I’ve never really cared much for New Year’s Eve. For me, it’s always been just another day. When I was little, it was an excuse to stay up late, but my family was boring. What’s the use? When I finally got taller than my parents (12 or 13?), I started to exert my will (read: act like a dick) and just go to sleep at like 9 or 10 o’clock, shunning tradition. What did I have to look forward to? Every year was as crappy as the last, I never had a girlfriend to kiss at midnight, and the family didn’t drink, so I couldn’t even sneak any booze.
Life got a little better in high school when I started hanging out more with my friend Amanda. Everyone would go to her house for NYE and party in the basement. I still didn’t care much for NYE in particular, but many times in high school the Lovely basement was my Shangri-La, so this was just another one of those times. I got to be with my crazy-ass friends instead of my boring-ass family. I had a girlfriend at one point, so I finally got that midnight kiss. Oh yeah, there was sure to be some kind of alcohol too. Matty likey.
Times change though, right? Sure they do, but this is actually one of those cases where the more things changed, the more they stayed the same. Amanda started dating Hairy Parry. We all went our separate ways to college. We started to drink legally. But getting together on NYE was always a given. Lots of times we still invaded Casa de Lovely, but we also made good use of Parry’s cabin on at least one occasion (we all decided to streak through the snow and ice).
Now, three years into grad school, it’s all gone to hell. As far as I know, Amanda and Parry are just going to be hanging out (in their own house this time) tonight. Mala’s going to be with her boyfriend and cohorts. Jared sold me out to play with the mountain folk tonight. But hey, I sold out too; I’m going to be partying with the BioSci grad school nerds in Debby’s basement. Now, there’s nothing wrong with anyone’s plans for the evening, but things have finally changed, and it feels like they’ve probably changed for good. This depresses me. Good thing I’ll be drinking about 4 gallons of alcohol tonight.
2006 better not suck.
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