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Harris Blackwood: Time to set New Year's resolutions and, for once, keep them
Harris Blackwood
Harris Blackwood

It’s that time of year, when our thoughts turn to New Year’s resolutions.

I’m guilty, as are some of you, of making and not keeping resolutions about weight and health. I had to go to the doctor a while back. I got sent the same day to a specialist. Both of them weighed me. By afternoon, I weighed five pounds less on a different scale. I like the second scale better.

Many of you may go out and try to find an after-Christmas special on a treadmill. If you are looking at a treadmill, be sure and look at the rails on the side. Make sure they can hold a sufficient number of coat hangers. It seems that by about April or May, a treadmill becomes a convenient place to hang clothes to dry.

If you decide to take up walking, jogging or running, don’t get an outfit that is too revealing until you are ready to reveal. Sometimes you wonder if folks who buy these spandex stretchy outfits purchased them at a store that didn’t have a mirror. When it comes to running or jogging, go downtown to an area where they have plate glass windows and look at yourself as you run along. I’ve seen grown men running who look like they are either trying to do the ‘60s dance called “The Pony” or a bad imitation of one of Santa’s reindeer.

Apparently a lot of people are trying some form of yoga. My hearing is not what it used to be, someone asked me if I had tried hot yoga. I thought they said yogurt and I said I liked the cold kind with sprinkles on top.

Hot yoga is done in a room that is, get ready for it, hot. You apparently sweat a great deal.

My problem is not being overweight, I’m just undertall. If I was a foot taller, I would not need to lose as much weight. The stores are full of potions and lotions that will make you look younger, or so they claim. Why hasn’t someone invent a product that could make you just a little taller.

As I have done in years past, I will try to shed a few pounds. OK, a lot of pounds.

But there are other things I want to accomplish.

I want to be a better friend (and that does not mean a Facebook friend). I have some folks that I love that I just want to spend some quality time with.

I am going to continue to read more. I have started trying to read more of the classics. I’m doing pretty well, but just want to continue that work.

I do not want to climb Mount Everest or anything like that. I have reach the point that I am not comfortable on a step ladder I certainly don’t want to climb any place much higher.

Writing more letters is on my list. I have been working on this one and am doing pretty well, just need to expend a little more ink.

This will be the year that I get all my cousins together. We tend to see each other only at funerals. I think it would be good just to sit around the table and reminisce.

On the writing front, I want to write some letters to my grandson. The kind of letters that can go into a box and he can read them when he is older. I hope I’m around, but he’ll have the letters regardless.

2019 is just a couple of days away. Set your goal and let’s go after it.

Harris Blackwood is a Gainesville resident whose columns appear on the Sunday Life page and on