I can’t remember the last time I had plans for New Year’s Eve. I get invited to things, but usually they’re pretty large gatherings, and those aren’t very appealing to me. Tonight is no exception. So far my plans for the evening are:
- Trip to Home Depot for parts to build two speaker stands for surround speakers in the living room
- Grocery shopping
On the plus side, I won’t be hungover tomorrow! And already today I’ve added a widget to the blog which shows my most recently played tracks on last.fm, so I’m feeling pretty accomplished.
I think my ideal New Year’s Eve would be playing cards with a small group of friends. Spades or Pinochle, preferably. Or Euchre. I guess that’s kind of my ideal social gathering, regardless of the occasion. Growing up many of my fondest memories were playing Pinochle with my family. When I think of having my own family someday, I picture us playing games together. I’ve often said it is important to have two children so you have enough for card games.
In fact, when I think of how I want to spend time with other people, it is almost always something along those lines. A small group of friends getting together to watch movies, or play a role-playing game, or get dinner, or whatever. Or spending an evening at home with a significant other, reading and listening to music. There are meetup groups for card playing, for example, but it’s not just the card playing that I want — it’s important that it be with people whose company I enjoy. Not random strangers. If only I could teach the cats to play cards…