Monday, January 28, 2019

The Movie That Broke Scott's Brain


People who listen to The Movie Breakdown know all about The Summer Box Office Challenge where Scott loses on a yearly basis and then has to see and review three awful movies of my choosing. This year, Scott decided three wasn't enough and was penalized with having to see three more movies after he missed watching Rent. This year Scott has had to endure 5 movies and each one seems to be chipping away at his very soul. His fourth review is for 1991's Return of the Blue Lagoon. A movie that somehow seems to have found a way to be even worse than the not very good and trashy original. I assumed it would be bad, but I did not know it was so bad that Scott would be driven insane to the point of watching the follow-up to that movie for no reason other than his brain is broken. Please check out Scott's latest review and let's all hope he doesn't discover there is a Baby Geniuses sequel.

The Breakdown of 'Glass', 'The Kid Who Would Be King', 'The Last Laugh' and 'Godzilla: The Planet Eater'


We're back to reviewing movies and we know there is one that you've been waiting two weeks to hear our thoughts. We finally discuss one of the most anticipated movies of the year in M. Night Shyamalan's take on the superhero genre in Glass. We also look at a children's adventure that has its own take on the King Arthur legend in The Kid Who Would Be King. Then we have some screen legends in Chevy Chase and Richard Dreyfuss who team up in The Last Laugh. Our final review is the third part of a trilogy in the anime sci-fi adventure Godzilla: The Planet Eater. After all the movie reviews, we discuss the recent Oscar nominations and look at the surprises and snubs, and offer some predictions as well. As always if you love the show then please spread the word on social media and let other movie fans know about us.

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Movie Review Four Star Rating

Glass *** (CS)
The Last Laugh ** (CS) & **½ (SM)
The Boy Who Would Be King *** (CS)
Godzilla: The Planet Eater * (CS & SM)

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Introducing Frio


While most people decided to retreat inside their homes during the snowstorm on January 19th weekend, we decided it was the perfect time to drive into the winter wonderland of Quebec and pick up a 8 week old Spanish Water Dog. The Spicer Zoo has now been upped to three as we have Mittens the cat, Piper the hyper year old dog and now the equally hyper, Frio.


So, why a second dog? Well, Mittens decided she has had enough of being Piper's play thing and we thought Piper may appreciate a new friend. Also after Summit passed away, Emily actually was looking into Spanish Water Dogs and had already been talking to the breeder in Quebec about getting a pup from an upcoming litter. We ended up not wanting to wait, which is why we got Piper from a rescue agency last May. Emily fell in love with the breed and after much debating, we decided we could handle adding a second active dog to the empire.


Frio is settling in rather well. The first day consisted of him grabbing anything that was within reach, barking then running away from Piper and climbing onto my lap for lots of cuddles. He is now getting along well with Piper and the older dog seems to recognize she has to be a little gentler with the bouncing furball. Mittens is less impressed with the newcomer but Frio mostly give her the space she wants.


Kids are thrilled with the puppy. Though Everett is adamant his name should be Fluffy, which I am pulling the full force veto power. I have said it can be his nickname. As for the actual name, it is Spanish for 'cold', which doesn't seem like the greatest name for a dog. We do like the sound of the name and it is also the reminder of the time we got him. He is definitely growing up in a temperature that honours his name. He also took to the name really quickly and to my delight, responds to it faster than 'Fluffy.'


I am sure there will be many adventures of Frio and Piper. I am also sure they will eventually team up to make Mitten's life a pure joy. If there is anything truly story worthy, I am sure you will read it here. For now, welcome our newest member, Frio.


Monday, January 21, 2019

The Breakdown of The Things That We Want to See


This week Scott and I have made our wish lists of the things that we want to see changed or improved in Hollywood and the movie industry with our special episode The Breakdown of the Things That We Want to See. We discuss things like more diversity in casting, more original adventure stories, big budget movies geared towards adults and shorter theatrical windows before going to video/streaming. We look ahead on how we think movies could get better, but also analyze what would be needed for those changes and what the current state is like. As always, we had a blast recording the episode and we really hope you love it. If you think the show is great then please help us out by spreading the word about us on social media or recommend us to a movie loving friend.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

'Santa Claws' Away at Scott's Sanity


As listeners of The Movie Breakdown know, we have an annual Summer Box Office Challenge where both Scott and I draft the ten summer movies each that we think will have the highest grossing opening weekend. The winner then gets to pick three movies that the loser will need to watch and write a review. Long-time listeners will also know that I always win. This year I selected for Scott to review Baby Geniuses, War Room and Rent. The reviews for the first two movies have been written and posted for a long time, but you may wonder where that Rent review has been?

It appears Scott has been pushing it off. Except he pushed too hard and it is now no longer on Netflix. I'm not sure if we ever officially mentioned it on the podcast but we did formally agree that if a movie is removed off Netflix after there being a suitable time (around a month) to watch it, then there will be a 'tardy tax' implemented where the winner now gets to choose three more movies to replace the one missed movie.

So, the pain for Scott continues with three more movies that need to be reviewed. He must secretly love all the pictures that I choose for him to watch.

The first of the new selection of movies is actually one that I've seen. Over the holidays, my kids wanted to watch a Christmas movie and I made a mistake of allowing them to choose something off Netflix. Thus I had to endure the never-ending flaming torture of the horrendous Santa Claws. As a parent of young kids, I've seen a lot of bad talking animal movies. This is the king of the very worst and inept.

So, I knew what was in front of Scott. He is a real hero for watching this movie to the very end. You can read all about his pain and sacrifice with his latest review right here.

Two more to go, Scott!

Monday, January 14, 2019

The Breakdown of 'The Upside', 'Escape Room', 'A Dog's Way Home', 'Lionheart' and 'And Breathe Normally'


It is the first movie review show of the year and we discuss five 2019 releases. It is January so that means we kick it off with a horror movie and this one is the high concept Escape Room. As well we have the feel-good dramatic buddy comedy in The Upside and a family adventure about a travelling dog in A Dog's Way Home. Plus we discuss two Netflix original movies in Nigerian comedy Lionheart and the Icelandic drama And Breathe Normally. As always we had a blast recording the show and we really hope you love it. If you do, then the best way to show your appreciation is share our show on social media and let other movie fans know about us.

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Movie Star Ratings

Escape Room *** (CS)
Lionheart *** (CS & SM)
The Upside *** (CS)
And Breathe Normally *** (CS & SM)
A Dog's Way Home **½ (CS)

Monday, January 07, 2019

The Breakdown of the Best of 2018


Our biggest show is here! It is The Breakdown of the Best of 2018. It is our final look back at the year that has just passed and we celebrate it by looking at the very best movies it offered. Both Scott and I will reveal our top ten best movies of 2018. This past year may not be one of the greatest for movies but it still delivered some outstanding pictures. Both our lists have a really nice variety ranging from family to horror to big blockbusters to small independent movies. There should be something for everyone and you'll have a great list of awesome recommendations to track down. This is the show that I look forward to all year and it was a blast to record. We really hope you love it, and if you do, please spread the word to other movie fans. Help make sure 2019 is the Breakdown's best year ever.

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Top Ten Best Movies of 2018

Scott

10. Searching
9. Revenge
8. Black Panther
7. A Quiet Place
6. The Rider
5. Blindspotting
4. Mandy
3. Eighth Grade
2. Roma
1. Paddington 2

Christopher

10. Death of Stalin
9. Black Panther
8. First Man
7. Ralph Breaks the Internet
6. Hereditary
5. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse
4. Eighth Grade
3. BlackkKlansman
2. A Quiet Place
1. A Star is Born

Sunday, January 06, 2019

It's That Times of Year Again, Some Motivation to Finally Write That Story


Do you keep telling yourself that you want to start writing but you're struggling to find the motivation? Well, if you're a resident of Ontario and you like the chance to win $5,000.00 then I've got your motivation. For the 41st year, Toronto Star is running their annual short story contest. You can find out about it on the link here. It is a great way to challenge yourself and have the chance to give your writing some major exposure. Plus I am entering and if you're the competitive type, you join to defeat me.

I'm not sure what I'm writing yet. As always, I have about a thousand different story ideas. The hardest thing I find about this particular contest is the maximum word limit is 2, 500 words, which for fiction is a really small amount. I often find I am still laying the foundation when I discover it is time to wrap it up.

My advice is pick a very specific act or event, and jump right into it. You can do all the background and character development while the small event unfolds. I know for me, that likely most of the time before the February 28th deadline is going to be devoted to chopping down the manuscript and make it more concise.

The genre and story can be anything. I am sure there are certain types that appeal more to the judges. I don't think your story leanings should scare you away from entering and at least putting your work out there. More importantly, actually writing something over the next two months. I'll try to do a few small updates over the next two months letting you know my own progress and the challenges that I encounter. If you live in Ontario, it would be great if you enter and I wish you the best.

If you don't live in Ontario, you can still read about my own process of trying to craft a story for the contest. I am very inclusive like that.

Saturday, January 05, 2019

20 Years Ago, 1999 Was Busy Being the Greatest Year for Movies


For you math geniuses out there, you may have figured out that 20 years ago, it was 1999. This is a famous year because this was the final year before planes fell out of the sky, bank accounts everywhere were wiped clean and computers became nothing more than the paperweights they are known as today. It was the year before civilization became extinct, and Y2K remained the greatest boogeyman ever known by the remaining humans still standing in this apocalyptic world.

The fact almost nothing remains today could be why so many respected film critics herald 1999 as one of the greatest movie years ever. Being the last year you could go outside without fear of being eaten by a mutated raccoon has elevated our perception of the movie going experience back then.

Of course, it also helps the year was filled with one of the most amazing movie slates ever known to humankind. This was the year that boasts such renowned classics as My Favorite Martian, The Other Sister, Baby Geniuses, Wing Commander, Life, The General's Daughter, Big Daddy, Wild Wild West, Inspector Gadget, Runaway Bride, Teaching Mrs. Tingle, Dudley Do-Right, For the Love of the Game, Bats and Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo. No other year could compare to such embarrassment of riches.

The Academy Award's Best Picture winner from that year, American Beauty has now been unanimously declared as the one year that the organization not only got it indisputably correct but picked what it now universally recognized as the greatest thing ever made. The movie has clearly aged perfectly and isn't seen the least bit pretentious or overrated. No one has ever said this is something that doesn't hold up on rewatching or with some years of perspective. It isn't like the star of the film now has a soiled reputation or makes us now the least bit uncomfortable watching him ogling a teenager. Not even a little bit.

Of course, 1999 gave us the greatest of the Star Wars movies in The Phantom Menace, and the iconic comedic relief in Jar Jar Binks. George Lucas exactly delivered whatever fan dreamed for the Anakin Skywalker story and somehow hit everyone's high expectations for his road to Darth Vader. No one today looks at the high praise of this movie and thinks it may have come from the fact we had over a decade of anticipation for the next instalment in a beloved franchise. No, we all now recognize this was a movie that was near perfect and galaxies above the now accepted overrated original trilogy.

The more I think about it, the more I realize 1999 is objectively the greatest year of cinema ever and it is not even up for debate. It is scientifically irrefutable to be the greatest year ever to fart out film. The high praise of the year has nothing to do with the fact that many of the critics praising it may now have a strong sense of nostalgia or maybe even be the year some broke into the film criticism career so it is thought about fondly. Rather the high praise of the year is due to Skittles and gold literally flowing from the big screen and into the pockets of every person who went to the theatres that year. It was movie magic.

I didn't realize that 1999 was the great year of everything when I was living it, but that was mostly due to the fact I was in my early 20s, so obviously I was stupid. I also didn't recognize the genius of the Jamie Lee Curtis starring Virus back then and mistook it as a cheap Alien rip-off at the time, not knowing Ridley Scott actually used a DeLorean from 1985 to go into the future to see the movie then steal the idea so he can go back to 1979 to rip it off. Now, I do, so I appreciate it much more.

I also lived in both Brantford and Cambridge in 1999, so probably a good deal of the prestige pictures didn't make their way to me, plus I was a struggling student so I probably didn't go to as many movies then. I do know that I did see the following movies in the theatre in 1999: Analyze This, Wing Commander, The Matrix, Never Been Kissed, Lost and Found, Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace (at least three times in theatres), Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, American Pie, The Sixth Sense, Stir of Echoes, Bats, The Bone Collector, Sleepy Hollow, The World is Not Enough, Any Given Sunday, The Hurricane and Man on the Moon.

 And because Blockbuster was a cool thing back then, I rented the following movies shortly after they came out: Payback, Blast from the Past, Office Space, 8mm, 200 Cigarettes, Cruel Intentions, Ravenous, 10 Things I Hate About You, Go, Election, Idle Hands, Big Daddy, Arlington Road, The Blair Witch Project, Teaching Mrs. Tingle, Double Jeopardy, Drive Me Crazy, Fight Club and Dogma.

The list of movies here probably say more to my age and tastes of the time, then a proper representation of the line-up of the year. Like I said, I foolishly did not know I was watching films that would be a part of the greatest year ever. I also did not know my house would burst into flames at 12:00am on January 1st, 2000. I've learned a lot since then.

Of course, I've seen many more 1999 movies as time has passed. Not sure how I didn't see Toy Story 2 right away when it came out, but I guess Pixar wasn't a phenomenon yet.  I don't think Mystery Men or Galaxy Quest had a lot of buzz at the time or maybe I am just forgetting when I eventually saw them (but I am pretty sure it was a few years later). I am sure stuff like Iron Giant, Eyes Wide Shut, Being John Malkovich, Magnolia, Boys Don't Cry, The Talent Mr. Ripley, Three Kings, The Insider, The Virgin Suicides, Bringing Out the Dead, and Girl Interrupted were not even on my radar and probably most of them came nowhere close to where I was living at the time. I sure was aware of Deep Blue Sea and Superstar at least.

20 years ago was the height of cinema. If anyone challenges you on what is the greatest year for movies then you just give them a peek at the 1999 line-up. They will learn that there is no subjectivity in cinema or it isn't true that every year can have great and bad movies. Oh no, 1999 is perfection.

You could wrongfully disagree with me. If you want to prove how wrong you truly are, then let me know in the comments what you think was the great year for movies.

Friday, January 04, 2019

Top Ten Great Things About Having a Lingering Several Week Long Flu


I got an early Christmas present in the form of a can't shake cold that has now been giving me low energy, a nagging cough, sore throat, Kleenex exercises and a pounding headache going on three weeks now. It doesn't really fit into my immediate plans, but 2019 is the year of the glass half full, so I am trying to be positive about everything. This include the flu that won't go away. I decided to bestow my loyal readers with the top ten reasons it is awesome to have a nasty flu.

1. It is something you can share with the whole family.

2. A deep, husky, throaty voice is considered super sexy according to a magazine article that I think I read one time.

3. You finally may win that Addams Family lookalike contest.

4. You keep saying that you need to go to bed earlier, now you have the energy to do it.

5. The Great Muta mist!



6. Way cheaper than buying your kid a slime kit for Christmas.

7. Finally, a way to avoid those close talkers.

8. If you feel like juggling parenting and work has become far too easy, you finally have the extra challenge you've been clamouring to enter your lie.

9. You are helping out the economy with the rise in tissue sales.

10. You have a built-in excuse for posting a lame top ten, as an attempt to meet your daily content promise on your blog.

Thursday, January 03, 2019

Indiana Jones, Dog Booties. Cake, and Joy: A Pictorial Tale of the Spicer Family Christmas Holidays


We are now getting into 2019, so that means the holiday season has come to a close. Or will officially wave good-bye after this weekend, when the kids will be shuffled back to school. Even if the holidays are done, it doesn't mean we can't look back fondly upon them. For the last seven years, they've been a rather big deal here at Spicer Manor, because not only do we now have excitable kids around to celebrate it but Everett's birthday is on Boxing Day. Here is a look at our holidays through the magic of pictures.
























Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Remembering 'Mean' Gene Okerlund


Off the top of your head, name your top five favourite interviewers in wrestling?

Now, let's be honest, did you just name 'Mean' Gene Okerlund five times?

'Mean' Gene Okerlund was one of those unique wrestling characters that was funny and full of charisma but knew how to not overshadow the wrestlers and actually enhance their acts. He did some hilarious slapstick and witty banter with a comic legend like Bobby 'The Brain' Heenan (still miss him so much) and was a crucial part in making a Hulk Hogan interview something special and memorable. The all-time great promo guys like Ric Flair, 'The Million Dollar Man' Ted Dibiase, 'Macho Man' Randy Savage, 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper or Jake 'The Snake' Roberts were brought to the next level when they had Okerlund to play off.  He was even better for guiding interviews with the wrestlers who had much weaker mic skills or lacked charisma or almost helped save horrendous segments like the infamous Gobbledy Gooker debut.

The height of 'Mean' Gene Okerlund's career would be his WWF run from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s, and this was a time when interviews and segments were not scripted out or even practiced like they are today. There wasn't a room of writers that was crafting the weekly television and had scripts to be handed out to each performer. Back then there was usually a booker, who was the guy who came up with the feuds and direction of the company and when it was time for the interview or angle, the wrestlers would be given bullet points of what needed to be hit but the rest was improv. It allowed for much more lively and organic interviews, and just compare today's product to 30 years ago to see what was the better approach. Back then they relied on the larger than life personality of the wrestlers to make stuff work.

This improv component shows how important 'Mean' Gene was to the show. He had to help wrestlers to nail all the important information and also make sure the viewer understood the storylines being told. He had to keep things entertaining while also making sure the wrestler shined. It isn't until seeing numerous other wrestling interviewers over the years that I realize how talented 'Mean' Gene really was and how hard his job had to be.

'Mean' Gene was balding and not what you'd call 'TV Handsome'. Anyone aware of WWF/WWE owner Vince McMahon, you'd know how much importance he put on looks. I didn't realize it as a kid, but I now realize how often he tried to replace 'Mean' Gene. There was Ken Resnick in 1986 and Craig DeGeorge in 1987 (both would be considered good-looking and TV friendly), who started doing a lot of the interviews during that time while 'Mean' Gene was moved to hosting 'WWF Update' segments. But none of them lasted too long and the company always turned back to 'Mean' Gene as the main interviewer. I'd say he was one of the major faces of the WWF until he finally left for WCW at the end of 1993.

Over a year ago, we lost my all-time favourite wrestling personality and manager in the legendary Bobby 'The Brain' Heenan. After Gorilla Monsoon, Okerlund was the best comedic partner playing off Heenan and acting exasperated with his behaviour. It is nice to think that the three of them are now reunited.

Thank you, 'Mean' Gene Okerlund, you will always be the greatest wrestling interviewer of all time.

RIP 'Mean' Gene Okerlund December 19, 1942 - January 2, 2019.

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Top Ten Things That I Hope to Accomplish in 2019


Happy New Year and welcome to 2019!

2018 won't go down as the greatest year in history for the world or for me personally. While 'hot flaming garbage' may be how many decided to describe the state of things, it was also a year where there was positive change in the world and events that inspired hope and optimism. In my own life personally, it was just another amazing year to see my children grow, enjoy the company of a new dog ('Welcome Piper!), and appreciate all the amazing people in my life.

As I get older, the more I've realized the power of perception and perspective. I can decide to be negative about all that surrounds me or I can try to dig around for the positives hidden about. No matter what happens this year, I'm going to do my best to find the amazing things in life. The glass will be half full in 2019.

It is also yet another year where I can make goals and improve myself and make the most of my life. Since this is the day that people like to make resolutions, I've crafted 10 things that I hope to accomplish in 2019. These aren't necessarily goals, because some of these things are not entirely in my control, but in each case, there are things that I can do to send things in the direction of success.

A long time reader will notice that some of these things have been written about before or mentioned at the start of previous years. Yes, it is my shame that they are still waiting to be accomplished. Their repeated mentions means that I really do want to achieve victory and 2019 just happens to be the very best year to do them.

1. Make sure that my family and friends know without a doubt that I love them. I am blessed with the greatest wife possible and the two most amazing kids ever. I've also been very lucky to have incredible parents and siblings, and some pretty amazing friends as well. I will strive every day to make it clear to them that I deeply love them and they are the most important people in my life. I won't always be able to do it with grand gestures but I hope the small things that I do and the ways I treat them will show my true feelings.

2. Live in the moment. Last year, I felt hounded by anxiety and something that felt a lot like depression. I also couldn't stop thinking about the future and the things that I wanted to achieve but was failing. The worst part is that it meant that I didn't appreciate or spend enough time with my wife, Emily, and my two kids, Everett and Danika. My kids keep getting older and changing, and I want to really enjoy this time with them now. I also have an energetic dog that loves me and I can spend way more time training and playing with. I have so much to enjoy now and I want to be better at cherishing every moment and opportunity in life.

3. Land a Literary Agent. I have four unedited and incomplete manuscripts and about hundred different novel ideas. This is the year that I take one, write to completion, do all the editing, and seriously shop around to various agents. While I am shopping the first one around, I start work on my second, and when that is done, the cycle repeats. If I can devote a little time each day, then I will have something sellable to an agent and be closer to one of the biggest dreams in my life.

4. Become a member of the Online Film Critics Society. If I miss the criteria, I want to at least become much closer to being a strong eligible candidate for upcoming years. This means that along with my reviews on The Movie Breakdown podcast, I want to have at least one written review of a new release each week, write reviews for every 2019 Netflix Original movie, and some reviews for older movies as well. I already have plans to attempt to review every Marvel Extended Cinematic Universe movie before the release of Avengers: Endgame and also review every Star Wars movie before the new one comes in December. This is one of my most ambitious goals, but if I accept not all movie reviews can be 800 to 1500 words, and come to terms with a few short 250 word reviews then it is doable.

5. Dramatically increase readers to the blog and listeners to The Movie Breakdown. This is one that isn't entirely under my control as I can't force new readers or listeners. I think the great reader dip of 2018 had less to do with my sucking at writing and lot more to do with sucking at regularly posting on here. In 2019, I pledge to have at least 365 posts of some quality, which you may have figured out means an article/post a day. I'd like to do more, but that should at least be enough to convince people this is a place worth visiting on a regular basis. I also will aim to make each post better than the last, just like I'll aim to improve The Movie Breakdown podcast each week. No complacency allowed.

6.  Figure out social media. I'll be upfront, I am largely on Twitter and Facebook as a way to promote my writing and podcast. If we are being honest about that, then I mind as well admit that I suck at it. My follower numbers are bottom of the basement and I am irregular at posting at best. On Facebook, I started a page for this blog and The Movie Breakdown, but I do nothing with them other than post links to new stuff. In 2019. I need to be much better at engaging my followers and figuring out a way to attract new followers through my content. The first step is like my blog strategy, just post new stuff on a daily basis, but after that, there will be some serious growing pains. I plan on trying to master it.

7. Cook a dish that blows away the taste buds. I started cooking way more after Emily returned to work after her maternity leave with Danika ended. Since then Emily's response to my cooking ranges from 'Not bad' to 'At least, I didn't have to cook.' I'd like to think that I've gotten better and my kids do eat everything I make without complaining (well, Everett does -- Danika just doesn't eat anything anyone cooks). This is the year where I hope that I can make a dish that makes my family crave the next time that I'll make it. I want to create my signature dish that becomes the talk of our dining room and makes it to idle party chatter. I also want to stop burning rice, which could be a great start towards this goal.

8. Read at least 12 books this year. For those who have seen a calendar, you know that is a book a month. I'd like to achieve way more than this. I'll start modest and see where I am by the mid-year. I am a really slow reader, so that is another reason I am aiming low. But last year was a pitiful year for book reading, largely because my emotional demons meant I was zonked after putting the kids to bed and couldn't keep my eyes open. I read a lot of books to my kids last year, so I have that, but I hope to read a lot more stuff geared towards my taste. I also find that my creative juices flow must faster when I am reading stories on a daily basis.

9. Lose weight. I'm fat. Okay, it was nice to get that out of the way. I have really let my body go and I think my wife shields her eyes when I'm naked. I'm gross. I get it. This year I need to push myself to actually exercise but also eat much healthier. I am 41 years old now, so what worked at 30 for a guy with a decent metabolism is deadly now. It is time to say good bye to the extra cushioning and take care of my body for a change.

10. Be friendly. I'm a curmudgeon. It wasn't always this way. I once was social and had friends. While part of me would just rather hide away until the end of time, I know it is much healthier to start going out again and discovering there are people in this world. People that are worth knowing and connecting. Even if I don't become way more social, I want to try having a smile on my face and making sure people are at least glad they met me.