Happy New Year, as if you haven’t heard that enough times already. Five days into 2019 and it’s been feeling more like spring than winter, although that is not a complaint.
At this moment in 2018, we were suffering with an arctic vortex. As quoted from the pertinent journal entry:
The last time it’s been above freezing was at 2:54 p.m. on December 26th of last year with a balmy 33°F/.5°C, according to Northeast (Philadelphia) Airport’s weather data.
The coldest it’s been since was 6°F/-14°C at 6:54 a.m. on New Year’s morning, and that’s without considering the “real feel,” or wind-chill temperature. Overnight tonight, or Sunday morning, should be the coldest of them all thus far, with readings to hover around 0°F/-17.7°C by daybreak.
One of my resolutions from last year is extending over to this one, as I wasn’t successful in keeping it: to lose weight. My BMI is still off in no-man’s-land, having fluctuated up by 5 pounds (2 kg), or lowered by 10 (4.5 kg). Presently it’s the same as last January.
I suppose that’s not too bad, but for health reasons, I should lose at least 20 pounds/1 st. 6 lbs./9 kg. I’m resolving to drop at least 10.
My main conviction for 2018 was attempting to be less of a wiseguy and constant complainer. If you’re a regular reader of my tirades, it’s evident that was a failure, so I’m not going to attempt it again. Besides, I’d have nothing to write about otherwise.
The following are my new directives for 2019. I will:
- Wash my hands multiple times regularly during flu season, and before each meal for at least 20 seconds, which is the recommended time for best removing nasty bacteria.
- Brush my teeth for 3 minutes at a clip, 90 seconds each for top and bottom sets. I’ve got a sonic electric toothbrush that has a built-in timer for total time and just need to observe the second hand on my watch for the two increments.
- Eat healthier, slower, and chew each bite at least 10 times.
- Not be mean to anyone.
- Smile more often.
- Stop being so critical of others.
- Be more tolerant, especially of smartphone zombies and lousy drivers.
- Read more.
- Avoid expressing my political leanings in polite conversations.
- Open mail every day, including the junk, so it doesn’t pile up.
- Walk at least one mile daily.
- Clean out the black-hole closet and get rid of the junk, including old garments that don’t fit anymore from clothes’ closet.
- Be kinder and more complimentary to others.
- Write another book.
- Play my vinyl records more often.
- Laugh more.
- Write an original song.
- Travel more.
- Look up old friends.
- Make amends to estranged members of my family.
- Procrastinate less.
- Dust the furniture more often
- Ride my bicycle again (need to get new tubes and tires, and also for when the warmer weather arrives).
- Be more charitable.
- Go to bed earlier and wake up to photograph sunrises.
- Drink more water on a daily basis.
- Be more organized.
That’s certainly a lengthy and ambitious list. If I fulfill half of the above, it should make me a more respectable person, for sure. Speaking of which, allow me to share my latest cover, “A Well-Respected Man,” written by Ray Davies and recorded by The Kinks.
We’ll review how I made out with the preceding list in 2020. Thanks for stopping by and for your continued support.