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A resolution to keep

'Tis the season for breaking resolutions.

I've given up on New Year's resolutions after years of ignoring the pledges I made.

Let's look back over some of my failed vows:

"I'll lose weight this year." Right.

"I'll give up Mountain Dew and Mello Yello." Ooh, even better.

"I'll get a real job, where I actually have to do real work for a living." Not a chance.

This year, I'm not guaranteeing anything -- other than The Mirror will continue to be one of the best community newspapers in Georgia. That's a resolution that takes care of itself.

I am looking forward to 2004, resolution in mind or not.

I'll be sitting on the board of directors of the Chamber of Commerce and participating in Leadership McDuffie in the coming months.

As for The Mirror, we're still a work in progress.

You've probably noticed we added bright red newspaper boxes across our community, giving you more places to pick up The Mirror.

Then, after including The Mirror in local copies of The Augusta Chronicle since July, we're now sending them only to our subscribers. That means those of you who have enjoyed your free copies of The Mirror and are missing it now, need to come by our office in downtown Thomson or drop us a note to subscribe. That's a simple $25 solution. And if you can't make it by the office, grab one of the folks from The Mirror. We'll be glad to get you started.

Aside from the changes that have already happened, we've also got some things planned for our readers in the coming weeks. We hope to add a weekly recipe section, featuring the favorite dishes of local cooks. (Send your recipes now. Sample dishes are also greatly appreciated.) We also plan to start featuring artwork from local students each week.

Then there's basketball season at Thomson High, Thomson Middle and Briarwood. (I still haven't recovered from football season.)

Backtracking a bit, I've already written a little bit about one of my Christmas gifts -- the one month membership at HealthLink. On other end of the gift spectrum was my wife's gift to me: a framed napkin signed and personalized by the Nature Boy himself, Ric Flair.

Yes, I watch professional wrestling. Don't ask me why.

I think it has something to do with my grandfather who spent many hours dozing in front of his TV while Dusty Rhodes and the Four Horsemen battled. I would sit on the floor in front of him in fear of turning the channel.

Eventually, it grew on me. So that's why I was thrilled with the simple, signed napkin. (Plus, I know I won't die looking at the napkin. That's not a guarantee with the HealthLink membership -- I've already tempted fate with the 5K in the last year.)

Anyway, I hope everyone has a wonderful and prosperous 2004.

I'll be here, having fun and avoiding exercise at all costs.

Now that's a resolution even I can keep.



Web posted on Thursday, January 8, 2004


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