Saturday, December 31, 2005

Happy New Year


Guy Lombardo before he died. Posted by Picasa

Happy New Year will get you 15,200,000 hits on Google. It's the ultimate human [ist] greeting all the media love because it simply symbolizes a calendar change. Something we can all share. A Roman calander conceived by a bunch of planet worshipping pegan bastards, renewed each year by changing just one of the numbers at the end. Not important really, just the number of years since ..... oh my. Does the ACLU know about this?

New Years Eve is one of those times where I'm likely to be in bed by 10:30 unless there's a hockey game on you don't need cable to watch. Staying up late to cheer a passing moment just doesn't hold the attraction it once did, especially when you can turn the TV on at noon and watch folks in twenty-seven time zones whooping it up so you don't have to. It's an odometer moment; Y2K without the tension.

New Years is a very good time if you’re looking for closure on something and the subject doesn't matter. Anyone who has travelled over rough road the previous year gets to start over simply because of a twenty-five hundred year old chronological convenience. It's worked for me.

I don't make New Years resolutions, I make resolutions throughout the year. I think the resolve to do something changes you more than the actual doing. I've sometimes found 'the doing' a bit of a let down, later realizing it was because the change had already taken place back at the "I'm Gonna" stage. Making a whole raft of resolutions in one evening would simply overload the fragile eco-system that is my psyche. Consider that if you change more than one setting at a time on a computer you can never be sure which change is having the desired effect or which one just made the screen go blank. (I can rationalize ANYTHING)

The best thing about getting closure on something is it frees up your head to take on new things. Your energy drain is gone and you think about new challenges, like a whole new year. O.K., It's not really a challenge, but if everyone says it over and over all evening and your all drinking, then at least you can feel you've accomplished something, even if you can't remember what it was later. Very convenient time of year this New Years.

New Years Day is probably the most positive holiday we have. Thanksgiving is humble, Christmas gets everyone's shorts in a knot, Labour Day hurts just to say, National birthdays are political by definition and always jingoistic, so that only leaves "The May 24th Holiday Weekend" which I find .... uninspiring. But New Years Day? Hey, It MAKES you want to look forward, change something. I'm revved up for it right now !!!

I'm Gonna .... I'm gonna ... I'm gonna go have a snooze, but if I wasn't fifty I'd show you kids how to celebrate nothing.



Italics Mine.

2 Comments:

At 12:38 PM, Blogger happyandblue2 said...

Even if you don't like New Years I still wish you a Happy New Years.
All the best in the coming New Y..days..

 
At 8:49 PM, Blogger Ed said...

Canadians really do need a holiday that is uniquely Canadian, something in which we can all take pride - and I agree, "May Long Weekend" doesn't cut it. I would like to see the August "Civic Holiday" turned into a national holiday called Terry Fox Day. Any idea how to go about doing this?

 

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