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From world peace to inner peace

Cassie Pence
Shane Macomber/Vail Daily All Strung Out, featuring Ron Mitchell on guitar, Harvey Craig on mandolin, Chris Wade on guitar and bass and Jim "Liquor Store Jim" Lennon on bass and guitar, performs for the Tap Room's New Year's Eve bash.
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VAIL – Chris Slover sure knows how to “ring” in the New Year. Just ask his fiancee.”Our New Year’s resolution is to get married,” said Slover, who proposed to Meghan Gibbens around 8 p.m. New Year’s Eve. He slipped the diamond ring on Gibbens’ finger in front of the large Bridge Street Christmas tree luminous with multi-colored lights.

“I thought we were taking a photo, and then he crouched down on one knee and asked me,” said Gibbens.The Texas couple, who met one year ago in Vail, was celebrating New Year’s Eve and the engagement with family at the Tap Room in Vail Village.

Marriage is one of the most novel of New Year’s resolutions, but judging from other revelers in Vail Village, 2005 will be a year to achieve both world and inner peace.”No more wars, no more world violence,” said Alexander Chereskin, 9, of Chicago when asked about his New Year’s resolution. It’s amazing how profound, even between toots of the noisemaker, our youngest minds can be. His friend Dylan Burke of Chicago had similar sentiment.

“My New Year’s resolution is to stop hitting my brother,” said Dylan. Lose weight, read more books, be nice to the computer techies at work: Self improvement usually makes up the bulk of resolutions. It’s everyone’s chance to reflect on the past and change the future.

“I want to stop being a pansy and start taking risks,” said Gared O’Mailley of Texas. O’Mailley isn’t referring to skiing off cliffs or playing the stock market, he assures me he already does both of those.”I want to take mental risks, and I don’t want to be afraid of not being perfect,” said O’Mailley.

“Don’t sweat the small stuff,” said Ginger Slover, sister-in-law to the recently engaged. With two babies and a husband, she said she’s been letting the little things bother her in 2004. “I want to chill out and have some fun.”Tim Carmichael, who started out his New Year’s Eve drinking beers at Paddy’s in Eagle-Vail after a day on the slopes, can’t believe he ever left the mountains to go work in Highland Park, Ill. Which leads us to his resolution: “Not to mess up nearly as much as I did last year,” Carmichael said. His goal is to move back to the High Country and enjoy the outdoor life.

Even though the verdict has been out for many years about the harmful effects of smoking, kicking the habit is still a top New Year’s resolution. “I’m going to quit smoking, and then I’m going to quit lying,” said Mike Slover, who was whooping it up with his family at the Tap Room.

Declaring resolutions is a great way to streamline your goals for 2005, but does anyone actually keep to their resolution? Scojo, a bartender at the Tap Room, said he likes to keep expectations low, so he doesn’t disappoint himself.”I don’t like all the pressure. Life’s hard enough as it is,” he said.

But everyone likes new beginnings, and a new year is like a blank canvas. After recovering from the champagne hangover, you can begin painting 2005 in whichever hue you like, be it red, pink or the sparkly silver of a new diamond ring.

Arts and Entertainment Editor Cassie Pence can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 618, or cpence@vaildaily.com.Vail, Colorado


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