(That title made a lot more sense yesterday. Trust me.)
Some people do a New Year's post on the last day of the year. Some wait until the first day of the new year. But I, I have taken the road less traveled by -- and by less traveled by, I mean probably not traveled by at all. For I have chosen this early February spring day for my obligatory New Year's post.
rang in the new year at Axl's. The night was replete with old school Nelly,
multiple complaints from the neighbor, and chopping wood. The latter is not a
euphemism. Oh, how I wish it were.
Axl had recently reconnected with a high school classmate of ours, and she was on hand for the chopping of the wood, er... party. At some point, Axl disappeared upstairs, returning a few minutes later with several of his high school yearbooks -- En Retrospect, they were always titled. I believe it's Latin, meaning "to commiserate over wasted years." And so the three of us spent entirely too much time doing just that.
At first it was interesting, as we discussed what we remembered about each other. "I remember Bone always used to sit in the back of the class. And you were always drawing or writing something." That was news to me, as I didn't realize I was writing, even then. And after all, surely there is some value to knowing how others view you.
But then it got to be a bit much. "Even though H won Most Likely To Succeed, I voted for you." "I still think you're the most likely to succeed, Bone."
See, I don't need to hear that. What good does that do me? For me, New Year's isn't about remembering and learning from past mistakes or thinking about the ways you can do better, it's all about forgetting. Actually, that's not just New Year's, that's kinda how I view every day: I don't want to think too much about the past, and I sure don't want to ponder the future.
Beyond that, it was a bit of a backwards year for me. The Januarys arrived in November. And December was just a lot of days. I had six weeks of the blahs. For the first time in my life, I found myself dreading Christmas. And usually, I'm Mister Christmas. No, really, I
actually had someone say to me, "What's wrong with you? You're usually Mister Christmas."
Although I'm not sure how official any of these titles really are.
Nothing very devastating happened. I was just going through some things, stuff was weighing on my mind, and that definitely contributed to a lack of blogging. But then January was nothing like itself. There was another Bama national championship to celebrate, and re-watch multiple times. I saw Gordon Lightfoot in concert. And the weather has felt more like April.
So a most belated Happy New Year to you. And there's reason to believe, maybe this year...
"I guess the winter makes you laugh a little slower, makes you talk a little lower, about the things you could not show her..."