New Year’s resolutions can be fun because of the passion and determination they engender. A chemical reaction in the brain triggers the euphoria that follow pronouncements about making changes for the better.
There are the usual resolutions regarding exercising, smoking, drinking, philandering, etc., either to do more or less of them.
Although my 95-year-old father doesn’t bother with them anymore, he says he used to make resolutions because they were promises he wanted to keep.
Hopefully, one of outgoing Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell’s resolutions will be not to speak about Eagles games being postponed by the NFL out of concern for public safety as a blizzard bears down on South Philly…even when spoken to.
But I digress.
Why the national media chose largely to ignore the series of blizzards in Philadelphia last February was a puzzlement. The city got scant attention in the reporting I heard, saw and read. It was all about New York, Washington and Boston even though we got just as much, if not more, snow.
My nose was getting out of joint and I hadn’t been in town for a month yet.
I expected national stories to focus on all four major cities along the East Coast.
Heck, there are weather maps that still don’t have Philadelphia spelled out on them!
If it weren’t for The Weather Channel’s presence on Market Street during the recent storm and the Eagles game being postponed, I firmly believe Philly would have been overlooked again.
With the new year comes the opportunity to get rid of the chip on my shoulder I’ve developed.
Therefore, be it resolved that in 2011, I will do my best not to feel slighted as a Philadelphian no matter how justified the feeling may be.