Danville Express

Cover Story - January 5, 2007

I hereby resolve...

January means a new start in our striving for perfection

New Year's resolutions - we make 'em, we break 'em; we love 'em. And some people who have been in our news pages this year have shared their resolutions and plans for 2007.

I usually make three resolutions and two wishes.

I resolve (courageous commitment, determined decision and persistent persevering):

1. To put an end to divorce on the planet by fixing people up with their true soulmate using my revolutionary new discovery Psychtrology.

2. To cure TPS (toxic parent syndrome), which most people suffer from and don't even know it.

3. To become a Godzillionaire and to take over the Internet and then turn it off.

I only have one wish (dream) this year - to get on the cover of Oprah Magazine promoting myself as "the worlds first and only Psychtrologist." A second wish would be to get people to unplug their "anti-social devices" (iPods) and listen to real (live) music or the wind in the trees, or birdsong and also just to enjoy everyday life more.

My New Year's resolution is to celebrate all year!

--Philip Hellsten aka Starman1111-Group Avatar.

Oh PUNish me! My 2007 resolution is to double the celebration of political commentary and reap the benefits of public reaction. My joy in 2006 was the exceptional humor celebrated among many Alamo Region residents. My goal for 2007 is to draw out more joyously foolish Alamo Region residents and pursue bigger and better DAZE. In 2006, we celebrated many parodies of public political events as DAZE in the Park, DAZE up a Creek, School DAZE, DAZE at the Lake, and the coming DAZE of the Maytag repairmen of Alamo Council (MAC) as "the loneliest people in town."

Such humor is not a celebration for all. Our more public citizens find it hard to laugh because they are so captured in the DAZE of their lives. Few can actually note that even in silence the majority of Contra Costans are laughing at the political results. I will consider my resolution a success when I have our public citizens laughing with us.

It will be somewhat like pursuing peace in our lifetime and being more satisfied with trying than the failure the efforts bring.

Joyous and successful 2007!

--Hal Bailey, Alamo resident and frequent letter to the editor writer

To finish one of the 14 novels on my bedside table.

To walk the dogs before work, even if it's 29 degrees outside.

To finish unpacking from my move to Danville (back in July).

To fix my broken headlight that was damaged when I rear ended a passenger vehicle that suddenly stopped for an SRVUSD school bus.

Margie Brown, Assistant Superintendent, Facilities Development, San Ramon Valley Unified School District

My New Year's resolution for 2007 is a promise never to tell a lie, emulating the Father of our Country, George Washington, my hero. Few realize Washington was born in what is now Texas. Upon reaching 16, he became interested in politics and also received an ax from his father as a birthday gift. One afternoon when his parents were out, he used the ax to chop down the mesquite tree in his parents' front yard.

When his parents came home they, of course, noticed the fallen tree. George went directly to his Father and said, "Father, it was I who chopped down the mesquite tree. What are you going to do to me?" His father said, "George, I'm not going to punish you, but we must move from Texas to Virginia. No Texan can be successful in politics who is so honest." And so it has been ever since.

--Ralph Hoffmann, Danville resident active on many committees

To floss.

My resolution is to take my kids fishing more. They both love going out on the boat and it is a great way to spend time with them. I want my son to catch his first fish this year. He will be 3 in March. He went fishing with me several times last summer, but doesn't quite get what fishing is all about yet. By this spring and summer, he should be ready for the task. My daughter, who will turn 5 in March, is already a seasoned pro! She loves to come fishing and no longer wants Daddy to help her reel the fish in.

Mike Ireland, Danville canine cop

My Jan. 1 resolution is to keep off all the weight that I had lost while I was campaigning this year. And to keep all of my New Year's resolutions that I do make until at least my next birthday. And I think I could do that. It just so happens my next birthday is Jan. 2.

--Danville Mayor Mike Shimansky

My resolution is perhaps to get more active in the VFW and probably to do more traveling. I'd like to do more for the veterans. Perhaps arrange some luncheons for them. I'm going back to Alaska. I'd like to concentrate on fishing. These are the things I want to do.

--Tony Carnemolla, trustee of the Veterans Memorial Building

It's a new year and there's going to be some improvements. You betcha. For starters, we're going to get those Christmas lights down and packed away, if there's room after all the new decorations we bought. And if we can't squeeze everything back into the attic, we're going to make room. We'll just go through the house and get rid of everything we don't use, or need, or can't find all the parts for, even if we might regret it later when we remember why we got the thing in the first place and go looking for it, but it isn't there because we put it in the pile of donation pick-up stuff in a rash and impulsive moment of ingratitude for all the wonderful things we have, forgetting that it's not the things that are important, but the cherished memories they invoke. Or, maybe we'll just celebrate Christmas all year!

--Fred Turner, Laughter Yoga Leader, Salon at the Gallery Organizer

I moved out of my house in 1989 and I still have a box in public storage in Livermore. My New Year's resolution is to finally go over there and pick it up. It's full of old table saws and my kids' tape and record collections from back then. I'm not sure what's taken me so long.

--John Bellandi, owner of Alamo Hay and Grain

My resolution is kind of quirky. The No. 1 thing I want to do in 2007 is to put together an event where 500 singles spend the whole weekend together. I'm already looking into having it at the Marriott. We'll have classes, cocktails, makeovers and a panel of men and women answering why men do this or women do that. Imagine doing what I do for a living. My job is one big party.

--Jeannine Kaiser, founder of Dating IQ

My New Year's resolutions for 2007 are as follows:

1. To tout Al Gore's message in his movie "An Inconvenient Truth" and to actively heed his advice.

2. Keep up good humor in spite of negative events.

3. Each clean, clear, new moment (which hopefully is about to enter my life) must be unsullied with remnants of the negativism experienced in the previous minute. Each unused minute will now be filled with art, love of life and patience.

4. To replace most of my three-minute closet hangers with one-minute hooks to declutter the clutter!

5. To inspire my art students to create award-winning paintings with my guidance.

6. To create an active group of folks who will fight the addition of "harmless" food additives. Many food colors have a gradual accumulative effect and have been proven to be cancer causing.

7. To reconstruct Contra Costa Academy of Fine Arts by getting an active new board of directors, volunteer staff and most of all a space for the classes.

--Beth Batchelor, artist

1. Be less rude to phone solicitors

2. Cut fewer people off on the freeway.

3. Laugh more, eat less fried salt and more chocolate. Chocolate makes me laugh.

4. Find a faster off-freeway rush hour route from Walnut Creek to Danville.

5. Destroy cell phones using "Feelings," "My Heart Will Go On" or "The Macarena" as ring tones.

--Jeff Seaberg, director-producer of "Wigged Out" at Victoria's Hair Onstage

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