Saturday, January 01, 2005

“I would like to start over. I would like to be new to you… I want to be ‘Mr. New.’”

The Movie: Singles, 1992 (Cameron Crowe, director and screenwriter)
Who says it: Campbell Scott as Steve, a 20-something transportation engineer in Seattle
The context: Steve is drunk and on the floor of a club’s phone booth, talking to his ex-girlfriend Linda’s (Kyra Sedgwick) answering machine.
How to use it: To ask for a second chance – or a third – or a twentieth.

Over the years, it's become less important to me to stay up until midnight on New Year's Eve than to get up early on New Year's morning. Every January 1 offers the promise of a better year, and maybe even of a better self... at least until tomorrow.

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