Just some thoughts and ideas going around in my head while trying to figure out where I am and where everyone else is going.

Friday, February 8, 2008

New Year's Resolutions

It’s almost the middle of February. Winter seems to be on its way out. The sun is shining and the bitter chills of the last few weeks seem to be just a memory. Consequently, I have decided what my New Year’s Resolutions will be. Alright, so I’m a little late, but I run on CP Time now and again.

CP Time is a birthright afforded to me by my ethnic inheritance. It’s something that I nourish and cultivate from time to time and hold sacred, especially when I can’t find any other excuse to explain my tardiness. I know that I am not alone in this behavior because when people come in 15 to 20 minutes late to those Barber/Beauty Shop plays, or the He Did Her Wrong shows at the theatre, I realize that I am surrounded by my beautiful brothers and sisters who like me, have no concept of Eastern Standard when it comes to certain things.

The other day I arrived in Philly. I had walked up the Speedline steps and was on my way to wherever I was going and I noticed my breath. I wasn’t huffing and puffing, but I noted the rhythm of how I breathed, deeply and long. I breathed as if I was trying to catch my breath. I felt uncomfortable but I did not need to slow down; people often tell me that I walk fast. There was no need for me to pull over to side, clutch my chest and exclaim “ooh chile,” like I’ve seen elderly ladies do after they have exerted themselves. But this was something that I had become aware of happening to me more and more. I will admit, the days of me waking up in the morning and running 4 or 5 miles a day before work is long behind me, but breath control has never been an issue until now. Of course in those days, I would smoke about 2 or 3 cigarettes a day. Now I do about a pack every 2 or 3 days, or a pack a day if I’m out drinking where they still allow you to smoke. So that is my first resolution.

Since I intend to have more beautiful oxygen filling my lungs repairing cell tissue promoting muscle growth and things, I thought that perhaps this year I could get rid of that jiggle. I’m not complaining about how I look, but I have an ego like a lot of people. Also, I am tired of how listening to people say how good I look for someone of my age. My age, what the hell does that mean anyway? I look ugly and decrepit but since I’m close to collecting social security you’ll give me a pass? No sir. Not interested in hearing that any more. So this year, I’m going for that 6-pack. I’m going for that stomach that people can wash their clothes on. For once in my life I want people look at me and just say “damn” and leave it that. I want to be seen as attractive before I’m old enough to start getting the scope up my behind by a doctor with whom I’m not that close.

I don’t usually do resolutions. First I think it’s kind of silly and childish to pledge to do something that you want to do anyway but only at a certain time and date. And second, for me they have never lasted more than the second week of January. Looks like I’m ahead already.

So there you have it, 2 resolutions. And with that, in case I didn’t do it before, I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year, better late than never.


  1. You can do it!! I need to work on the smoking thing too...sigh I like smoking.

  2. Smoking isn't attractive! Get rid of the cigs and you'll look better just doing that! The 6-pack will put you over!!!

  3. D,
    I like smoking too, but it's becoming to much of a crutch. I smoke sometimes not because I want to, but because I have to and that's not good. Plus I am tired of seeing people with an oxygen tube strapped to their noses gasping for breath, or worse still people speaking through some machine pressed against their throat and thinking that could be me. No, it's got to go before I do.

    I don't know about not being attractive. Smoking can be used like an accessory. Like a woman wearing pearls, it can make or break an ensemble. It can be used to emphasize a movement or gesture. Smoking, when done at the right time can stress a point like almost nothing else can. Just watch a Bette Davis movie and you'll see my point.

    But I see your point and I appreciate it and agree with it. Reluctatly though.

  4. hey man, i wanted to thank you for your prayers, i hope to be blogging back t normal by wed. but i did make a post sat. and it had nothing d with the tornadoes, she was 89, now i have one granny left. Thanks for the prayers, now i will pray you leave them squares alone

  5. T,

    I guess you aren't talking about square meals, so I'll take your prayers I think I'm going to need all the help I can get.

  6. Hi Curious,

    You mention "CP Time" and the funny thing about that is other cultures say that about themselves as well.

    For instance South Asians say the same thing.

    It's amazing that we all presume and even celebrate our differences when in reality we are so much alike.

  7. MDC,

    I had a professor who was Greek and would say the same thing about his own culture. He would say the only people who would stick to a timetable would the people who lived in Athens.

    Maybe this is the natural way to be, and being on time all the time is actually one of the prices for living in a progressively "western" world.


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