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Gazette 2000-01-29
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     Table of Contents

          1. Editorial by Dizzy 
          2. Reflections and Resolutions by Saberwolf
          3. Some great things about getting older by Anonymous     
          4. My personal New Year's Resolution by Anonymous
          5. Now that I'm a year older, here's what I've learned by

     1. Editorial by Dizzy 

We made it. For almos an entire month we've been living in the New
Millennium (depending on how you count, whether you've ever been in close
proximity to an engineer, and whether your calendar is Julian, Druidic, or
Gregorian).  For quite a while now I've been collecting the best of New
Year's Resolutions that have come my way, and herewith present The Very
Last Of The Old Millennium Looks Toward The Future.... - Diz [P.S. Some of
this stuff is silly, some funny, and some of it is so profound that you
don 't want to cheat yourself by round filing it....(HINT: my favorites
are the last two) -Diz]

Reportedly found in the 1999 White House holiday greeting card

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, our best wishes for
an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress,
non-addictive, gender neutral, celebration of the winter solstice holiday,
practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion
of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the
religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice
not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. 
...and a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling, and medically
uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar
year 2000, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of
other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America
great, (not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other
country or is the only "AMERICA" in the western hemisphere), and without
regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith,
choice of computer platform, or sexual preference of the wishee. 
(By accepting this greeting, you are accepting these terms. This greeting
is subject to clarification or withdrawal. It is freely transferable with
no alteration to the original greeting. It implies no promise by the
wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for her/himself or others,
and is void where prohibited by law, and is revocable at the sole
discretion of the wisher.  This wish is warranted to perform as expected
within the usual application of good tidings for a period of one year, or
until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes
first, and warranty is limited to replacement of this wish or issuance of
a new wish at the sole discretion of the wisher.) 

     2. Reflections and Resolutions by Saberwolf 

We are about to cross the threshold to yet another new year, but it is not
just another new year. The new year signifies renewal and a fresh start in
one's daily life. We do away with the old and attempt to improve ourselves
for the coming year. Let me provide some suggestions of resolutions from a
mudding perspective: 

Let us improve our understanding and patience with fellow mudders. We were
all inexperienced at one point and the feeling helping an individual is
all that gratifying. We are in a society hinged upon a multitude of
different ideas and opinions. Imagine how boring the world would be if
everyone held the same views and opinions- c an we designate that as
autonomous robots. It is these differing ideas that spur creativity and
flavor in our lives. Being able to compromise and work together is an
essential trait to become a well-rounded person. 

Let us remember the gift of giving is just as important as the gift of
accepting. Brighten up a fellow mudder's day by expressing your gift of
giving- giving does not necessarily refer to material things. 

Let us understand that our goal in mudding is not necessarily to beat the
meanest and ugliest mobs, but to enjoy a game/service offered to us. It is
an environment built upon a player base, and without that strong, healthy
player base, there would be nothing. 

This certainly is only a few ways to improve oneself as we reach a new
year.  Feel free to use these as a guideline to begin your new year. Have
a safe and happy holiday. =) 

     3. Some great things about getting older by Anonymous

Finally you can eat dinner at 4:00 

Your investment in health insurance is finally beginning to pay off. 

Kidnappers are not very interested in you. 

It's harder and harder for sexual harassment charges to stick. 

If you've never smoked you can start now and it won't have time to hurt

People no longer view you as a hypochondriac. 

Your secrets are safe with your friends because they can't remember them

Your supply of brain cells is finally down to a manageable size. 

Your eyes won't get much worse. 

Adult diapers are actually kind of convenient. 

Things you buy now won't wear out. 

No one expects you to run into a burning building. 

You don't need the shingles with the 30 year guarantee. 

There is no need to spend money for a psychic to see your future. 

There's nothing left to learn the hard way. 

Your joints are more accurate than the National Weather Service. 

Protecting your eyes during a solar eclipse isn't as important as it
used to be. 

Buying cheap tires and not rotating them makes economic sense. 

You don't have to learn the name of the new UPS man. 

No one thinks you're cheap because you don't buy a half a cow to freeze. 

You may never have to vacuum under the bed again. 

Taking the shortest magazine subscription is economically defensible. 

You don't have to bother planting perennials. 

In a hostage situation you are likely to be released first

     4. My personal New Year's Resolution by Anonymous

This is what I would like to do for my New Year's Resolution. It was
written by an 83 yr old woman to her friend.  What a great Idea she has: 

I'm reading more and dusting less.  I'm sitting in the yard and admiring
the view without fussing about the weeds in the garden. I'm spending more
time with my family and friends and less time working.  Whenever possible,
life should be a pattern of experiences to savor, not to endure.  I'm
trying to recognize these moments now and cherish them. 

I'm not "saving" anything; we use our good china and crystal for every
special event such as losing a pound, getting the sink unstopped, or the
first Amaryllis blossom. 

I wear my good blazer to the market.  My theory is if I look prosperous, I
can shell out $28.49 for one small bag of groceries.  I'm not saving my
good perfume for special parties, but wearing it for clerks in the
hardware store and tellers at the bank. "  Someday" and "one of these
days" are losing their grip on my vocabulary.  If it's worth seeing or
hearing or doing, I want to see and hear and do it now. 

I'm not sure what others would've done had they known that they wouldn't
be here for the tomorrow that we all take for granted.  I think they would
have called family members and a few close friends.  They might have
called a few former friends to apologize and mend fences for past
squabbles.  I like to think they would have gone out for a Chinese dinner,
or for whatever their favorite food was.  I'm guessing; I'll never know. 

It's those little things left undone that would make me angry if I knew my
hours were limited. Angry because I hadn't written certain letters that I
intended to write one of these days. Angry and sorry that I didn't tell my
husband and parents often enoug h how much I truly love them.

I'm trying very hard not to put off, hold back, or save anything that
would add laughter and luster to our lives. And every morning when I open
my eyes, tell myself that it is special. Every day, every minute, every
breath truly is a gift from God. 

I don't believe in miracles.  I rely on them.

     5. Now that I'm a year older, here's what I've learned by Anonymous

I've learned...

I've learned that I like my teacher because she cries when we sing
"Silent Night".  Age 6

I've learned that our dog doesn't want to eat my broccoli either.  Age 7

I've learned that when I wave to people in the country, they stop what
they are doing and wave back.  Age 9

I've learned that just when I get my room the way I like it, Mom makes
me clean it up again.  Age 12

I've learned that if you want to cheer yourself up, you should try
cheering someone else up.  Age 14

I've learned that although it's hard to admit it, I'm secretly glad my
parents are strict with me.  Age 15

I've learned that silent company is often more healing than words of
advice.  Age 24

I've learned that brushing my child's hair is one of life's great
pleasures.  Age 26

I've learned that wherever I go, the world's worst drivers have followed
me there.  Age 29

I've learned that if someone says something unkind about me, I must live
so that no one will believe it.  Age 39

I've learned that there are people who love you dearly but just don't know
how to show it.  Age 42

I've learned that the greater a person's sense of guilt, the greater his
or her need to cast blame on others.  Age 46

I've learned that children and grandparents are natural allies.  Age 47

I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life
does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.  Age 48

I've learned that singing "Amazing Grace" can lift my spirits for hours. 
Age 49

I've learned that motel mattresses are better on the side away from the
phone.  Age 50

I've learned that you can tell a lot about a man by the way he handles
these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree
lights.  Age 52

I've learned that keeping a vegetable garden is worth a medicine cabinet
full of pills.  Age 52

I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you
miss them terribly after they die.  Age 53

I've learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life. 
Age 58

I've learned that if you want to do something positive for your children,
work to improve your marriage.  Age 61

I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.  Age 62

I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catchers mitt on
both hands.  You need to be able to throw something back.  Age 64

I've learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you.  But if you
focus on your family, the needs of others, your work, meeting new people,
and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you.  Age 65

I've learned that whenever I decide something with kindness, I usually
make the right decision.  Age 66

I've learned that everyone can use a prayer.  Age 72

I've learned that it pays to believe in miracles. I've seen several.  Age

I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one.  Age 82

I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. 
People love that human touch - holding hands, a warm hug, or just a
friendly pat on the back.  Age 85

I've learned that I still have a lot to learn.  Age 92

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