Describe a New Year’s where you would have been better off just staying home.
Happy New Year from the great central valley of California where the weather is typical for this day of the year: Cold, overcast, dreary. The forecast for tonight? Dense fog. Visibility will drop to less than a tenth of a mile in some spots. It is not unusual to wake up on New Year’s Day and be unable to see the houses across the street.
Since BigBob and I both grew up in San Joaquin County, we have never been enthusiastic about going out to celebrate the arrival of the New Year. On this night, there is usually at least one serious vehicle collision in the area caused by a combination of drinking and driving too fast for the road conditions.
In addition, BigBob never stays up until midnight. He is usually asleep before we turn on the television to watch the ball drop in Times Square at 9:00 p.m. Pacific time. In a perfect world, I would stay up until three or four in the morning and sleep late every day. BigBob is the guy who wakes the rooster up to tell him it is time to crow and get the rest of the world moving.
I can only remember a couple of New Year’s Eves in the past 23 years that we have actually gone out to celebrate. Generally, we stay home where we enjoy a nice dinner and then watch movies or play games while enjoying a crackling fire. That way, we all stay safe and he can nod off whenever he likes. There have been many, many times when the boys and I have wished each other a Happy New Year with the sound of his snoring as a backdrop!
But there was New Year’s Eve 1987.