It’s now the third day of 2014, which means that many of us are off to a flying start on our New Year’s resolutions. This is the time of year that many of us are excited about making some long overdue changes in our lives.
And what changes do we plan to make? The Harris Polling service lists the following as America’s Top-10 New Year’s goals for 2014:
No. 10 — Set aside time for myself (this includes taking a break from the phone, Facebook, computer and other electronic devices)
No. 9 — Stop procrastinating (as your mother used to say, don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today)
No. 8 — Improve a relationship (reach out to those from whom you may be estranged or have had conflict)
No. 7 — Stop smoking (add years to your life and feel better now)
No. 6 — Manage stress better (relax, it’s not so much what happens in your life, it’s how you react to it)
No. 5 — Eat healthier (your heart and your wallet will thank you)
No. 4 — Get a new job (we spend the majority of our waking hours at work; it only makes sense to have a job we enjoy)
No. 3 — Exercise (lowers the heart-rate, improves the cardiovascular system and extends one’s life span)
No. 2 — Improve finances (includes budget planning and sticking to it)
And the No. 1 resolution for 2014? Lose weight (I’ll bet this has been the No. 1 New Year’s resolution for the past 50 years.)
Ten great resolutions for sure. And there’s even more good news. In this high-tech world, not only has Parade magazine listed an app for your smart phone, but there are official government Web sites available to help resolvers meet their New Year’s goals. Imagine that.
Lastly, our own personal resolutions may be different from the above, but as long as we have made a decision to make any kind of positive change in this life, 2014 is bound to be a happy new year.
This week’s question
In 1961, this week’s music trivia artist released the song “Happy New Year, Baby.”
The New Jersey born and raised artist was the prototype for the female pop singer of today. At the height of her chart popularity in the late ’50s and early ’60s, she was unique as a female recording artist, amassing record sales equal to or surpassing those of many of her male contemporaries.
Ultimately, she branched into other styles of music — big band, country, ethnic and more. She still challenges Madonna as the biggest-selling female recording artist of all time.
In 1955, as a 16-year-old, she signed her first music contract with MGM. Two years later, after an appearance on “American Bandstand,” she had her first Top-10 hit with “Who’s Sorry Now.” She went on to chart 56 songs on the Billboard charts through 1969, with three of her hits making it to No. 1 — “Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool,” “My Heart has a Mind of its Own” and “Don’t Break the Heart That Loves You.”
From 1961-1965, she also appeared in the movies “Where the Boys Are,” “Follow the Boys” and “When the Boys Meet the Girls.”
Is this talented Italian singer A) Peggy Lee, B) Connie Francis, C) Brenda Lee, or D) Shelley Fabares?
If you are the fourth caller and have the correct answer, you’ll win a CD of your favorite artist or genre. Good luck!
Last week’s question
In 1963, Jimmy Gilmer and his Raton, N.M. band took pop music by storm with their hit “Sugar Shack,” which topped the charts for five weeks and went on to earn the distinction as record of the year.
Last week’s question asked if you could name Jimmy Gilmer’s band. The choices were A) The Crickets, B) The Comets, C) The Juniors, and D) The Fireballs.
The correct answer was The Fireballs. The other three choices were all late-1950s rock ’n’ roll groups — Buddy Holly and the Crickets (That’ll be the Day), Bill Haley and His Comets (Rock Around the Clock), and Danny and the Juniors (At the Hop).
Congratulations to this week’s multiple-time music trivia winner, Bill Anderson.
A final note
If one of your 2014 resolutions is to get out of the house more and/or to become more involved in community volunteer service, the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center may be the answer to your goal.
The center, located on the corner of the Beeline Highway and Main Street, is looking for volunteers. The only requisites are that you have a friendly smile and have a positive attitude about our wonderful community. Volunteers can either work a regular, weekly three- or four-hour shift or be a fill-in when a regular volunteer is out.
I’ve been a volunteer at the center for the past nine years and always look forward to my Thursday morning shift. And I know I’ve received more out of volunteering there as I’ve given. I’ve met people from all over the United States and the world and have learned so much about our own little corner of the globe.
If you’d like more information about becoming a volunteer, please call the Chamber and Visitor Center office at (928) 474-4515. Don’t delay, call today! You’ll be glad you did.
Have a great Rim Country week.
DJ Craig, (928) 468-1482 - www.djcraiginpayson.com