The 2008 Challenge(s) ...
For those of you too lazy to click the link, here's the meat of his post:
The game is simple.
1. You give me a Challenge for 2008. This Challenge is of the 'fun' and 'personally enriching' variety. Yes, that means snide comments along the lines of "Acquire A Life" will be ignored.
2. I mull the Challenge over, and then I decide whether to accept or not.
3. It goes in writing, on this post, in this blog.
4. Then I set YOU a Challenge. Ditto. Ditto.
5. Then, with all Challenges set......I check up on you, and put up an update post every once in a while, to summarise how it's going, including how I'm doing with my Challenges.
It's all a bit like New Year's Resolutions, except with public culpability and reminders.
Those of you with blogs - I also Challenge you to run this game within your own posts......
So here I am, living up to his first challenge, posting this game on my own blog and inviting others to participate.
My challenge to Mike is to write one letter per month in 2008. I think it's a shame that we've gotten so far away from putting pen to paper, and it's always so lovely to receive a note or card or letter in the mail that you weren't expecting. Makes all those bills and credit-card solicitations a little less annoying, don't you think?
I have yet to find out Mike's challenge for me, but I'm sure it'll be a good one, as he's a very clever sort.
So who wants to play? Pop a challenge into the Comments section. We'll communicate there.
Of course, I reserve the right to refuse any challenge, but I'll be a good sport about it. Unless it's something insane or potentially life-threatening, I'm pretty sure I'll take it on.
For reference, some of Mike's challenges are things like "learn to meditate" and "create an absurdly ostentatious pudding to be devoured in York or Edinburgh." I might learn how to make a pudding, but whether I could arrange for it to be devoured in York or Edinburgh remains to be seen. Though I do know people in both places ... a necessary component to the challenge, as I wouldn't want to eat an entire pudding alone.
But for the sake of argument, let's say that the challenges shouldn't include travel outside the continental United States. And Canada.
Ready? Set? Go!