Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Years Eves

In my teens, most New Year’s Eves were spent watching the pre-taped ball drop in Time Square with Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve (B.S. – Before Seacrest.). I drank Dr. Pepper and dreamed of days when I would “have a life.” I envisioned parties like the one in Holiday Inn and An American In Paris. These parties have yet to materialize.

This is not to say that I haven’t experienced some memorable New Year’s moments:

There was that big, gay party in San Francisco when the Weather Girls were lowered from the ceiling on a stage singing their hit, “It’s Raining Men.”

That time at a Breakfast at Tiffany’s theme party in New York where Karen and I were the only ones that bothered to dress up. When it was time to go, we couldn’t get a cab in the snow and walked a dozen freezing blocks in stilettos, tight black dresses, and opera length gloves. We gave up on getting a ride and had a 3:00am breakfast at an all-night diner.

There was an artsy warehouse party on the bay in San Francisco for the New Year’s welcoming 1984. At midnight David Bowie’s "1984" was thundering. Magic-ish.

There was more than one New Year’s Eve spent getting lost in the Hollywood Hills while trying to find “the party” resulting in midnight being celebrated cursing in the car. All dressed up and nowhere (that we could find with our crappy directions) to go.

I have concluded that the big New Year’s thing just isn’t my deal. Later tonight, in the first moments of 2010, I plan to be where I am every night – asleep in bed with a hyperactive dog, a cranky cat, Mr. Rosenberg, and quite possibly a stray 3 year-old.
And I’ve never had more of a life than I do right this minute.

Happy New Year.


  1. Any party in San Francisco is a great party. Totally jealous of those!

    I had never seen this clip before, but now having seen it, I know that I will be rocking the giant purple Norma Desmond turban tonight like that lady on the right. Should be the ideal look for me to celebrate in the same manner as you . . . only with my husband, dog and stray children. Happy New Year!

  2. Happy New Year!!! May it be prosperous, peaceful and never boring.

    I think you and I have the exact same New Year's Eve plans.


  3. We will be doing exactly the same thing :) Happy New Year - I hope 2010 is a healthy and happy one.

  4. hahaha, a stray 3 year old. I love it! One day not only will they not come in our bed, but they won't let us in their room. Something to treasure while we have it. :)

    Happy New Year to you...I hope it's GREAT for you!

  5. Ahhh . . . it's a wonderful life indeed! Happy New Year!

  6. I adore you, woman. Sounds like a great plan... rock it, babe!! I believe I'm doing the same.

  7. Yeah that "American in Paris" party is the dream isn't it? Of course I would take an 18 minute ballet with Gene Kelly any day of the year. Happy New Year my friend.

  8. You read my mind. I too was looking for the Hollywood Hills party, had several SF parties and plan to be in bed asleep around 11pm tonight. I love youz Lisa!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. happy new year from long island city! we'll be thinking of you when we get up for the 3AM eating. xoxo uncle dave and aunt toni.

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