Did you know that New Year’s is our oldest holiday? Mankind has been celebrating the new year for about 4000 years. Some ancient cultures actually celebrated for up to eleven days! I guess we really do come from a long line of party animals.
With 2014 just days away, are you ready to welcome in the new year? Have you made all your plans for the big New Year’s Eve celebration? Will you be going out to a party, Vegas, dance, concert or some other gala event? Maybe you’re having your own New Year’s Eve bash or spending the evening braving the elements in Pasadena, securing prime-view real estate, for Wednesday’s Rose Parade. And will your New Year’s Day begin on the couch or recliner watching the Rose Parade, nursing a hard earned hang-over? Will your morning include a big bowl of menudo followed by an afternoon of football?
January 1st is a big day for family get-together’s and college football. Not that long ago January 1st was the biggest day for college football in the grand daddy of them all the Rose Bowl! Thanks to the whole BCS, BS, the college bowl system is all screwed up. Thank God this is the final year of the BCS and we may actually be moving toward a more traditional college play-off system. The perfect situation would have the top 16 teams play 8 games one weekend, 4 the next followed by the championship game which should be played in the Rose Bowl on the 1st of January. Now that would be more in keeping with New Year’s Day tradition. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see what develops.
There was a time when most of us lived to party on New Year’s Eve. There were dances, drinking, parties, drinking, Las Vegas, drinking, drinking and more drinking! I never met a beer I didn’t like (except maybe Bud Light) Ahh, the good old days. I don’t really remember too many of the details of the New Year’s Eve’s of my youth, most are just a blur. What I do remember however is nursing plenty of New Year’s day hang overs. Oh yeah, those are times I’d rather forget. But thank God,things change, mostly for the better, guess it comes with age.
So, what are your plans? Are you going out tonight? Come midnight will you be wearing your party hat and tooting your horn? Will you be one of those drunken revelers singing “Auld Lang Syne” or maybe passed out on the sofa or worse yet, the floor? Will you be one of the unfortunate dummies who decide to drive after drinking and wind up with a DUI and spending New Year’s in jail. Well, will you? Be cautious my friends, It’s all up to you. If you get too wasted call a cab. Many cab companies offer free rides on new year’s eve. Or you can call the Automobile Club and request a “Tipsy Tow.” They’ll tow you home for free! Of course there’s a 10 mile limit, so maybe you should think about partying a little closer to home this year. It could be the best decision you ever made.
To party or not to party? That is the question. Choose wisely my friends, your life may depend on it. For me the question has been answered. No partying again this year. Right now we plan on going out to a nice dinner with friends, as we have now for several years, have a drink or two, then head on home. We could go by our son’s home, this year he’s having a party. Right now I’m leaning towards the home scene. just the wife and I, watching a good movie in front of the fireplace, no frills, no thrills, no spills, just a nice pleasant evening, heralding in the new year quietly…
So what will you be doing this New Year’s Eve? Are you going to party? Maybe throw a hell of a drunk? Get shit-faced? At least my quiet new year’s eve will allow me to begin the new year hang-over free. The choice is yours. Whatever you decide to do tonight, have fun, but remember to use your head, take care and be safe. Party On!
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014