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Doing Something: Making a Killer Roadtrip Mix

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I'm getting ready to go on my first extended solo road trip. I'm driving 16(ish) hours straight to Illinois. Why would I do this? Am I crazy? Am I stupid? Am I masochistic? Yes, sometimes, and only when it comes to over indulging in Sour Patch Kids. But really, I'm taking this journey for two very serious reasons:

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Love (aaaaawe) - I never thought I would rank something as more important than roller coasters but I'm even more excited to go hang out with my wife and in-laws. Lacer beam is extra excited to show off some events they have in her home town they don't have here like the bump and run.

Goodbye 2012

On Tynan

I'm sitting by a crackling fire at my aunt and uncle's house in New Jersey and we're just a couple hours into the new year, which means that it's a perfect time to review the year and look forward.

If I were to title my year, I'd call it the year I got serious. Something interesting happened near the end of 2011-- I realized that I wasn't actually on track for a lot of my goals, that I was going to have to actually get serious about stuff, and that this seriousness had to come in the form of action, not talk. I ended 2011 with a few months of solid productivity under my belt, and a year-end post that optimistically predicted a productive year.

I'm happy to say that the productive year materialized, and that my focus on getting serious has intensified.

When I was young, maybe third grade or so, a psychologist did a study at my middle school. We answered some questions and were offered two choices: a small prize now or a large prize later. I took the small prize now. I think knew it was the wrong move at the time, but the pack of stickers on the table looked like a lot of fun. Later on the big prizes were given to the waiters in such a way that I was able to see what they got. Sure enough, their prizes were a lot better and my stickers were long gone.

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