1) Did you make a New Year's Resolution this year?
2) If you did, have you already broken it?
Maybe the majority of you "resolvers" have not yet broken your resolution(s) - I mean, it's only the first week in January , for Pete's sake!
But - I'll bet there are those of you who have faltered already - or will within the next week or two.
Why is this? Why do we break our well-intentioned resolutions so quickly and easily?
Maybe we "set the bar too high," and need to make more realistic New Year's Resolutions. That way, we might stand a better chance of keeping those resolutions.
For example, I have resolved in 2007 to not smoke - and I think I've got a pretty good chance at succeeding. I mean, I have no desire to smoke, never have, and have managed to keep this resolution for more than thirty-five years now . By resolving to not do something which you would be unlikely to do anyway, it causes a lot less stress.
A cororally, of course, would be resolving to DO something which you really want to do, can afford, and have every intention of doing.
See how this works?
Now - everyone think of something you're sure you will or won't do in 2007, and make that your resolution for the year.
We will check back with everyone in a few months to see how you have done. I'm reasonably certain that you all will be doing well at keeping these realistic resolutions.
If , however, you' are somehow not successful with your resolution, next year you can always go with that old standby - "I resolve not to make any resolutions."
If you still insist on making a resolution, and yours is to move some place where it's warmer than here, you won't be alone. In a news story about the Alamo Bowl game in San Antonio, Texas, it was mentioned that San Antone is now the seventh largest city in the U.S. Finding this hard to believe, I checked, and guess what? San Antonio IS the seventh largest city in the U.S., up two spots from 2000.
The top five are the old standbys - New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, and Philadelphia, but Philly's population went down 4.3 percent between 1990 and 2000, and Phoenix, number six, went 34.3 percent in that same time period. San Antonio is up 22.3; number eight San Diego is up 10.2; number nine Dallas, 18.0; and number ten San Jose, California, 14.4. Number eleven Detroit was number seven in 1990, but their population fell 7.5 percent between 1990 and 2000.
I won't bore you any further with the list of cities from 12 on down, but , among the 50 most populous US cities , these are the ones whose population grew the most between 1990-2000 : Las Vegas grew 85.2 percent; Austin, Texas, 41.0; Mesa, Arizona,37.6; Charlotte, N.C., 36.6 ; Phoenix , 34.3; Colorado Springs, 28.4; Arlington, Texas 27.2; San Antonio, 22.3; Portland, Ore., 21.0; Fresno, Cal., 20.7; Tucson, 20.1; Houston, 19.8; and Fort Worth,Texas, 19.5.
Among the fifty largest cities, those which saw a decrease in their population between 1990 and 2000, in addition to Detroit and Philadelphia, are Baltimore (down 11.5 percent); Louisville, Washington,D.C., New Orleans, and Cleveland.
It would appear that the migration of the so-called "snow birds" is no longer just a seasonal occurrence for some.