Happy New Year (Really)!

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 6:40 AM

Well, my last post was early, but now I can officially wish y'all a very happy new year! Ah, 2007! This should be a good year, I think. Tomorrow, my resolution is to bring some new asisaid Challenge questions for my wonderful blog readers to be tormented with.

In the mean time, just a few moments ago, I decided on a few resolutions:

  1. I don't have a lot of hope for learning a musical instrument, but it is time I became fluent in at least musical notation. Then I could play around with MIDI stuff and maybe compose something (even though I couldn't play whatever I came up with).
  2. Aim for fluency in Greek. I want to be able to read the Greek New Testament as my primary Bible some day. Maybe not this year, but this is the year I need to expand into reading it more often.
  3. Write a book. I need to quit talking about this and actually put the pen to the paper. I have the beginnings of a novel as well as a book on philosophy of religion. One of them should be at least in a rough draft by the end of 2007.

Feel free to share your resolutions below. Once again, Happy New Year!

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Re: Happy New Year (Really)!
Sounds good - especially the Greek. Keep us posted as to the progress. I'd like to do what you are doing, possibly in 2009 (when son is off to college). What's your plans for seminary? My 2007 is the year of wrapping up. I go to top scale at work, which is about 20 percent more than I make now, so I've been goofing off and postponing financial stuff (since money is "free", nowadays). But, March 1 is the day I start paying off all the odd debts, leftover from the dot com bust. Right now, it made more sense to spend time on stuff, rather than money. I have a back yard project to wrap up. There is a side yard, that can be postponed. It's modular - I can work on a 30 square foot piece at a time, so only a small area is dug up. So, the yard will look nice (which the girls like), and the guys can banter over the construction part (which guys like to do) I have an attic to do. This means rearranging ducts, so you can walk around, and putting down floorboards. And lots of insulation, some remote-controlled fans, etc. I have an office to build - which is where I plan to write - which is probably a 2008 project. However, I like to build an office in a funny style. I take particle board (cheap) and make all the furniture - desks, tables, etc. That way I can try different widths, heights, etc. It's interesting how another 3 inches of width, or an inch of height diference can make a desk or table a lot more user-friendly. Then, I buy the expensive rosewood. Church-wise, I'm looking for other men on the same page, and other families with talented kids.
Posted by Mike O - Jan 01, 2007 | 8:13 PM

Re: Happy New Year (Really)!
Go, Tim, go! I once aspired to read Greek like that, but realized it wasn't in line with my calling. I'm now content to know a smattering of biblical languages, because I focus much more on culture and history. With the completion of my OT History project, I realized I don't care about writing books. I really have gotten my head around electronic publishing on the Net. I also like how easy it is to revise.
Posted by Ed Hurst - Jan 01, 2007 | 9:44 PM

Re: Happy New Year (Really)!
Happy 2007 Tim.
Posted by Michael - Jan 01, 2007 | 11:27 PM

Re: Happy New Year (Really)!
Happy New Year, Tim!
Posted by Eduardo - Jan 02, 2007 | 9:32 PM

Re: Happy New Year (Really)!
I too need to brush up on my Greek. I spend 5 semesters learning Greek, that is two and a half years of Greek and then I just stopped doing anything with it. Now I can't remember anything. I must go back and re-visit my Greek. Thank you for remining me Tim! Good luck with your resolutions. Happy 2007
Posted by Pressed - Jan 03, 2007 | 4:46 AM

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Mike: I start seminary in about two and a half weeks at Covenant Theological Seminary. "Money is free" is rather ironic sounding -- although certainly true to some extent. Nevertheless, it gave me a chuckle. You have quite the set of ambitious projects; I'll be interested to hear more about them as they progress. Ed: I think there is plenty of good reasons to skip over Greek as you did. Most people I know who have learned it never actually use it, which isn't the best sign. I hope I can go against that trend, but... Electronic publishing certainly is desirable in many ways. I'd still like to get out something "real" though someday, though I can't say entirely why. Michael: Happy New Year to you! Happy New Year to you as well, Eduardo! Thanks, Pressed, hopefully they go well. Glad to remind you about Greek. I've gone through Greek courses twice now, and then quit for a long period of time. Each time most of it comes back fairly quickly, so I'd think you would have no trouble bringing it back. I think a lot of it needs to be coaxed out at first, but the structures stay somewhere in your mind at least. Happy 2007 to all of you!
Posted by Timothy R. Butler - Jan 04, 2007 | 4:23 PM

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Yeah, "Free" money is not free! It has strings attached, so I plan on paying it back. So I have no strings. There's a sense of freedom in being debt-free. I'm all for mortgages, and loans for economic-producing tools. Such as borrowing to buy a new car, so you have reliable, and business-relevant (such as a salesman car) transportation. And borrowing for student loans for a well-paying profession. And stretching over dry periods. After that, it gets fuzzy, debt is sometimes a lesser of two evils. In my case, it allowed me to do home projects, making better use of a matrix of resources. Well, off to the projects!
Posted by Mike O - Jan 08, 2007 | 12:00 AM

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