Saturday, March 22, 2008

New Year's: Stupid And Dumb (You Heard Me!!): A Nevin Barich Blog Experience

I hate New Year's.

There. I said it.

I'm sorry, but New Year's to me is the stupidest holiday imaginable, even dumber than "Bastille Day." (stupid French) I mean honestly, what is the big deal about another month ending, us moving into JANUARY and the number of the year changing? "Oh my God, we now get to write 08 when we date our checks instead of 07. Let's celebrate by watching a ball drop!!!"

Here are three problems with New Years:



Every place you go on New Year's is crowded. No matter where you go, whether it be a bar, restaurant, park or Citywalk, you will be greeted with 80,000 of your closest societal lunatics.
Now, I like to be around people. But I also like space. And walking room. And air. These are three things that are always in short supply when going somewhere on New Year's.



How many of you are going to Vegas over New Year's? Geez, you must have serious bucks!! Can I get a loan?

On New Year's, prices are jacked!! $10 meals go for $30. $75 hotel rooms go for $350. Cover charges for bars and clubs go in the triple digits. All so we can scream "HAPPY NEW YEAR" at midnight.

I don't know about the rest of you, but I've got bills. I've got to pay for rent, electricity, Internet service so I can write these blogs. I do not have the money to spend exorbitant prices...

(writer's note: The word of the day is...exorbitant. Look it up. Expand your vocabulary)

...going to stupid places with stupid people and stupid noise. No thank you.



I was talking to my friend Shandon yesterday and we were discussing how people always make resolutions to start the New Year.

"Why do people wait until the New Year to start these things?" Shandon said. "Why wait? Will it mean more to start in January?"

This is an excellent point. Why do we always say "I'm going to (fill in the blank) in the New Year?" If it means that much to you, why don't you start that new thing when you first think of it, rather than wait until January?

Do yourself a favor: If during a month in 2008 other than January, you come up with something you want to do or think would be good for you, don't wait until January 2009 to start it. Waiting until the New Year won't make it easier, better or more satisfying. Be proactive!! Start your 2009 resolutions in April '08. Be a trend-setter and impress your friends.


This year, with my girlfriend out of the country visiting family, I will be spending a low-key New Year's with my mom and sis.

Sound a little boring?

It's better than what I did last year.

I strained my back playing Blackjack at an Indian Casino.

Then, because I couldn't move well, I sat at a bar table watching a bunch of women's purses while they went off dancing.

And four different people asked me if I was selling pot.

Which they called "cronic."

And, because I was the designated driver, I drank water.

(the water, normally free, cost $1.95)


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