Residents resolve to be better, thinner and more successful

Posted: Monday, December 31, 2001

Some people avoid the seriousness of making resolutions entirely, but David Ripley makes dozens - and then whittles down the list to a single keeper.

"First you think about 50 of them, and then you go to one," said Ripley, 31, owner of a new business, Home Decor World Trade Gifts. "I want to be successful. I want to have more than I had in 2001 - more success but not materialistic, more understanding of life. My resolutions include trying to get rid of gossip."

The end of the year is considered a time to reflect on the past and plan for the future. In other words, a time to make New Year's resolutions. The following is a broad range of examples from local residents' resolutions:

• "I usually don't make any - except to try to be a better person and to keep in touch with people in my family," said Donica Jerue, an Auke Bay housewife.

• "I guess I can resolve to keep getting good grades at college," said Kevin Meiners, 18, spending the Christmas holiday at home in Alaska. Meiners is studying film at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas.

• "My resolution is to learn to say no," said Marie Darlin, who has headed many committees in her lifetime, including committees to compile local histories such as "Gastineau Channel Memories." "That's what my kids keep telling me."

• "I'm purchasing Dockside Jewelers on Jan. 1, so I'm hoping for a successful first year," said Virginia "Ginger" Blaisdell. "That's probably my biggest resolution. My second one is that we are adopting a son from Kazakhstan. We are at the mercy of the courts and the Kazakhstan government right now, waiting for him to be placed. We're hoping for February." The boy, who is estimated to have turned 8 this winter, was able to visit Juneau for a month in July to meet his prospective family.

• "I haven't even thought about it yet," said Jeffry Pilcher, 55, owner of Valley Auto Parts. "I usually make one but I don't put it down in writing." Upon reflection, Pilcher added, "I usually just hope I do a better job with my life this year than I did last year - whatever that involves."

• "In light of all the heavy things that are happening in our lives, I want to remember how important the medicine of laughter is," said Joyce Levine, activity assistant at the Juneau Pioneers' Home, "and I will continue to try to have that medicine in my life and bring it into my life."

• "I guess I have the (resolution) just about everybody else has: I want to get in shape after the holidays," said Edie Bundy. Bundy recently retired from working for the state Department of Revenue as a supervisor in the fish and excise unit. "But I can't get away from it," she added. "I just started my own consulting business for people who want a fisheries license and need help filling out applications."

• "I don't have a resolution of any great import," said Barbara Cooper, a former high school business teacher, senior advisor and drill-team coach and now a resident of the Pioneers' Home. "But I want to get older. I'm 94, and I want to reach 95."

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