It’s been sev­eral months since we’ve had an update on our ill-fated New Year’s res­o­lu­tions here at The Exper­i­ment and since we’re rapidly approach­ing the mid point of the year, it seems like as good a time as any to get caught up. As always, there is good news and bad news. Since I’m a pes­simist cynic real­ist, let’s start with the good and end with the bad.

Good: In our pur­suit of the finer side of life, we are on track to play golf more than 26 times. Why just this week­end, we played it 3 times in a futile attempt to win money in a tour­na­ment. We are far enough ahead on this res­o­lu­tion to con­sider it a suc­cess. Now if we could only say the play­ing had made us bet­ter, it would be a win. Cross­Fit con­tin­ues and while the last cou­ple of weeks has been Cross­Fit FAIL, over­all I think I’m mak­ing progress. I’m signed up to attend a Level I cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in Allen in Sep­tem­ber which I’m excited about. I also man­aged to find a sax that I both wanted and could afford. I have been prac­tic­ing it some though again, the last two weeks have been gen­eral FAIL when it comes to self improve­ment. It’s a Selmer Super Action 80 tenor and is in pretty good shape. I’m hav­ing fun with it though I’m cer­tainly rusty.

As for the bad, let­ter writ­ing has stopped com­pletely, book read­ing is in a ter­ri­ble death march and writ­ing code at home in Python has been search­ing Michi­gan online phone books for a Dr Kevorkian, J. Of the three, book read­ing is the one I’d like to get caught up on but some­where, my life seems to get in the way though I have no evi­dence of such life exist­ing in any great and gory detail. I did get Barry Hannah’s Geron­imo Rex and it’s quite good. It doesn’t have Cor­mac McCarthy’s den­sity of prose but Han­nah tells a damn good story. It’s a lit­tle crazy but then, most South­ern Gothic is. I con­tinue to be fas­ci­nated by South­ern writ­ers and if I could man­age to find time in my day, I’d read more of them.

Over­all, my res­o­lu­tion list is hit and miss which I’d say is infi­nitely bet­ter than most res­o­lu­tion lists 5 months in. I’m not sure I feel greatly improved but give me another month or so and we’ll see where things stand.