But wait! I must have better plans for the new year than spending money I don't have on things I don't need. Some kind of self-improvement program would be a good idea. Maybe I could lose all that weight again that I gained back during the holidays. That's always a good one, no matter what year it is.
No matter how many times I read through the course listings at Santa Rosa JC for the semester that's about to start, I can't find any classes that I want to take. At least, I can't make myself commit all that time to anything I've found in the catalog so far. I'm not sure if it's the courses themselves, or just the fact that I don't really want to work that hard.
I've already ruled out any computer classes this time around. What I should do is take the math placement test so I can get into the algebra course that's a prerequisite for most of the truly interesting classes. I can't take any other math classes, or any programming or science classes, until I get through algebra.
The class itself wouldn't be a problem, but I have a hard time forcing myself to show up at the exam room on a cold Saturday morning with a number two pencil. I'm not sure why I have to take the placement test just so I can get into a beginning class. I mean, it's been a long time since ninth grade, the last time I took algebra. I'm not thinking about starting at the advanced (or even intermediate) level after 37 years.
I guess I'll keep leafing through the catalog, hoping to run across something that lights a spark. Art appreciation, maybe, or cultural anthropology. No speech classes, I'm not into getting up in front of a group of students that are probably both a lot more committed and a lot younger. Ugh. I shudder just thinking about it. It takes me back to my most embarrassing moments in junior high.
Maybe I need to take one more semester off, or else sign up for one of those "community education" courses like quilting, or Portuguese. I see they have one called "Graceful Aging." Hmm...