Earlier this year, when I decided to leave my full-time reporting job to focus on Passive Aggressive Notes, I made a bargain with myself: Instead of frittering away my free time falling down Wikipedia rabbit holes, I'd actually get off the Internet and make some progress on some long-overdue items on my big life to-do list, also known as "things I guilt trip my parents about for depriving me of in my childhood."
This list includes:
- learn to play the piano
- get braces
- get a driver's license and, most embarrassingly:
- learn to ride a bike
In addition to finally getting my New York state learner's permit and learning to plink out "A Whole New World" on the keyboard, I also started volunteering at a pretty awesome organization, 826NYC, where kids can produce their own books (like this one, by Lola, that I think gives Frank Warren a run for his money):
Overall, I can't say that I've been 100% successful in my mission, but hey — did you know that in Canada, corn dogs are known as