I’m an author whose next novel, which hits shelves on October 15, is written entirely in lists. List after list after list which tells the story of a man and his struggle for friendship, love, dignity, self-worth, and financial security.
I like lists.
Back in March of 2015, I wrote a list of 19 things I loved at the time. I just reviewed that list to see how much had changed over the span of four years.
I chose four years because it’s the length of time that the average person spends in high school and/or college. The differences from freshman to senior year can often be profound, so that four year timeframe felt right to me.
It’s important to note that the time of year clearly plays a role in the making of this list. If it was autumn, for example, you would see Patriots games, the Coventry farmer’s market, and golf on the list.
Had I written the list a month ago, Crashing, a now-cancelled television show, would’ve made the list.
Like my last list, I’ve set a reminder on my Google calendar to return to this list on March 21, 2023 to see how my tastes have changed. Maybe you could do the same? I highly recommend it.
Netflix on the treadmill
Seth Meyer’s “A Closer Look”
Watching my son dance
My wife in a tee-shirt and underwear
Heavyweight, Hit Parade, and Reply All (podcasts)
The Corner Pug
Playing Sorry with my family
Every other Friday when the cleaning lady comes to our home
The cats sleeping alongside me and on top of me at night
Listening to Elysha emcee a Speak Up show
Queen, Springsteen, and Pink’s “Just Give Me a Reason”
Walt Hickey’s daily Numlock News newsletter
Tweeting at Donald Trump
A&W Diet Root Beer
Listening to my daughter read to my son