Monday, December 18, 2006

So this is the new year

Like many Americans, I hate New Year's. Well, not the whole starting over/new beginning part but the New Year's Eve celebration part. Yet for most of my adult life as much as I have sworn it off, I have been suckered into this belief that one must be in the right place, at the right time, surrounded by all of your best friends in order to ring it in in style.

Whoopity-doo!

But I think that's kind of crap. Talk about amateur night. New Year's blows. At least in the city.

The last couple of years I was lucky enough to spend the holiday in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina at the beauiful Green River Preserve summer camp (free of the kiddos, of course) with people whom I genuinely liked, eating and drinking in total comfort, nowhere else to go. What's more, the drive back was no more than 2.5 hours so it was an easy trek. Honestly, it was like camping except for we stayed in quite splendid cabins. And there were fireworks! A scary amount of them, honestly. And late-night, drunken jam sessions/drum circles. And hikes through the woods complete with stargazing.

But, sadly, this year it looks like I'll be back to the city unless some miracle trip develops.

Fortunately, our man Jeff Nixon is coming back to Atlanta and so a bunch of us are going to see the Drive by Truckers at the Variety Playhouse so that should be fun. At least we'll be in one place.

But it still sucks. And everyone knows the real party has always been on the 4th.

"I wish the world was flat like the old days
Then i could travel just by folding a map"

4 Comments:

Blogger A said...

I agree. I've always said New Years is like Valentine's Day and the 4th of July combined. Way over-rated. Disappointing really. I think all of us NYE haters should organize some type of party out of the country and just go with it for the rest of our god given lives. Whatdoya say?

10:31 PM  
Blogger Tania Rochelle said...

At the risk of sounding like Time Traveler:

I love the symbolic aspect of New Years. Whether we're dancing at the Clermont or playing Scrabble at home. I don't make specific resolutions--just a plan to try harder, do better, and be thankful I survived another year. A holiday can be whatever you want it to be.


Everywhere you go, there you are.

7:48 AM  
Blogger Howard said...

Oh, I love the whole New Year's day part. It's this unhealthy fascination with the whole "be somewhere cool, having a great time at midnight" thing.

My resolution is the same as it has been for the past 31 years: be the best me I can be. Non-specific but positive. Boom, done.

8:18 AM  
Blogger minus five said...

yeah, i'm with you on that one. i hate going out on new year's eve. its never fun. for the past several years, i have spent the evening watching tv and talking with my older brother in oklahoma city. somehow its always a good time.

11:53 AM  

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