December 31, 2007, - 5:10 pm

Happy New Year, But . . .

By Debbie Schlussel
To my friends and readers, I wish you a Happy New Year. May it be productive, happy, healthy, and peaceful. Thanks to all of you who sent me New Year’s greetings. Right back at ya.
That said, I have always felt that the holiday is the most over-rated of celebrations, the most artificial and super-imposed of occasions. (Ditto for the resolutions many people give up by February 1. Why do you need the first of the year as your impetus for improvement? Any day will do.) Forget Dick Clark, Ryan Secrest, and some annoying nobody Englishwoman Rupert Murdoch is televising (Cat Deeley–WHO?). Watching the ball drop is like watching mice flock to cheese. No big whoop. No amusement. Just roteness and boredom.

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For me, New Year’s Eve is by choice always prime video-rental and viewing time. I forego the parties and my chance to try to get home without being the victim of a drunk driver. It is the one night of the year on which I am very happy to skip the parties, say no thanks to the invitations and going out, and be warm and comfy without any bother.
If you are not at a party, do not feel bad. Know that you have company with the many Americans like me who choose to stay home, enjoy it far better, and avoid the meaningless bluster and hype promoted by hotels, restaurants, and bars. There is no purpose to watch a ball falling and get drunk just for drunkenness’ sake.
To those who go to parties, enjoy. But I hope your new year is happier than the formality parties and more full than the “required” cocktails and kisses at Midnight. And I hope my new year is as happy as my enjoyment of staying home, being comfortable, and avoiding the broadcast network fare on this night.
And in advance, earlier today, I celebrated by hitting the gym before my “festivities.” Cheers–I clink my half orange juice/half seltzer-water glass to you.

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15 Responses

Happy New Year!
I go out occasionally for it. Last year, at a party in SF (in Nancy Pelosi’s CD), I asked for a moment of silence for Gerald Ford. (Crickets chirping…)
best for ’08.

Jeremiah on December 31, 2007 at 8:14 pm

Happy New Year, Debbie. I prefer half OJ/half diet Sprite, but your concoction sounds good, too. Right now I am drinking Coke Zero, but the night is young.

Anonymous1 on December 31, 2007 at 9:38 pm

And here I thought I was the only one who felt this way. 8)

Freudianslippers on January 1, 2008 at 12:12 am

It’s not a holiday if BBQ isn’t directly involved. For christmas it was deep fried trout, potato salad, cole slaw, and slosh (mix of sprite, frozen berries and rainbow sherbet; staple of Utah, and tastes nasty).
Still full from Christmas.

bhparkman on January 1, 2008 at 2:56 am

Yep, Debbie, a video/dvd rental, with a small drink that lasts for hours on a quiet December night, seems just about right…………
That said, Happy New Year!

Alert on January 1, 2008 at 3:18 am

Happy New Year, Debbie & all!

Infidel Pride on January 1, 2008 at 3:33 am

Happy New Year Debbie..
Happy and healthy.. Your writing is enjoyed by us all. Happy New Year to my fellow readers as well.

lonewolf on January 1, 2008 at 12:48 pm

Debbie’s not here Chira!! She already got married and has 3 kids. (inside joke)
Have a wonderful new year Debbs. Do Hebrews celebrate the new year at the same time, or at a different time of the year like the Chinese do? I understand the Hebrew calendar is many years ahead of the calendar adopted by the Christian church. What year does the Hebrew calendar say it is, anyway?

tita2juju on January 1, 2008 at 2:25 pm

Tita, our new year is Rosh Hoshana, and it usually falls in September. It is a holy day of prayer — not really a party time. I do like the gentile New Year festivities, but I have always preferred to watch them on TV. :-) Honestly, have never been an all night party girl. Even when I was in college, I used to fall asleep around midnight while everyone else around me was dancing and carrying on. Nowadays, that would be unsafe. Back then I didn’t worry about it.
We almost totally forgot about New Year’s here! It’s a non event in Jerusalem. But, for those who do celebrate it, I wish you all a wonderful new year full of all good things! I wouldn’t have minded lifting a glass of champagne to “cheers!” but we didn’t have any in the house.

AmericanJewess on January 1, 2008 at 2:47 pm

Best wishes for a happy, healthy and safe 08 to all readers of DS and to DS. I enjoyed a few glasses of Long Island’s finest red myself last night. Today, a twilight zone marathon!

nyone on January 1, 2008 at 2:53 pm

DS & all: also spent the evening quietly at home, finished a book given at Christmas from a retired military relative, “Lone Survivor” by Marcus Whittaker. Very intense read, lots of Kleenex. Wife working on business spreadsheet, etc. Much safer than out-and-abouting. Could have stayed up a bit longer and watched the annual fireworks on Pike’s Peak, but we figured that the New Year will still come regardless of whether we watch it or not. Hence, over the years, we’ve never wasted our time watching the TV coverage (from anywhere), really. Besides, it’s a two hour tape delay; New York gets its New Year at 10pm Mountain Time! Like you say, Debbie, watching a big electrified ball drop and watching the mind-numbed crowd watching it is an extreme bore, a nonevent. Woke this morning to a beautiful-but-frigid Colorado sunshine & blue sky day. A very satisfying start to the New Year. No regrets! His Blessings to all…

Floyd R. Turbo on January 1, 2008 at 4:49 pm

Oops. My apologies to the book’s author, it should have been “Lone Survivor” by Marcus Luttrell. My extreme BAD. Not likely to make that mistake again…face is very red…pants fell down for the world to see…sheesh!

Floyd R. Turbo on January 1, 2008 at 5:18 pm

I’m a teetotaller so I didn’t go to the “forced fun” party places, just went with my goofy brother to eat and a movie (AVP, which you reviewed).
I think it’s better to just enjoy as I hate those parties where it seems everyone feels so pressured to “have fun.” Plus, after seeing several wrecks I was just glad to get home.
As for AVP, it was fine for what it is. Fun, and I agree in that several times I couldn’t tell whether it was an alien or the predator.

The_Man on January 1, 2008 at 6:03 pm

I like my buzz at home. No confrontations with sloppy drunks over leers at my wife or smokey bars with high drink prices, or the pressure to consume whatever. Like you, I enjoy the right of a cpl and those are not allowed inside bars anyway even if I’m not partaking of the alchohol. Which is a condition of the cpl. Happy new year ma’m.

samurai on January 1, 2008 at 7:14 pm

Used to be more of a New Year’s partier, but once you have kids it’s not worth the babysitter. But New Year’s Eve together at home is quite enjoyable too! Have a happy and a healthy!

hairymon on January 3, 2008 at 8:39 am

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