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We survived

980xWe made it through another year. It’s felt like the worst year ever to me every year since 2013, so I’ve kinda given up thinking things will get better just because I put up a new blank calendar.

But we made it through 2017, even if it did really suck at (a lot) of points along the way. And for all the bad, there were some great memories along the way.

I visited Florida, flew on a plane for the first time, and saw baseball games in two parks I’d never been to before. I almost caught a football at the arena-league championship game. I spent time with friends. I learned to be a slightly better photographer than I was when the year started.

I hope that you all had your own great memories of 2017. Maybe you don’t even think the year sucked.

I hope that 2018 is a good year. I do. But I realize that its not all going to be roses. Our country is more divided than ever — we live in a time where people don’t just have their own sets of opinions, but their own sets of facts as well. Even in fandom circles, there is so much fighting that there’s little respite from reality to be found there.  Health problems don’t get better just because of date change, either.

I stopped making New Year’s resolutions years ago, because I’ve never been able to keep them. But I still set some New Year’s goals for 2018:

  • Fight for the things that matter to me, and let go of the things that don’t
  • Spend time with the people that I care about
  • Focus on being happy – as the Doctor says,  “Everything ends and it’s always sad. But everything begins again and it’s always happy. Be happy.”

Here’s to the adventure that awaits us in 2018

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New Year’s Goals

(Image via morgueFile)
(Image via morgueFile)

Happy New Year! With 2014 officially behind us, we are that much closer to Opening Day.

A few years ago, I resolved to stop making New Year’s resolutions. It’s the only one I’ve managed to keep.

But I will offer up a few goals for 2015:

  1. Writing – I want to write something here at at least once a week during 2015. I’m not going to try to be a baseball card blog, or a Mets blog, or a minor league baseball blog as I have at various times in the past (though I’m sure all of those topics will come up from time to time.) Instead, I’m going to pick one thing (related to baseball) that interests me each week and write about it… hopefully, whatever topics I choose will also interest some of you. At the very least, I’ll be true to my blog title.
  2. Baseball – In the past, I’ve set goals of visiting new ballparks or attending particular events. I’d like to do that this year, but they wouldn’t be very realistic. Instead, I’m going to aim to attend at least one Mets game at Citi Field and see the Binghamton Mets play at least one game in Trenton. If I’m able to go to more games, travel, or see other ballparks in the New Jersey or New York metropolitan area, that will be a bonus.
  3. Collecting – I plan to put together the 2015 Topps and 2015 Topps Heritage Mets team sets, and pick up the 2015 team sets of the Las Vegas 51s, Binghamton Mets, St. Lucie Mets, Savannah Sand Gnats, Brooklyn Cyclones, Kingsport Mets (if they make one) and Trenton Thunder. I hope to add a few autographed baseball cards to my Mets autograph collection. If I can do more, that will also be a bonus – but these are my priorities.

Have you set any goals for 2015?

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