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Resolutions on the record

Thursday, January 1, 2009 | 9:31 p.m. CST; updated 9:40 p.m. CST, Thursday, January 1, 2009
“I have a baby due in July, so I would like to spend more time learning how to cook.” —  Jessie Linneman, 24

There’s something about the new year that gives us all a sense of empowerment, the feeling that we are poised once more to turn our lives around, to reach again for lofty goals we allowed to fade during the frenetic 12 months just passed. In the interest of giving our neighbors a jump-start on their aspirations for 2009, the Missourian staff fanned out across town to get resolutions on the record.

Missourian reporters Truth Leem, Laura Latzko, M. Colleen McDevitt, Tim Lloyd, Erik Shookman, Jena Thompson, Rose Brack-Kaiser, Leslie Beddingfield and Madeline Giangrosso contributed to this piece.

“My friend and I were talking last night, and she decided to learn to make new mistakes instead of the same ones over and over, which seems like a good idea to me.” — Meghan Gilliss, 25
“I want to start waking up earlier, exercise regularly, eat a balanced breakfast and read the paper before 9 a.m.” — Dane Altemueller
“I want to treat my wife better. And I’m going to quit smoking, but not until Jan. 17 because that’s when I have my next doctor’s appointment.” — Kim Jennings
“I just want to play and do homework!” — Alleyah Loveall, 3
“I want to see Missouri basketball win the national championship this year!" — Somrith Lem
“My wife and I would like to travel more. We’re putting some things on hold so we can get our debt paid down.” — Dwight Williams, 68
“I’m hoping to live another year. I hope for good health for my wife and myself. I’ve been healthy, and I’d like to continue to be. I’d like to play one more (acting) role somewhere.” — Addison Myers, 77
“I’m going to college, getting a new car, changing my appearance. … I’m excluding people out of my life. One more person that doesn’t benefit me.” — Stephany Williams, 18, Columbia
“My New Year’s resolution is to be nicer to people, be more kind, not so mean. Like the other day, I told a girl get out of my way because she was standing in front of me, she was tall. I thought that was mean. I don’t want to do stuff like that again.” — Jordan Anderson
“Let’s just cut down on the amount of material stuff we have and be happy with what we have. Not buy used books at bookstores or stuff that sits around on the shelves and you just look at.” — Kristin Schaadt of Moberly, 39
“This is first year I don’t have a resolution because last year didn’t work. I just decided not to make resolutions because it’s too depressing.” — Matt Poppa, 30
“I am kind of a superstitious artist. Whatever piece of art I am working on New Years’ Eve, I have to finish it by the start of the next year, but I never finish. So, my resolution is to finish a piece of art that I am working on today.” — Grant Blackwell, 25
“I want to have PlayStation 3 in 2009. I like the basketball game a lot." — Trevione Gardner, 5
“One (resolution) is to get into a good college. Another is to finish ‘Dr. Zhivago,’ ‘The Godfather’ and Stephen King’s collection. And I hopefully want to get a boyfriend before a year finishes.” — Christine Jeon of Singapore, 19
“I’m calling it ‘100 new things.’ For 2009, I can’t buy more than 100 new items. Necessities don’t count, but it does include gifts.” — Larry Simonson, 28
“I want my career and table tennis playing to go the next level. I also want to spend more time at the ARC and help more people play table tennis.” — Paul Xiong, 43
“I want to get a place to live with a roof over my head.” — David Tye, 43
“We had a great 2008, so I hope to keep it the same.” — Jim Schauwecker, 52
“I hope to quit smoking, get a new job, have better control of my finances and do more hunting.” — Jeff Wegs of Moberly

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