Ah, New Year’s Eve. Or, as some of the local barmen call it, "Amateur Night". Think about it: how many people hardly drink a drop all year, then suddenly bust it out for one night, where they will get so sloppy that the average frat daddy would tell them to slow down? Exactly.
New Year’s Eve is a holiday I’ve never been all that into, but I’ve figured out over the years how to make it more fun.
1) Don’t go to bars
2) Celebrate with close friends and family. Generally, the smaller the gathering, the better
3) Drink only quality, not quantity. If your idea of drinking is a pitcher of Bud, well, my condolences, but hey — it’s a new year. Tie on a new one. Try something Belgian. Or a Northwest microbrew. Get a really nice wine, or splurge on some top of the top shelf hard-liquor. But drink quality, and pace yourself
4) The next day, have a big, greasy breakfast. Because it’s tasty, and death to any hangovers.
I know a lot of people will hit the bars. I’m glad I’m not one of them. I’m glad I’ll be with Jodie and some select friends. I’m glad I’ll be drinking some really nice booze, but not too much of it. And I’m glad there’ll be some food waiting in the fridge, and fresh beans in the coffee grinder, for the next morning’s gnosh to truly welcome us into the new year.