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Success at Resolving

December 31, 2009 pm31 4:34 pm

Last year, for the first time in a long time, I made New Years resolutions. And more or less kept them. (cut hair, get rid of car)

It helped, a lot, that I was resolving to do things I already had in process.

After the first two went well, I added another. It was also in process, but why mess with success? (redo bathroom)

And then, pushing my luck, I made three more New Years resolutions. In April. They were more traditional, and I did ok with them. (eat breakfast, walk, no chips)

This year?  I’m going out on a limb. Real resolutions. Although, making them fun might sort of spoil the principle…

  1. At least 40 movies. I like going to the movies. Why shouldn’t I go more? I’ve seen 5 (about to be 6) so far this vacation. Why do I only go a dozen times a year?
  2. Hair cuts. At least 3. Maybe 4. No point to have it off, and not keep it decent.
  3. Grow up a little. This one’s been a long time coming. Enough said.
  4. Take more pictures. (Not for posting here). I think I want to get back to photographing (that’s two ph’s in one word) pedestrian steps in the Bronx. And first light in the morning from my window. And other stuff.

There. Resolutions I can keep.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. January 2, 2010 pm31 4:22 pm 4:22 pm

    My hair is staying on (half-way down my back), and one of the cornerstones of my quality of life is seeing 100+ movies a year. One of the chains here does an annual membership scheme that means it only costs me gas and coffee money :).

    My resolution a few years ago was to stop making resolutions. So far I’ve done ok…

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    January 5, 2010 pm31 7:08 pm 7:08 pm

    no growing up you’ll like bridge and neckties wtf.

  3. January 5, 2010 pm31 7:16 pm 7:16 pm

    I’ve liked bridge forever. Haven’t played in a long time. But I like non-American bidding, and I like saying “IMP.” One time on jury duty, back when I smoked, I played bid-whist in the smoking room (didn’t have to light up, just breathe and you were nicotined up) with old Black folks for three days straight. It was a blast. Sort of a precursor to bridge.

    No neck ties. I need to grow up a little. Not that much.

  4. January 6, 2010 am31 8:53 am 8:53 am

    Ah, now, that is a difference. There aren’t many schools in England that wouldn’t expect you in jacket and tie (teacher and pupil dress has actually become if anything more formal during my life). I never expected to have a couple of dozen pairs of cufflinks, either…

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    January 6, 2010 pm31 9:20 pm 9:20 pm

    ‘Whenever I met one of them who seemed to me at all clear-sighted, I tried the experiment of showing him my Drawing Number One, which I have always kept. I would try to find out, so, if this was a person of true understanding. But, whoever it was, he, or she, would always say:

    “That is a hat.”

    Then I would never talk to that person about boa constrictors, or primeval forests, or stars. I would bring myself down to his level. I would talk to him about bridge, and golf, and politics, and neckties. And the grown-up would be greatly pleased to have met such a sensible man.’

  6. January 8, 2010 am31 12:33 am 12:33 am

    Irony. Well sort of. I learned bridge from a Turkish physicist. Not a Turkish astronomer. That would have been too perfect.

    Read this, all the way to the last line.


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