What are 5 things you’d like to accomplish in the next 5 years?
1.) I’d like to find a man. Not just any man, of course. A smart man. A funny man. A handsome man. A gentle man. A man who likes baseball and hockey and modern art. A man who doesn’t mind subtitled films but also knows how to hook the TV up to the sound system. All that. (Gosh, why am I feeling so pessimistic all of a sudden?)
2.) I’d like to buy a condo. I’m too old to be living in dumpy apartments, next to neighbors who come and go at all hours and who regularly invite seven or eight of their dearest friends to sleep on the living room floor…. Oh, gosh, I drifted off there, huh? Anyway, there are some cool condos going up in Philly’s Chinatown right now, and my curiosity is piqued.
3.) I want to take a really cool vacation. Maybe to Turkey. Maybe to Spain. If I could somehow afford it—and if I’m buying a condo, I won’t be able to—maybe to Japan.
4.) I want to finally finish reading James Joyce’s Ulysses. Somehow or other, I’m the only college-educated person on the planet who hasn’t read the modernist masterwork. It was never required reading in any class I took. And when I’ve tried to read it on my own, I’ve always just lost interest or patience. Let’s face it: I’m a philistine.
5.) I want to organize my CD collection. In the past five years, my CD collection—of, oh, 2000 or so—has fallen into ruin. Some of the CDs are in a cabinet. Others are in a rack. Some are at the office. Some are in boxes. When I’m looking for something in particular, I can never find it. At this point, though, I sort of feel like I’d have to take three or four days off work just to, um, alphabetize. Ugh.