Well, I guess it’s time for “Out with the old, in with the new,” which means making some New Year’s resolutions. A lot of people use this time to dedicate themselves to losing weight, saving some money, or whatever. As for me, I’ve come up with a list of ten items I would like to implement:

10. To help someone who is truly needy. Not someone who won’t get off their lazy ass, but someone who has had a string of bad luck and genuinely needs some help.

9. To place a bet in Las Vegas as to how many hours it will take between the time when Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 7 (“Vienna”) is released, and the first bug and virus appears.

8. To watch the passing of the baton from Jay Leno to Conan O’Brien to Jimmy Fallon, none of whom will live up to Johnny Carson’s legacy.

7. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of statehood for Alaska and Hawaii, as well as the premiere of Rod Serling’s “The Twilight Zone.” And to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln penny (we’re going to be pinching a lot of them this year).

6. To completely tune out the major news stations and newspapers, and get my news exclusively through the Internet. The news will still be somewhat biased, but at least I’ll be able to control what I want to read or hear.

5. To practice less tolerance, e.g., to accept less crap, hold people to their promises, call a spade a spade, and be less politically correct.

4. To ignore the government when it says the economy is on the rebound, and not to panic as we slip into a depression.

3. To hide as much money and ammunition as possible.

2. Not to get into any more arguments with clods on the Internet, regardless of their political party, religious belief, or job function (particularly programmers).

1. Wear black on January 20th, a day of national mourning.

I figure if I can do all of this, I should be able to make it to 2010.

Such is my Pet Peeve of the Week.

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Tim Bryce is the Managing Director of M. Bryce & Associates (MBA) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the field. He can be reached at [email protected]

For a listing of Tim’s Pet Peeves, click HERE.

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