Oh man, I am so bummin’ that I’m not at home with my folks this year. No, idiot, not to see the ball drop in Times Square. That’s for like absolute tourists and newlywed couples and stuff. It’s definitely not where the locals hang. I can tell you that.
No, I just miss being at home with my family and watching old home movies and stuff. But alas, it was not to be this year. I’m stuck here keeping a lid on things, making sure the trucks all get back in okay before we close up shop for the long weekend. I’m pretty much the only one in the place, but I can’t leave until the last truck arrives. Never mind that though. No one wants to hear about my various woes and whatnot.
When the phone finally rings, it’s a driver and he’s stuck in a bunch of snow. He’s not gonna make it in on time. So I’m like fine, and I make some calls. In a jiff, my friend Dino gets a guy out there and gets my driver unstuck. I’m back on track, and the guy rolls into the dock with just enough time for me to get him unloaded, off the lot, and outta my hair so I can leave and hustle to my party. And so I rush outta the office and drive half-way across town to my friend’s place. And all the way I’m thinking what a buzzkill this whole thing is — putting in a whole day of work to make sure Tom ships a few more pallets of product and top it all off with an evening with some people I barely know getting all liquored up and making out with each other. That’s what I was thinkin’ as I walked in the door.
But my folks were there.
Now I’m not an emotional kinda guy, but I have to admit getting a little misty-eyed seeing my mom and dad and my two little sisters (counting Carlotta, who had said she had “other plans” and wouldn’t be seeing me until New Year’s Day). Honestly, it was better than Christmas, being able to ring in the New Year with my family. I hope you all have as great a time as I did.
Maybe you can watch some old home movies. Happy New Year, kids.
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