Out With the Old and In With the New

New Wall Calendar

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.

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About Mike Slickster

As an early retiree with an honorary doctorate degree from the proverbial "School of Hard Knocks," this upcoming author with a lot of free time on his hands utilizes his expansive repertoire for humorous yet tragic, wildly creative writing that contains years of imaginative fantasy, pure nonsense, classic slapstick, extreme happiness and searing heartbreak; gathered by a wealth of personal experiences throughout his thrilling—sometimes mundane or unusually horrid—free-spirited, rock-'n'-roller-coaster ride around our beloved Planet Earth. Mike Slickster's illustrious quest continues, living now in Act Three of his present incarnation, quite a bit on the cutting edge of profundity and philosophical merriment as seen through his colorful characters, most notably evident in the amusing Thirty Days Across the Big Pond series, all of which can be found at Lulu.com.
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