I'VE MADE a list of New Year's resolutions, not just for me, but for all of us to try to follow. Actually, it's just one generic resolution, not a list of things to keep track of, so it should be fairly easy to do. All it involves is for us to stop talking about ourselves, specifically, to stop interjecting our personal problems and wishes into conversations with strangers and employers, especially while we're on the job.
I'd like Connie Chung to keep her desire for a baby to herself, at least between her husband and herself, and not to confide such news to a prime-time audience. I'd like those on "Today" and the other morning shows not to squander expensive air time with announcements of their birthdays and giggling gift suggestions.
I'd like pilots of airliners, when a flight is turned back because of mechanical failure, not to boom to the terrified passengers: "If you think you're upset, think how the ground crew feels. This is making a lot of work for them." I'd like stewardesses who are substitutes (through no fault of the passengers) not to grouse about having to work. I'd like waiters and waitresses not to tell me their names and not to join in my table conversations. I'd like the house painter who complains about his wife and kids to concentrate on his painting.