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R / December 28, 2011 3:15 PM

I got rid of a lot of things this past year--very old clothing, papers I'll never need to reference again--and I hope I can hold on to that philosophy about keeping things clean and simple.

What can go? My bad attitude and love of candles (it's an expensive habit).

Andrew Huff / December 28, 2011 3:23 PM

I've got a pile of clothes to donate, and yeah, this winter we'll be clearing the basement of old papers and other random unused stuff.

Mike / December 28, 2011 3:25 PM

What can go? Craptacular food trucks.
What can stay? Local beers. More, please.

Spook / December 28, 2011 4:46 PM

Go! any one who got a beard as part of the beards are cool fad and any women associated with them or admires of said beards. I'm thinking more of a rapture like causation that would take them all away suddenly.

Stay! The Occupy Wall Street Movement and its satellites like Occupy Chicago, etc.,

M / December 29, 2011 1:36 AM

The Marlboro Lights have to go. And the 20 lbs and the too-much Tempranillo.

The girl will stay because she is awesome and I'm going to marry her in 2012.

Giving a shit about politics can go, at least for 2012. It doesn't matter ... we're a center-right country full of assholes I heard on CSPAN today talking about their "Christian" values (stopping the Gays with their Agenda, the evil sluts who want to abort babies, the war on Christmas, rinse-later-repeat) ... we're fuckin' doomed so I'm going to try to just let it go away in my mind for a while.

Getting pissed off at stupid shit like pubic hipster beards can go. Yet loving Spook will always stay. I love you Spook. Happy 2012. Keep on keepin' on, man.

bob / December 29, 2011 4:16 PM

stay: doughnuts, pizza of all sorts, small family-owned bakeries, vegetarian/veg-friendly restaurants, free music festivals, independent stores of all kinds.

go, please: skinny pants of all kinds, dirty/unwashed hair, texting while driving, texting while walking, the pork obsessed, folks who rarely (if ever) travel outside the wp/bucktown/logan square bubble.

Mucky Fingers / December 30, 2011 11:23 AM

Go: Indie music, foodie culture, and all those young men who don't know that they're dressing like women.

Stay: Everything else. If I haven't noticed it, then it doesn't bother me.

Jeanne / December 30, 2011 3:18 PM

Go: where did all these people with attitudes come from? go back where you came from; texting-pda obsessed people who won't live in the real world; 20 lbs;
Stay: wacky weather

David / December 31, 2011 7:30 PM

Go: The House Republicans.
Stay: The Occupy Movement.

Lakshmi / January 1, 2012 12:44 AM

Go: People talking about food and flavor profiles.
Stay: Smiling at strangers

Jaws / January 2, 2012 5:39 PM

Go: Women who give women a bad name - any Kardashian; any Palin; Bachman...

Stay: My dog.

fluffy / January 4, 2012 7:44 PM

go: fake people, unoriginality/sheep (people who all look/act alike because they follow the same trends), dog fights and animal abuse, 20 lbs, unicorns, the weird numbness on my right knee

stay: my amazing cat, my job, people believing in themselves , good new music, my super old car

CiVal / January 5, 2012 1:31 PM

Go: Lazy, ignorant, selfish, myopic, greedy, racist, classist, sexist, politicians and the comics that support them.

Stay: Consideration.

Monica Reida / January 5, 2012 4:25 PM

Go: Food trucks that sell pastries. A smaller number would be nice.
Stay: The current weather.

jason / January 6, 2012 1:44 PM

Stay: Marion Cotillard
Go: everyone else

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