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Burning questions for 2005
Random thoughts for the new year and beyond

LEE WOOLF
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Date published: 1/5/2005

By LEE WOOLF

SOME THINGS to ponder while cleaning up the debris from last weekend's New Year's party and packing away the Christmas decorations for another year:

Why are photos of bank-robbery suspects distributed to the news media always so fuzzy?

We can get perfectly clear pictures from Mars, but we can't get a sharp image of a person standing 15 feet away?

At 5 p.m. on an average weekday, what is more time-consuming: the journey from GEICO east to Interstate 95 on U.S. 17; or, the trip from I-95 west on Garrisonville Road to the stoplight at Parkway Boulevard?

(Actually, I think each trek roughly corresponds to the time it took Lewis and Clark to reach the Pacific Northwest.)

Why can't drivers always behave as nicely as they do at four-way stop signs?

My experience has been that most people at four-way stops are extremely patient and often will wave through another vehicle if there is any question as to who has the right of way.

Why are men criticized so often about not being as good as women at multitasking? Why, I know lots of men who read in the bathroom just about every day.

Why can't people understand that using their turn-signal light after they already have slowed down and put on their brakes isn't really helping the drivers behind them?

Signal first, then brake, then turnwow, what a concept!

How many of us make the same New Year's resolutions every January? You know the ones I mean--get more exercise, eat healthier, spend more quality time with the family, read more, and be more generous in supporting local charities.

That's a great menu, but a pretty challenging list for any one person. How about putting each of those on a slip of paper and having family members draw one from a hat? That way, no one should feel overwhelmed and each resolution becomes a priority for someone in the family for the next 12 months. Just an idea.

Isn't there any way to reduce spending and ease stress during the Christmas holidays?

Well, one suggestion I saw recently can do both. The idea--specifically for large families--is to limit gift-giving to only the children and teens under age 18.

Let the kids enjoy their presents, give everyone else a big hug and then sit down to a traditional holiday dinner.

Sounds good to me.

How did we manage to survive before the invention of cell phones? I mean really, are all these calls that important?

And when I'm standing in line at the grocery store, I can do without the person next to me discussing little Johnny's diarrhea problem on a cellAw, don't get me started.

And finally, the best line I wish I had thought of:

"How do you expect me to remember your birthday when you never look any older?"

To reach LEE WOOLF: 540/720-5470 lwoolf@freelancestar.com