Chris’ Midterm Report Card aka All Downhill From Here!
PROJECT IRON FIST/velvet glove
- I will learn to fight and I will compete in a mixed martial arts bout before the year is out. Knowing you can doesn’t mean you must – but it helps.
GRADE: FAIL – I did start Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes and then left for the US, and have yet to pick them up. Then again, I find that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu doesn’t necessarily blow my skirt up (which is more than I can say of my freeballing training partners). I will go back to them for now, although I will need to consult an expert to see if there’s another martial art out there that’s made for me.
- I will seek out experts to the learn fine arts of negotiation and persuasion, to have my way, and my way with people.
GRADE: PASS – but only because I’ve sought them out, not because I’ve applied their lessons.
- I will discover how to prevail in the psychological mind-fucking that women seem so good at and I usually get shredded by.
GRADE: FAIL – my MO continues to be to let women THINK I’m giving them their way, and then…give them their way. A FAIL on par with the Greek economy.
PROJECT MODEL CITIZEN
- if there’s a federal or provincial election called in the next calendar year, I will run as the candidate I’d want to vote for.
GRADE: FAIL – No federal or provincial election so far. There is a municipal election in October but my city counsellor Adam Vaughan is a noble, highly qualified individual who deserves a better opponent than me.
- In the meantime, I’ll get active; watch for me at the public meetings, the law courts, and maybe some protests.
GRADE: FAIL – MP Olivia Chow did challenge me to organize my neighbours. I responded by moving out my building and her riding. I was at the G20 protests, but mostly as a tourist.
- I’ll voice my opinion by writing letters to the editor, posting in forums, being a pundit on panels.
GRADE: FAIL – can you believe no cares to hear what I have to say?
- I’ll attempt to right some wrongs, like a superhero but without the cape.
GRADE: FAIL – not that there aren’t wrongs worth righting, only that I haven’t gotten around to them.