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I resolve to do something next year - Curt Yeomans

Well, we're at the end of another year.

Christmas is behind us. The After-Christmas sales are just about done with. The college football bowl season is upon us. The annual Tournament of Roses parade will be flickering on TV sets across the nation in a few days.

It's time to leave 2007 behind us, and focus on 2008.

Per tradition, it's time to start making New Year's resolutions. These are the promises we make to ourselves at the beginning of the year. The theory is we resolve to better ourselves in some way. As is human nature, the promise is usually broken by Valentine's Day. In some cases, it's probably broken before the end of Jan. 1.

Normally, I don't make resolutions, but that approach hasn't done much for me in the past. Therefore, my pre-resolution is to resolve to do something in 2008. I just don't know what "something" is, yet.

So, without further ado, here are 10 resolutions we should make to become better people in 2008:

· Go to the gym. Why not? After the holidays, we're all a little fatter from eating turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, green beans and the appropriately-named stuffing on both Thanksgiving and Christmas.

· Eat healthier foods. This ties directly in to the previous resolution. If you think eating fast food all the time is healthy, then you obviously haven't seen the movie "Supersize Me." It's also not a good idea to leave food on the dashboard of your vehicle all day to cook.

· Save more money. If you think this resolution shouldn't be on the list, then buy a new car, and then look at what's left of your banking account. Also, if your vehicle needs repair work every other month, it's time to just let it go. Let it leave this place and ascend into the waiting arms of the dashboard Jesus in the sky.

· Play more skeeball. Come on. You know you want to.

· Smile more often. No one is going to want to be around you, if you're going to give them the "You're going to die" look all of the time. The "I'm going to cry" look doesn't win you any points, either.

· Break the addiction to YouTube. It's rotting your mind. Seriously. Your brain cells are screaming "SAVE ME!" in agony as they die, one-by-one, because of excessive YouTube viewings. Save the brain cells, man.

· Read books, magazines or newspapers every day. I'm not kidding here. I'm out of a job if you stop reading the newspaper. Do you want to put me on the unemployment line?

· Travel more often. If Clayton County is really as bad as some people claim it is, then it wouldn't hurt to hop on a plane, a train, a bus, or a car and get far away from this place for a weekend.

· Call the presidential campaign offices before they call you. You can tell them to not call you when the primary, or general election approaches. In theory, the campaigns shouldn't call you during dinner, if you do that. But even that's a stretch. If only we could do the same thing with the mail...

· Live life to the fullest. Life is short. Don't make the end come sooner by doing nothing all day, every day.

This should cover every possible resolution a person might need to make in 2008. Hopefully, you'll see these resolutions, find one you like and act on it. When I say "act on it," I mean start it, and stick with it at least until 2009 arrives.

Curt Yeomans covers education for the Clayton News Daily. He can be reached at (770) 478-5753, ext. 247 or via e-mail at cyeomans@news-daily.com.