Dec 21

New Year's Eve is for amateurs

Comments (7) by LoriD December 21, 2011 - 7:01 AM

Hugh Hefner says that New Year's Eve is for amateurs - the seasoned experts party all year round. I take some comfort in this, though I'm not sure why. Maybe because if Hugh Hefner stays home on New Year's, it mustn't be a totally loser-ish thing to do.

Highly irrational logic, I know, but hey, the ‘loser' tag is one I'm keen to avoid. Amazingly, at the age of thirty, my insecurities over being the geek, the nerd, the gawky kid with a lots of books and not many friends... all those issues.... are still hanging around.  Can we tell?

As a child, and especially as a teen, friends are the currency of life. The push to find something really cool to do on New Year's Eve began when I was about sixteen and hasn't really let up since. My New Year's Eve anxiety begins to creep its icy fingers up the inside of my ribs in mid-November, which is when I am generally persuaded by that slow moving panic to book in something to do, book in some friends, right now, before it is too late and you're left all alone at home in your pyjamas sharing hokey pokey ice cream from the container with your cat while watching Bridget Jones' Diary for the fourth time (which may or may not have been the case on New Year's Eve of 2002.)

Moving on. New Year's is usually, for me, a bit of a fizzer. Working as a children's entertainer for a few years before I had kids of my own meant that I was being paid to miss out on the adult festivities, which is almost socially acceptable. And having babies kinda kicked the wind out of a few potential end-of-year parties. My all ‘round geekdom took care of the rest.

There's only been two years that I can recall celebrating New Year's in a way that elevated me to the land of the socially normal and respectable - the pertinent factor there being that I actually can't recall the evening in detail at all. On the earlier of those two years, I partied like it was 1999. Because it was 1999. I rang in the new Millennium immersed in the thick of the crowd gathered at Darling Harbour, just under the spectacularly lit Harbour Bridge, drinking Black Russians mixed in a Coke bottle and pashing a random Irishman.

The second memorable-in-that-I -can't-really-remember-it New Year's Eve was last year. My husband and I got very, very drunk. We had a good time. But it was the start of something that turned very, very bad and he died just ten days later.

So, on that note... damn it all to hell. Screw being cool or hip or popular. And feeling like a social pariah can suck it. This year, I'm staying in. At least I know I know I'm in good company - surely, Hugh and the Bunnies will be staying in too.

by LoriD December 21, 2011 - 7:01 AM

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  • Report Fri Dec 23, 2011 - 5:24 am
    In my teens I tried going out on Hogmanay but it was always an total anti-climax - freezing cold, queues to get in places, drunk mingers trying to grab you, no taxis - just shite and I always wished I was home. In my 20s I tried to keep up the pretence of a go-er but always snuck away early or made last min excuses. Now in my 30s I don't even bother lying - much rather be home with my pj's and a bottle of prossecco watching the fireworks on telly, in bed for 12.02. *children's entertainer* hmm, interesting, do tell.
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  • Report Fri Dec 23, 2011 - 4:42 am
    by  Miss Pink
    You know, I've NEVER celebrated a New Years. It kinda sucks. Awfully hard. Since having kids i've usually spent it at home alone while Mr Black goes out and parties, and i've been ok with that, but i've never had that New Years experience, and it stings that everyone else has, and I have no stories of my own to add.
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  • Report Thu Dec 22, 2011 - 2:36 pm
    Thank you for sharing. I like it very much.:>
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  • Report Thu Dec 22, 2011 - 8:01 am
    by  Sam-O
    I tried to go out one New Years Eve in the 90's but we couldn't find our friends so my boyfriend, besty and myself bought a bottle of vodka each and went home to watch the fireworks on TV. Oh and once I was in Barcelona and did actually party and have fun, but since that was pretty much like every night during those months overseas, I don't count it. Too many people for me usually. I prefer a snuggle with the Workaholic on the lounge watching the fireworks on TV.
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  • Report Thu Dec 22, 2011 - 4:35 am
    by  Gigi_E
    Go out? On New Years? It's about as good an idea as going to a restaurant on Valentines *shivers involuntarily*. My most favourite thing to do on the last day of the year is have dinner with great friends. Some fine (ish) wine a roaring fire and wake up to a bracing walk in as green a land as possible (nb: a park or common will do if necessary). So I will raise a glass to you and the year you've survived Lori and I will wish you a very lovely, and happy New Year x
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  • Report Thu Dec 22, 2011 - 12:40 am
    I have never had much for New Years Eve. Now, New Years day,with the fabulous food, is almost like Thanksgiving day, only with lots of people dropping by all day long.
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  • Report Wed Dec 21, 2011 - 8:43 pm
    Staying in sounds good to me, too.
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