Goals for 2019

Setting goals at the start of a new year is so cliché and honestly, I roll my eyes at them. With that said, here’s my goals for 2019!

The last time I posted was September 3, 2017. That’s a long time between posts and man, do I miss blogging. Considering all the ups and downs of 2018, I’m just going to skip last year and start fresh with 2019.

It’s really easy to get sidetracked anymore and push off writing. It’s also easy to make excuses for not writing and just say “I’ll do it tomorrow” or “I’ll do it on the weekend”.

I know, I’ve done that many, many times in the past 15 months since my last post.

So, I’ve decided to make a little online checklist for myself which I’ll then revisit at the end of the year to see if any of the goals I set were reached.

In no particular order:

  • Post more. Ideally, I’d like to post about 2x-3x a week. Realistically, it might be 1x one week, 4x another. So I’m setting a goal of at least 8 posts per month, more with time permitting.
  • Write more. This is in addition to posting to the site; I really need to get back into writing that Great American Novel that I keep putting off. Hell, I might even share snippets here if anyone is interested.
  • Become better organized. I used to be great at remembering everything without writing it down. Now that I’m older and <ahem> wiser, well, jotting down my thoughts doesn’t seem like a bad idea.
  • Photograph more. It’s been close to 18 months since I last used my camera for anything (cell phone doesn’t count). When you spend $700+ on a decent DSLR camera and lenses, it’s probably best to put them to good use instead of letting them collect dust.

That should be about it for now. I may add to this in the future if I can think of anything else. Right now, the focus is on simplicity and being realistic.

Ned Skeldon Stadium

Ned Skeldon Stadium

Once a racetrack for the Lucas County fairgrounds, Ned Skeldon Stadium originally opened as Lucas County Stadium to bring the Mud Hens baseball team back to life.

For 37 seasons (1965 – 2001), Ned Skeldon Stadium was home of the Toledo Mud Hens minor league baseball team, based in Maumee, Ohio. The Mud Hens are part of the International League and are affiliated with the Detroit Tigers.

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Hey look at that! It’s April already. Holy crap this year is flying by faster than I care for it to be, but that’s just me.

With that said, currently I’ve been working on some back-end stuff for the site, as well as merging posts from my Lost in Ohio site to this one. It just makes sense to keep it all under one roof. Or one website. Whatever.

Of course, the theme has been changed to Twenty Sixteen. For some reason, I really like the look and functionality of it. Plus being free doesn’t hurt, either.

Lastly, posting. I swear I need to kick my own ass to get in gear. Luckily, I have a few new posts in progress and once I finish moving posts from the other site over, I’ll have them ready to go.

20 Year Difference

Legend of Zelda cartridges

On the left is The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX for Gameboy/Gameboy Color. On the right is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for Nintendo Switch.

Link’s Awakening weighs in around 1MB(!) and Breath of the Wild weighs in at roughly 13GB(!).

It’s amazing how technology has advanced in the almost 20 years since both games were released from each other, resulting in smaller cartridges being able to hold much, much more data.

I don’t have my original Legend of Zelda cartridge to compare, but at least the Gameboy cartridge helps bring some insight for this comparison.

Project: Abandoned

Abandoned Boat by the Lake During Sunset
Abandoned Boat by the Lake During Sunset

Ever since I can remember, I’ve always been fascinated with abandoned stuff. I know I’m not the only one, as I’ve spent countless hours searching online for anything and everything related to the subject.

Just a word of caution: if you start to search, be warned – you will find yourself immersed in endless subjects and images like I was.

The best part is, there’s are countless topics in relation to the subject: anything and everything from cars, buildings, entire towns, and even boats, as seen below for demonstration.

After a few weeks of browsing and reading, I came to the decision that I would dedicate a section of this website to abandoned stuff. I could have created a new website just for that topic, but that’s another hassle that I don’t want now.

It won’t be a constant series or anything, so don’t expect too much at first, but there will be a dedicated category to the subject.

My goal is to just document anything I can find personally here in Ohio, including pics and any information about what I find, if possible. I enjoy a story that goes along with pics as it seems to add to the authenticity of it.

With that said, enjoy the collection of abandoned boats that I found and stay tuned for more on this subject of abandoned stuff.

Disclaimer: Images were found via Google Image search and are in public domain as far as I could tell. If you would like your image removed, please don’t hesitate to contact me and I will comply.