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Posted on Saturday, January 1st, 2011

Dave!I am posting this at 11:11 on 1-1-11 because it seemed like a good thing to do.

When it comes to New Year's resolutions, I'm pretty boring because I have the exact same New Year's resolutions every year. The same five goals going on for heaven only knows how long. This year is no different, except I am working on some projects which will definitely add some excitement to my 2011. More on that later.

Here's my score card for fulfilling my resolutions in 2010...

  • Try a Pop-Tart flavor I've never had before. DONE! Vanilla Milkshake. I agree with Poppy... truly horrible.
  • Travel somewhere I've never been before. DONE! Traveled to Alkmaar, Bucharest, Prague, Malta, Tunisia, Corsica, Portofino, Monaco, and the Amalfi Coast.
  • Visit a Hard Rock Cafe I haven't seen before. DONE! Visited Malta Cafe, Valletta Bar, Albuquerque Hotel, Tulsa Hotel, Hollywood Blvd. Cafe, Berlin 2 Cafe, Prague Cafe, and Bucharest Cafe.
  • Drink a beer I've never drank before. DONE! I drank several new beers, but the most memorable was the Watermelon Wheat Beer by 5 Seasons West in Atlanta.
  • Get another Apple product. DONE! iPhone 4, Apple TV, iPad (which I gave to my mom).

Here's hoping that the Pop-Tart people keep making new flavors so I can fulfill my resolutions again this year!


And now for what's new this decade...

DAVETOON: Lil' Dave and Bad Monkey celebrate 2011

I work. A lot. And while it's work I love, the fact that it's non-stop and never-ending has sucked most of the joy out of what I do. This year I am trying to rediscover the joys to be found in creativity by coming up with projects just for me. Five new projects to go with the same five resolutions I do every year. Five projects centering around stuff I like to do, but don't get to do so much any more...

  1. Collecting Hard Rock stuff.
  2. Creating DaveToon products for Artificial Duck Co.
  3. Writing fiction.
  4. Drawing pictures and comics.
  5. Keeping secrets.

And here we go...


• The Hard Rock Project. I owe the Hard Rock Cafe a huge debt for continuing to inspire me to travel to new places. When I think of all the awesome cities I've discovered that I would have never visited if not for a Hard Rock being there, my gratitude knows no bounds. Coming up with a project to celebrate my love of Hard Rock collectibles wasn't easy, but then I saw my closet packed full of their T-shirts and the HARD ROCK 100 PROJECT was born. For 100 days I'll be wearing a favorite Hard Rock T-shirt from my collection and sharing the photo both on my DaveCafe fan site and my DaveCafe Flickr feed. Here is Day One (which you can read about by clicking on it)...

Dave in his Hard Rock Vault Orlando Shirt!

• The Artificial Duck Project. After losing my T-shirt printer, twice, I kind of let the Artificial Duck Co. store languish for a year. That's going to change. I've been working on some new T-Shirts and will be getting that set up at yet another printer soon. But that's not all... more totally sweet crap you can't live without is being planned and should be appearing this Summer.

• The Writing Project. After being invited to RW's house for pizza and plenty of good conversation, I realized that I wanted to start writing again. I used to write stories all the time, and loved the escape I got from it. But then my blog kind of took over all my writing time and I stopped. This Spring that's going to change in a big way. You'll be finding out all about it sometime in March.

• The Drawing Project. Before computers took over all my design work, I used to draw, paint, and even sculpt. Don't get me wrong, I love designing on the computer, but it's not the same as "getting your hands dirty" with a pencil and a drawing pad. Proving that one thing leads to another, The Writing Project led to me finding The Drawing project. It's been a lot of fun, and should also be debuting in March.

• The Secret Project. Yeah, this one is going to take a while... most of the year, in fact. I'm waaaayyyy over my head this time. And loving every minute of it. So far.

And that's it. Plans are already in motion.

Here's to an interesting 2011.


  1. Jeff says:

    Happy New Year Dave! I am looking forward to the new developments and can’t wait for the new t-shirts. Here’s to a great 2011!

  2. Mrs. Hall says:

    women’s tank tops and/or v neck t-shirt please-the regular t-shirts are um, not flattering enough.

    hee heee such a demanding customer!

  3. Avitable says:

    Sounds fantastic!

  4. Karl says:

    Happy New Year!

  5. A. Lewis says:

    Are we going to be around in 2:22:22 on 2-22-22 to write fancy posts ????

  6. Howard says:

    And you get to do it again 3 more times. 1-11-11, 11-1- 11, 11-11-11. I’m waiting for the last one to say anything coz I like it bigger.

  7. claire says:

    Sounds good!

    I particularly look forward to the Drawing project’s debut. I haven’t really gotten the hang of computer designing and focus more on photography these days, but my sketch book project last year was a nice return to my roots.

    Zazzle has loads of shirt types/colors with digital printing and screen printing available if you’re considering a print-on-demand solution…

  8. josh says:

    Can’t wait to see what magic and vundervill craziness you have in-store for your readers in 2011!!!

  9. Göran says:

    Great choices with the bonus I/we get to share them! Go you!

  10. Sybil Law says:

    Yay! I want a Davetoon shirt. I don’t have one.
    Also, I wonder whatever happened to my Hard Rock tee shirt. Granted, I got it in Chicago in junior high or high school, but still.

  11. marttymankns says:

    First off, I need to branch out on my Pop Tarts flavors. Frosted Cherry is the only flavor I eat. These new milkshake flavors are tempting, Strawberry Milkshake in particular.

    As for your 2011 projects, you and I share the writing project. Looking forward to that a lot.

    And of course, to purchasing more DaveToon wares.

  12. Poppy says:

    Cheers to better Pop-Tarts in 2011!

  13. the muskrat says:

    Cool beans! Hope you find yourself with unanticipated extra time, so you can pursue all you want to do.

  14. the muskrat says:

    PS- Glad I could be with you for the watermelon beer!

  15. Lisa says:

    YAY! I can’t wait to see what you come up with for the Artificial Duck Co.!

    I know what you mean about getting digging in and making things with your hands. It’s immensely satisfying and I love it.

  16. A belated Happy New Year to you Dave! I look forward to seeing these Projects come to fruition! Especially the Drawing Project(s).

  17. CP says:

    Intriguing stuff, that secret project of yours.

    You are KGB, aren’t you, Dave? We always suspected, you know. All of us.

    Happy New Year, my friend. Glad to ride out another one with you! xoxo


  18. Oh, I’m so excited about your 2011 goals because we’ll all get to benefit from them, too! You are the BEST! XOXOX

  19. Great projects! I have the same idea about a drawing project : one year on my Moleskine. 😉 I have this one

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