New Year's resolutions: Where would we be without those lists of improvements and lifestyle changes?
Go on a diet. Start exercising. Quit smoking. Reduce stress. Spend less. Save more. The lists are as varied as the individuals who draw them up.
Over the years, my personal list has included all of the above, plus quite a few more.
But all too soon, the list prominently posted on the refrigerator door Jan. 1 ceased to have a coveted place -- or much significance. It yellowed and was replaced by more pressing information, like permission slips, appointment cards and school newsletters.
I was back into those nasty, yet comfortable old habits. Who wants to be reminded of broken promises?
So this year, my New Year's resolution is not to make a list. You can't break a promise you didn't make in the first place, right?
As my teen would say, "Takea chill pill." Forget the lists and have a safe and happy New Year.
If you haven't made plans for New Year's Eve yet, here are a few spots in the greater Pasadena area that invite you to join them to ring in '92 in style.
VFW Post 2462 will sponsor its New Year's Eve dinner-dance from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tuesday night at the post home, 1720 Bayside Beach Road. Dinner will be served from 8 to 9 p.m., with music and dancing to follow.
Tickets are $25 per person and include an open bar, prime rib dinner and hors d'oeuvres.
For reservations, call the post home at 437-5629.
* American Legion Post 277 invites you to celebrate at its annual New Year's Party from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Tuesday night at the post home, at the end of Carbide Road in Solley.
Rock to the sounds of the '50s and '60s with music provided by Still Cruisin'. Munch at the buffet. Enjoy an open bar with setups, and toast the new year with champagne and favors. All for $20 aperson.
For reservations or information, call the post home at 360-0880 or Dick Malcolm at 437-0782.
* Join in merry-making at the Lake Shore Democratic Club, 236 Maryland Ave., from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tuesday. An open bar, hot-and-cold buffet, noisemakers, and dancing are included in the $20-per-person prices.
Tickets will be available at the door. Tables of 10 to 12 can be reserved in advance by contacting Stan Balewski at 255-0135.
* The Stoney Creek Democratic Club is sponsoring its New Year's party from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tuesday atthe clubhouse on Fort Smallwood Road.
The party will feature a hot-and-cold buffet, open bar, sodas and noisemakers, with music for dancing provided by Chuck Dehn.
Tickets are $20 each; reservations may be made by calling Charles Michaels at 437-9821.
Drag out your long underwear, woolen hats and mittens and join Ranger Dave Devault and those hardy Downs Park hikers as they kick off the '92 trekking season at 10 a.m., Jan. 4, with a Polar Bear Hike along the park trails.
Dress warmly, as Arctic blasts and a snowflake or two usually arrive just in time to make this hike a chilly but memorable one for the survivors.
The group will meet at the information center; hot chocolate or coffee will be served to all who finish. For more details on park events, call the recorded information hot-line at 222-6239.
Gather up the kiddies, young and old, and visit one of Pasadena's own Christmas traditions, the annual Train Garden display over at Riviera Beach Volunteer Fire Company.
The fire station, on Fort Smallwood Road, gives up its basement during the holiday season for the massive display that attracts hundreds of visitors from all over the county.
The garden is open from 7 to 9 p.m. daily and 1 to3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Jan. 4. Admission is free, but donations, used to maintain and improve the display, are accepted.
The holiday vacation will be over too soon for high school students at Northeast and Chesapeake high schools.
The opening days ofJanuary will bring the rigors of the Maryland Functional Writing test and Citizenship tests to all ninth-graders and other students at both school.
The five-hour writing test, to be given on Jan. 7-8, isdesigned to assess student competency in writing and communicating personal information and ideas.
The citizenship test, to be given Jan. 14, assesses students' knowledge of principles learned in ninth-grade American government courses this fall.
Passing the tests is agraduation requirement, so students are advised to get plenty of rest. Good luck!
Congratulations to members of the Chesapeake Senior High Chorus on being selected to participate in the All-County Senior Chorus, as well as those selected for the 1992 Maryland All-State choral groups.
Students selected for the county chorus are Stacy Armstrong, Debbie Corson, Ivy Feo, Bryan Goldman, Jennifer Griffith, Brian Null, Brandon Reichert, Robert Rizer, Jessica Simmons, Christine Thomas and Don Williams.
Six Chesapeake students were chosen from among 2,000 auditioners to join All-State choral groups.
Selected for the junior chorus were Bryan Goldman, Melody Lamplough, Robert Rizer and Jessica Simmons. Dominic DiPetro and Brandon Reichert were selected as members of the senior chorus.