It's that time of year when some of us take a look at where we are, what we're doing, how we're doing it and why. Having done so many of us decide it's time to make a change, mostly, hopefully, for the better. Often times these are referred to as New Year's resolutions or "Resolutions" depending on how big of a change we're attempting to make.
One resolution I made last year was to unsubscribe from every piece of junk email that showed up in my inbox. I've done pretty well with it and unless I'm several days behind will spend a few minutes in the morning unsubscribing from junk mail. When I can't or haven't been successful in stopping the junk email, (referred to as "spam" and not the food kind or John Gamble's nickname) I just forward those emailers the junk email that comes to me. Probably doesn't bother them at all, but it's my own little bit of revenge.
Here are some thoughts for a few of our local folks.
Lanny Geary should resolve to be more understanding about his daughter's wedding plans. Samantha plans to get married. It's just that right now she's not sure of the date or the name of the groom. What Sam is sure of is that she is going to take her dad up on his offer. Lanny has offered (he did so for Sam's sister last year, too) a check for what he would have spent on a wedding. Sam is going to take the money and not the big, fancy wedding. And she would like to go ahead and get the check now. Sam's a smart young lady and her idea makes perfect sense to me.
Mary Jo Byrd should resolve not to play practical jokes on her friends next year. MJ presents a smiling face to everyone she meets. Few people suspect that behind that cherub-looking countenance lurks a mind that's scheming to get a needle in at just the right time. And she knows just how to do it, too.
Mitt Romney should resolve to no longer offer a $10,000 wager with his opponents in the GOP presidential nomination election because some in the media say that shows he's out of touch with most Americans. Instead he should just wager "One night's stay at Nancy Pelosi's Hawaiian getaway." That's also $10,000 but at least the media would have to acknowledge she has no clue about how the middle class lives.
Rep. Rick Crawford, from Arkansas's First District and son-in-law of local hair-cutter Ron Harris, should resolve to invite his father-in-law for a sit-down dinner at the White House. It would be an interesting time to say the least. And if the representative survives that experience he should take his own father, Don, along for another bread breaking. Then again, maybe Rick can wait until his second term to extend a dinner invitation to Ron.
Let's gaze into the crystal ball now for a few predictions for 2012.
Judge Mark Preyer will walk the entire route of the Delta Fair parade again this year, he has done every year he's been in the parade and so passionately reminded me. I can also predict that the route will seem even longer this year, as he also passionately took note of last September. One further prediction that goes along with this is that parade organizers will continue to move the judge back in the parade lineup and thus the parade route will, indeed, be longer. I would have thought he would have figured out how the organizers were messing with him years ago.
I believe we can predict that Barbie Pemberton has made such progress learning to swim that she will give swimming lessons next year.
After having demonstrated his prowess as Assistant Candle Lighter at his son's wedding last July Keith Waddell will begin practicing for a repeat performance this year at his daughter's wedding. Hopefully his skills won't be needed, but count on Keith to be ready if needed.
New TRRMC CEO Ken James will settle into his role nicely. He's got a good crew around him and I believe he's up for the challenge. (Journalistic ethics says I should probably also divulge that sitting on the hospital board is a privilege I enjoy. However, my sentiments about Ken would be the same regardless. He has a lot of energy and like a couple of his successful predecessors, is ambitious, wants to succeed and will work hard to do so.)
Vivian Helton, the DDD's unofficial but much appreciated historian, will continue to provide news and notes of interest from past issues of the newspaper and its predecessors. It's a pretty safe prediction that readers will continue to enjoy those missives.
Bud Hunt is regional vice
president, publisher of the
Daily Dunklin Democrat, Daily Statesman, Delta News-Citizen, Missourian-News and
North Stoddard Countian.