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I don’t know why I cared so much about formulating a resolution when I knew that in a week it wouldn’t matter. Nobody asks about resolutions after the first of the year. It’s an unspoken rule; there’s an understanding that to ask how one is doing on their resolution after the first is like inquiring about someone’s weight or IQ. We are to assume people are doing their best; it would be rude to probe them on their progress.

But as a week was so far away, and I had a few New Year’s Eve soirees to hit up, I settled on a safe, unique, true-ish answer to the question: “My resolution? Ah, yes, well...to become conversational in Japanese. And you?”

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pinkshoes Jan. 6, 2010 @ 1:37 p.m.

Mine? To stop trying to impress people as to how nice I am and just be nice and to live for myself. In an nut shell? To stop being ingratiating.


PistolPete Jan. 6, 2010 @ 8:17 p.m.

To be less of an a**hole. I'll still be my caustic and cynical self though.


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