Tahlequah Daily Press


January 3, 2006

Rules are made to be broken


Connie Jolliff spent a number of years on the road with her husband, working in a variety of capacities. Now the co-owner of J&J; Liquors, Jolliff is resolved to taking life more slowly.

“I plan to stay at home and relax more,” said Jolliff. “I’m busier now than I was when we were on the road, but it’s a good kind of busy. I love our customers and coming to work each day. Our goal is to make our store a pleasant place for our customers.”

Area men seem less likely to keep their resolutions than women.

“I’ve made resolutions in the past, but no longer do so,” said Michael Lindsey. “I did it because everyone else did, then I thought it was silly. It’s a silly tradition. Who, or what, started this trend anyway? A resolution is a decision; why should Jan. 1 be the ‘special day’ to make a decision? How about we toss in a Mid-Year’s resolution, so we can [break] it, too? Double your pleasure! We also have the chance to follow it with fireworks, with the bonus of celebrating the freedom of decision-making.”

Gregg Simmons has also failed at keeping New Year’s resolutions.

“I usually don’t make them, because I’m not very good at keeping them,” said Simmons. “It started to become pointless. Why say I’m going to make all these changes if I’m not?”

If Simmons decides to make a resolution this year, he plans on it being “generic.”

“I probably won’t make any [resolutions] unless it’s something generic like ‘I’m going to be nicer this year,’ or ‘I’m going to be more productive.’”

Although Nietfeld respects people who manage to keep their resolutions, she doesn’t count herself among them.

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