Wednesday, December 29, 2010

New Year's - Overrated?

We're coming up to New Year's Eve and I must admit it is not one of my favourite holidays. Don't get me wrong, I'm okay with it, but I have never gotten too excited about the countdown and the hype surrounding the beginning of a new year. In part, as I've blogged before, because it doesn't really seem January is the beginning of anything. It's more like the dog days of winter.

My fondest New Year's memories are probably from when I was a small child and never stayed up past about 9 pm, but on New Year's Eve at Grandma and Grandad's house my little brother and I stayed up till midnight (either that or we went to bed and then were woken up for the big countdown). When the clock struck 12, Grandma would step out on the porch and bang on a kitchen pot like there was no tomorrow. We would join in with the festive noisemakers she had provided. It was quite a striking event as it was quite out of character for Grandma to do anything flashy or attention getting. Unless you count hammering on a piece of beef liver to tenderize it for the cat.

As a younger teenager I first learned the true meaning of the New Year's event when I accompanied an aunt and uncle to a party on the Mt. Washington ski hill. This is where I learned that New Year's is a time when everyone drinks enough so that they can be uninhibited when it comes time to do the New Year's kiss.

11 comments:

  1. I agree Jack, but maybe it's just us gettin' older? This Xmas we found some hilarious pic's, old square Kodaks of my brother and I at a New Years Party probably more than 30 years ago.Alcohol was obviously very involved and he looked sillier than me!We were, however, obviously havin' a great time!To me New Years is a non-event, but if used for a silly good time, why not? I know last year in Mexico we were greatly amused by the behaviour of the large drunken family of Russians who were fighting, kissing, eating, and drinking anything close to them!As for the kiss thing, oh that memory may need a visit to a therapist to get over! Cheers, and Happy whatever, xelA.

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  2. Over-rated? There's such a backlash of like-minded bah-humbug-ism over New Year's Eve that I daresay it's under-rated now.

    (As an aside, it occurs to me that if you and xelA split the difference on your typing, you'd both be perfect -- you with your needless and out-dated double-space between sentences and him with no space at all.)

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  3. "Tis the season to be a curmudgeon",ha, xelA.

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  4. I know, Alex! I love Christmas and New Year's so no bah-humbug-ism from me. Some people, eh?!

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  5. New Year's is overrated. Sorry, Guy, but the backlash is deserved. And I actually had fun on New Year's Eve! But I still think it is grossly overrated--or at least over-anticipated.

    Jack, please say that you will continue your blog in 2011. I know you (sort of) made your quota in 2010, and from what I gather, that was your goal. However, there are many loyal readers out here who enjoy your blog immensely, even if we don't always comment. Please keep it going!

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  6. My policy is always to keep expectations very low for all occassions, special or not. Then I can't be disappointed, and life is, generally speaking a pleasant surprise.

    So New Year's is only overrated if you bother to rate it. Why bother?

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  7. I'm with you, Dan. Parkerama, you're wrong – and quit sucking up to Jack! If some people like New Year's Eve, let them like it. Don't be so curmudgeonly. Right, Alex?! I don't know many people who over-rate New Year's Eve. And I know lots of people.

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  8. I have no problem "letting" New Year's Eve lovers continuing their revelry. Party on, dudes! I even had fun last NYE--can you imagine, this cranky old curmudgeon. However, I will not apologize for flattering Jack. I only read a couple of blogs--this is one of them--so really, it's a selfish move in order for me to continue to get my fix. And a big part of my enjoyment is reading the interesting and amusing comments from friends (hint). Hmm, here's a mini-rant (is this hijacking? sorry!): why is it so hard for friends in Vancouver to see each other? It's not like we're spread out like Angelinos. But it seems as though seeing each of your friends once every several months is the best any of us can do. What gives? I miss Victoria.

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  9. That's called getting old and tired Lisa. Who goes out anymore? It's basically the same here with your old Victoria friends.

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  10. New Years Eve is over rated. I don't know about you, but I would rather pay 10 times as much for a bus ticket if it meant that I didn't have to stand with my face in the sweaty armpit hair of a 70 year old woman. http://irkitated.blogspot.com.au/2012/12/new-years-eve-is-over-rated.html

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