Having a week to just shift into low gear and vegetate on my folks' couch, go way off the diet, and enjoy a relaxing Christmas around family was just like hitting the reset button. I'm refreshed and ready for a new year. I finally got all my gifts given and after tomorrow at work, I'll have all my documentation done for the projects I worked on all year. I'll be ready to move on to the next challenge.
My dad spent Christmas Day fixing the brakes on their Tahoe. We took it for a drive to the lake, which is replete with curvy, hilly roads and amazingly beautiful scenery. It takes some confidence in your brake job to test it out on a boat ramp.
My New Year's Resolution involves very aggressive debt elimination. I'm so sick of paying more interest than my 401k earns. It doesn't make sense. I'm raising rents and paying down mortgage principle, rehabbing a now vacant property which is holding me back, and getting ready to start taking a healthy profit out of my real estate holdings and get more diversified. My goal by the end of the summer is to unload two or three houses and use the equity to pay cash at a foreclosure auction for an abode in Texas, since my career is pushing me in that direction. I'm not in a rush to move there, so why pay retail?
On the geek news front, a company in Switzerland has made an amphibious electric car and the darn thing doesn't even float. It doesn't have to; it's air tight. Check out Rinspeed's new submarine concept car named "sQuba". No emissions. Carbon nanotube body panels. James Bond cool!