Promises, Promises

Every Year at This Time, People Suddenly Start Thinking Up Ways They Could Be Better. Do You Have Resolutions for 2001?

image Wendy Hartman
Age 38
Resides Long Island
Occupation Product manager

What's your New Year's resolution? To save more money for myself. To actually set aside money from every paycheck. Last year's resolution was to stick to my regular budget, which I actually managed to do about 75 percent of the time.

What's the worst thing you did this year? I went to Cancún and people there said, "What are you doing here? You're 38!" It was bad in the naughty sense, not the immoral sense. I had a blast, and if I'd stayed longer than five days, I never would have come back.

What's the nicest thing? Ditto, Cancún. I did a nice thing for myself.


image Beau Edmonson
Age 23
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Student

What's your New Year's resolution? I haven't gotten to the "how am I going to improve my life?" section yet. That'll happen New Year's Eve. I know I made some resolutions last year—I wish I could remember them.

What's the worst thing you did this year? I fell in love.

What's the nicest thing? I called my dad for the first time in a year and a half. It was prompted by my drinking three pints of Guinness, but he was very receptive. He's been e-mailing my brother and me, and it's restored some closeness to the family.


image Charlene Tyson
Age 25
Resides Brooklyn
Occupation Nurse

What's your New Year's resolution? I want to buy a computer and create a job using the Internet. One that I can do from my home.

What's the worst thing you did this year? I beat my daughter. She has too much lip. I can't take that attitude. When I was growing up, you couldn't speak to your parents that way. It just didn't happen.

What's the nicest thing? I went to my niece's school to speak to the principal. My niece felt she needed help. I felt good doing a little mothering for her. I've got my niece's report card in my purse. She's doing very well now.


image John Merz
Age 35
Resides Brooklyn
Occupation Seminary student

What's your New Year's resolution? I have no interest in New Year's resolutions. They're meaningless. I hate to be fatalistic about it, but it's true. I'll go to a New Year's party, but that's it.

What's the worst thing you did this year? That's between me and God. You can check with my priest, but confession is sacrosanct. I'll just say that it would be way too deep for Santa.

What's the nicest thing? I feel the most open and generous when I worship, but I don't like to catalog my deeds. I prefer to just let them flow.


image Tom Hudson
Age 22
Resides South Salem, New York
Occupation Intern at production house

What's your New Year's resolution? To quit smoking. I made the same resolution last year and managed to get through the first three months of the year smoke-free. Now I've got to start all over again.

What's the worst thing you did this year? I started and kept on spending money on my father's credit card. He hasn't caught on yet. I'm using it without his permission.

What's the nicest thing? I gave money to charity.


image Dan Dobson
Age 33
Resides Brooklyn
Occupation Musician

What's your New Year's resolution? I don't have one. I never make those kinds of false promises to myself. Anyone who does is just kidding himself.

What's the worst thing you did this year? I still haven't paid my taxes. More recently, I stole a bag of expensive potato chips from an expensive deli next to the Guggenheim Museum.

What's the nicest thing? I didn't do anything uniquely good. I'm a nice guy. I was me all year.


image Sam Buonaugurio
Age 25
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Musician

What's your New Year's resolution? To absolve myself of all the evil things I've done. I'm living more along the lines of A Christmas Carolthan of New Year's resolutions. I really want things to be right with the people I love.

What's the worst thing you did this year? It's been a pretty naughty year. I want to revel in the good and repent the bad.

What's the nicest thing? That should be my New Year's resolution, to be able to answer that question this time next year. I just don't know.

 
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