Dear Chicken Nugget,
As we end the second day of the New Year, I thought I'd lay down my resolutions for this year. I'll let you hold me accountable to these.
Most people find resolutions fun and pointless. They're a great way to reboot your personal goals but since there's no accountability, most people drop their resolutions within weeks.
To help keep me accountable, I'll offer you this:
For every resolution I do not keep, I will give you $100 cash. I usually make ten resolutions a year, for a potential $1000 cash every year until you turn 18.
Deal? You just smiled at me, so I'll take that as a yes.
So, without further ado, my New Year's Resolutions of 2011:
1) Be a good father.
2) Be a good husband.
3) Run nine NYRR-scored races and volunteer for one NYRR event. This will help me gain guaranteed entry into the 2012 NYC Marathon.
4) Become a certified USATF Level 1 Running Coach in order to better teach my Running Club kids.
5) Clean up the back room, or "man cave" as your mom calls it, once a month.
6) Finish reading the Bible, with Facebook breaks allowed only in between books.
7) Exercise every day unless illness requires rest - your mom will have to judge "illness" on this one.
8) Get my cholesterol checked at least four times this year.
9) Donate blood at least four times this year. Note to self: Don't do the cholesterol check and blood donation on the same day.
10) Dance with you at least once a day.
I hope to be able to complete all ten resolutions this year. In the long run I hope you'll understand that me completing these ten resolutions is more important than the cash you'll earn from me breaking them. Still, it's a good way to keep me focused.
Two days down and you still have earned no cash from me - off to a good start.