Originally created 12/29/00

Promises easy with head start

As soon as you start doing what you always wanted to be doing, you'll want to be doing something else.

- First Law of Living

I got a checkup last week, and the doctor noticed I'd lost some weight.

He was curious.

It was simple, really.

Just another of my Year-End Resolutions.

You see, I never had much luck with the far more popular New Year's Resolutions.

Like many of you, I fell short of making any measurable lifestyle changes and ended up even more depressed at my shortcomings during January - one of the bleakest months of the year.

Why not, I thought to myself, resolve to break some old habits and create new ones during December?

Then, if things didn't work out, I'd still have Christmas to enjoy and New Years to give myself a second chance.

For better or worse, it allows me to pick up some momentum, get ahead of the curve and get used to denial.

Maybe I need to celebrate other holidays ahead of time, too.

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MINDING MANNERS: Speaking of breaking bad habits, there are some new practices popping up in our high tech world that are certainly breaches of electronic etiquette.

Because many of us never dealt with these situations growing up, we have to rely on sources like Luntz Research Co. to survey 1,000 adults and determine bad form.

Rated as "downright rude" were: Talking on a cell phone during a religious service (by 82 percent of those surveyed); resigning from a job via e-mail (39 percent); taking other calls during a conference call (35 percent); reprimanding an employee via e-mail (34 percent); checking a beeper while dining with a friend (22 percent); putting a friend on hold to answer call-waiting (18 percent); asking for a date via e-mail (16 percent).

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MAILBAG: Sandra and Shirley Johnson of Augusta send greetings from St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.

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TODAY'S JOKE: Two men crossing a field came across a large, dark hole.

Curious at its depth, one tossed in a pebble. They listened closely but never heard it hit bottom.

The other man grabbed an even larger rock and tossed it into the darkness. Again, they waited and heard nothing hit.

Finally, both spotted a railroad tie nearby. Together they picked it up, carried it to the edge of the pit and threw it in.

Just then, a goat came charging out of a nearby field, headed straight toward the hole, and jumped in.

Both men were standing there stunned when a farmer walked up. "Have you fellas seen a goat?" he asked.

"Yes, we did," one man answered. "He ran and jumped into this big hole."

"I doubt that," the farmer said, shaking his head. "I had leashed him to a railroad tie."

Reach Bill Kirby at (706) 868-1222, Ext. 107.


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