Are you one of those who likes to stay indoors on New Year's Eve--out of the weather and away from everyone attending parties and driving on the West Texas roads? My Dad always called New Years' Eve "Amateur Night"--the night when all the inexperienced drinkers are out hitting parties all over the place and generally being annoying. I've gone out a few times over the years--most of that when I was in my twenties and didn't mind dealing with the weather up north or the crowds of inebriated young people dancing the night away seemingly without a care in the world. I can recall one night where I even wore a Tux to a party on New Year's Eve...

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Fast forward to 2021--going into 2022. And pandemic aside (although that's something that SHOULD be taken into consideration for the evening when making plans)--I'm past the willingness and want to go out amongst the party people to celebrate the flipping of a calendar page by getting smashed and feeling like garbage the next day. Call me an old fuddy-duddy, but it just doesn't appeal to me anymore. I'd rather watch the ball drop on tv (if I can manage to stay awake that long), then hit the hay looking forward to a fresh start in the coming year. I've also never been one to make New Year's Resolutions. Mainly because I frankly just can't stick to them. Too much pressure. Everyone always makes the same ones anyway. Quit smoking, lose weight, communicate with family and friends better, etc etc. I'd rather go in open to all possibilities with no preconceived notions... And see what happens.

If you're one who enjoys painting the town red on said night and hitting the streets--be safe out there! Call a cab or Uber and let's all have a great 2022!

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