One-Month Challenge

Thursday, March 8, 2007

Suggestions to-date

Here we go! I have thrown out a few possibilities on the basis that I've already done them ("increase Ania's alcohol tolerance"), they're too expensive or take too long ("invest in real estate"), or they simply violate my ethics ("eat a porterhouse steak"). After pruning out those lovely but invalid ideas, 14 potential challenges remain. In no particular order, they are:

  1. Write down the 10 most important things you want to do with the rest of your life and actually start doing them / Figure out what you want to be doing in 5 years, 10 years, 20 years (job, life, family, whatever) from now and start taking concrete steps toward making sure that is what will happen. [MJ Peck]
  2. Learn a new musical instrument and learn to play a few songs on it. [Catherine Murcek] / Learn to play the cello. [Rob Peck]
  3. Read the Entire Baroque Cycle [John Mullervy] / Read War and Peace and write an analytical paper on it. [Catherine Murcek] / "Gödel, Escher, Bach" ... read it & actually take some time to understand it. [Mike Panitz] / Read Gravity's Rainbow. [Anna Korpak]
  4. Learn to touch-type. [Anna Korpak]
  5. Increase the girth of your upper body and biceps by some amount. [Catherine Murcek]
  6. Go one day without using electricity or gasoline (appliances, heating, cooking, cell phone, computer, etc). Don't use any store where your activity would increase the amount of electricity used (i.e., they can have electric lights, but not automatic door openers). ...realize how ubiquitous this stuff is, and what energy reform is really trying to tackle. If you're up to it, don't do it on a weekend. [Luke Donev]
  7. Increase your ability to do some physical task by 10%. Bench-presses, push-ups, sit-ups, etc, immediately spring to mind. [Mike Panitz]
  8. What about 'being able to bicycle X miles'? [Mike Panitz]
  9. How about achieving an X% return, for the month, through day trading? [Mike Panitz]
  10. Volunteer X hours for the month to help a good, progressive candidate win? (At least, I assume progressive - if you want to volunteer for the Republicans, then I Officially Retract this idea) [Mike Panitz]
  11. Write up what you know (about wine, scotch, etc, etc) as an intro for those of us that don't. [Mike Panitz]
  12. Publish a 2,000 word entry to [Thu Duong] / Write a short story of 3000 words on a topic and in a style of your own choosing [Lee Konstantinou]
  13. Arrange and promote an event. You don't have to create the event (someone else can write the music or arrange the dance or whatever), but you do have to do all of the other things to bring it to life: get the venue, make the deals, get publicity, arrange for loads of your friends to show up, etc. [Katherine Boyd]
  14. Brew a batch of "Peck-brand" beer, or, alternatively, ferment a few bottles of "Vin de Jon". [Katherine Boyd]
  15. [Compete] in the RSVP...Although it's only a weekend and you'll have to train for several months, probably. [Katherine Boyd]

Given that this leaves a fairly narrow selection range, I'm happy to accept more challenges; just send them in! But I shall begin NOW by embarking on the March challenge....

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