January 1st 2005 The Obligatory New Year's Day 2005 Post™

And now the moment you have all been waiting for… The Obligatory New Year’s Day 2005 Post™!

I’m not really sure what to say. Everyone seems to do the whole 2004-Wrap-Up thing, but I’m not sure if I want to jump on the bandwagon and do that. I’d really rather post something insightful and wise. However, I’ll probably just end up doing what everyone else does, since I can think of nothing insightful and wise off the top of my head, and hope that a nugget of wisdom comes out of it somewhere along the line.

What did I do for New Year’s? Nothing. And I enjoyed it immensely. I snuggled up in the ole’ just friends couch in my basement and watched a classic film: The Breakfast Club. And best of all, I watched it with my parents! Yes, kids, that’s right—spending time with the family is awesome. I planned on just relaxing the rest of the evening, but I ended up at my friend William’s house. Just us, no party. I suppose I could’ve found a party, but I really just wanted to relax; anyway, there inevitably would be People I Just Didn’t Want to See™ at a party, and I didn’t feel like putting on a pretense of actually liking them on the final evening of 2004. I don’t mean to sound too spiteful and negative, but let’s be honest—we all have those people we just don’t like that much, but sometimes have to be around anyway. I didn’t feel like doing that to celebrate New Year’s, so I went to Will’s instead. His dog Matilda got lost and we spent some time looking for her (no sign of her yet), then I watched the ball drop. Did you know that at one point in the 90’s, New York had considered using corporate logos in place of the ball? Ugh! Even so, a Discover card logo was at the bottom of the pole. I guess it’s no longer 2005—it’s The Discover Card Year 2005™. Anyway, I also saw the always funny Happy New Year Central Time Zone on Conan at 1:00 AM. A giant paper-maché head of Oprah Winfrey and John Belushi (“two midwestern icons”) tongue-kissed at exactly 12:00 AM CST. That’s quality television, folks.

Unfortunately, I have few amazing memories of 2004. It was a good year, but not an amazing year. I graduated and started college, which is pretty cool. It’s certainly wicked awesome to be out of high school, even though high school wasn’t as bad as people make it out to be. I also got my first taste of living on my own when I moved in Hunt Hall over the summer, which was an absolutely awesome and useful experience for me (hopefully to be repeated this summer, as well). I also got my very first college grades back (I’m totally rockin’ the 3.58 GPA).

I guess the year wasn’t perfect, but it was pretty darn good. I learned plenty about life and myself.

But enough of that. It’s time to welcome in 2005. In the words of the leader of the Stonecutters on The Simpsons, “Now let’s all go get drunk and play Ping Pong!”