Happy New Year!

As the clock struck midnight I gave my beautiful wife a kiss and then we opened the front door and booted 2021’s ass out to the street while the kids opened the side door and welcomed 2022 in. Then we all hugged out our relief at the end of the shit year that was 2021.


Pre New Years Eve thoughts

We are less than 90 minutes away from December 31, 2021. While I am strongly looking forward to telling 2021 to fuck off and die, I’ve also started thinking about how to celebrate the end of this dirtbag year and the start of the next year.

I’ve started thinking, but I got nuttin’.

We are going to have the first ever full family Covid test tomorrow. Nana and Papa are coming over for the delayed Christmas Eve and we need to ensure everyone is safe. Rapid tests for all and for all a negative rapid test!

I am going to set up the alternate music nook in the cellar tomorrow. I want to use my new pedals with my 18 watt amp and my KTR overdrive pedal and the rest of the band pedal board, and I also don’t want to mess with the cool setup I have in the bedroom. So two nooks it is! I’ve got a couple of tunes ready to record so I’ll use them to test drive the set up. I’m not sure I’ll actually get to play tomorrow but it is a long weekend so fingers crossed.

As for traditional stuff like New Years resolutions, I don’t have anything yet. I might not at all, but if I do I’ll share it soon enough.

Until then, happy New Years Eve Eve! What’s left of it.

New Years Eve

How’s your New Years Eve going? Just under three hours until midnight here in New England. The kids are doing great. My step daughter watched a movie that was a touch too grown up for my step son, so we played some games while she was occupied. We played the most difficult Red Sox trivia game on Earth while listening to the Bruins blow a three to one lead.

Jen is doing okay with the whole staying awake thing. The kids are doing just fine, no problems there. I’m already drifting off. I don’t know if I’m going to make it to midnight. It’s going to be a challenge. Get over here, caffeine! Get in my bloodstream!

Allow me to wish you all a Happy New Year. May your 2014 be a happy and healthy year.

New Years Already?

I’ve told this story before, I’m sure.

Back in the late 1970’s (or possibly the very early 1980’s) when I was just a little fat guy of less than 10 years of age, George Lucas announced to the world that there would be nine Star Wars movies and that he would release one every three years. My father, the undisputed master of all things math, instantly calculated that the final movie would hit the theaters in 2001. “You’ll be 30 years old,” he told the smaller yet still fat assed version of me, “so you’ll have to take me to see it.”

As someone who was probably between the ages of six and nine years old, the concept of a 30 year old me was a little too big to comprehend, let alone the idea of me taking my father anywhere. It did sort of set a date into my head though. 2001 was something real, not just a movie title. There were a bunch of years that would lead up to it, but once the calendar reached 2001 it would feel like I had arrived at my destination. Anything after 2001 could not possibly exist. It was just fantasy.

Until it happened, that is.

Now we stand here, just a few hours shy of the start of 2014. To that I say, No fricken way! Most people are thinking to themselves, where did 2013 go hahaha? Not me. I’m still thinking, where did 2010 go. And 2007. And 2002. What the hell?

My step son and I were talking the other day about how all kids wish they were adults, and all adults wish they were kids. That might be a slight exaggeration, but it’s not too far off. There is one reason for that adult wish that I never really considered when I was still a kid. The years go by so much faster when you’re older. If I had known that was going to happen I would have fought the changes much harder than I did! It’s like we reached 2001, then I blinked, and then it was 12/31/13! What the bloody hell happened???

Granted, I’ve done some cool stuff over those years. The stretch of time beginning in early April of 2007 through today stands out as particularly wonderful. Still… how can it be 2014? Wasn’t it just New Years Eve a few months ago? Can’t we slow down and smell the roses? Can’t we stop the world because I want to get off? Can’t we do any number of other cliches relating to the speed at which time passes?

New Years Eve

We are currently 22 minutes away from 2013. I hope everyone is having a great time and managing to stay safe.

My wife and I stayed home and watched a couple of movies, both of which I already forget the names of. Was the Adam Sandler flick where he is a Somerville douche bag who crashes his son’s wedding called, “That’s My Boy”? I think so. It was crass and stupid and awful and I absolutely laughed my fat ass off. After that we watched a Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Edward Norton movie that I think was called, “Moonrise Kingdom”. It was weird and bizarre and quirky and I really liked it a lot. I’m a sucker for weird. The relationship between the two run aways was one of the most genuinely romantic things I’ve seen in a movie in a terribly long time, even if they were only about 12 years old. It reminded me a little of Pixar’s “Up” without the devastating heartbreak. I really thought it was a good movie.

Tomorrow is New Years Day (actually 12 minutes from now) and the entire free world has the day off. Except me. I’m on call for work. There are three on call situations for me. One is when new customers go live with our software. Those happen regularly, but rarely do you receive calls. Another is when updates go live. Those are rare and are also usually free of calls. The third is extended business hours coverage and the phone often rings the whole time. On holidays it’s a 24 hour shift and it can be so busy that sometimes you work the whole time. Guess which of the three I got saddled with tomorrow.

Yup, New Years Day is going to be 24 hours of suck for me, beginning at 8:30am tomorrow.

It’s six minutes to 2013. I’m sitting up in bed typing this while my beloved darling wife sleeps next to me. The only way I could be happier right now is if the kids were with us. I’ll try to remember this feeling when I’m buried in work shit tomorrow.

11:56… Four minutes left…

11:57… Three minutes left… Someone near bye is lighting off fire crackers…

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