011. However, relying on semantics, this is a win.

“Play more Natural Selection and, if it is ever released, Natural Selection 2. I might need more memory for my PC though.”

Win. Natural Selection is my only gaming vice, but one I’m very happy with. I’m improving quite a lot, and it’s a great way to turn off my brain. I only ever play when I’m at home though, as it relies on stable Internet connection for multiplayer, and there is no single player.

I didn’t buy new memory for my PC, instead I installed Windows my new MacBook, and it plays PC games no problem. Natural Selection 2 is only just out as a beta, and doesn’t work very well on any computer, let alone my MacBook.

I also played through all of Half Life 1 and 2, and preferred Half Life 1 in almost every way except graphically. And I played through Portal too, which is very good, but way too short and way too easy.

This section total: 2.3 out of 3.