It’s the first day of the New Year.
That means, resolutions, vows of starting anew, and a rebirth in optimism.
Much of the planet uses Jan. 1 as the start of a new year since the Gregorian calendar that dates back to papal origins in 1582 is the international reference for treaties and various legal documents.
It is common for people to make New Year’s resolutions.
According to several websites, the Top 10 resolutions for Americans reflect vows to quit smoking, lose weight, quit drinking, go back to school, spend more time with their family, try something new, work on their spiritual growth, take a trip, pay of their Christmas debt, and get a better job.
Among the responses from Manteca residents about their resolutions for the year are as follows:
What’s your New Years resolution for 2009?
“It’s not something that I’ve really thought about.” — Jared Kennedy
“Definitely to catch more fish.”— Adam Smith
“To quit chewing tobacco.” — Brian Rohles
“To learn how to play the guitar better.”— Carlos Carrasco
“Anything worth doing is worth doing now – not waiting until after the first to get it started.” — Clark Tutter
“I don’t have one this year.” — Ted Jiminez