Elliot John Voris

Faith. Family. Technology.

Elliot John Voris - Faith. Family. Technology.

Another Year, Another Round

Each year, we pick our opponent. Each year, we pick the size, weight, strength, and reach of our heavyweight contender. Each year, we decide who we’ll match up with in our title fight.

This year, I tried to make sure my opponent was simple, easy to understand.
This year, I tried to make my opponent beneficial.
This year, I tried to limit the opponents I would actually decide to take on.

Here are my opponents for this year, in no particular order:

Write more consistently. I really like to write and put my thoughts down on paper (or on the internet). Ideally, I’d like to do this on a more regular basis.

Read my Bible daily. This is the discipline that continues to elude me. I feel like this will be the year that I finally get it down to a habit that I keep.

Read one book per month. I need to read. Not more, period. I really need to feed my brain with information. I think a book per month is a pretty good pace that I can achieve.

Exercise. Any amount is a vast improvement.

Dress like an adult now and then. Some days, I want to ditch the jeans and t-shirts that I’m so comfortable in. I want to get clothes that make me look like an adult, and then wear them once in a while. I’m a dad now, so why not dress like one?

Contribute to a community project regularly. I’m a big fan of the Open Source community. I’d like to contribute, financially or otherwise, to some community project frequently.

The key in my heavyweight bout: Roll with the punches! If I’m too dogmatic with any of these, I’m bound to fail. Flexibility will allow me to fail, get up, dust myself off, and try again.

Investment for the Future?

As I write this I’m sitting in a carX waiting room, using a free wi-fi connection (a nice 25mbps, by the way), sipping on some free coffee, and feeling a touch defeated.

Today, I took my car to the shop (which I try to do as infrequently as possible) to get new tires. This purchase was planned. This purchase was budgeted for. This purchase was expected. I was looking to be out the door for just a touch over $500. This is just in the nick of time, too. My license plate tags are up this month. I need to get this thing to pass a safety inspection and an emissions inspection. I expected to get the tires and inspections done and be on my way. Unfortunately for me, I was once again proven to be mistaken.

The kind folks at carX, with whom I’ve built a trusting relationship with prior to this visit, candidly told me that I also need new brake hoses, a power steering system overhaul, and new swaybar linkages before the car will pass the safety inspection. Goody!

That $500 purchase that was planned, budgeted for, and expected has now crept to up almost $1,300. More than doubled!! Almost tripled!!! These extra repairs are unplanned. These extra repairs are not budgeted for. These extra repairs are unexpected. Now, you can see why I’m feeling defeated. I’d done well planning for this

I’m trying to look at this through positive lenses, though. I’ve got a baby on the way. An extra $800 now, in the long-run, is well worth the peace of mind that I’ll get from knowing that my car is in decent driving condition; and knowing it won’t kill me, my wife, or my new baby girl.

I know this car. I know what’s working well on it. More importantly, I know what’s working poorly on it. If I take care of this car, it will conceivably see me through quite a while. I’d like to run this car into the ground! What that means for now, is keeping it happy and maintaining the parts as they fail. We’re at 160,000 miles, and I’d like to keep it running for another 160,000+. Lord willing, maybe one day I’ll give it to my daughter as her first car.