Tuesday, January 3, 2012

New Years Redux

If New Year's Day is supposed to predict how the rest of the year goes, then 2012 is going to be a real whopper.  This is so ridiculously insane I have to document it.

New year's eve was great.  Our friend Kayte came over to watch the ball drop, we had a few beers but not too many, Kelley made some cookies, we had a fire going in the firepit outside, Evil Genius went to sleep at a reasonable time but the Bigun stayed up until midnight to see the ball drop on TV for the first time.  I went to bed about 12:30 and read some before turning out the light and trying to sleep.  That's where the fun starts. 

  1. Insomnia - I could not get to sleep.  I am an old man here people.  Anything up past 11 pm is going to leave my knuckles dragging the ground the next day, I just can't do that anymore.  About 3:30 am I decided to go into the living room to watch tv for a bit.
  2. Actual Death - I find 8 cop cars and 2 fire trucks outside my front yard with the lights flashing.  We live on a busy four lane road, and someone was trying to walk (or I bet stumble) across the road when they were hit and killed by a car.  No other details were released about the victim or the car.  There are large skid marks in the road.  I timed 19 seconds that you can see a car coming on that road from that direction, the intersection is well lit and it's not like the car was cresting a hill or coming around a curve.  The victim didn't look, might have been drunk, the driver might have been drunk or didn't have his headlights on.  Something funky had to be going on there.  It's really quite obvious when there is a car coming or a person standing in the road.
  3. Hangover - The hit happened about 2:45 am.  I got up about 3:30 am, got something to eat, posted the accident on facebook, watched some tv and went back to bed about 5 am.  The cops were still cleaning up when I went back to bed.  I felt fine when I went to bed.  Got up about 10:30 with a horrible headache.  Actually, I was woken up at 10:30 by a reporter from the local news asking if we saw or knew anything about the accident.  I answered the door in my boxers thankful that there was no cameras on me at the time.  As I was describing what I saw when I got up, I realized I had a terrible headache and was dehydrated consistent with over-intoxication from the night before.  I only had maybe 3 or 4 beers and one glass of wine.  That's not nearly enough to induce that kind of headache.
  4. Superstitions - After re-hydrating some, I ran out to grab some lunch from the Cook-Out.  Kelley's family has always practiced an old superstition about New Year's, and it was apparently on the news this year too.  If the first visitor to your front door is a tall man (I'm 6'1") you will have good luck throughout the year.  If the first visitor is a woman with a unibrow, you will have bad luck throughout the year.  The reporter that came to our front door was a woman, did not cross the threshold into our house, and did not have a unibrow, but that's still too close for comfort.  So I stopped on the way to grab lunch at Kayte's house and went to Kelley's dad's house, being the first visitor to both.  I think maybe the superstition was just a way to get people to socialize, but should still be taken seriously.
  5. Lack of Football - my lunch was great, but I didn't get to eat it until about 3:30 pm.  Since NYD fell on a sunday this year, there were no bowl games on what is supposed to be the best day in college football.  I had enough other stuff to take care of to not get involved in any of the NFL games, and I have a tough time getting into the NFL anyway.  I was finally starting to feel better when it got too dark to get in my planned 12 mile run on the day, so I did some strength work and yoga instead.  Then the kids wanted to go to Waffle House for dinner.
  6. Bad Food - Going to WH can be an adventure by itself.  We used to go to one in SC, order the same thing every time just to see what we actually got.  It was always different, and rarely what we ordered.  Of course, Evil Genius ordered eggs and only actually ate Kelley's toast. Then she was hungry for the rest of the night.  Imagine that!
  7. Bad Movies - we ended up watching a movie called Warrior after we put the kids to bed.  I had really been looking forward to this one quite a bit thinking it was a boxing movie, and it turned out to be an incredibly predictable MMA  movie.  It was well produced, but so much of the flick was hokie and predictable.  An irish schoolteacher with an italian brother that's twice his size?  please.
If that pattern holds true there will be nothing but death and disappointment for us in 2012.  Of course, being the eternal optimist I don't want that to hold true.  All I can do is stick to my training plan, work my heart out, and keep my head held high.   How insane was that?

Monday Jan2 was much better.  The kids did the calisthenics and yoga with me, I ran 10 miles, the football games held some insane delayed gratification.  Oregon won, Stanford lost, USC won big, and we found a place with all you can eat tacos on monday nights for $5, so I was able to feed the whole family at a restaurant for only $18 plus tip.  Then we got the new season of The Batchelor, with more trashy crazy women than I dream about.  It was incredible.  And I had the day off from work.  So let's hope 2012 has more Mondays than days like Sunday.  And that starts the list of things I never thought I would say this year.


Karen said...

LOL prove the lady with the (nonexistent) unibrow wrong and have a great year in spite of it all :)

Lily on the Road said...

Thank goodness I didn't come knocking on your door!

Glad day 2 of the new year was better for you, as I always say "wait a day" things HAVE to get better!

Katie said...

ouch! get some sleep!

Dana said...

Sounds like an exciting few days for you. I quit watching the ball drop years ago. I can't drink much because of medications I take. They delivered my new dishwasher Sunday (an awesome thing to start the New Year with)! Today, I had Luke issues. I don't remember you being 6'1. Did you grow or something? You would think that all the time we spent together at App I would have noticed, but of course, I was sort of just blowing in the wind back then.

Hugh Jass said...

Maybe you just got all the crappiness of 2012 out in the first day.

I'm a little superstitious too. Every New Year, I have to have my black eyed peas and cabbage. Even when I was a kid and didn't like the peas, my mom would make me eat at least one.

You adoring and super cute wife said...

I have a good feeling about 2012, things are going to be great for us my dear. Both kids will be in school all day starting in july and I can almost gurantee you that things have to be better than all of the chaos that we have seen in the last couple of years. 2012 is going to be our year baby, I can feel it!! Now lets run some marathons :)

Jess Milcetich said...

Ummm that's insane dude. What a crazy start to the New Year!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I am always so surprised to find out who watches the bachelor! I would not have pegged you as a follower of that show! It's like a train wreck, though - you want to look away, but you just can't!

Here's hoping that the start of 2012 is not indicative of how this year will go for you!

Ironman By Thirty said...

Well it can only get better from here right??? :)

Caratunk Girl said...

Holy crap, I totally have had insomnia the past few days!! It kills me. Because of that, I made it to the ball drop for the first time in a while this year.

Am I the only blogger who doesn't watch the bachelor? :)

joyRuN said...

I don't watch the Bachelor. Premise drives me BONKERS.

I've heard that the cleaner your body is, the bigger impact smaller amounts of alcohol will have on you. You're getting to be a lightweight ;)

Sophie @ threetimesf said...

Haha, the superstitions made me chuckle!