David Rupkalvis

Over the last few days I’ve had a few people ask why I didn’t write about New Year’s resolutions in my last column of 2015. The answer, for me, is pretty simple. I don’t make resolutions. 

Like many people I did when I was younger, but I quickly realized most of them didn’t make it past lunch on Jan. 2, so I decided it was a fruitless experiment.

That doesn’t mean there aren’t things I would like to change in the next year because there are. I just don’t think a magical time on a magical day is the best way to do it.

So during 2016, there are some things I would like to do and change. But before I share what they are, let me explain why I am always hesitant to make big changes in my life.

My personality is one that I either do things all in or not at all. I can’t join a gym and go two times a week. If I start, I will be there five or six days a week, every week. It will become one of the priorities in my life and everything else will suffer for it. That’s just who I am and how I operate.

So here are a few things I would like to accomplish in 2016. I may not start this month, but I hope to get there eventually.

First, I want to pay off both my cars. The first one is simple enough because I only owe four more payments. The second will be more of a challenge because I owe two full years. But I have this planned out. Car No. 1 costs twice as much every month as car No. 2. So if I pay off the big one and immediately transfer that money to the second one, I can pay off both cars without really changing much in the bottom line.

Now, the question is can I take that extra money in May and actually spend it on bigger car payments or will I take it and try to enjoy it? Not really sure, but my goal is to use it on the second car and get both of those payments finished this year.

Goal No. 2, I actually would like to join a gym. It probably won’t be this month just to avoid the mass influx of new people trying to keep their resolutions. But I figure if I wait until April, most of those will be flushed out.

I have traditionally joined with my son because he’s a workout fanatic. Unfortunately, we do different things there. I prefer cardio while he is all about lifting weights. But since we’re in Tucson, there is going to be a lot of options while we look for the right gym.

And finally, I would like to see The Explorer and Marana News continue to grow and represent the communities we serve. For the most part, we have a young staff that is still learning how to best report on what’s happening in Oro Valley, Marana and Northwest Tucson. I feel we are getting a little better every week, and I would like to see that improvement continue throughout 2016.

I understand we will never be able to please everyone, but I hope the news we report on will be beneficial to the vast majority. Our goal week after week is to find the best mix of stories that represent the communities we deliver to. That often includes government, police and fire, schools and hopefully stories about the people who live there.

And we are always looking for more. If you know of a story that should be shared, please let me know. Often the best stories we report on come about because someone took the time to send me an email or make a phone call. Without some help, we wouldn’t know about those stories.

So email me at david @tucsonlocalmedia.com.

With your help, we can get better every week.

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