Amateur Night

new years eve I can’t remember the last time I went out on New Year’s Eve. It’s a recipe for disaster if you ask me. The scenario goes something like this: Take countless regular Joes and Janes, folks who ordinarily drink very little or not at all, and feed them beer, shots, cocktails and champagne. The result? Cops are very busy arresting people for DUI, D&D (drunk and disorderly), public intoxication, urination, vomiting…you know, people on their best behavior. Cabbies and limos, not to mention ERs, are also barely able to keep up.

I prefer to stay home, have a nice meal and watch a movie or read a book. The latter is often undesirable as a nice loud movie will drown out the din of drunks shouting on the street, the traffic and car horns, sirens and fireworks, etc. Okay, I sometimes watch the Times Square ball drop on TV.

After the inexperienced inebriants finally pass out I get a good night’s sleep. Rested and clear-headed, it’s time for a hearty breakfast and fine day of college bowl games. For extra special fun, I sometimes go to my favorite sports bar to watch them. In between plays, I enjoy people watching (and listening)—bloodshot eyes, Sahara tongues and pounding brains, “Oh god, I should not have had that last Jager bomb!”

I’m not sure about DC, but in many of the cities I’ve lived in cabs and/or mass transit are free on Amateur Night. If you are going out, play it safe and either have a designated driver or leave the car at home. Oh, and Happy New Year to the crew and all our visitors!

5 Comments so far

  1. wayan (unregistered) on December 30th, 2006 @ 2:08 pm

    I couldn’t agree more – NYE is the ultimate Amateur Night at the bar. I party 364 days out of the year and need not a drunk bridge and tunnel puking on my shoes after mixing champagne and shots.

    I just might grab the Xmas present camera and head out for 3am post-party pics though. Nothing like a D&D photo montage of Adams Morgan last-callers.


  2. james (unregistered) on December 30th, 2006 @ 4:57 pm

    since i am always visiting my parents on new years eve, with eight year old daughter in tow, we have made a tradition of first night in alexandria, va.

    i’m sure you guys have covered it here, but it is a ton of music and theatre venues (all alcohol-free) with a whole bunch of kid-friendly entertainment.

    every year we go to a whole bunch of shows, the head to the masonic temple and dance in the big amphitheatre and then head outside to the steps for fireworks and then krispy kreme doughnuts on rte 1 afterwards.

    not a drunk vomiting in sight and a whole bunch of fun for the kiddo as well.


  3. Doug (unregistered) on December 30th, 2006 @ 5:36 pm

    Although I’ve heard of First Night, I’ve never checked it out. After searching DCMB I was surprised to find no references to the event. For people that have kids or just want something fun to do that doesn’t involve drinking, more information is available at the First Night Website.


  4. wayan (unregistered) on December 30th, 2006 @ 8:13 pm

    Wow, First Night sounds very cool. If I had my passport with me, I would cross the river to check it out.


  5. Doug (unregistered) on December 31st, 2006 @ 10:37 am

    Turns out this post was prematurely prescient. Last night, the house across the street decided it was time for a big party. Made up of mostly (drunk) kids, the usual loud music, yelling and screaming, car alarms going off, lots of people milling about out on the street, urinating on lawns, traffic coming and going non-stop…until 3am.

    How do you know you’re an old fart? When, instead of dreading the arrival of cops to your party, you’re the one calling them to break up someone else’s.



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