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New year, ready for new experiences

Though I might be a few days late, I still have to take the time to say welcome to 2011.

I decided after going through 15 different New Years, this year would be a good year to change it up a little, so I decided to set myself a New Years resolution.

Looking back on 2010, I can't say I had many regrets (though I do wish I would have done better in school), I managed to get through a great season of hockey, two baseball seasons, a relatively lazy summer and a pretty descent start to 10th grade (in my opinion).

One thing I managed not to do was to lose any friends (or at least not many that were particularly important to me). In fact I managed to up that bounty quite a bit -- I made a lot of new friends this year, not taking places of my old ones though (which is good), and I also happened to make one friend in particular who has turned out to be one of my best friends (at least as of late).

Anyways, when I look back at 2010, I think the best time of the year ended up being the fourth of July. This time of year was the prime of my summer baseball season, it was warm (which I'm starting to miss more and more everyday), and it was one time of the year I got to run around and have some good old fashioned kid fun.

I went all out and actually spent money on fireworks, and the weekend consisted of running around after curfew, lighting off fireworks and messing with people who had consumed an overly sufficient amount of alcohol.

One night that stood out the most was the night a couple buddies and I snuck out at around 2 a.m. and ended up getting stuck on the Boys and Girls Club side of town (which isn't anywhere near my house). One of my friends thought it'd be fun to walk over to his girlfriend's house, and the rest of us figured we'd at least bring our fireworks and have some fun.

Well, all went well until we threw one too many smoke bombs, and ended up enraging a group of drunk people walking home from the Northside Bar. They chased us the whole six or seven blocks to my buddies girlfriend's house, and there we were, stuck until 4:30 a.m.

We waited it out until we felt comfortable with walking back to my house, but none of us had the brains to check the weather forecast before we left, and we got stuck in the middle of a huge thunderstorm with no where to take shelter except a closed Casey's General Store, which is where we sat for an hour or two, before the rain and wind finally let up.

We ended up getting back to my house around 7 a.m. (sidetracked by the brilliant idea of getting fresh donuts early in the morning), and managed to make it back before my parents woke up (which was good).

Well with all good things, comes bad things, and I had my fair share of them last summer, which brings me back to the whole New Years resolution thing. I decided that this year my resolution would be to enjoy being a kid (which means having fun), but also not to make stupid choices (as often as possible), and, last but not least, make the best out of what is given to me this year, good or bad.

Jonah Bowe is a sophomore at Detroit Lakes High School.

(Editor's note: Jonah is grounded until further notice.)