Our first house was located in Colerain Township. Sometime in the afternoon on New Year’s Eve, I’d go to a video store, which one I don’t remember, and pick up a couple movies. It wasn’t as easy as it sounds. Our video player was Beta, not VHS, and movies in Beta were getting hard to find. Sometimes I had to pick up movies that I was pretty sure neither me nor my wife would even like.
In the evening after putting the kids to bed, we would call a Chinese restaurant on Colerain Avenue and order some food. I’d go pick it up, then we would eat that food and watch those movies that I had to get because of that damn Beta video player. Just before midnight, we would get the kids out of bed to ring in the New Year.
In 1990, we moved to Westwood but kept up this New Year’s Eve tradition. Some adjustments had to be made. We got rid of the Beta video player and switched to VHS. Instead of getting the Chinese food at that place on Colerain Avenue, we went to another one on Glenway Avenue. We still got the kids up shortly before midnight.
This was all a long time ago. As I mentioned earlier, I’m no longer married. You can’t find Beta movies anymore and I don’t think you can find VHS movies either. I don’t get my kids out of bed shortly before midnight because they’re all grown up.
I haven’t had Chinese food on New Year’s Eve for a long time but I think there’s a Chinese restaurant on Madison Avenue here in Covington. I think I’m going to call them later and see if they deliver.
This evening I may watch some movies. I’ve got plenty of them on my computer. I’m thinking Woody Allen—something I’m going to like. I may actually stay up until midnight too. I haven’t done this in years.
I’m not sure what the point of this post is. Maybe it’s the fact that nothing stays the same in life and that change simply needs to be accepted. You got to go with the flow. I’ll keep telling myself that.
Happy New Year everybody. You all be careful out there tonight.
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