New Years Eve! Party! Woo-Hoo! Back when I was in my twenties, all my friends, mostly single, would gather at someone’s place, mostly my apartment, and get stupid. Mostly with beer and cheap Vodka.
Tomorrow my twenty-three year old son is going to a downtown hotel with his buddies. They are renting a room and going to a big fantastic New Years Eve Extravaganza in the hotel’s ballroom. SAY WHAT???
Well, I know that these young twenty-something kids think differently than my friends and I did at their age. A good New Years Eve party, consisted of several different kinds of beer, whatever was on sale usually. Vodka and “anything”, maybe lemonade or tonic or Pepsi or even red Kool-Aid. A few bags of chips and ordering a pizza was fancy enough for us. We entertained ourselves without spending a lot of money. The stereo was always too loud, someone always had a guitar, and occasionally the lady upstairs would pound on the walls to signal that we were too rowdy.
Car keys were usually taken at the door at the beginning of the evening. No one ever got arrested, no fights broke out (we saved that for St. Patrick’s Day) and the worst thing that happened was a hangover.
I told my kid that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to have fun. He reminded me that because they have a hotel room, no one will be driving. Good point. He told me that during the day they will have access to the pool and the weight room. Okay, that might be cool if you’re a Guy. All the Guys I know that are going have girlfriends, but I didn’t ask…..
My kids are grown-ups, and I don’t like it. I want them to be at home with me when the New Year arrives like when they were little. They would bang the pots and pans, and we let them beep the horn and yell “Happy New Year” out the door.
Things have changed I guess.
I wonder if they can get Vodka and red Kool-Aid at their big fancy party?