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Pickled Sheep Eyeballs and Resolutions



"Let's start the new year right
Twelve o'clock tonight
When they dim the light
Let's begin
Kissing the old year out
Kissing the new year in..."
-- "Let's Start the New Year Right," from the movie "Holiday Inn."

Happy New Year!

What did you do last night? My men showed their usual amount of party animal-ness by having me wake them up at 11:50 so they could stumble downstairs and watch the ball drop. Then they gave me a hug and a kiss and stumbled back up to bed. "Low-key" doesn't begin to describe First Night at our house...

Watching the whooping and hollering in Times Square tonight, I see I owe NYC an apology for my snarkiness about the ball drop, for it seems they came up with a brand-new snazzy ball for the drop's 100th birthday! The publicity gushes, "The new Times Square New Year's Eve ball is more than twice as bright as the old one, with enhanced color capabilities and state-of-the-art LED lighting effects. Waterford Crystal crafted a beautiful new design for the crystal triangles on the ball."

Okay, fine, it's not so boring after all. But I still like the Peep and the ping-pong balls... (See previous post.)

My family doesn't drink, but as a public service for those who do, I thought I'd provide some info on the pros and cons of "day-after" hangover cures. Check out http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/01/fashion/sundaystyles/01HANGOVER.html -- but I don't recommend some of the more colorful traditions mentioned: "Outer Mongolians are said to have feasted on pickled sheep eyeballs in tomato juice. Cattle ropers in the Old West supposedly sipped tea brewed from rabbit dung. Russians have been known to drip vodka over fatty sausage into a tumbler and then drink it."

I think I'll just have some water, thanks...

Then there's this interesting if bone-chilling New Year's Day activity, courtesy of Telegraph.co.uk:

"New Year's Day Mappleton Bridge Jump

If you're looking for the ultimate hangover cure, forget "hair of the dog" and sign up for the Mappleton Bridge Jump on the edge of the Peak District. Every New Year's Day at noon, teams of three paddle rafts half a mile down the river to the bridge, scramble up the banks and then hurl themselves from the bridge into the freezing water 30 ft below. Competitors then swim to the side and run 500 yards to the Okeover Arms pub, where 10 pints of ale await the winner. So you do get your hair of the dog in the end. For details call the Ashbourne Tourist Information Office (01335 343666)."

Sounds like a blast. Really. Have a good time. I'll be at a friend's nice warm house, playing Upwords and Pictionary.

Finally, there are the dreaded New Year's Resolutions. I was hoping to be the first blogger in America to distinguish myself today by NOT mentioning resolutions, but I finally caved -- sort of. I read the following list of Top Ten New Year's Resolutions: http://pittsburgh.about.com/od/holidays/tp/resolutions.htm, and they are all perfectly sound. I look forward to doing at least half of them (if I'm not more specific, you'll never know which ones I break!). But, after some thought, I've come up with one very sane, practical resolution that can be easily kept:

"Tape next year's ball drop, and then wake up and watch the darn thing at a reasonable hour. Like 2 p.m."

Here's to 2008!

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whiskershampden
Jan. 2nd, 2008 04:54 am (UTC)
Happy New Year to you too! I hope it will be productive, healthy, joyful one for you.
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