New Year's promises seem to have limitless topics among locals

By Justin Boron

Resolving to lose weight and get healthy has become a clich? for the rarely kept perennial promises.

But for Bob McCurry, 58, the resolution has a twist. He said he actually wants to pick up a few extra pounds.

Diagnosed with diabetes over a year ago, he said he lost about 65 pounds because of medication he was on.

Twenty of those pounds came within the last three months.

"That was way too much," he said. "My appetite went to hell in a hand basket."

He recently got his medication changed and hopes to spend New Year's Day consuming vast amounts of food.

"I think I saw some pecan pie at home," McCurry said.

Even though he shouldn't with his diabetes, he said he probably would take a slice.

McCurry said his weight gain program would consist of plenty of meals from Gritz Family Restaurant on The McDonough Square.

He was off to a good start Thursday, feasting on the roast pork special at the restaurant, which features southern cuisine.

Along with McCurry, many other people in Henry and Clayton County settled on their resolutions just in time for New Year's Eve festivities.

While some people are committed to doing at least something, Joan Brooks expressed a flippant attitude about resolutions as she shopped in McDonough Thursday afternoon.

"I made (a resolution) years ago, and that is to never make one," she said.

Her friend, Donna Vinyard of McDonough, had more than enough to make up for Brooks.

She said she would stick to her diet and focus on her work.

"I've got to go scuba diving, too," she added.

Hanging outside of the Waffle House in Lovejoy, Al Garrett and Billy McBrayer discussed their resolutions.

Garrett, 54, of Jonesboro said he would be spending more time with his children and grandchildren because his daughter, Brandy Hewitt, 22, recently survived a car accident.

"You can lose them all at one time," he said.

McBrayer, 39, an independent builder, said he would be more consistent in business decisions and more active in his family.

Inside the cafe, Chimere Hawthorne, 20, slung coffee and folded napkins.

With the sometimes grueling work on her mind, she resolved to get a new job to the chagrin of her boss, Robert Williams, 20, who was standing nearby.

He in turn resolved to hire more people that "actually want to work."

But he said his resolution wasn't necessarily a snub directed toward his current employees.

Instead, he said the promise would have a positive social impact.

"If everybody's employed, they too can make a contribution to society," said Williams, 31, of Lovejoy.

People aren't the only ones who made resolutions.

Cale Morgan, 51, works at Emily's Attic on The McDonough Square and gave a resolution on behalf of the store.

"We resolve to get more beautiful items in the store," she said.