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Gay: With 2018 here, time to set my resolutions

Posted: January 2, 2018 - 5:58pm

Welcome to 2018. If you're like me, you have plenty of resolutions on your plate.

It's important to have goals in life. The more goals, the better. And if you don't reach them, that's OK. It's the goal-less people who worry me the most.

So what are your resolutions for the new year? Do you want to get in shape? Good. Go join a gym. Or walk around the neighborhood. Or do more push-ups. Or start eating those Little Debbie snack cakes in moderation. In. Moderation.

When I began thinking about my resolutions for this year, I thought back to some pre-marriage counseling sessions my wife and I attended. The main thing I learned: Always set goals with your spouse. If you're constantly planning something with your significant other, you'll lead a happily married life. For almost 16 years, that's held true.

My wife and I are planning to finally take a trip this summer to the Washington, D.C., area with the kids, a vacation we've been talking about for three years. First, we want to go to Hershey, Pa., and take a factory tour. The Hershey Company makes some of my favorite candy, from Reese's Peanut Butter Cups to Twizzlers to Whoppers. Hershey also makes the disgusting Almond Joy candy bar for those of you who like coconut. Yuck.

From Hershey, we're planning to head to nearby Philadelphia. We want to see the Liberty Bell. We want to eat a real Philly cheesesteak. We also want to run up the Rocky steps. We did this when the kids were 5 - and clueless. Now, they've seen every Rocky film. It'll be more special this time around.

Last, we want to trek down to Washington, D.C. We want to hit as many Smithsonian museums as we can. We'd like to visit the White House, too, if possible. A trip to the International Spy Museum is also on the list. We won't be able to fit it all in, but that's OK.

There's so many things to do and places to see. I hope you have goals to see some of the many wonderful places across the country, across the world in 2018. Oh, the places we'll go.

MO' MONEY: When President Trump signed the new tax bill into law last month, I certainly didn't complain. With three kids, my wife and I will be getting back more money so we can take a decent vacation.

There are some folks whining about the tax cuts. If you have a problem getting more money back, I'll be glad to help out. Feel free to send any unwanted cash to: Chris Gay, 604 Government Center Way, Evans, Ga., 30809. You will be donating to a great cause, especially with the triplets needing braces soon. And there's other expenses lurking around the corner, like cars, insurance, college, etc. Having triplets isn't cheap. It's enough to make me play the lottery more (a 2018 resolution!).

COINS FOR CHARITY: If - for some reason - you don't want to donate your unwanted money to me, there's a million different charities you can support. At my house, we're collecting coins for three different charities: the Shriners Hospital for Children, the Ronald McDonald House and for another building water wells in Africa. Hopefully, we'll fill our big, plastic pretzel stick container early and often and be able to contribute as much as we can to those three groups later this year.

2018 GOALS: Getting back to my original point about resolutions, I'm looking to get in better shape and lose some weight myself. I kicked off this journey in late November. For 33 consecutive days, I walked at least 10,000 steps. (The streak ended on New Year's Eve.) I'm still waiting for the weight to fall off of me the way meat falls off the rotisserie for a gyro wrap. I'm also still waiting on that tendinitis to say goodbye. Patience and perseverance.

I have to remind myself I like to read. So I'm going to try to read a book a month this year. The new Dan Brown book, released last year, is on my list. I have a few others in mind as well.

Another 2018 goal: Eat at Murph's (the restaurant started last year by former Atlanta Braves great Dale Murphy) with my buddy, Kevin Faigle. Hopefully this is something we can do before the Masters Tournament.

Before Kevin and I head to Atlanta, my family and I will celebrate a special birthday in our household. Our dog, Gizmo, turns 7 in February. It will be his first birthday with us after we inherited the Pekingese-Shih Tzu mix in the spring. Gizmo has brought plenty of joy to all of us, and I think he loves living here, too. He enjoys his walks, enjoys peeing on almost all of my neighbors' mailboxes (sorry, guys) and enjoys sleeping. He snores as loud, if not louder, than anyone of us.

Gizmo tries to act tough every now and then. Sometimes, we play a little rough and he'll bark and hit us with his teeth, but he has yet to clamp down. Gizmo is a lover, not a biter. The thing he loves best? My king-sized bed. He likes to relax and get comfortable there late at night, but my wife and I put him in his bed in the kitchen before we fall asleep, which leads to a little growling from him. He'll probably complain a little when we put a birthday hat on him next month, but we are so doing it (another 2018 goal!).

Also in February, I'll wrap up my fourth season coaching Upward basketball. My group of sixth-graders are a fun and talented group. I can't wait to see several of them play in high school.

This spring and summer, I will coach baseball for my fifth, and likely final, season. I helped out when my son was in T-ball. I then started as a head coach in coach pitch. For the past three seasons, my team has been in a 9-12 age group at the Family Y. These kids took a few beatings when they were 9. Now, they're 12. That doesn't guarantee anything, like winning a championship. I just hope the kids work hard and enjoy this season.

As for covering sports, later this month - Jan. 27 to be exact - I will celebrate my 20-year anniversary as a professional journalist with The Augusta Chronicle and Columbia County News-Times. The best thing about covering sports the past two decades? Meeting all of you wonderful people. As the popular sign reads: Everyone brings joy into my life - some when they enter, others when they leave.

Speaking of anniversaries, I hope to witness my colleague at The Augusta Chronicle, golf-writing legend David Westin, get feted by the Augusta National Golf Club during Masters Week. When a journalist has covered 40 Masters, he or she receives the "Masters Major Achievement Award." It's rarefied air. Though thousands of media members have covered the tournament throughout its history, only a select few have been honored. David will deservedly join them.

He has covered golf since before I started elementary school. That's a long time. David, one of the nicest men you'll meet, has done a stellar job through the years writing about the various golfers, the various tournaments. And he's in such great shape, he'll probably cover another 40 Masters after this one. I just hope I'm still around to see him win his second Masters Major Achievement Award in 2058.

So as you can see, I have plenty to look forward to already in 2018. I hope you do as well. Best of luck reaching all your goals, all your resolutions. And if you hit one of those Mega Millions lotteries, my address is listed above.

 

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