I never understood the point of New Year’s partying. It’s like Valentine’s Day. One night a year, all the restaurants charge outrageous prices for dinner, and are booked early. For what reason? The calendar adds one to the year’s number. Big friggin’ whoop.
So, this single is not lonely at this time of year. He doesn’t even understand the hoopla, especially in Times Square where people pee on themselves for hours for the honor of standing in a fenced in cube in front of a dropping ball.
(Once you’re penned in, you can’t leave or your spot is open to anyone else. So those drunken revelers get there absurdly early (7 or 8 hours in advance), drink freely, and don’t take bathroom breaks. You do the math.)
“What are you doing on New Year’s?” Co-workers, family members and even the clerk at your local store might have been asking you this question this week, as the world prepares to ring in 2005. But for those who have nowhere to go or nobody to kiss when the ball drops, the pressure to do something special can be overwhelming, and the widely celebrated night can be the loneliest of the year. “New Year’s is just so hyped up, sometimes it can make it unenjoyable for people,” said New Jersey-based family therapist Stacy Saitta. “I think a lot of singles feel a sense of loneliness, because holidays are all about love and family. If someone is alone they have a tendency to feel left out.”
I’ll answer the question now: Nothing. Going to bed at 12:01-ish. Bah. And Humbug.