Saturday, December 29, 2007

I've Got a Question - You've Got an Answer

We had the Today Show on at work the other morning before things got too busy as we usually tend to do so that we at least have some sort of clue what's going on in the rest of the world and one of the segments they showed was on being able to pick the proper champagne for your New Year's Eve gathering. Some ditzy reporter, who looked like she was having way too good of a time trying to guess between an expensive champagne and a cheap one, was trying to explain the difference to Matt Lauer. Towards the end of the segment she had Matt close his eyes and try both an expensive bottled champagne and a "less expensive" canned version to see if he could tell the difference. Naturally Matt picked out the expensive champagne - which doesn't surprise me at all as I rather doubt that Matt has to worry about pinching pennies during the holidays and probably didn't even know that canned champagne existed (frankly, I didn't either!).

At any rate, all of the talk about champagne and New Year's Eve parties got me to thinking a little bit and it dawned on me that I have never been to a true New Year's Eve party where people got together to celebrate the end of the year and welcome in the new one. Sure, I've spent New Year's Eves with friends perhaps watching movies and eating pizza or playing board games but I've never been to an honest-to-goodness dancing and drinks kind of soirée. I'm going to be 50 in less than a year and I've never been to a real New Year's Eve party - how depressing. Even more depressing was the realization that I've never had a true New Year's Eve kiss. Ouch.

There certainly won't be any party this year as I'm going to be spending the vast majority of New Year's Eve at work as Monday is my regular 16-hour shift which means I should get home a bit after 11:00 p.m. That should be just enough time to climb into my pj's before I join the girls for a glass of sparkling cider and then change the calendar over while I wonder just where in the heck it was that the year got off to.

So, that's what I'm going to be doing but what about the rest of you? This week's questions asks - - Custom comment codes for MySpace, Hi5, Friendster and more

I don't believe in making New Year's resolutions - the only one I've ever really kept was the one that I made to not make any more resolutions! - but perhaps I'll resolve to go to a real New Year's Eve party one of these years. I bet a New Year's kiss would be nice ...


  1. We don't have anything planned at the moment. There are opportunities, but I've been a little lazy while on vacation and we may just spend the time together at home.

    I have been to a "real" NYE party. At about 12:05am it becomes just another party.

  2. I've been invited to a couple...but not sure what I'm gonna do...

  3. I would just like to actually stay awake into the new year for once.
    Maybe my kids will wake me up in time for the countdown.

  4. We'll be at Disney World! So I guess it's our own party with thousands of other people ;)

    I hope we all stay awake this year as last year was a loss.
    Brain Foggles

  5. I've been to two new years eve parties in my whole life.

    One was at the beach on the Gold Coast, the fireworks were lovely, the drunks were not.

    The other was last year at my Church, the German club decided to hold a New Years Eve party. It was great, all the out laws went, our children partied all night and we left at 10pm. :grin: Spent the next day wretchedly ill from the badly cooked German sausages.

    This year I've decided that New Years Eve parties are not for me. Hubby works in security, so as per usual he will be working somewhere to stop drunks doing drunken things. I will be home, hopefully asleep, more likely trying to calm my autistic daughter down once the fireworks start.

  6. New Year Resolutions??? A New Year Kiss???

    At our age and a week of Holiday Grandchildren Sleep-overs, we are likely to still be alive let alone think about New Year festivities.

    By 8 p.m., we are in deep slumber saw-snoring the lumber!

    Thanks to OpenID issues, my true virtual signature link is:

  7. Anonymous1:15 AM EST

    No new year's eve party for me. Most of the time, we just stay home, especially now that I have a young kid. And no new year resolutions for me too! I just don't keep them so, it's pointless making any. :(

  8. We always go out on New Years Eve to celebrate with friends. Usually to our local club which has a couple of 'artistes' on. This year however we are going to a bigger venue - our local civic hall where there will be two live groups and a disco with plenty of dancing and drinking! Don't wake me up too early on New Years Day please! :)

  9. yes, we have been to some but not this year... i am sure we will be asleep before midnight!

    smiles, bee

  10. Never been to a New Year's Eve party as a real adult. (I'm thinking drinking 'til you puke as a teen and in college doesn't count.)

  11. No I'm not, Linda. To be honest, they are not up to much, It is just drinking all night, or the establishment providing substandard artists who you wouldn't normally pay to go and see. Unless you are in the company of lots of people you know, don't bother.

  12. We are probably going to the boat for New Years eve. So no party, but will have dinner and cocktails with our boat neighbors. I'm sure we will all be asleep by the time the new year rolls around. Have a great day. :)

  13. Anonymous11:33 AM EST

    Whoa...loaded post!

    We usually sleep through New Year's Eve... for us it's just antoher day.

    Never been to a real soiree, either!

  14. I went to a REAL New Year's Eve party once. The result is named Lanisa and she is now 42 all because BB King was way too good a musician and I was having way too much fun.

    These days, I buy my favorite champagne "Moet Chandon", toast the ball in New York from west coast time and I'm beddie bye with a good book at 9:15

  15. Your guess is as good as mine at this point.

  16. Anonymous6:21 PM EST

    As a reformed drunk, New Year's Eve was pretty much amateur night and was totally avoided. :0) Seriously, the idea of going to a party and drinking and dancing until the wee hours lost its appeal before I turned 30. Now, I just celebrate on New Year's morning by giving my bride a New Year's kiss upon waking in the morning.

    The best part of that is there's no hangover to deal with!!

  17. I'm going to first night Boston with a bunch of strangers. It should be fun...I hope.

    My dream New Year's is me and a man who loves me going to a nice dinner all dressed up (my hair up in a french twist) and drinking champagne. Oh, and this dinner would take place on the top floor of a tall building overlooking a city and the new year would come in while we slow danced.

    Yeah...romantic much? :)

  18. I've got to say that I'm really Mags' answer the best here - that sounds like the ideal New Year's Eve to me! I hope if she finds someone, he has an older brother!!

  19. I've never been to a New Year Eve's soiree either...just a family and friends affair every year and this one's no different. We're going to celebrate New York New Year's Eve here in Southern California so we can all sip phony champagne and blow our party horns at 9:00PM Pacific Time and then drive home before all the crazies come out of the woodwork. Happy New Year!!!

  20. what miss bee said since we are the same.....happy new year

  21. I think we are just going the local pub for a drink or two.

    A smooch would be nice indeed :)

  22. Anonymous12:23 AM EST

    Here it is at 11:22 new year's eve and I'm visiting with you. Yup, family is in bed and I'm blogging! What an exciting life I lead. ;)

    Happy new year, my friend!


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