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miles
01-01-2009, 12:32 AM
Here I sit, fireworks going off outside, and I'm writing my WIP like I do every night.

I know most writers are introverts like me, but is it actually unhealthy to not give a crap about the new year?

WTF are people so excited about?

Shadow_Ferret
01-01-2009, 12:32 AM
If we have to explain, you wouldn't understand.

regdog
01-01-2009, 12:32 AM
It's just an excuse to getting falling down drunk and stupid. I'll be sleeping, I'm boring

donroc
01-01-2009, 12:34 AM
A time for more football crammed into a few days.

Shadow_Ferret
01-01-2009, 12:34 AM
but then, as a writer, one who dreams and creates fantasies, I'd think you would understand that a New Year offers dreams of a better tomorrow, it offers hope to a better day. Gives people something to look forward to as they divest themselves of the past and look to the future.

scarletpeaches
01-01-2009, 12:37 AM
I also see it as an excuse to get falling-down drunk; something which doesn't appeal to me any more.

I object to Christmas on every level possible but Hogmanay doesn't bother me as much. I can take it or leave it. Mostly leave it.

I always feel hope at this time of year. I make lists, resolutions, feel uplifted almost and slightly nostalgic. But I never go out and get drunk and make a fool of myself simply because, "Hey! It's New Year's Eve!"

I live in Scotland. As if we need an excuse to get bladdered.

Does it make me anti-social? Some would say so. But I feel more alone in a crowd than I do on my own. For the same reason I do normal 'social' things on my own - shopping, going to the cinema, what have you.

So I avoid the celebrations as a way of not feeling so alone. If that makes sense. I'm a bit spaced-out just now actually; stresses and everyday living and noisy neighbours.

Will keep an eye on this thread; should be interesting.

miles
01-01-2009, 12:37 AM
but then, as a writer, one who dreams and creates fantasies, I'd think you would understand that a New Year offers dreams of a better tomorrow, it offers hope to a better day. Gives people something to look forward to as they divest themselves of the past and look to the future.

Na. I write dark stuff.

Shadow_Ferret
01-01-2009, 12:38 AM
Then, i go back to, you wouldn't understand. :D

Claudia Gray
01-01-2009, 12:42 AM
Celebrations and traditions play a big role in most people's lives. Sure, sometimes people use NYE as an excuse to get drunk -- but people also gather with their friends to reinforce relationships and community, make resolutions that might be futile but at least prompt some reflection and take a look back to put more recent events in a broader perspective.

scarletpeaches
01-01-2009, 12:44 AM
I think that's why I prefer Hogmanay to Christmas. Christmas is a load of Christ-free, Pagan, commercial, pseudo-loving crap (in my view) whereas New Year's is more personal. Or can be.

*still considering the subject*

DeleyanLee
01-01-2009, 12:51 AM
Here I sit, fireworks going off outside, and I'm writing my WIP like I do every night.

I know most writers are introverts like me, but is it actually unhealthy to not give a crap about the new year?

WTF are people so excited about?

I don't think not wanting to go out of the house and avoiding the boozed-up, overly-celebratory idiots on the road is introverted, honestly. My family, as a rule, are very extroverted--but we all stay home or party at a friend's house where we can all crash and burn when it gets to that point and not risk the insanity.

I only give a crap about the new year because I've got to start writing different numbers at a particular time and I get the first day of it off work with pay. Other than that, it's not that much different than any other paid time off for me. But, then, I practice gift-giving and enjoying friends throughout the year, so it's just another day to me.

The ONE exception is the small tradition I started with my kids when they were little. Before ex & I would go off to join friends for an extended D&D game or whatever, we'd take the kids to a movie of THEIR CHOICE (with popcorn and soda) before dropping them off at grandparents/aunt's place. When my kid(s) are available, we still do this (though usually on the day-off now that they're grown). Normally, I don't treat the kid(s) if we go to the movies.

C.bronco
01-01-2009, 12:51 AM
Here I sit, fireworks going off outside, and I'm writing my WIP like I do every night.

I know most writers are introverts like me, but is it actually unhealthy to not give a crap about the new year?

WTF are people so excited about?
Sadly, yes. You are. It is not unhealthy, however; it just makes you special.
:)

miles
01-01-2009, 01:04 AM
Sadly, yes. You are. It is not unhealthy, however; it just makes you special.
:)

Up until a few years ago, I would try very hard to enjoy going out with friends and celebrating holidays. Finally I gave up and moved to an island.

Luckily, I found a girl who's very much like me.

It's New Years night. She's at her place and I'm at mine. There was never any discussion about actually going out.

But when I started hearing strange noises outside, I thought, WTF is going on?

It took a few minutes to realize it's midnight, New Years Eve.

Then I started thinking something must be wrong with me (other than the stuff I know about).

scarletpeaches
01-01-2009, 01:05 AM
Who cares if others think you're weird? Weird is a matter of opinion. As long as you're happy and you're not hurting anyone.

Beach Bunny
01-01-2009, 01:30 AM
Yes, it's the night for amateur drunks to go out and tie one on. But, New Year's Eve is also about hope. If you're in a crappy personal situation, it's a metaphor for the hope that the crap has also ended and good stuff is coming your way. Hope is the only thing that keeps one slogging through the shit that life can hand you. :)

scarletpeaches
01-01-2009, 01:31 AM
I believe in the 16th century, the new year was celebrated in March.

Hillary
01-01-2009, 01:33 AM
Am I the only one who doesn't give a crap whether or not other people give a crap about New Years?

scarletpeaches
01-01-2009, 01:37 AM
You give a crap enough to post in this thread. :D

BenPanced
01-01-2009, 02:39 AM
I once explained people my stance on New Year's and shocked the room into silence.

bethany
01-01-2009, 02:56 AM
I don't care, but I still have to go to a party. I already rsvp'd so the hostess would know if she had enough soup. Soup?

CACTUSWENDY
01-01-2009, 03:37 AM
Am not much into any type of hollidays. New Years Eve is only given a few moments thought.....must remember to write a new date.

What is past is past and I can only live one day at a time. I make very few plans for the new year. (I check the obits to make sure I am not yet dead.)

I am not sad or gleefull with the turning of the calendar. Man....I sound very boring......wonders off.........>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Grrarrgh
01-01-2009, 03:37 AM
Mr. Grr and I always stay in. If I really need to get rip-roaring drunk for some reason, which I won't, I'd much rather do it at home. We usually pick a series of movies we haven't seen yet or some other kind of movie theme and watch movies and eat. Then enjoy the day off. I used to go out, but I'm too old to end up crashed out on someone's floor now. :)

Mumut
01-01-2009, 03:39 AM
I believe in the 16th century, the new year was celebrated in March.
Before 1751 the Julian calendar had new years day on the 25th March. Makes sense to me (for Northern climes that is) with spring happening, new growth, birth of animals and birds. It doesn't seem like a new year in mid-winter. Or mid summer here. Another day of 90 degree temperatures was not refreshing.

brad_b
01-01-2009, 03:41 AM
New Year's is a time for reflection on the old and new. I'll spend it as I always do, here at the castle and as far away from the crazies as possible. It's a time for new beginnings, but then every day can be that way, since every day is new. New Years does have the distinction of starting a new calendar year which gives it something a little special. This year is different because I joined here, the first writer's group that has all the stuff that's at AW, so already the year will be starting on a positive note. Thanks to you all who make wandering the halls here fun and thought-provoking.

jennifer75
01-01-2009, 03:43 AM
Here I sit, fireworks going off outside, and I'm writing my WIP like I do every night.

I know most writers are introverts like me, but is it actually unhealthy to not give a crap about the new year?

WTF are people so excited about?

People actually think the new year will be better. ;)


I sit here, hours from ending another year, and I am not too thrilled either.

I can't help but think of the NY Eve's past that sucked. The people I rang in the new year with, the circumstances, the everything, and there was nothing New about it. Nothing genuine. Nothing meaningful. Just booze. Lots of booze.

So I wonder, totally unaware of what the S.O. has planned for us, what my night will bring.

Feiss
01-01-2009, 04:02 AM
Here I sit, fireworks going off outside, and I'm writing my WIP like I do every night.

I know most writers are introverts like me, but is it actually unhealthy to not give a crap about the new year?

WTF are people so excited about?

I don't give a shit about it either, the pressure of being festive always drags down the holidays for me.

robeiae
01-01-2009, 04:40 AM
I don't mind it, one way or the other. The kids like it.

But I will say this: it's incredibly foolish imo to go out on the town drinking on New Year's Eve. The chances of bad things happening to you go up exponentially. It's just not worth the risk, to me.

2old2pb
01-01-2009, 12:53 PM
Give it a little while, maybe it will grow on you. You've only experienced 1/365th of what it has to offer, right?

Cassiopeia
01-01-2009, 01:12 PM
A new year doesn't excite me but I keep hoping this one will turn things around for me.

But no, I don't get excited about New Year's Eve. It's a drinking holiday. I don't drink.

aruna
01-01-2009, 03:34 PM
I also see it as an excuse to get falling-down drunk; something which doesn't appeal to me any more.

Will keep an eye on this thread; should be interesting.

Pavement Pizza, anyone? A nice one outside my house, when I took the dog for a walk this am.

brokenfingers
01-01-2009, 03:43 PM
Was it New Year's last night?!

Dang, missed another one!

sadron
01-01-2009, 04:02 PM
I don't give a damn either or my family. We have quite crazy weather anyway. Almost storm level winds! Rockets shooting should be outlawed! I just can't care about New year stuff.

scarletpeaches
01-01-2009, 04:44 PM
Pavement Pizza, anyone? A nice one outside my house, when I took the dog for a walk this am.

Classy, aruna. You really should have tried to make it back to the bathroom. :eek:

Jersey Chick
01-01-2009, 07:22 PM
My husband spends New Year's Eve working as a bouncer and I spend it watching The Twilight Zone marathon (interspersed with The Honeymooners) - so New Year's Even is never a huge day. I watch the ball drop - this year my 8 year old stayed up to watch it, so it was nice for her - and that's about it.

regdog
01-01-2009, 08:12 PM
but then, as a writer, one who dreams and creates fantasies, I'd think you would understand that a New Year offers dreams of a better tomorrow, it offers hope to a better day. Gives people something to look forward to as they divest themselves of the past and look to the future.

Very poetic, Shadow

scarletpeaches
01-01-2009, 08:18 PM
Very poetic, Shadow

Don't worry, he should be sober again by now.

TheRealFnShow
01-02-2009, 05:10 AM
New Years Eve is a pointless thing, for me. I do nothing. I'm brought downstairs for about and hour or so, chucked outside at like 12:15 with whiskey or something then made to come back in, we go to a neighbour, then he comes through to us, then I do pretty much what I was doing pre-interruptions. New Years Day is often fun at my aunts, but that's about it.

Only good New Years Eve I had was when I went to my family in America, but that was just 'cause I was in America, really.

This year sucked more than any other 'cause I'm back at school on Monday and I've yet to do the multitude of essay I need to do.

BenPanced
01-02-2009, 05:14 AM
Y'know, staying up until midnight when you're 10 years old pales in comparison to that first time you stay up for over 48 hours when you're 20...

robeiae
01-02-2009, 06:23 AM
Yeah, but the Jolt cola and NoDoz pills exact a heavy price...

Phoebe H
01-02-2009, 07:17 AM
As an accountant, I can say that New Year's is the exact *opposite* of a holiday.

New Year's Eve is the day to make sure that all prior year transactions actually go through and get posted like they're supposed to, and to run lots of reports so I know exactly what did and didn't happen by the time the year ends.

And New Year's Day is the day to coordinate the physical inventory and try and resolve any discrepancies.

As far as I'm concerned, it's still 2008 until we close the books in about four weeks.