Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Dumb Things I Did in 2014, Dumb Things I Won’t Do in 2015

 

I’m not a fan of all of these “Best of…” lists. Jon Gabriel pretty much makes the same point a little more elegantly here.

My New Year’s ritual is simple: I think about the dumb things I did last year and try not to do them again. I don’t pretend that I won’t do dumb things in 2015, but I want them to be different dumb things.

Among the dumb things I did in 2014:

1. Convinced myself that the “Low Fuel” light in my car really means “You Can Go Another 10 Miles.”

2. Attempted to change a high lightbulb with a ladder while wearing flipflops.

3. Agreed to write an article for someone. For free.

4. Bought “organic” peanut butter instead of Creamy Jiff.

I did other dumb stuff, too. (Some really dumb stuff that I choose to remain silent about….). But if next year’s list doesn’t include any of these things, I will consider it a rousing success.

What dumb stuff won’t you be doing next year?

There are 25 comments.

  1. Pete EE Member

    Walk on a wet, grassy hill with a 3′ wall at the bottom wearing tread-free shoes. related to:

    1. Convinced myself that the “Low Fuel” light in my car really means “You Can Go Another 10 Miles.”

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    • December 31, 2014, at 12:11 PM PST
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  2. Vance Richards Member
    Vance Richards Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Rob Long: 3. Agreed to write an article for someone. For free.

    If you think that’s bad, I know people who actually pay for the right to write articles on some web site.

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    • December 31, 2014, at 12:14 PM PST
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  3. EJHill Podcaster
    EJHill Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Vance – Me thinks Rob just opened up a Pandora’s Box the size of a railroad freight car. Touché.

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    • December 31, 2014, at 12:19 PM PST
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  4. Mike Rapkoch Member

    Vance Richards:

    Rob Long: 3. Agreed to write an article for someone. For free.

    If you think that’s bad, I know people who actually pay for the right to write articles on some web site.

    Yes, but I got a coffee cup!

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    • December 31, 2014, at 12:20 PM PST
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  5. Archibald Campbell Member
    Archibald Campbell Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Drank half of a 5-Hour Energy drink before my black belt test. Note: adrenaline dump plus caffeine and whatever else is in it was not a recipe for “mind like water.” Plus it tastes like Satan vomited up a pixie stick. Lord knows what would’ve happened had I drunk the whole thing.

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    • December 31, 2014, at 12:36 PM PST
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  6. MACHO GRANDE' (aka - Chri… Coolidge

    Ran so many miles that runner’s knee forced the cancellation of 3 half-marathons for me.

    Does that count?

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    • December 31, 2014, at 2:13 PM PST
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  7. Profile Photo Member

    Flying Malaysian Air

    Opening a convenience store in the greater St. Louis area.

    Drafting Johnny Football.

    Giving Putin the benefit of the doubt.

    Greenlighting a Seth Rogen and James Franco film.

    Trusting young writers with three names.

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    • December 31, 2014, at 2:26 PM PST
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  8. Gary McVey Contributor
    Gary McVey Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Near the end of July, I took a brisk (forced fast kind-of) walk to the ocean and back, not normally a big deal, but this time the hilly, hearty high-ho hurt my left knee. When I was but a mere sprightly 55, I did the same thing, and I expected that seven years later, it would stop hurting as it did then and return to vigor forthwith. It did not.

    (shakes a tambourine) I’ve gone from being the guy who forces other film festivals to take a hike, to being the guy who walks like Festus in “Gunsmoke”. No more impromptu hikes over the hills for GMcV.

    Side benefit: When I lift my sword and say “I will kneel before no one!”, I really mean it.

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    • December 31, 2014, at 2:31 PM PST
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  9. Jon Gabriel, Ed. Chief

    My biggest mistakes of 2014:

    • Forgetting to bet $10,000 on the Royals winning the AL.
    • Deciding not to bring in my beloved Volvo when the check engine light first glowed. A few months later I sold it to the salvage yard for $600. Now I’m clunking around town in a 12-year-old RAV4… and the check engine light just came on. Eh, maybe get around to bringing it in before St. Patty’s Day.

    To avoid such boneheaded moves in 2015, I’m writing an extensive list of new year resolutions. Number 1: Start a land war in Asia.

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    • December 31, 2014, at 2:58 PM PST
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  10. Doug Watt Member

    JifRob I hope this helps with Number 4 on your list.

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    • December 31, 2014, at 3:33 PM PST
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  11. Misthiocracy grudgingly Member
    Misthiocracy grudgingly Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Back To The Future 2 took place in 2015.

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    • December 31, 2014, at 5:38 PM PST
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  12. Hammer, The Member

    1. get into an argument, hold my tongue even though I’m right. apologize for being insensitive. other person walks away wrong and fully justified.

    2. get into an argument, hold my ground because I’m right.  Realize the other person will never get it. apologize for being insensitive. other person walks away wrong and fully justified.

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    • December 31, 2014, at 9:08 PM PST
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  13. Randy Webster Member

    Rob Long:4. Bought “organic” peanut butter instead of Creamy Jiff.

    The mistake isn’t the “organic.” It’s the “creamy.”

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    • December 31, 2014, at 9:48 PM PST
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  14. Aloha Johnny Member
    Aloha Johnny Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Not making time for friends. With busy work and family life, sometimes friends get forgotten. But those few hours for for a beer, run, tennis match, football game are important. Just got back from a New Year’s party where I saw some great friends who I hardly spent any time with this past year. But I could have and should have. Next year I will.

    Also, post more on Ricochet!

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    • January 1, 2015, at 2:13 AM PST
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  15. MACHO GRANDE' (aka - Chri… Coolidge

    Jon Gabriel, Ed.:My biggest mistakes of 2014:

    • Forgetting to bet $10,000 on the Royals winning the AL.
    • Deciding not to bring in my beloved Volvo when the check engine light first glowed. A few months later I sold it to the salvage yard for $600. Now I’m clunking around town in a 12-year-old RAV4… and the check engine light just came on. Eh, maybe get around to bringing it in before St. Patty’s Day.

    To avoid such boneheaded moves in 2015, I’m writing an extensive list of new year resolutions. Number 1: Start a land war in Asia.

    This last one sounds like a discarded Putin resolution.

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    • January 1, 2015, at 6:07 AM PST
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  16. PsychLynne Inactive

    Rob, kudos to returning to the fold on Jif. There is no other peanut butter worth having.

    Dumb things I won’t do in 2015:

    1. Agree to writing projects with the same deadline.

    2. Buy suede shoes—it doesn’t matter how I pre-treat them, they always look terrible after the first few months.

    3. Believe my children when they say “yes, we finished cleaning up downstairs” Technically, it’s not a lie, they are finished…it’s more a difference of opinion on the definition of finished.

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    • January 1, 2015, at 6:17 AM PST
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  17. Stad Thatcher

    In 2015, I will:

    1. Replace all car batteries over 4 years old.

    2. Make sure the beer cooler in the StadCave is full before kickoff.

    3. Never answer a trick question: “Does this fill in the blank make me look fat, old, ugly, sick.”

    5. Upgrade my Ricochet membership!

    4. Learn to count . . .

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    • January 1, 2015, at 6:21 AM PST
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  18. George Savage Contributor

    Dumbest thing done in 2014: purchasing a lease return vehicle from a brand-name auto dealership, relying on reputation plus an extended warranty rather than the usual third-party pre-purchase inspection.

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    • January 1, 2015, at 8:55 AM PST
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  19. PsychLynne Inactive

    George Savage:Dumbest thing done in 2014: purchasing a lease return vehicle from a brand-name auto dealership, relying on reputation plus an extended warranty rather than the usual third-party pre-purchase inspection.

    Oh, if only the extended warranty included reimbursement of the time lost to the vehicle problems…sigh

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    • January 1, 2015, at 10:51 AM PST
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  20. Scott R Member
    Scott R Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Be optimistic about the Browns’ next starting quarterback.

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    • January 1, 2015, at 11:21 AM PST
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  21. Man With the Axe Member

    Dumb mistake: Making a date with a hooker without checking her online reviews first.

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    • January 1, 2015, at 9:31 PM PST
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  22. Stad Thatcher

    Man With the Axe:Dumb mistake: Making a date with a hooker without checking her online reviews first.

    I always thought you rented them . . .

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    • January 2, 2015, at 6:23 AM PST
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  23. Michael Minnott Member
    Michael Minnott Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Stad:

    Man With the Axe:Dumb mistake: Making a date with a hooker without checking her online reviews first.

    I always thought you rented them . . .

    The hooker, or the reviews?

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    • January 2, 2015, at 4:09 PM PST
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  24. Boss Mongo Member

    Man With the Axe:Dumb mistake: Making a date with a hooker without checking her online reviews first.

    Filters. This year I will employ mental filters. Even when that Axe guy throws an underhand softball over the plate and every instinct screams to swing away.

    And I’ll mix metaphors and suffer no guilt.

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    • January 2, 2015, at 8:25 PM PST
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  25. Stad Thatcher

    Scott R:Be optimistic about the Browns’ next starting quarterback.

    For goodness sakes, start Conner Shaw! He’s an excellent quarterback, not flashly, and he got the job done at South Carolina, much to my dismay (I’m a Clemson fan, plus my oldest daughter goes to Clemson).

    I recall one preseason game where Manzeil and what’s-his-name couldn’t get the job done, but Shaw came in and outdid both of them – yet, he got put on the practice squad.

    Start Shaw, have the old pro for a mentor/backup, and get rid of top-dollar Manzeil, then spend the money on a stout offensive line that can block.

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    • January 5, 2015, at 1:36 PM PST
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