Only a few years ago, New Year's Eve meant so much to me.
It still means something, but something completely different.
Gone are the days of working only a half day and then making the trip east on Interstate-70 to Indianapolis to spend an evening of debauchery with friends, followed by a morning of realizing everything I was hoping for (regarding resolutions) had gone straight out the window in a matter of minutes following the strike of midnight into the new year.
Last year, I spent the evening with Merry and didn't even make it to the fall of the apple in New York City.
Rather, I think I went to bed sometime around 11 p.m.
I'm sure Merry and I will celebrate in our own way, but things are quite different now compared to just a few years ago.
We have Monopoly at home now.
Something tells me that game will be broken into and will be used Thursday evening.
Or, we may get the Uno card deck out and spend a quiet evening playing cards.
Well, sort of quiet. Anyone who has played Uno knows playing quietly is rather difficult.
Really, who knows what we may do.
But I know one thing.
We'll do it together.
Nothing makes me happier now than spending time with the one I love.
Even though those other New Year's Eve events were really fun and full of excitement, spending time with all my friends, now I get to spend time with my best friend.
And that means a lot.
The television may be on. It may not be on.
There is one tradition I hope to get going again come Thursday.
In the past, I had a habit of getting all of my CDs together and start in order (alphabetically) from top to bottom, playing what I might consider my favorite song on that particular disc.
As boring as it sounds, it definitely keeps music moving throughout the house.
Who knows, that may happen. Then again, it may not.
Another thing I hope happens this year during the holiday is that all of you stay safe.
New Year's Eve is time for a new start.
A chance to walk away from one year into the next with a clean slate.
It is a fun holiday. A great way to cap the year.
But everyone should also play it safe.
For your sake, enjoy the holiday.
Have a great time.
Stay up long enough to grab a loved one and dance while the song "Auld Lang Syne" plays through the speakers.
Just be careful.
From the entire staff of The Brazil Times to all of you, enjoy the new year. Just be careful.
Here's to hoping 2010 is much, much better than 2009.