It’s 2013, and even though it’s been thrown in our faces for the last three weeks, one of us will still write 1-3-12 on a check. It’ s just one of those things that can’t be avoided.   And speaking of writing checks and spending money, let’s not get reeled in on any more sales gimmicks.  We’ve had Black Friday, Cyber Monday,  Small Business Saturday,  Christmas sales, after-Christmas sales,  New Year’s sales, after-New Year’s sales … and probably after-Kwanzaa sales too.  Don’t let your shopping be led by promises of big bargains.  It’s too bad the things we really need never go on sale.  For once, I’d like to see an ad that says half-off on your power bill or an Early Bird prescription sale for the elderly.

And don’t get me started about all the diets and promises to do everything from quitting smoking to reading the Bible more often that we pledge every first of the year.  If saying out loud or writing it down brings you closer to your goals, then keep at it.  Who am I to judge?  I guess making resolutions is a tradition, like cooking black eyed peas and greens on the first of the year for good luck and financial abundance, watching the Rose Parade, football games and trying to get it all in if you had to go back to work the next day.

By the way, is it just me, or is going back to work on a Wednesday just plain wrong?

I’m excited about the New Year and hoping it’s good for everyone.  My hopes for 2013 are pretty simple:  I hope Katt Williams realizes that Suge Knight is a poor choice for a life coach.  I hope not to ever be on an elevator ride alone with fired Chicago Bears’ coach Lovie Smith.  It’s not my fault!  I hope that the makers of fruit cakes and BlackBerry’s will figure out what they have in common. It’s time to stop making both.  And finally,  I hope nobody gets caught up and names their new born baby Django.

Happy New Year, everybody!

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