Celebrations of Yesteryear

1 Jan

Last night, we spent a low-key evening playing games and doing everything we could to stay up until midnight. It was a fun celebration of the new year, but my mind kept going back to a celebration that took place twenty-five years ago.

My college roommates and I threw a huge party at our apartment. To protect the guilty, I will not recount the gory details of the gathering, but it would make a good movie to be shown in some art house theater.

There were two parts of the party that can fit a family blog and provide examples of that night. First, most of the furniture ended up in the backyard. Second, I spent the strike of midnight convincing a girl not to kill her boyfriend.

As I thought back to that night, I thought about where I was on other nights of the yearly eve, Honestly, I cannot remember most of them. That is either a result of inebriation or old age. However, a few of the nights come in clearly.New Year

One New Year’s Eve was spent at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida. Those were the days when my favorite football team played in a New Year’s Day bowl every year. We watched fireworks that night and watched fireworks on the field the next day.

Traveling to a football game also took me to the streets of Phoenix, Arizona on a warm December night. My friend, who was also hosted the famous party, and I stumbled down the sidewalks with 200,000 other people. Luckily, we ran into Larry, who you have read about a couple of times, and he got us to our hotel.

Football games have also led me to less festive locales. One New Year’s Eve was spent in a Waffle House in north Georgia. The greatest memory of that night was one of my traveling companions complaining about the iced tea. According to him, it tasted like urine. Of course, he used a different term.

The New Year’s Eve on of Waikiki Beach was a lot better than the one in north Georgia. Everyone sat in the sand while fireworks blasted over the Pacific Ocean. The only problem was that we had to drive across the island to our beach house and almost got lost.

There have been many memorable New Year’s celebrations. However, none of them compare to the party at Citizen, a private club in Nashville. At one of their parties, I spent New Year’s Eve with my future wife. Since then, every celebration of the coming year has been awesome.

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9 Responses to “Celebrations of Yesteryear”

  1. Marilyn Armstrong January 1, 2015 at 19:54 #

    For Auld Lang Syne, my friend. Here’s to a great 2015 and many more years to come.

    • Rick January 1, 2015 at 20:01 #

      Happy New Year to you and Garry

  2. shutterbugshea January 1, 2015 at 22:27 #

    😊Happy 2015….Great memories!!
    You brought me a smile on the first day of this new year…thank you!!!

    • Rick January 2, 2015 at 03:33 #

      I’m glad you liked it. Happy New Year!

  3. DyingNote January 2, 2015 at 06:53 #

    Did you at least let the girl maim her boyfriend?

    • Rick January 2, 2015 at 16:14 #

      She eventually got to him.

  4. DyingNote January 2, 2015 at 06:53 #

    Wish you a fantastic 2015!

    • Rick January 2, 2015 at 16:14 #

      Thanks. I hope everyone in your life has a great year.

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