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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column making our New Year’s resolution today, so that we can make a fresh start on the first day of 2008.

First, some background on the tradition of making this yearly resolution that few maintain. We were curious on the origins of this custom and did some research. Supposedly, the tradition of making New Year’s resolutions dates back quite a few years to the Babylonians. They were the first to celebrate the new year and set resolutions as well. The Babylonians most common resolution was “to return the borrowed farm equipment.” A little different than the usual “use the treadmill more often,” but we see the good in their commitment.

Now we come to the present day goals that are typically set in our part of the world. They range from finishing a project that was set aside the previous year to giving up a bad habit, such as alcohol or tobacco. Some folks look to help others by donating some of their hard-earned cash to the poor and homeless, or try to volunteer more in their community.

Probably the most common of all the New Year’s resolutions is the commitment to eating better and exercising more. This is usually a big hurdle for most Americans, unless you live in Summit County.

But, what fun is it to burden yourself with a promise to do something you really are not up for? Something you have to work extra hard for and will most likely give up after a few weeks. We all know it’s not admirable to lie to your friends when they ask you a question, so why would it be any different when they ask what your New Year’s resolution is for 2008? We feel that you should set an attainable goal and that is exactly what we have done.

Our New Year’s resolution for 2008 is … to eat more chocolate! Why not? We feel we can accomplish this simple task. We would not be fibbing by stating that we feel we can do this throughout the year. And we recently hear that dark chocolate is good for you, so we are being healthy with our resolution.

So, what is your New Year’s resolution? We’d like to know so that we can measure it up to ours and see if you can keep it going throughout the year. Send them along to us at


We out, buying chocolate in bulk at Costco.

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