I am lucky enough to have an end of year birthday which makes reflecting a little easier than the rest of you. (wait, that sounded stupid. I meant reflecting on the past year of my life. crap, this does not bode well for the overall success of this post.) When everyone else is caught up in the last four digits of the date changing (I know it’s one number this year just shut down your inner need to be correct and go with it) it is natural to go along and my numbers move at the same time. (okay parenthetical talk to yourself guy its time to bail on this concept as you are making less sense than usual and this is hard to follow) But unlike most folks this year I am feeling pretty great. If you watch the news or read anything you might think this past year was terrible but my own wasn’t. I have a job that I love, family doing as well or better than expected, awesome set of friends that I don’t get to see as much as I want, and no major suckholes on the immediate horizon. That could change in an instant but I will not be told it was a terrible year.

I am also done with complete life changing resolutions. I might be hyper-aware of all things New Years but I like planning, so mapping out what I want to get better is fun for me. I usually wait until tomorrow. There is something I love about the first day of a brand new calendar year. So much potential. Different this year is I will be writing down small attainable things that might lead to bigger stuff but the small will be the goal.

Another New Year’s thing that I love goes back to my childhood. I find myself on this night with an overwhelming urge to make mixtapes. I loved making the damn things. for those not on the planet as long as I music used to be much more expensive and harder to get. Artists actually got paid for their hard work so the record companies had to charge accordingly. When I was a kid if you wanted to get all of the popular songs you waited for the New Year’s Eve top 100 countdown on the radio. You would tape the whole thing by carefully watching and planning when to change tapes. As the technology got better the tapes got longer, like they could record a whole hour and a half before they had to be switched. And if you did it right you were writing the songs down on the cassette case cover that was lined on the inside like notebook paper.

It was a colossal pain in the ass but when you aren’t old enough to go out to parties and not much else in the way of home entertainment making these things with your friends while an old monster movie played on commercial TV in the background was a perfect sleepover. I’m not going to bore you with the mechanics of taking those songs and using a friends tape recorder to pull your favorites into a mix but I think you get the gist. Guardians of the Galaxy helped explain the concept to a younger audience but if you’re still struggling think movie soundtrack. A collection of songs that help tell a story or set a mood or express your feelings. Yup, gave plenty of tapes to the ladies. Don’t think a single one landed as intended but it didn’t stop me from trying.

That little stupidtom history came up as I found myself making a playlist last night. Not as satisfying as making a hand written, hand drawn, poor quality, pain in the rear mix tape but I’ll take what I can get. Everyone have whatever kind of New Year’s Eve you want and don’t take any 2016 shit you don’t have to. At the very least you were still alive to burn a couple minutes of time reading this nonsense. Fell better?


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