New Year's goes to the dogs... and Matt Hobbs

New Year's resolutions are generally predictable and altogether quite boring - so for 2009, I've decided to "ramp up" my resolutions, and I am going to share them with you this week.

Also, have you noticed that ever since Sarah Palin exploded onto the national scene, more and more people are using the phrase "ramp up?" My first New Year's resolution is to never, ever use the phrase "ramp up" again.

My most important New Year's resolution - and, frankly, the one that I am most excited about - found its roots in an earlier column. Back in 2008, I called out News Channel Five's Matt Hobbs for covering a New England Patriots game. He never responded. Which leads me to two possible conclusions:

1.) He is a coward.

2.) He doesn't take time to read all of the free weekly publications in upstate New York.

So, my resolution is to continue mentioning Matt Hobbs' name in every column I write until a.) he responds to me or b.) I accidentally forget to mention him in my column.

Why mention Matt Hobbs repeatedly, you ask? Well, to be perfectly honest, I have no idea. It just feels like the right thing to do. And, it's going to be fun.

And that, my friends, is a perfect segway into my other major New Year's resolution. I'm going to have fun this year. I don't mean that I'm going to spend a bunch of money to go on vacation or to buy myself a bunch of toys. I'm going to have what I like to call "dog fun."

My parents have a six-year old chocolate lab named Roxy. She is unreasonably happy, all the time. That's what I aspire to. Undoubtedly, I will encounter negative circumstances in 2009, just like anyone else, but I won't let that effect my overall mood - and neither should you.

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