The last couple of months of 2004 were a rollercoaster ride for a number of reasons. First off, my beloved Red Sox won their first World Series in 86 years.
That happened on a Wednesday, and the following Monday Ali and I were laid off from Video To Go, not because of something we did, but because management was incompetent. I went from one of the happiest moments of my life, to not knowing what was next.
That holiday season, my whole family went away for Christmas and New Year’s. I could have gone, but I decided to stay in case I got an interview and a new job during the holidays. With funds being low, I stayed home alone on Christmas, but when it came to New Year’s eve, I wanted to be around friends.
Since we couldn’t afford to go anywhere that night, a bunch of us got together at my place. Along for the festivities were Laneit, our friend Wah Kee, Ali, and her sister Caitlin. The night kicked off with us guys going to a liquor store and loading up on the stuff each person liked. While Laneit and Kee prepared some drinks and snacks, I drove to pick up Ali and Caitlin and dinner. And can I just say the two looked incredible? The dinner was good too.
Meanwhile, at the Hall of Justice…
Laneit was making some Rum & Cokes, while Kee prepared huge container of Woo Woo. For those unfamiliar with the drink, a Woo Woo is an alcoholic beverage made of vodka, peach schnapps, and cranberry juice. The ingredients are usually shaken together with ice or stirred as preferred.
Sounds simple enough, right? Not for our buddy Kee. He put so much Vodka in, that the entire apartment smelled of vodka. I still remember Laneit telling him, “Kee, that’s too much,” and he actually replied back “Nah, it’ll be fine.”
That was the last we saw of Kee for the night. Okay, that’s an exaggeration, but I do know for a fact he was determined to drink the Woo Woo he had made. But he’d put so much vodka in it, that he was knocked out by 10ish that night. He fell asleep on the floor in the living room, and didn’t wake up until late the next morning when he was craving Vietnamese noodles of all things.
As for the rest of us, we spent the evening playing board games like Atmosfear, and watching a bunch of random movies. Later on Caitlin drank an entire bottle of champagne by herself, Laneit finished off a case or two of Smirnoff, and I spent several smoke breaks in the kitchen talking with Ali.
When Caitlin woke up from her champagne induced nap, she asked “can we watch the ball drop?” So I shut off Tom Cruise’s “Collateral,” and put on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” on ABC. Unfortunately, we had missed the festivities by about 20 minutes. Yup, we forgot about midnight and celebrating the new year. But this wasn’t necessarily a bad thing since Regis Philbin was hosting that year.
This may seem like a tame New Year’s compared to others, but to this day it is still my favorite. How could it not be? I spent it with friends, and the girl I liked. We ate, drank, and in one case passed out. By the time Laneit left and I took the girls back to their place, it was past 2 am.
Oh yeah, Laneit was supposed to take Kee home, but the poor guy was out cold. I told Laneit to just leave him and let him sleep it off. Kee didn’t even notice when I got him a pillow and some blankets. When I got up later that morning he scared the crap out of me when I didn’t see him sitting in the dark in the kitchen. He blamed his ninja powers.