Resolved: that the federal government implement a comprehensive program to guarantee retirement security for U.S. citizens over age 65.
Oh, wait--that was the National Debate Topic resolution from my senior year of high school. Funny how some things just stick on your head. From high school, the thing I remember best is this NDT topic, which I can rattle off at breakneck-nonstop-breathless speed (as all NDT debating is done...it was never about comprehensibility or cleverness, just about having more evidence cards than your opponent). What I remember best from college is my social security number. To this day, whenever someone asks me for the last four digits of my social security number (one of those verify-your-identity things that insurance companies, mobile-phone carriers, etc., do these days), I have to say the whole thing in my head first.
I generally don't make New Year's resolutions (though this year I am awfully tempted to adopt Mei's approach
). I edit my fix-my-life list year-round and don't need a calendar date to tell me when it's time to add more stuff to it. Recently, however, I've thought of a couple things I want to work on, and since the thinking-of-them part coincides roughly with the hangin of a new calendar on the wall, I guess they could be called resolutions of sorts.
1. I want to learn how to use my camera. I've long been interested in photography and have an intuitive sense of it, but I really don't understand how my equipment works. When I was snapping away with my much-beloved Pentax K1000
(an all-metal all-manual workhorse that has been dropped more times than I can count and still works great), I didn't have too many buttons and settings to mess with. I took a few photography classes that emphasized darkroom technique over composition and learned a lot. But I've gone totally digital since then (until I manage to build a darkroom in my basement), and there's a lot to learn. After a few years of using a Kodak point-and-shoot, I got an Olympus SLR last spring (love it!), and for Christmas my brother gave me a flash for it. So now I need to read all the manuals for this stuff (yes, I skipped those in my eagerness to start snapping away) and maybe mess around with some photo-editing software.
2. I want to drink more water. No, I'm not being flip: I've just always been pretty bad at maintaining good self-hydration levels. So I want to remember to drink more.