New York New Year Resolutions: Part 3, Purge


For the new year, I’ve resolved to learn a whole lot and to splurge a little. Now it’s time to Purge myself of excess baggage, physical and otherwise, starting with. . .

. . .guilt from splurging.
Facials, fine food, and a fancy gym. Now I need to balance the spend with not spending where I don’t have to. One way to do this is to take advantage of Target Free Friday Nights at the MoMA, which includes admission to the museum and film showings.

This week Akira Kurosawa’s classic, Rashomon, is playing, while for the month of January, fairly recent and seemingly random movies from Universal – The Nutty Professor, Seabiscuit, Bruce Almighty, and 8 Mile are just a few – will be shown as well.

Another freebie is Coney Island. I agree with Lisa that the summer attraction would be cool to see in the winter months. But also I want to see artist Takeshi Yamada’s Museum of World Wonders: Cabinet of Curiosities at the Coney Island public library.

The exhibition “features rare marine animals such as a coelacanth, a four-foot-long deep sea centipede, a Canadian hairy trout, 3-foot-long giant alligator clams, fossilized tusks of a sea elephant, and many more.” What’s cooler than a hairy trout? Not much, that’s for sure.

. . .stuff I don’t need.
We all have it. Clothes we haven’t worn for years, books we’ll never read, that best of the ’80s CD that someone thought we had to have. Instead of letting it pile up, why not give it all away.

Although it’s too late to donate items for 2006 tax purposes, it’s not too early to start for 2007. Goodwill accepts clothing and household items, which are then sold online or from one of their many retail shops. The revenues go “to support job training and placement programs for people with disabilities and other disadvantages.”

You can also give your stuff to Housing Works, which helps to raise money “in support of homeless men, women and children living with HIV and AIDS in New York City.” They accept clothing, jewelry, accessories, shoes, housewares, books, and furniture, which they’ll pick up free of charge.

Yet another option is the Ali Forney Center: Housing for Homeless LGBT Youth. In addition to non-perishable foods, cleaning supplies, and towels and washcloths, the center is always in need of toiletries. Don’t know what to do with all those Body Shop shower gels? Give ’em to Ali Forney. And on your business trips, be sure to grab a few extra tiny bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and lotions, as well as those miniature bars of soap. Marriott can suck it up.

. . .a lifelong goal.
For years I’ve been talking about running the NYC Marathon. I’m sure my friends are sick of hearing about it and so in 2007 I’m going to do it. Hopefully.

Last year I entered the lottery, along with 85,000 other hopefuls, and unfortunately wasn’t among the 35,000 selected. So this fall I’ll be going for guaranteed entry by running for charity, and purging extra pounds along the way.

So there you have it, my 2007 resolutions. Now let’s see how many months I procrastinate before getting any of them done. Hmm, maybe that just have been a resolution too.

Part 1: Learn :: Part 2: Splurge

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