It’s New Year’s Eve here in Australia.
Here are some things that I resolve not to do in 2012.
I will not buy an iPhone or an iPad.
I love my Apple MacBookPro and I loved the iMac I had before this. I might even replace these with a new iMac to do the heavy lifting and a MacBook Air for portability. But I don’t think I’m going to go down the path of the iPhone or iPad.
The iPad bit will be easy. I borrowed one a few weeks ago in order to look over a Porsche magazine I’ve been editing (for language, not for accuracy of content), a magazine that’s been created specifically for iPad. Indeed, the publication does look beautiful rendered on the iPad’s screen. The problem for me, however, is that I’ve felt absolutely no compulsion or even mild desire to use the iPad except for looking at this magazine. I guess it comes down to the fact that I need content creation tools rather than content consumption tools.
The iPhone might be harder to resist. I’ve never owned a smartphone but the stars are aligning in such a way that I’ll probably take the plunge this year. Part of my resistance is on the usual “everyone’s got one” principle, but I’m also wary of tying my life too much into one electronic ecosystem. I’m already very Google- and Apple-centric. I don’t need/want to go any further down the rabbit hole.
Plus, the new Nokias are looking very attractive.
I will not compromise on the car I buy this year
For the first time in 24 years, I don’t own a car. My wife and I are currently sharing our Saab 9000, which is working out OK most of the time. Problems will eventually arise when I go back to full time work, however.
I will have access to a racy little Toyota Corolla from next week and will most likely avail myself of that whilst I put some more money together with a view to getting one of the (many) cars I’ve coveted for several decades now.
What will it be? That’ll depend on my ability to save and my appetite for risk, both of which are growing daily 🙂
I will not submit to the scourge of internet snark
One of the things that has tired me out over the last few years is the number of people willing to spend their spare time logging on to various websites and knocking stuff. I am consistently amazed by the amount of time some people will spend tearing something down inside their own little world.
There are a bunch of things/people I’m angry at as a result of what’s happened with Saab over the last few months/years. It’d be easy to fire up and let the cannons fly at a few prominent identities (and I’ll probably set the record straight with one of them directly, soon), but what does it achieve in the end?
I’ll eventually get those stones out of my shoe, but when I do, I hope that I’ll cover things as constructively as I can. Feel free to pull me up if I don’t.
I will not neglect my family anymore
To those of you who have chosen to visit here – I thank you. I’m not very good at sharing stuff in small bites, which is why I don’t write as much on Facebook or Twitter as I could. I prefer to write long-form and use those social outlets to spread the word around.
I’m realistic about my prospects of continuing my employment as a writer, especially in terms of working for an OEM automotive company. Whilst I think what I did at Inside Saab has plenty of potential in the right circumstances, the chances of an opportunity like that coming along again are minimal.
My family have given up a lot in the name of Saab. I have too, I guess (even though I got a lot in return). Whilst I really hope to pick up some freelance work as well as writing my own thoughts on cars here, I don’t want to do it at the expense of my family or friends anymore.
I will not die
This is bordering on a regular New Year’s resolution, one that commits me to do positive things rather than the ‘un-resolution’ I’d intended. But I do want to end 2012 weighing less and being able to do more things than when the year started.
I hope you had a better 2011 than most.
I hope your 2012 is much better than your 2011.
More than anything, I really hope Saab gets a second chance in 2012. There’s so much potential there in Trollhattan and aside from fulfilling that potential, I really want to see Saab prove those doubting bastards wrong.