’Tis the season for resolutions

On Friday night, many New Year’s resolutions will be spoken. Some might even be written down.
Most, however, will perish within a fortnight.
After this holiday season, the most common resolution is to lose those 10 pounds that seemed to appear out of nowhere sometime between Dec. 1-31. But we must not hurry since we have lots of celebrating and eating to enjoy throughout the first day of the New Year.
The diet can be postponed until Jan. 2. No one will note the delay.
The next most common resolution is to once again get fit. Across Canada, more people will enroll in gyms and fitness clubs the first week of January than any other week in the year. We will make our four sessions a week for the first couple of weeks, then drop off as we find other opportunities to avoid the exercise.
To those who continue, I congratulate you.
As I look around our community, I have heard from John Rafferty that his New Year’s resolution is to avoid having to go out on the campaign trail in 2011.
As a good politician, he really hasn’t slowed his appearances in all the communities he represents. From his “Polar Plunge” for the Special Olympics through to ringing the bells for the Salvation Army kettles, John finds the time to chat with everyone he comes in contact with.
Our local council keeps saying their New Year’s resolution is to hold back on tax increases. Alas, it will be an almost impossible task for them to achieve. As senior governments pass down programs to the district through the Northwestern Health Unit and DSAAB, councils have no room to maneuver.
Outside contracts with the OPP leave little wiggle room, as well.
In fact, every year all councils across the district are seeing their actual discretionary spending being reduced. That impacts on maintaining the infrastructure. Can roads be plowed or graded less often? Can the manpower at the fire department be reduced and still maintain the safety of the community?
Should outdoor rinks be closed?
These are all tough decisions councils will have to entertain.
I’ve made a resolution that this is the year I’m going to paint the walls and ceiling of my wood shop. The gyp roc of more than 30 years has turned a grayish yellow and seems to absorb a lot of light in the winter.
This will be a long task since I will have to move everything at least twice to get at the walls.
This resolution also calls on me to do a thorough house-cleaning, tossing out lots of bits and pieces that I have removed over the course of time from failed tools.
The rationale was that I might need them in the future. I have needed them, but my safekeeping of those parts has made them so safe that I seldom find them when they are required.
That is the big resolution for me—and I will have to start with the monstrous television that was replaced on Christmas Day.
Anyone want a 25-year-old TV?

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