Out with the Old

January 13, 2014 at 5:59 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , )

New Year’s Eve always has this big stigma associated with it, like it’s supposed to be some super amazing night out on the town and everyone’s dreams will all come true because it’s the beginning of a new year.

Party like it's 2014!

Party like it’s 2014!

At least, that’s how it used to seem.  The older I get, the more I kind of detest the idea of spending $100 to go to some shitty club with obnoxious music and overpriced drinks, just to watch the ball drop (and speaking of the ball dropping – don’t even get me started on those morons who stood around Times Square for 15 hours in the freezing weather!).  The last few NYE’s I’ve celebrated have been low-key affairs with some friends of ours, just hanging out and eating dinner.  They were nice but said friends went all fancy on us this year and traveled to Europe so Scott and I decided to get somewhat fancy ourselves.  We got together with another couple we’re friends with and hit a comedy show, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind.  This is a show in Chicago that’s known for its fast paced improv and I’ve had people telling me about it for years.  It’s also super close to our apartment, so it’s kind of shameful I’d never been before.  This was also really handy because we could just walk the ten minutes home instead of dealing with public transit, drunks in the street or elusive taxi cabs.

We all bought tickets and the night included open beer/wine and a few tables stacked with snacks like sushi, mushroom puffs, cheese and cracker, veggies, chocolates and mini meats I didn’t pay much attention to.  The comedy show didn’t start until 11pm so we spend a little time eating and drinking before being wowed by the talent.  The group performed 30 mini plays in 60 minutes and then we all celebrated with a champagne toast at midnight.  The plays were funny, sad, poignant and just downright silly – a perfect way to spend an evening and an even better way to ring in a new year!


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