Well we all made it through 2012. What were the odds that you or I were given last year at this time to make it 365 more days? We can do the math; over 150,000 people die every day on this globe. That’s 1.78 folks every second. That means that in 2012, ONE out of every 113 people died. I’m not going morbid on you, just appreciating my life and every day I live it. When you say “Happy New Year” you should really mean it.
Back in the days (yeah, I gotta go there) when I was playing music every night, this was one night I always dreaded yet needed. Musicians are paid double or triple (at least) wages for tonight; the night many of us always referred to as “Amateur Night.” The hard-core drinking and dancing folks we saw all the time (regulars) never changed their personality just because it was a New Year’s Eve party. But the once-a-year partiers were the dangerous ones. Most just drink too much too fast, throw up and go home. But some get mean. I never minded that they would shout “Play Wooly Bully” over and over after we had played it twice already. No, it was the dudes that loved grabbing your microphone, screaming into it and then falling across the drums that wore my patience thin.
I decided many years ago, no more gigs on Amateur Night.
So, I’m going to go out partying myself, drink too much too fast, throw up and go home.
2013 is here for us to start anew, make resolutions, get healthier, stay within our budgets, lose weight, run a marathon, go to the gym, write a novel, fall in love, learn a new language or just sit back and watch the world go by.
2013 is the first year since 1987 that we have a year denoted by FOUR different numbers. Knowing that fact will only get you blank stares from your friends so forget about it.
Happy New Year!