January 12th, 2013

krazy koati

This is the house we used to live in

I never really had traditions for what to do New Year's Eve. Watching Dick Clark, mostly. When I moved to Singapore I had even fewer, since they don't care about the Times Square Ball Drop, and while I did some things like going to the Time Ball there it wasn't really celebratory to any big extent. bunny_hugger hadn't much tradition either. The first New Year's Eve she came out to New Jersey we spent it with my brother and his wife. After that we went with my parents to a concert in Redbank. Last year she and I went to a show at the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park. What to do this year?

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And that, in a room with the Smithereens, Eddie Tesla, some Kinks fan, and skewered doughnut holes, is how we saw in 2013.

Things broke up not long after midnight, and we were near enough my parents' home we could get back home and see in the New Year for other time zones. We got to sleep after midnight Pacific Time, with the thought that we would try to do something genuinely hard for New Year's Day.

Trivia: The 500th store acquired by the J C Penny's chain was the Hamilton, Missouri, J M Hale & Brothers store where James Cash Penny had got his start clerking for $2.27 per month when he was nineteen. Source: The Grand Emporiums: The Illustrated History of America's Great Department Stores, Robert Hendrickson. (I confess to a quirked eyebrow considering the picture-perfect story that anecdote makes, but, as ever, I don't claim to be correct, merely sourced.)

Currently Reading: Great North Road, Peter E Hamilton.