Crossroads residents 'wing in' the new year
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Instead of ringing in the new year, Crossroads residents seem to be winging it.
A steady stream of after-Christmas shoppers filled the mall Saturday, only 12 hours before 2012, seemingly unconcerned about the superstitions of eating black-eyed peas or even sneaking a midnight kiss.
The younger crowd said they'd probably bank Jan. 1 as an extra day to relax before heading back to school. The older crowd - they just take each day as it comes, new year or not, they said.
While the plan is not to have much of a plan for New Year's Day, many Crossroads residents and visitors said they do hope to take steps to make 2012 better than 2011.
Here's how a few of them plan to spend Jan. 1, 2012.
"I'm planning on turning my life around - staying out of trouble and having a positive attitude."
Mitchell Martinez, 21, Goliad, oil field
"I wish I could tell you, but I don't know what I'm going to do tomorrow."
Ted Cabral, 77, Bloomington, retired
"We're going to have a party at my mom's friend's house today and tomorrow. I'm ready to start a new, fresh year."
Stephanie Garza, 21, Victoria, student
"I plan on spending the day at my old church where my dad was a pastor and spending time with old friends."
Katie Franklin, 22, Forney, preschool teacher
"Just living every day like I've been, I guess."
H.L. Hill, 82, Victoria, retired
"We'll probably just watch movies and relax ... and sleep on the couches again."
Siblings Jahnae, 14; Janeen, 12 and Juan Mata, 16, Victoria
""Probably just relaxing."
Jahnae Mata, 14, Victoria East High School
"Growing. I'm too small for my age."
Janeen Mata, 12, Stroman Middle School
"I'm just going to do what I can to have a good time."
Juan Mata, 16, Victoria East High School
"Packing. Going back home."
Presston Triguero, 19, Demorest, GA, student