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True Meaning of New Year’s Resolution


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Unrealistic New Year’s Resolution

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Failed New Year’s Resolutions

All About That Change

2017 New Year’s Resolution

New Beer's Resolution

New Beer’s Resolution

New Year’s Revelation

Over the Christmas holiday I rented a movie from Redbox for the first time. In case you’re not familiar with it, Redbox is literally a red box filled with videos. You choose your selection using a touch screen, pay a modest fee and your DVD is expelled from the kiosk. The only human hands that touch the transaction are yours. Therefore, as the user, it is incumbent upon you to figure out what to do.

I didn’t encounter any problems until I attempted to return the DVD. Standing before the kiosk, I tried to shove my used movie back into the slot from which it came. The red box wouldn’t accept it and after multiple attempts I realized that I must be doing something wrong. I asked the person nearest to me, who looked about my age, if he could help, but he didn’t have a clue. My next actions were my defining moment – the period in which I crossed over to the mother side. (If it’s not one thing, it’s your mother.)

Two young women were leaving the store. Equating youth to knowledge, I thought they could help. As I started speaking to them, I heard my mother’s voice spew from my mouth: “Girls, could you help me?” They looked at each other with knowing looks – “I can’t believe she called us girls and doesn’t know how to return a movie.” Without saying a word, they activated the screen, touched return, and told me to place the movie in the slot – which it now willingly accepted.

I left the store in shock. Not only did I call two young women “girls” but I had to ask for help in operating technology. I was no longer the helper, I had become the helpee. Worse than that, I had become my mother.

My New Year’s resolution, my mission, is to seek out and conquer new technology – to boldly go where I haven’t gone before. With any luck, if I need assistance, there’ll be helpful girls nearby.

Happy New Year and may the farce be with you!

Your IFF,


I've become my mother

I’ve become my mother

New Year’s Resolutions And Peppermint Pigs™

Here we are again – the beginning of a New Year and time to make New Year’s resolutions. Ever wondered why we do such a thing? Here’s a quick history.

January is named after an ancient mythical Roman king named Janus. He became the symbol for resolutions because he had two faces that enabled him to look back on the past while at the same time looking ahead to the future. This resulted in the tradition of seeking forgiveness from enemies and exchanging gifts at the beginning of the New Year. So that’s it, the history of New Year’s resolutions.

There’s another year-end tradition that you probably haven’t heard about. It’s the story of the Peppermint Pig™. Why a pig? Because they represent happiness, health and prosperity.

Candy makers in Saratoga Springs, New York started the tradition in the 1880’s (kind of like a Hallmark holiday). At the end of the holiday meal, families would place a Peppermint Pig™ in a special pouch and break it using a miniature hammer. Everyone would eat a piece of the candy in hopes of gaining good fortune for the coming year.

You’re probably not surprised to learn that I have a Peppermint Pig™. I’m not superstitious or anything, but every year I go through a little Peppermint Pig™ type ritual to increase the odds the New Year will be filled with good fortune.

I pull out my custom made pig dresden, write down my New Year’s resolutions on my pig pad using my pig pen by the light of my pig candle in the presence of my Glucksschwein (lucky pig) while sipping wine (that had been in a bottle that was sealed with my pig stopper) from my swine glass (i.e., pig mug), throwing salt over my shoulder using my pig salt shaker then breaking my Peppermint Pig™ in its little red pouch using my miniature hammer. I do it at home so it’s not weird or anything. So far I think it’s worked pretty well!

Happy New Year and may the farce be with you!

Your IFF,


Perfectly normal non-superstitious year-end good luck pig ritual that might actually work

BTW –  If you’re interested in purchasing your own Peppermint Pig™, go to Saratoga Sweets.

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