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wed 01 jan 03

+ happy new year!

aspens, santa fe national forest.

new year's day - now is the accepted time
to make your regular annual good resolutions.
next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.
yesterday, everybody smoked his last cigar,
took his last drink, and swore his last oath.
today, we are a pious and exemplary community.
thirty days from now, we shall have cast our reformation
to the winds and gone to cutting our ancient shortcomings
considerably shorter than ever.
we shall also reflect pleasantly upon how we did
the same old thing last year about this time.
however, go in, community.
new year's is a harmless annual institution,
of no particular use to anybody
save as a scapegoat for promiscuous drunks,
and friendly calls, and humbug resolutions,
and we wish you to enjoy it with a looseness
suited to the greatness of the occasion.

- mark twain.