38 for 38 (Part 1 of 4)

I meant to post this a fee weeks ago, for my bday (June 25th, in case you were wondering).

Since I have a little less than week left as a 37 year old, I want to make a bday resolution. Actually, I want to make 38 bday resolutions. Random fact did you know that I share a birthday with George Micheal (RIP) and Anthony Bourdain (RIP)? Damn, that’s a macabre way to begin a post.

I realize that I would have to break this up into a few parts, since I have some many years under my belt.

Here we go in no particular order.

  1. Go on a day hiking trip or two.
  2. Quit smoking. Depending where I buy my smokes I spend somewhere between $2,500 and $4,700 a year on cigarettes. In NYC cigarettes range from $8 to $15 a back, depending on which bodega sells illegal cigs. However, I’m going to say most places sell them around the 13 dollar range. I wonder if the folks at coke a cola can produce a tobacco-flavored diet coke?
  3. Network, network, network. Whenever I get a job, I become complacent and forget to network with other professionals in the industry. At a career talk, a presenter once said if you were to be laid off tomorrow, you should know at least four people who could get you an interview within a week’s time.
  4. Try a new sport.
  5. Really get on top of my finances, and pay off my debt. Hopefully, I will be able to pay off my mother’s mortgage in a few months and that should free up $1200 a month.
  6. Learn (and actively use) a new computing software.
  7. Read more scientific articles and attend more scientific lectures. Although I’m an administrator, I kinda miss reading about the latest finding in immuno-oncology. I cannot waste all those years obtaining a Ph.D.
  8. Volunteer more. Since high school up until my last job, I’ve always had been a part of some volunteer organization. I really would like to give back more.
  9. Visit more museums, because sometimes I really take for granted living in NYC.
  10. Explore more of Harlem’s culture and history (you know, pre gentrification).
  11. Get more involved with local politics.
  12. Buy a new damn tooth.


  1. #12 made me laugh out loud. haha!

    I can relate to #3 as well – I swear, all I do is network a lot of days in my job. But it does help and every job I’ve had for years now came from someone who knows someone who knows me.

    I always mean to make a list like this but by the time I actually get around to doing it, it’s already time for another birthday! My birthday is approaching — maybe I need a baby list. Like 5 times. That might get done!! LOL

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    • No seriously, I do have to buy a new tooth. My implant fell out a while back and I have been using my backup denture.

      If you don’t mind me asking, what is your profession? With #5, since I’m driven by my calendar, I set up a recurring meeting with myself to do career development crap.


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