Originally created 01/25/02

New year brings new trends: Are you ready?

We've heard that a million monkeys banging on a million typewriters would eventually reproduce the entire works of Shakespeare. Now - thanks to the Internet - we know this is not true.

- Robert Wilensky

Can you believe it?

One month ago this morning many of us were opening Christmas gifts. Today we see February peeking around the corner, and we're relieved we've finally remembered to write "2002" on our checks.

Things come and things go; trends change.

That's why California journalists Stephen Lynch and Amy Wilson always present their annual list of what's hot and what's not in the year ahead.

On the "Hot" list: Nicole Kidman, the Spider-Man movie, TV shows CSI and 24 Hours, actress Halle Berry, charm bracelets, newspapers and the colors orange and yellow.

On the "Not" list: Tom Cruise, the movie Rollerball, the TV shows Survivor and West Wing and the colors black and gray.

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MAILBAG: While we might be complaining about January, Pat VanHooser of North Augusta is enjoying the sun. She sends a card from the Yucatan Peninsula and writes: "I always take my vacation in winter and this may be one of the most beautiful places on earth ... The people are great and the food is wonderful. If I can think of a way to stay, I just might."

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Some people are like blisters. They don't show up until the work is done.

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TODAY'S JOKE: A woman in a hurry rushed out of the house, forgetting her keys, and found herself locked out. There was nothing to do but wait for her husband to come home.

A neighbor who was raking leaves nearby walked over and said, "You locked yourself out, huh?"

"Yeah," the woman said, "this is the second time since we moved in. After the first time we took an extra key and put it in a jar, then stuck it in a potted plant on the deck."

"So what's the problem?" the neighbor asked.

"Me, I guess," she answered. "I took the plants in for the winter."

Reach Bill Kirby at (706) 823-3344 or bkirby@augustachronicle.com.


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