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steven / December 28, 2004 8:21 AM

pay off debt
save for down payment on home
new job
more schooling
more experimentation with photography

Mike / December 28, 2004 8:51 AM

Quit smoking.

Peter / December 28, 2004 9:06 AM

I quit smoking in November, so my resolution will be losing the pounds of December.

paul / December 28, 2004 9:19 AM

I resolved not to do resolutions years ago. it's the only one I've ever kept.

Pete / December 28, 2004 9:24 AM

Finish off the dozen half-completed short stories I've written, and finally complete the first edit of my novel--before starting any new pieces.

The D'ster / December 28, 2004 10:14 AM

1. Quit smo- wait, I never started!
2. Make the best photographs of my life (again).
3. Rescue penmanship from decrepitude.

ma / December 28, 2004 10:27 AM

Fill out that application to U of London - and actually send it in.

Budget money wisely.

robin.. / December 28, 2004 11:53 AM

this year has some very Big Girl resolutions: get enrolled in the company 401K, get on the grad school search. the old standby of "spend more wisely" is in direct conflict with "get more tattoos," but since the latter isn't _really_ a resolution, i don't feel too torn apart. also: write more letters, make more art, build that bike come spring.

mike / December 28, 2004 12:09 PM

5.30.00 min mile

like every year, but this year I'll do it ... chicago marathon

I like the penmanship-rescue idea, D'ster. I'll gave that some thought.

Last year was finances. I found someone to help with that since every year since 1995 was my getting finances in order year. I can't believe that one has actually been taken care of!

Jason / December 28, 2004 12:37 PM

Eat more vegetables. (If Brian Wilson or Van Dyke Parks is reading this, Smile really spoke to me on this issue. Thanks.)

Not check my email every two seconds. How's once an hour to start?

Not feel compelled to watch TV during dinner.

Kevin / December 28, 2004 1:38 PM

- Increase my nicotine intake. I'm a little disappointed I was only able to get up to a pack a day.

- Not be so contrarian.

jenny / December 28, 2004 1:56 PM

Produce two polished scripts.

Thurston / December 28, 2004 3:14 PM

1) use more tact when pointing out to people how full of shit/bogus they are

2) let it slide more often when I am the presence of bogusness

3) become reasonably conversant in Portuguese

wc / December 28, 2004 3:21 PM

1. be more patient with strangers
2. start listening to the little voice in my head
3. relax, relax, relax.
4. leave the country for a while

wow. no wonder I am single.

ABN troop / December 28, 2004 5:49 PM

1. To take notice of the many things that are worth it-

-My daughter
-My future employer
-My family and friends that mean so much but which have become casualties of my own adulthood.

2. To remember my first resolution.

Lisa / December 28, 2004 10:44 PM

A few:
1. To ease up on my obsession with work... I knew that I was in trouble when I was at midnight mass on Christmas Eve reading the Bible for allusions the kids need to know for the AP Exam.
2. To either join a masters swim team and compete or do another triathlon.
3. Learn Italian (some, anyway) before I go to Italy in March.
4. Watch less TV.
5. Go to South Carolina and maybe Alaska (then the only state I will not have visited will be Hawaii!)

Jenni / December 28, 2004 10:54 PM

start re-learning spanish and chinese

enjoy a "save the drama for your mama" year of not taking part in other people's crapola

learn to sew on a machine

meditate more

daruma / December 28, 2004 11:21 PM

I thought Mike wrote "more experimentation with pornography." Now that's a resolution I can get behind!

Archie FlorCruz / December 29, 2004 5:47 AM

My New Year's Resolution is 1280x1024.
(ok you can stop throwing the tomatoes at me)

Mike / December 29, 2004 8:36 AM

OK, besides quitting smoking, I'd also like to find one of those steakhouses that offers the huge (72 oz.?) steak, where if you eat it all, you get your whole family's meal for free. When I'm finished, I'll just start the uncontrollable "villian" laugh, with my mouth half full.

tony / December 29, 2004 9:18 AM

I am going to get in shape so that when I go backpacking with my friends I'm not dying after five minutes.

statistic / December 29, 2004 9:47 AM

My resolution is to stop being just another fat, lazy American.

So, that means that this time next year I'll either be an "healthy, active American," or I'll be a "fat, lazy expat." ;-)

Brenda / December 29, 2004 9:53 AM

This is boring, but since this year was pretty good to me, I want to keep on doin what I'm doin. In the event that things happen that are out of my control... I want to be better at dealing with change.

Naz / December 29, 2004 12:08 PM

Tighter focus, more riding, more travel, more adventure, keep things simple, minimal and clean and keep loving.

davin / December 29, 2004 2:18 PM

these are all trite, i know.

more physical activity
less (no) fast food
less meat
finances in order
quit putting off musical endeavors and make money with it already
focus at work
paint more
more live shows!
read more

Maggie / December 29, 2004 2:38 PM

More anonymous sex

jennifer / December 29, 2004 6:57 PM

move to nyc, but continue to keep up on the haps in chicago with gapers block.

Matt / December 29, 2004 8:25 PM

This year, I resolve to:
1) Have sex in an elevator. If we are caught, scream 'hell yeah' at whomever catches us, and extend my hand to be slapped five.
2) Move to London, Mexico City, Sao Paolo or NYC.
3) Clean the floors in my apartment regularly.

Ted / December 30, 2004 10:22 AM

Not to undertake any self-improvement projects.

Teddy (different than the other Ted) / January 19, 2005 12:20 PM

Finish losing weight, dropped 44 lbs since july, want to drop another 20-30 if I have it to lose.

Cook more healthy food

Walk more

Learn my way around Chicago (I am new to the city)

Meet new people

Figure out what I want in life

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