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I have a pennant from the USFL’s Michigan Panthers. I can’t remember how I got it, it holds no special memories, I’m not from Michigan, I don’t like panthers (pandas are cute, though), and I’ve never actually waved a pennant. Nevertheless, it’s just interesting enough to keep.
2007 is the Year of the Essentials. This year it’s laser-beam focus on very few, but very (to me) important things. I’m stripping down, and I invite you to join me.
That pennant is just one of the useless things to which I’m giving the heave-ho. Here’s a list of others that are getting 86’d this year:
Remnants of dead business ventures. I’ve tried a lot of different business ventures, especially online. A couple have done well enough to keep me successfully self-employed. The rest have been miserable failures or, worse, not particularly successful but earning just enough that they’re hard to kill off completely. This year anything that distracts my focus is gone, even if it costs me some money in the short term.
The lives of celebrities. This isn’t a major obsession, but whenever I find myself clicking on some headline that says “Paris Not Mad At Nicole Anymore,” I feel shame. I don’t know these people, I think many of them are silly, and reading about their personal lives is a waste of my time. Unless they’ve got pictures of Britney Spears hopping out of a car with no panties on (like that’d happen!), I’m giving celebrities the boot.
People I don’t like They’re not completely avoidable, but I’m going to do a better job of staying out of situations and events that put me in contact with them.
Digg/Reddit Always interesting, never necessary.
Old gifts My guilty conscience makes it very difficult to get rid of no-longer-used gifts, even if I’m sure the person who gave has forgotten the giving. This year, no mercy.
Boing Boing There are other blogs that are a waste of my time, but Boing Boing is the worst. Just interesting enough to make me return, just boring enough to make me regret it. I don’t need twenty posts a day of antique Disneyland photos and avant-garde art. Truth is, I don’t need any.
Ten pounds I know, everyone’s doing it. But I really mean it.
How about you? What are you stripping off this year?