Happy New Year 2015

It’s December 31, 2014. I’m at Caribou Coffee on Ingersoll Ave in freezing Des Moines, Iowa. At the next table over, is a guy who used to do door at the bar. I heard he got really religious. Nothing wrong with that, just keep it in check. We say our hellos, then get to it.

Last year, around this time, I stated my New Year’s Resolutions. They were to learn chess, and start exercising. I’m proud to say I achieved both. I’m a member at two gyms, I’ve played racquetball/tennis at least two times a week, and I walk 4-5 miles a day. Feeling good.

I took chess lessons this year for six months, and got my ass kicked over and over. What a horrible game!!! But in the seventh month, when I checkmated Chris Ford at Star Bar on a Monday night, I was jubilant! I’m no Bobby Fischer, but I accomplished my goal to learn how to play chess.

For this year, my two main goals will be to learn how to type, and get a Real Estate license. I’m so embarrassed that I still have to look at my fingers when I type. I pretty much know where all the keys are, I just want to be able to close my eyes, see the scene, and tell the story, without being encumbered with having to look at the keys. Maybe my writing will become better, who knows? Anyone know of a typing course in the area, let me know.

I want to get my Real Estate license for a number of reasons. I’ve been thinking about it in the back of my mind for the last 8 years, and it’s time to get it done. I’m looking forward to the challenge of learning all the material. I feel like I’ve become a bit stagnant in bartending, not really learning that much. Of course, there’s always millions of things to learn, new shots, new tricks, but I’m happy with where I’m at. I need a new challenge. So give me a year, in 2016, I’ll find you a house, sell your house.

I’ll be in touch.

I also want to try to sell my book. Now I’m well aware of all the rejection that is going to entail, but I’m not that concerned about it. I’ll finish it, organize it, make copies, write a cover letter, then send it out to the world, to book agents and publishers. Then it will be out of my hands. I know there’s the self-publishing route, but I’ve been self-publishing on my blog for the past year and a half, and it hasn’t made me much money.

I hope this post inspires you to think about what you want to accomplish in 2015. It’s important to have goals, so you can see traction. Because I spoke my resolutions out loud this year, I can say proudly,

Yeah, I checkmated that bitch.


-Clint Curtis

1 thought on “Happy New Year 2015

  1. Holly Herbert

    Mavis Beacon is the program I used to learn how to type. It was on a cd rom back in the day. Check online. I bet they have something similar online. Have you had anyone read the book before sending it out?


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s