And here we are, 2006.

I've always thought that the whole New Years thing was overrated. There is no discernible change in weather or anything else to signal that we're in a new year. If there is a change or resolution in your life you want to make, January 1 seems like the worst possible time to do it. The build up to the Christmas season has undoubtedly passed, the days are short, and personally I find the urge to hibernate this time of year to be pretty unavoidable. I think the New Year should start in the spring. Days are longer, warmer, and you can see the world waking up around you. The cold, dark winter should be for introspection - figure out what is good in your life, what is bad, and what you should do to change it.

But this year I have to admit, I'm caught in the New Year hype. A brand new start, an opportunity to make this year the best it can be. This includes a number of resolutions - hopefully I won't have forgotten them by March. This includes (but is not limited to):

... paying less attention to pop culture. Paris Hilton is rotting my brain.
... paying more attention to issues in local, national, and international media.
... seeking out different media sources.
... [sometimes] avoiding the urge to curl up with a book rather then go out.
... getting back into an exercise routine. Jogging, weight training, Paula Abdul's Cardio Dance, pilates, Carmen Electra's Aerobic Striptease - ANYTHING.
... getting serious about finding a job.
... seeing more live music.

If the winter blues are starting to get to you already, check out the SNL Lazy Sunday skit ... Also known as the Chronic(what)-cles of Narnia rap.

It's one of the funniest things I've seen in a long, long time.


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