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TOMMY’s TAKE / Resolution Pitfalls

Tommy McFly
By Tommy McFly
Posted on Dec 30,2009
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Photo by John Arundel/Local Kicks<br /> <br />The last snowy days of 2009 were a time to pause for reflection; on just how many resolutions could we come up with to fail on in 2010? Here, a lone walker makes the trek up Cameron Street last week in Old Town. <br />
Photo by John Arundel/Local Kicks
The last snowy days of 2009 were a time to pause for reflection; on
just how many resolutions could we come up with to fail on in 2010?
Here, a lone walker makes the trek up Cameron Street last week in
Old Town.

ALEXANDRIA, VA. - Fail is a term that has become part of the region's lexicon for about a year now.  
 
Sorry to report, it’s not new and you’re not as trendy as you may think.  Insult the reader right away, it’s the best way to get them to read the rest of your column.    
 
If you have not X’d me out or gone over to check out what NBCWashington is serving up, thank you.  
 
This is the time of the year where nearly all of us FAIL.  Lets face the facts: New Years Resolutions are hard.  
 
In trying to find some cold hard scientific facts, via Google, on how long one can expect to keep a resolution I was quickly side tracked by what Google “thought” I was looking for when I keyed in “How Long Does The Average…”

In case you’re interested, the average worker bee lives a month and 10 days .
 
Know-it-all Google told me that 75 percent of resolutions become FAILS after just a week.  I did an impromptu poll of my own on Facebook  and found that my friends are epic failures, just like me, when it comes to resolving.
 
Amanda chimed in quickly, “I said I would start only giving advice that I would actually take myself. Result: All of my friends are bitter and single. Lol.”  
 
Radio pal Joe added: “I tried to cut back on the -----ng cursing but –i- on a shingle too many ----ers –s- me the ---k off to not –u----- curse.”  
 
I sure hope he doesn’t kiss his mother with that mouth.
 
Personally, in the past I’ve tried to bulk up, stop swearing, go to church, drink less, etc.,  all FAILures.  How  has a few easy to follow steps like “Aim Low,” “Tell Everyone” “Reward Yourself;” sage advice which has been repackaged on every grocery store magazine display, e-blast, book, blog, and daytime talk show.  
 

Photo by John Arundel/Local Kicks <br /> <br />Resolution # 1: Dig my truck out of a snowdrift. Here, a snowy scene outside of Hard Times Cafe last week on King Street. <br />
Photo by John Arundel/Local Kicks
Resolution # 1: Dig my truck out of a snowdrift.
Here, a snowy scene outside of Hard Times
Cafe last week on King Street.

So last year I set out to change it up a bit and take the resolution thing into my own hands.  
 
Instead of resolving to achieve something I decided on a motto for the years.  2009 was “I did it for the story!” and by all account it’s been a pretty productive year.  
 
Since 1/1/09 I’ve enjoyed a ton of blessings in career and personal life: success in my radio show, new friends, a new pup, a new apartment, some new side jobs, attended amazing events and chatted with some fascinating people.
 
I took every opportunity that was put in front of me and jumped at every challenge. Not bragging in the least, just an example of the New Years Motto in action. Mull it over while you’re on the treadmill or putting quarters in the ‘swear jar’ on January first.
 
Oh, and my grandmother would kill me if I didn’t tell you.  Be sure to eat Pork on New Years Day for good luck and avoid chicken like the plagues.  Apparently if you eat chicken it "scratches" your troubles back from the previous year.
 

Photo by John Arundel/Local Kicks <br /> <br />Resolution # 2: Keep all New Year's resolutions so Santa returns with a bigger satchel in 2010. Here, Santa heads home after a long day of work at the White House Christmas Tree last week. <br />
Photo by John Arundel/Local Kicks
Resolution # 2: Keep all New Year's resolutions
so Santa returns with a bigger satchel in 2010.
Here, Santa heads home after a long day of work
at the White House Christmas Tree last week.

So with a motto and the other white meat, grab 2010 by the horns and have an amazing year!
 
Thank you for indulging me and my “TAKE” here at Local Kicks and on the air at MiX107.3



Photo by John Arundel/Local Kicks <br /> <br />Resolution # 3:  Be nicer to our kids in 2010. Here, a group of aspiring ballerinas at Georgetown Jingle at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington last week. <br />
Photo by John Arundel/Local Kicks
Resolution # 3: Be nicer to our kids in 2010.
Here, a group of aspiring ballerinas at
Georgetown Jingle at the Four Seasons
Hotel in Washington last week.

 







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