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Cuttiin to the Core

Here's to a great 2008

2008 is finally here and I'm looking forward to a better year than 2007.

A friend of mine told me 2008 is supposed to be the year of change. I'm not sure where she got this information from, but it sounded good to me. I'm going to make 2008 my year of change.

This year I'll finally kick my smoking habit. It's amazing I was able to stop on New Year's Day. It usually takes me until Jan. 2 or 3 before I can stop, and then we all know that doesn't last too long.

I feel this year is different and I'm really looking forward to being smoke free.

This will also be the year I get rid of those extra 50 pounds. I'm not talking about the Piper Cub, but that spare tire around my waist. I'm going to start slow, by cutting out beer and soda from my diet. From now on, it's just water and milk, with maybe a few cans of Pepsi thrown in each week. That's the plan, anyway.

This will be the year I finally get rid of my credit card debt. I was hoping I could be debt free by early summer, but I don't think it will happen until next December. I'm cool with that, as long as I pay off my debt this year, it will be a great 2008.

There are several things I would like to see happen in 2008. I want to see my car make it through the year. It did pretty well in 2007 and I didn't have to make any major repairs. If I can last 12 more months, things will be great.

After a two-year hiatus, I'm hoping 2008 will be the year the Russells go back to Thailand. I'm sure my family-in-law over there is anxious to see Piper.

One huge bonus for 2008, this will be George W. Bush's last year as president. Yeah!

Some other hopeful events for 2008.

I'd like to see the violence in Iraq dwindle even further. Maybe this year a more definite time to withdraw will come to light.

I hope Bush gets a present this year and Bin Laden is finally brought to justice. That would really make George's year.

But, more importantly, I hope the Grateful Dead get back together for one more tour in 2008.

Whether it's losing weight, quitting smoking, ending wars or hoping the Dead comes back to life, I hope good things happen to those reading this.

With some luck and careful planning, we can all make this a great 2008.

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