New Year's Eve

Saturday, January 01, 2005

Although it didn't look like much coming into the evening, this particular year New Year's Eve was one of the best I've had. Let me give you a little back story. For the past four years, Mike, Dan, myself, and sometimes John (he generally pops in on the parties but usually is elsewhere with girlfriends, other friends, and so on) have celebrated the evening at the Saskatoon Inn. I don't know why, exactly. I think it became a tradition after the first year where Blair & Ally (I should probably just say Ally) organized it. And the first year was fun, despite Craig driving home drunk like an idiot and the various fisticuffs that nearly ensued from inviting various underage parties to our room to partake in our pizza and annoy the snot out of us.

It kind of went slowly downhill from there. I mean, sure, the next year there was Donna, and who could forget Scott's various hookups and Dan's Baileys & Cigar hangovers, not to mention breakfasts at Grainfields and so on, but it continued to be more and more lacking as the focus shifted from hanging out with our friends to trying to meet some girls at whatever party we were crashing.

Lisa had emailed me about a cruise thing at the Radisson, which I really didn't read, but it was sponsored by Magic 98 and was $40, so it didn't really seem all that interesting. And as always, I'd be working at Athena anyway, which was where I thought I'd spend my New Year's. The family's there, I've got friends there, and a ride home if needed.

But, as I said, it wasn't looking up. However, New Year's Eve was one of the busiest we've had. The lounge didn't empty from before 3:00 and at dinner the place was full to the rafters, lined up, and generally insane. We usually can sit and eat by 9:00, but we were barely able to do so at 10:30. It did eventually empty out just enough that we could move around freely but still felt very happening and busy.

The DJ was on loan from Ally Katz and mixed in some indie with the other stuff (I heard some Franz, Modest Mouse, Interpol, and others), the young women were plentiful, and not only did family and friends come by, but John also showed up. Also, Dan (Coode), Amanda, Trinity, Kurt, Terry, and some of their friends all showed up which was really great. We ended up partying together all night although even among them, I didn't get to spend as much time as I'd've liked since I was drunkenly flirting with various ladies, but I suppose priorities have to be made.

As far as the night went, it was just a big party and I did a pretty good job of losing the inhibitions, I think, which is not as easy as it sounds. I two-stepped (if you can call it that) with Trinity, danced with my cousins/sister and other non-related girls too(!), drank with my friends, and flirted with more girls than I can name. What more can you ask for in a party?

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