Friday, January 01, 2010

The New Year is Here and Where am I?

(Orlando) - I welcomed a new year (and most people seem to believe a new decade) with a group of guys, all but one of us married and away from our wives. We were hanging around in a hotel lobby, where the staffers were handing out festive headwear.
Media people from around Louisiana have gathered here to chronicle the exploits of the LSU football team, but New Year's Eve is New Year's Eve, so why not enjoy a little revelry? Most of us know one another reasonably well, having spent time together around events like this one. The highlight of the evening was an impressive fireworks show offered by our hotel. Imagine a group of a dozen or so guys, ranging in age from mid-20's to 50 or so, hanging around a pool at midnight watching fireworks light up the night framed by palm trees. It was fun in a lonely kind of way.
There has been a lot of talk about owing our families a trip. Guilt: something else we all seem to share. Later today, there is a football game. In that setting, we will all know how to behave.

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