The trouble with New Year’s Eve

4 01 2009
Happy New Year and welcome to 2009! Yay!

Happy New Year and welcome to 2009! Yay!

Look, I dunno what it is, but New Year’s Eve is the most problematic holiday ever. I would like to strike this day from the calendar, because rarely has any good come of it for me. (2007/8 being a rare exception to that rule!) I take it I’m not alone in that feeling, because others have expressed similar sentiments.

So, what happened over New Year’s Eve this year, you ask? I hope yours was better than mine… I worked that night, which honestly was the best part of the night. Kathy Griffin cracked me up, particularly with her highly inappropriate comment about our man Sanjay. I tried to make it a little more festive by wearing an ornamental hat and having an embarrassing Sock Monkey drop witnessed by a whopping one other coworker who was unlucky enough to be walking by on the way OUT THE DOOR (see my flickr for the shameful “after” pic).

But it was downhill from there. I had assumed I could take MARTA home but I left work about 30 minutes too late and got snagged. I live like 2 miles from work but couldn’t get a decent cab ride. There were people prowling the streets and piling up in hotel motor pool areas trying to mob any cab coming nearby. I’ve never seen such a thing. MARTA used to run 24 hours on NYE, but I guess times are a-changing. As luck would have it, I saw two guys get into the back of a cab and I immediately jumped in with them. It was a pretty desperate move. They were going a few blocks from my apartment, so I rode with them and continued on to my destination. The fare came out to $9, which wasn’t bad, considering, and that’s only because I was being generous in contributing to the guys’ fare. They totally stiffed the driver and gave him $11 (including my $4 contribution) instead of $12, and no tip. Dang college kids. And then I got home and heated up my delicious flatbread from Urban Flats (or tried to) and started opening up a bottle of Sangria. As I broke the seal (on the bottle), the entirety of midtown went dark. The power was out! And so was my Internet for the next day or so. As soon as the lights shut off, the generators started kicking in around town and pretty soon it sounded like a helicopter was hovering over my apartment. Good times. So I finally fell asleep around 6 a.m. and then stumbled in to work the next day around 1 p.m. The end.   

Well I mean, I talked to several other folks and they all indicated that letting your expectations get up too high is problematic on this troublesome holiday. A few had mishaps occur. Some didn’t even try to have fun, saying they always find it disappointing. What is it about New Year’s? Is it the fact that it’s not a “regular” night and thus it’s hard to get people together because they have something *better* to do which isn’t really better at all? That’s what I’ve always thought. It’s time someone did something about that. And of course a few people had a blast, but we don’t like them, do we?





25 (or more) things to do in PHX and ATL (done and not done)

4 01 2009

Here’s a rundown of 25 fun things I’ve done in Phoenix. I have started this way to get the creative juices flowing, outing-wise, and I’ll be throwing in Atlanta next and THEN will get into the things I’d like to do.

  • Stroll the Heard Museum or the art museum
  • Visit the Botanical Garden
  • Visit the zoo
  • Ride the light rail
  • Walk through Steele Park
  • Eat Mexican food
  • Go to Wildlife World Zoo
  • Take a historic house tour
  • Browse old-town Scottsdale
  • Grab a tea at Tempe Marketplace
  • See a ballet or performance at Symphony Hall
  • See a performance at ASU (or browse the art museum)
  • Have Japanese food fire-grilled in front of you at Ah-So
  • Stroll by the side of Tempe Town Lake (and catch a concert there or get a gelato)
  • Dance at one of the Mill or Scottsdale clubs
  • Grab a daiquiri at Fat Tuesday’s
  • Go to a ballgame at a field or arena
  • Hike at one of the mountain parks (North Mountain or Squaw Peak)
  • Visit Lake Pleasant or Woods Canyon Lake
  • Browse the Biltmore Fashion Park or Scottsdale Fashion Square
  • See a movie at the Cine Capri (in the BIG theater)
  • See a show at the Orpheum
  • Go to the Arizona Science Center or history museum; heritage square in general
  • Browse the Burton Barr library
  • Browse Encanto Park and kiddieland
  • Attend a marching band festival
  • Go to Organ Stop Pizza and eat, well, pizza
  • Gawk at the funky sculptures in downtown Mesa
  • Ride the roller coaster at Castles & Coasters
  • Hall of Flame
  • World’s tallest fountain (Fountain Hills)
  • Rawhide
  • Indian Casinos
  • See a show at the Valley Art Theater or the Camelview theater
  • And here is 25 things I’ve done in Atlanta:

  • Attend a show at the Shakespeare theater thingy
  • Wander the Atlanta Botanical Garden/Piedmont Park
  • Visit Zoo Atlanta and wave at the panda
  • Walk through Grant Park
  • Georgia Aquarium, Coke Museum
  • Ride MARTA around town
  • See an Improv show at Dad’s Garage
  • See a local play or production
  • Traverse the establishments on Crescent Street
  • Wander Little Five Points and Candler Park
  • Visit a bar in the Virginia Highlands
  • Drive along the edge of Lake Lanier
  • Stroll through Oakland Cemetery
  • Eat dinner at South City Kitchen
  • Grab a delicious hamburger at the Vortex or Five Guys
  • Stone Mountain
  • Six Flags
  • Visit Criminal Records and see a performance
  • Attend a sporting event
  • Wander around Emory University
  • Eat at Sundial
  • See the Big Chicken
  • Visit Discover Mills/Medieval Times
  • Luckie Lounge
  • CNN Center
  • The Varsity
  • See the breakdancers at MJQ
  • Grab a drink at the Trader Vic’s in the Hilton
  • Drink beer at the Brick Store pub
  • Whirlyball in Marietta
  • See a show at the Tabernacle
  • See a movie at the Plaza Theater
  • Go to the Atlanta Puppet Theater
  • Here are 25 things I’d LIKE TO DO in PHX

  • Taliesin West
  • Arcosanti
  • Modified Arts
  • Browse Stinkweeds
  • See a show at the Marquee
  • Visit the Roosevelt
  • First Fridays
  • Eat at Casey Moore’s
  • Visit the revived Gold Bar
  • Find some more awesome Mexican food
  • See a piano duel at the Big Bang
  • Visit the new Cafe Boa
  • Eat at Matt’s Big Breakfast
  • Chicken and waffles
  • See if Pizza Bianco lives up to the hype
  • Heart Attack Grill
  • Police Museum
  • Mystery Castle
  • Find the chopper crash memorial in Steele Park
  • See the “Mofles Museum”
  • Visit the rock & mineral museum
  • Melted Weapons sculpture
  • Hunt’s Tomb
  • Louis Lee’s Rock Garden
  • Metal Corral in Anthem
  • And here are 25 things I’d LIKE TO DO in ATL

  • Check out Loca Luna and the Tongue & Groove
  • Get into Opera for once
  • Do the art walk
  • See a show at the EARL
  • Eat at Parish
  • Go to the DeKalb Farmers Market
  • Take a dance class at the studio in Decatur
  • Take a historic homes tour
  • Eat a Ghetto Burger
  • Visit the Clermont Lounge (heh heh)
  • Trivia Night at Manuel’s
  • Yellow River Game Ranch (near Stone Mountain) or the Kangaroo Conservation Center (Dawsonville)
  • Go to the Atlanta History Center
  • Go to the Natural History museum… the one on Clifton…
  • Walk through East Atlanta in general
  • Taqueria del Sol
  • Spend some time at Lake Lanier
  • Visit the Hooch somewhere
  • Chastain Park amphitheater
  • See a show at the Fox Theater
  • Go to the Fish Market and see the giant fish
  • Go to that Blue Line cafe or whatever it’s called where they cook your food on rocks
  • Dante’s Down the Hatch
  • Track down Lord Dooley at Emory
  • See the White House replica
  • Waffle House museum
  • Kennesaw State University and the Spaceship Earth sculpture
  • Segway tours
  • Gingerbread Party (it’s a holiday thing, can do in 2009)
  • Kraftwork craft session
  • Eat at Papi’s
  • Margaret Mitchell House
  • Dialog in the Dark
  • Museum of Contemporary Art GA
  • Mall of Georgia
  • Buford restaurants
  • Korean karaoke
  • Karaoke in general (well I’ve done a little)
  • Hang out in Marietta Square
  • See a show at the Variety Playhouse and Seven Stage