Watched Manos: The Hands of Fate (bad), Howard the Duck (bad), and Once Upon a Time in the West (good and subtle) at Nathan’s with Christon, his brother Clement, Jon, Harmony, Isabel, Jeremy, Eric, Jen, and Randal for BAD MOVIE NIGHT 2 / New Year’s. Eric picked me up, and we discussed a certain email and assorted other things – he thought I was hyper, OR had eaten a lot of brandy beans prior to leaving the apartment. May have been hyper, but no brandy beans! I’m glad Mr. Creep didn’t come – it would have been VERY awkward! When we got to Nate’s, nobody was there yet – Eric thought that maybe the family friend would let us in, and he did. Went upstairs to see what could be done; when everyone else got there, the unwrapping of the 26-inch LCD TV started. Christon gave us a stack of movies to look through for our “good” choice – LOTR trilogy, BIG FISH, FROST NIXON, UP, ALIEN WORLDS (20 BAD ones!), and more. Jeremy mentioned that he’d only seen the first two of certain trilogies – MATRIX, STAR WARS, LOTR… hahaha! I noticed the Trinity “emotions” magnet on the fridge, and started playing around with it to change emotions – it was too funny, and reminded me of the “Have a GOOD night!” poster on Nathan’s bedroom door, with all these happy faces displaying various emotions!

While we spent time making the whole-wheat spaghetti and sauce (and Jen had a power nap), Harmony said that Mom had mentioned having a lunch tomorrow. Not sure if I really want to do that, but probably – although now it looks like I’ll sleep through the meal, as my computer clock says 4:33 AM. Jeremy said that he’d had a good time in Kelowna with his family, and Jon called Dave to invite him over even if he was having a quiet night with the parents and Tiffany. Discussed how Nathan’s dad had canceled the cable, so we wouldn’t be able to watch the countdowns – Christon discovered that the TV in Daniel’s room worked for NBC. Then we reminisced about Y2K – “hey, the world didn’t end in London!” Eventually, we got to the beer and aged cheddar / blue cheese while watching MANOS – it was SO bad and random, plus it seemed to skip the beginning of the movie! It had these scenes with two students making out which had NOTHING to do with the plot, and we found the sinister stuff really funny! (plus, it didn’t really seem to have any editing done at all… let’s cut out all the redundant dialogue!)

Then we watched HOWARD THE DUCK – 1986 was better than 1966, and we could tell it was made in the 80s for sure because of the music. This duck gets catapulted from his home planet to Earth, and then gets embroiled in all these adventures – at least this one’s plot was a little better, what with dark overlords and such. After that, we decided to eat since the sauce had finally simmered enough (“CORNSTARCH!”) – Clement kept to himself, and I noted that his voice was really high compared to Christon’s. We decided to keep an eye on the time once we started the third movie – it was subtle, and well done with sparse dialog. A psychopathic character annihilates an entire family, and it’s about the widow and vengeance – bloodshed is fairly high in this movie. “Is he worth the bullet? Remember, bullets cost $10,000 in those days, which was a LOT of money!”

When it was almost midnight and time to pause the movie, we decided to crowd in Daniel’s room to count down the last seconds of the old year, then we toasted the new one outside the room with champagne! Jeremy hoped that this decade would be better than the last for music AND politics – oh, I agree! The rest of the movie got interesting with more violence, some sex, a mini-massacre, and THE MOTIVATION! After that, we had to pack up and leave – Christon had to leave fairly quickly as he had to drive his dad downtown at 5:30 AM, yikes! Got home (Eric brought up Raymond on the way there!) to find that Billie had left me a New Year’s wish – since she was still up, I talked to her in between catching up on a lot of stuff. Her birthday party is on the 8th – Friday – at 5 at her place. COOL STUFF, and I should be able to go if this weather continues!

You Should Celebrate Friendship

It may have been a good year or a bad year, but no matter what, your friends helped get you through it.

And you can’t imagine celebrating New Year’s Eve without your closest friends around.

You are always happy to catch up with old friends on this night, and you’re hoping to make some new ones too.

So this year, raise a toast to old and new friends. They make every day of the year a little brighter.



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