You Say You Want a Resolution? Share Yours
Here it is, the last day of 2008, and I wonder what I achieved in the last 12 months, exactly.
Didn't I mean to learn Spanish this year? Or was that one of last year's New Year's resolutions? Surely I promised to exercise more, which I'm pretty sure I did, even if I haven't stepped on the treadmill in a fortnight. And the dieting? Well...
But enough about me. Let's talk about you. Have you ever made a New Year's resolution that you actually kept? What was your secret? Or is there a pesky resolution you make every year but just find unable to see through to completion?
Please start by taking this simple poll:
There's something to be said for making resolutions for other people, rather than for yourself. With that in mind, here are some resolutions that I'm sure would improve things around here.
Please feel free to add your own in the "Commons" comments section.
Washington's motorists. Please resolve to: use your turn signals; stay out of the fast lane unless you're passing; clear all the snow off your cars; come to a complete halt at stop signs; use your cell phone hands-free; refrain from reading/applying makeup/tweezing eyebrows/neutering feral cats/napping while driving...
Metro riders. Please resolve to: stand to the right on the escalators; bathe; eat your dinner somewhere else; give up your seats to elderly/disabled/pregnant people; move away from the doors; stop pretending to be asleep while sitting in an aisle seat; stop having your iPod turned up so high that the earbuds turn your cranium into a huge woofer, broadcasting your crappy music throughout the car...
Metro. Please resolve to: improve the signage inside the stations, so passengers (even long-time riders such as yours truly) don't mistakenly jump on the wrong train as it's about to leave the station; improve the lighting inside stations so I wouldn't be tempted to carry a flaming torch with me just to light my way; install more SmarTrip Addfare machines...
Sears repair guy/cable repair guy/plumber/electrician. Please resolve to: Give me a window for an arrival time at my house that is smaller than "between 8 and 4"; have the necessary part on your truck; pull your pants up at the back...
The National Zoo's giant pandas. Please resolve to: Get it on. We want another cute panda baby. We deserve another cute panda baby. Get cracking.
Barack Obama. Please resolve to: Become a part of our community; do something about the disenfranchisement of D.C.'s citizens; fix the economy/stop global warming/bring peace to our planet; quit smoking; teach me Spanish...
Readers. Please resolve to: Donate to Children's Hospital.
I'm sure I've left out all manner of resolutions that will make 2009 better than 2008 -- if only people would listen to reason. Share yours. And if you have any secrets for sticking to your plans for self-improvement, share those too. Have fun, be safe and I'll see you next year.
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