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New Year’s Day Open Thread

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Hey 2019, be better than 2018.

South Koreans Countdown To The New Year Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

A new year brings new possibilities, and thankfully, the Royals have not lost a single game this year! A new year may bring a clean slate for the Royals, but for us it means an opportunity to turn over a new leaf and improve ourselves with resolutions. Inlast year’s New Year’s thread, for my resolutions I said:

Read more books. Get off my phone with the kids around. Walk the dog more. Drink less soda.

Well, I did read more books! The key I think was ditching a book that I just wasn’t that into, instead of feeling obligated to finish it. So I ended up getting through a lot of books I actually enjoyed such as Astroball by Ben Reiter, What it Takes by Richard Ben Cramer, The Red and the Blue by Steve Kornacki, Football For a Buck by Jeff Pearlman, and Trail Fever, The Fifth Risk, and Liar’s Poker by Michael Lewis.

I still need to get off my phone more around my kids (getting into HQ has not helped). I did walk my dog more, which has kept him very healthy despite being 15 now. The soda consumption hasn’t really changed much but hey, self-improvement is an everlasting work-in-progress.

As for resolutions this year, I would like to begin exercising at least 2-3 times a week, might even take up yoga. Lose about 10-15 pounds. I would like to finish a book on the Royals I have been working on.

What about you? Here are your New Year’s Day queries.

  1. What did you do for New Year’s Eve?
  2. What are your resolutions?
  3. What was a book, movie, TV show, album from 2018 that you would recommend?
  4. What in your personal life from 2018 are you proudest or happiest about?
  5. Is there anything about 2019 you are looking forward to?
  6. If I gave you all the willpower, time, and money in the world to accomplish one task or learn one skill in 2019, what would it be?
  7. Give us one baseball-related prediction and one non-baseball-related prediction about 2019.

Happy New Year’s, from everyone at Royals Review!