Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year

Here we are now coming to the end of the first day of 2012.

What do you do to bring in the New Year?

Personally New Year has never been a time of revelling and drinking. Not that I object to parties, it's just I spent many years working in my family store and had to be up at 4.30am in the morning to get in the newspapers and open by 6am. So a party and a hangover was never really an option.

Last night I was in bed by 10pm and wide awake at midnight, a neighbor was outside shooting off a rifle into the sky. Illegal of course, but who's going to get upset with one man shooting off his rifle on New Year's, it would be frightfully unsporting and it is only one night.

Any way no one got hurt, he did a few shots, a yippy youu and was back inside before my heart crept back into my chest.

Back in England I found it a lot quieter in the night, but the morning often brought the surprises. One New Year's morning I went out to bring in the papers only to find a man fast asleep on the front lawn in front of the shop. He was snoring loudly, laying on his back, so I turned him onto his side, in the recovery position, actually the only time I used my first aid skills. He lay there until about 9am before waking and staggering off up the street. Hopefully to his home and a proper bed.

Thankfully there are few drinkers in this neighborhood. Just my happy hunting neighbor.

So to all of you, Happy New Year and I hope all of you gain all you would wish for yourselves and your families.