Did you make any New Year's resolutions? Perhaps you could suggest a resolution for those of us who forgot or were
having too much of a good time to make one. - D.L in Bayfield.
The main problem with New Year's resolutions is that they tend to be conceived hastily in the middle of the night under
the influence of adult leisure beverages - not the ideal circumstances for meaningful self-reflection.
And asking Action Line for specific personal guidance is like asking the city to plow the streets: Expectations are
high, and the results are dubious at best.
Anyway, it's four days into 2010. We've all now had ample opportunity to fail at optimistic attempts to lose weight,stop smoking or improve
On the Monday after New Year's Day, the motto should be, Oh well, there's always next year."
Nevertheless, since you asked, here are Action Line's resolutions in no particular order.
b Resist making jokes about the driving skills of the good people of New Mexico.
Easier said than done. But given the reaction after some recent back-of-the-hand remarks, it's time to be more
forgiving of motorists from the Land of Enchantment.
So what if turn signals aren't used? No big deal. Cruising at 45 on a 65 mph highway? Oh well. Not maintaining lanes?
b Cut CDOT some slack, and find something nice to say about the Bridge to Nowhere.
Another toughie. What's the bright side of a multimillion-dollar structure built without securing property rights for
roads leading to it?
We need to accentuate the positive, right?
Let's see. That bridge is, uh, well, it's very bridgey. And its concrete retaining walls have color and texture, so
they're not as ugly as CDOT's barriers in the middle of the highway through Bodo Park.
b Use the Durango Community Recreation Center pass regularly and finally heal that darn Achilles tendinitis.
That's easy. With the rec center's recent and surprisingly steep price increases, most families can't afford the
Therefore, finding a cardio machine or space in the vortex pool will be a lot easier.
And no more scruffy towels. Good riddance to those sandpaper-like sacks. Why would anyone steal rec center towels? But
that's another story.
b Achieve work-life balance.
Another easy one. Everyone in Durango has to work two or more low-paying jobs. There's never time to spend the money we
don't make - so life is in constant equilibrium.
b Cater to Mrs. Action Line's every whim.
Hey wait a minute!
See what happens when you write the column at home and get up for a coffee refill without logging off the computer?
A domestic interloper comes in and tries to pull a fast one!
b Stop trying to understand that which cannot be explained.
For instance, why do pickup drivers have to back into parking stalls? Who are all these people at Walmart, and where
did they come from?
Why do people allow political stickers to remain on their vehicles when the election has been over for more than a
year? If real estate is in such a slump, why haven't prices fallen?
Where does it say anyone who works downtown is entitled to free parking? Why is the Fort Lewis College football program
allowed to continue?
Why do we all know that dressing up" means wearing the clean pair of jeans and the fleece that isn't covered with dog
So many questions, so little time.
E-mail questions to actionline@
durangoherald.com or mail them to Action Line, The Durango Herald, 1275 Main Ave., Durango, CO 81301. You can request
anonymity if you stop bringing leftover Christmas baked goods to work as a way to rid your home of high-calorie