2022 In Review

Dec 30, 2022
Walter Manger
3 minute read

It 2022, I:

Took a new position

I’m working in an industry that I have not been exposed to (Ad Tech), using a language that I haven’t written for a while (Golang), embracing some techniques and technologies I have not used in a professional context (Bazel, Tilt, Monorepo).

Traveled

At the end of the school year, we got to visit Yellowstone just before it got flooded out. Before that, we spent a short time back in Tampa Bay. For work, I got to visit Santa Monica, Los Angeles, and Miami.

Got back into basic fitness training

Somewhere at the end of 2019 or in the beginning of 2020, I fell out of the habit of taking time to exercise. This year, I’ve started back up with a 3 day minimum of bodyweight training, focusing on Push/Pull/Squat.

My current routine, which I started in August, looks like this:

Exercise Reps Sets
Pushups (Diamond) 10 3
Squat (Bulgarian Split) 10 3
Horizontal Pulls 10 3
Leg Raises 10 3
Plank 1 (50 second) 3

I do this Monday, Wednesday, Friday. The rule goes something like this: I have to do these exercises on these days, no matter what time I find time to do them.

Read some books

  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  • Darkness At Noon by Arthur Koestler
  • A Guide to the Good Life by William Irvine
  • When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

My plan is to read a few classics a year in the hopes to get through a good chunk of Modern Library’s 100 best novels.

Listened to some books

  • Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis
  • A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
  • A Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis
  • The Lean Product Playbook by Dan Olsen
  • The Great Divorce by C. S. Lewis
  • Buy Then Build by Walker Deibel
  • The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis

After listening to The Story last year I thought it would be appropriate to listen to some stories around Christianity, hence the focus on C. S. Lewis. Lewis is an amazing writer who should interest most people – Christian or not – who enjoy reading well-written literature.

2023

The plan so far for 2023 is:

  • Ski (I have a 4 pack for Copper)
  • Read more classics (3-4 books, Ulysses by James Joyce being one of them)
  • Learn about Complexity and Neuroscience
  • Tavel somewhere new in the U.S. (There is a lot of middle America I have not seen)
  • Upgrade my very neglected woodworking shop (I need a better bench that is portable and more useful)
  • Learn more about buying businesses (I have no plan to buy one yet, nor have I focused on developing a fund to do so)
  • Get a baseline deep health checkup in the beginning of the year (I plan on doing this each year here on out)
  • Write more (music & words)
  • Continue the exercise streak, adding running (5k) on the opposite days