I haven’t gone out on New Year’s Eve for over 30 years. I prefer to stay at home and kind of plot out what I’ll be doing in the upcoming year. I really hate being out in public at midnight on New Year’s Eve and being forced to kiss people you’d just as soon put out a cigarette butt in their mouths instead. This year I was contacted by Phil Luciano who told me that he and his wife Karen meet people at Jimmy’s Bar in the afternoon, have some drinks and fun and then head home before the madness begins. That sounded like fun and I haven’t seen Phil and Karen in quite a little while...and so, it’s off to Jimmy’s we go!
Here we are at Jimmy's Bar on the afternoon of New Year's Eve, 2014. It's way too bright out here...
So let's go inside where it's nice and dark.
An empty bar on New Year's Eve, now that's a welcome sight!
The first beer on this last day of 2014 is served up by Alice and Tommy.
The bar is certainly decorated and festive for this New Year's holiday!
This is Don and Nan who were enjoying some popcorn at the bar and said they were here last year in the afternoon on New Year's Eve.
I think I spy some familiar faces over there in the middle of the bar...
There's Steve and Kathy, who we saw last week on Christmas Eve.
Here's the hostess and host of the party, Karen and Phil Luciano. It's hard to see, but they brought me a gift of two forks after I revealed that I only have one plastic fork in my kitchen supplies from this post.
The only bad thing about forks is that cocaine falls through the cracks in them. Oh well, what are you going to do?
This shot from the back of the bar shows how festive this place looks on this New Year's Eve afternoon.
The afternoon is punctuated with toasts to continents and lands that have hit the midnight hour already. This one is to Abu Dhabi, I think.
As the afternoon wears on, some more people have joined the party.
This is Eric and Stacy and what I haven't mentioned is that Phil and Karen encourage people to wear pajamas at this party. I think Eric and Stacy win the prize for the best PJ's on this New Year's Eve afternoon.
Here's Dana who was a little shy about having his picture taken.
Don and Nan are getting the party rolling by busting out some moves on the dance floor in front of the jukebox.
Paul and Karen have just arrived and the last time I saw Paul he was drinking whiskey out of a bottle of Mickey's Malt Liquor. So he's got that going for him!
This is our party in the middle of the bar. It's a great New Year's Eve so far!
Hot Rod has just joined the party wearing a most impressive hat!
Paul's sister lives in the aforementioned Abu Dhabi and here's Paul wishing her a Happy New Year via his cell phone.
Bebe and Clare have just arrived, hooray!
A table-full of New Year's Eve libations!
Holiday signage at Jimmy's!
A fuzzy shot of a guy reminding me of Travis Bickle.
A champagne toast is poured as the afternoon wears on.
And Happy New Year! Let's hope for a great 2015 and hey...let's be careful out there!
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