I am ringing in the new year in typical fashion... at work. This is no hardship, as I consider New Year's Eve to be "amateur night"- a lot of establishments price-gouge, and there is a lot of dumbassery as "in vino veritas" reveals that there are a lot of knuckleheads in the population. No need freezing outside with a couple million of my closest friends, or slogging back home on the 4 train blinking as the dawnzerly light streams in through the windows (North of 149th St, the train leaves the tunnel and travels on an elevated track) after dropping seventy-five bucks for the privilege to drink bottom shelf champagne. No need to navigate roads plagued by impaired drivers, or having to deal with the gendarmes. Yeah, I usually spend the night in low-key fashion.
I have to say that, while not an overly pessimistic person, I really don't see things getting any better in 2011. 2010 was a pretty piss-poor year, especially when viewed as a coda for an overly optimistic 2009. I get the feeling that 2011 will be another "lost year" following a lost decade. My personal situation is not so bad, but the feeling of "potential squandered" still haunts the whole damn country. I apologize for being a downer... how about a video for a nice little bit of power-pop as a "riff" on my "amateur night" comment?
Friday, December 31, 2010
Posted by Big Bad Bald Bastard at 7:58 PM
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I agree with you.
Have a drink when you get home.
For much of my adult life, I spent NYE at work producing other peoples' entertainment events. Then, when we moved to LA, we settled into an annual habit of celebrating at our neighbors' home. They moved away four years ago. Our son is out at a party, and we're home, sitting in Pacific Time and watching Eastern Time celebrations so we can drink our champagne before we get to sleepy. Is that pathetic or what?
Is that pathetic or what?
Nah, I prefer to cut loose on Koninginnedag myself!
Spent New Year's Eve working behind the front desk of a hotel, watching people stagger in from the cold night. One guy threatened to wake up the hotel with his noisemaker if I didn't get him some cookies. I responded by threatening to sic the cops on him if he did, and he quieted down.
Also, V Ramona the Pest R.
We don't usually go out either, as you say Amateurs.
However, the Riverside had booked the Hold Steady for a NYE bash, and really, could there be a better soundtrack to try and kick off a better year?
Bonus points: the first song they played after 2011 dropped was a cover of the Scorps "Living After Midnight"
Also, not so much overdoing it. But the free buses made for an interesting ride home.
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