Each year about this time Americans make promises they know they will not keep.  It’s called making a resolution for the New Year, and the Association of Mature American Citizens has collected a few such commitments that people have made for 2018. 

One brave soul put his in writing on social media promising to “work with neglected children-my own.” 

Another swore he would not “ring the stewardess button on airplanes just to get her phone number.” 

And, one faithful employee said “I will not bore my boss with the same excuse for taking leaves.  I will think of some more excuses.”

Where did all of this New Year hoopla begin?

Whose bright idea was it to ring in the New Year with a lot of noise and revelry? 

You can blame it on the Babylonians.  Some 4,000 years ago they started the tradition with an 11-day celebration as a way of getting in good with their gods.

Tis the season for reunions

DNA testing appears to have been a very popular activity this holiday season. 

Did you see the story on TV news about a pair of 60 year olds in Hawaii, friends since they were in the sixth grade together, who decided to take DNA tests.  

Alan Robinson who was adopted at an early age and Walter Macfarlane who never knew his father used a gene matching website to find clues as to their family histories. 

The friends turned out to be brothers separated at a very early age.  Meanwhile, 4,500 miles away in Georgia, 20-year-old Kieron Christian Graham who was adopted when he was just three months old took a similar DNA test and found out that a fellow student at Kennesaw State University, 29-year-old Vincent Ghant, and he were long-lost brothers.

An act of kindness

A needy, 78-year-old widow in Richardson, Texas, gathered her husband’s clothing and donated it to a local thrift shop run by Jewish Family Services, but she apparently did not check the pockets of an old pea coat.  But, a worker in the resale shop did and found four envelopes containing a total of $17,050.

The store tracked down the woman who donated the clothing and returned the money.  She declined to be identified, but the widow said the cash would go a long way toward resolving financial problems she’s been having since her husband’s death.

When you gotta go

A cross-country Delta flight en route from New York to Seattle made an unscheduled stop in Billings, Montana.  It wasn’t a bad weather or an equipment malfunction that forced the pilot to land; it was the stopped up toilets on the plane that caused the “emergency landing.” 

He had the munchies

He was hungry.  It was late.  The guy behind the counter was asleep.  So, reports the Association of Mature American Citizens, the customer made his own bacon cheesesteak melt sandwich. It happened recently at a Waffle House restaurant in West Columbia, South Carolina, in the wee hours of the morning. 

The guy, who was a bit tipsy but who was not a thief, came back later the same day to pay for his meal.

Paula I. Bryant is the editor of The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at pbryant@gazettevirginian.com.​

Paula I. Bryant is the editor of The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at pbryant@gazettevirginian.com.