HAPPY NEW YEAR one and all. It will take awhile to get used to writing 2009, especially on checks. Since I rarely do that any more (write checks) the learning curve might be different than in previous years. For those of you who are going out tonight: BE CAREFUL. PLEASE do not drink & drive. There are plenty of options available, so use them if you have had anything alcoholic to drink.

If you want to know where the parties are:


Since I live downtown, my transportation is at the end of my legs! I have a gig, watching for those who should not be left to their own devices.

At least with this holiday, the celebration takes place the night before, leaving you a full day to recover. For those people who are a little older (like me), recovery time can vary greatly from what you remember! It is much more difficult for the body to get back up and running right. If you plan on dancing, again, be careful. Falling could result in a painful injury.

"If you've had a little too much, umm, fun this New Year's Eve, make sure to take advantage of AAA's “Tipsy Tow” program. The service is open to everyone and offers free rides up to seven miles from the pickup point. Call (800) 400-4AAA (4222). You can catch a lift from 6 p.m. Dec. 31 to 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 1."

So, enjoy yourself, whatever you do and be extra cautious. The homeless will be out in force with those who beg maybe a little more aggressive. Just be sure to take good care of yourself. I am sure everyone wants to see you in 2009.

I will be sipping my champagne and eating shrimp in the comfort of my own apartment. That has become my tradition for quite a few years now. I refer to New Year's Eve as amateur night. Lots of "kids" will be having their first drinks. Please have a designated driver, use the free towing service, take a cab.

Have a fun filled night, be careful and make a promise to yourself that you will be around to have some fun in 2009.

Wishing you all the best.

So long.

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