With less than six hours left for 2009, what plans do you have for the Celebration? A party? Watching the ball drop in times square on TV? Or just going to a local hangout to be with people?
Me? I’m not going anywhere. I plan on being here, alone in the house, with the cats. The wife has to work so I’ll be by myself.
I have been invited to a party by an old friend that is stationed here at Bragg, but I don;t want to go. My reason for that are
[li]If I go to the party I’ll have to drive there. So I can’t drink. Because I need to drive home, obviously. My friend mentioned that I could take a cab or get a ride from some other non-drinker there, but I am not willingly going to leave my car miles away from home only to have to arrange transportation to go get it the next day. [/li][li]Even if I decided not to drink at all, I’m fairly certain there will be a shitload of drunks on the road tonight. And cops. I don’t need the hassle.[/li][li]Oh, yes, my friend said I could always just crash at her place…that ain’t gonna work. My days of waking up in unfamiliar places with a gargantuan hangover are long gone. Its not like everyone will just go to sleep at 12:01 anyway. [/li][li]Since my friend is a soldier too, and she’s told me all of the people she’s invited are soldiers in the same battalion (not the same company, so I will admit I don’t know all of them), I really don’t want to go. I tend to not hang out with other soldiers off duty. Because they always TALK ABOUT WORK AND ARMY STUFF. I can’t imagine a better way to make me want to put an ice pick into my ear. I hate that. If I’m off duty, I’m off duty. I don’t want to talk about that stuff, and in my experience thats what always happens.[/li][li]I also don’t want to be there if God Forbid, something happens. One reason I don’t have big parties at my house is because as a senior NCO in my unit I’m responsible for these yahoos. If I have a party and invite them and anything goes wrong, I’m responsible. The Battalion Sergeant Major has already said if he has to come in to work this weekend because someone gets a DUI we’re all coming in. Yeah, thanks, Sergeant Major. I think I’ll just stay at home.[/li][li]I wouldn’t have fun knowing my wife is at work. Besides, I think I’d enjoy playing PC games and watching TV alone more than a crowded house during a loud party.[/li][/ol]
I will admit that if I wasn’t here I’d be out partying somewhere. If I was still in Europe I’d either be with my NATO friends, or I’d have taken a trip to London, or Paris or somewhere for the new year. Perhaps even Amsterdam…my friend in the dutch army has extended an open invite to visit.
So what are your plans?