That image may seem sad to some, me, a beautiful beast of a man home alone on New Year's. I am pretty content. I just got off an airplane. I had a nice and needed visit home. I recharged my batteries. I am feeling even and balanced. No real complaints.
As a follow up to my reflections on home and traveling for the holidays, I will be posting an obligatory essay on New Year's resolutions, my own personal inventory and self-evaluation for 2013, and some questions about how best to grow up as the years slip past while still remaining a child at heart. Public policy, politics, racism chasing, and other such matters can wait a few days. I really like sharing and chatting with the good folks who frequent We Are Respectable Negroes. I especially enjoy having a nice relaxed conversational salon during the end of the year and holiday times.
First, for those of you who are home, out at the bar/club and bored, or just chilling, medicated, and enjoying your own company or those of intimates, friends, and family however defined, what are some of your New Year's Eve songs for 2013-14? As I throw back a few Sapporo beers, my pick three consists of John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band's "On the Dark Side", Marvin Hamlisch and Barbara Streisand's "The Way We Were", and James Darron's (Deep Space Nine's Vic Fontaine) "The Best is Yet to Come".
If you were making a personal soundtrack for 2013 looking forward to 2014, what songs would it contain?
And for the ghetto nerds and others so inclined, I offer the following Twilight Zone-inspired What if? counter factual scenario to consider.
If you had the option of traveling back in time to the first day of 2013, and redoing the last year with what you know now, would you take the option? Alternatively, would you rather make peace with the year 2013--and all of its happenings, personal challenges, growth, and experiences--and just move forward to 2014? Thus leaving the past in the past?