Resolutions for a new year easily stated, varied |

Resolutions for a new year easily stated, varied

These New Year’s resolutions mirrored the diversity of Lake Tahoe.

“Maybe not drink as much,” Alpine Cloth and Leather owner Kevin Dawes said Monday, without missing a beat. Dawes, who took part in the Stateline party madness, was disappointed the next day because he didn’t get much done.

To work more is just what another South Lake Tahoe resident, Robert Tingle, had in mind.

Tingle sells tools for a living and wants to build a nest egg to buy a home before house prices get so high that he can’t afford one.

South Shore residents Rene and Hildegard Mouttet would like to put out the gone-fishing sign, they said.

The Mouttets said they fish in all the surrounding lakes, including Pyramid and Topaz, where they hope to catch the opening day.

“To fish and ski, that’s why we came up here,” he said.

Local Physical Therapist Jim Gallanty aims to talk his parents into moving to Lake Tahoe from Lakeport, Calif., by the end of 2001, “if you could call that a resolution,” he said.

“I want to have the happiest year of my life,” Inn By The Lake front desk clerk Nina Starks said, while working at the hotel.

Janet Latiolais is hoping this year will bring better fortune than 2000.

“It’s been a tough year,” said the South Lake Tahoe woman, who developed a severe back injury to accompany her husband’s and daughter’s disabilities.

Still, Latiolais keeps a stiff upper lip, despite the family hardships.

“We plan on making a lot of prayers and having more faith,” she said.

That’s precisely what Donald Bobson said his South Shore family intends to do for this year’s resolutions. He and his wife Janice, make a resolution every year.

“Once again, to keep spiritual contact with God, No. 1. And No. 2, to live a healthier lifestyle,” Bobson said, adding a third goal which is to share goodness with others.

Like others, Bobson admits to how difficult it is to keep resolutions without a plan, so that’s next on the agenda.

“What we have found is that any type of goal like that is just a wish without a plan,” he said.

That’s of course if one makes New Year’s resolutions.

“I never make them because I never keep them,” South Shore resident Tom Kobstel said.

For those who want some professional advice, the Associated Press asked more than a half dozen consumer experts how to get on the path to a prosperous and thrifty new year. Here’s a sampling:

— Do a better job budgeting for unexpected expenses, from Durant Abernethy, president of the National Foundation for Consumer Counseling.

— Resolve to do retirement and estate planning, from Laurence Foster, chairman of the personal financial specialist committee of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

— Find a way to enjoy life without buying more stuff, from Rhoda Karpatkin, president of the Consumers Union.

The Tahoe-Douglas Chamber of Commerce tapped into its own local expert for advice in its Business Intelligence Report. Here are some suggestions small business strategist Richard Gooding made for Lake Tahoe residents to enjoy a prosperous 2001:

— Learn something new and surprising about your customers.

— Fire your worst customers.

— Begin to track your competition.

— Try raising your prices by 10 percent this year.

— Treat others with the same respect you expect from them.

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