Had a very good NYE, although it started out a little sucky. Booked a table at Margarita's at East Coast Road for dinner, but we arrived 15 minutes late and they gave it away. But we ended up at this nice Eurasian restaurant opposite the road, and they even let us open our bottle of wine without a corkage fee. I could swear the waitress had a thing for me, she kept coming back to attend to us more often than is normal, although my friends (including my date) refused to acknowledge the obvious truth when I brought it up. Sometimes people just refuse to accept reality even when it's right in front of them.
But yeah it was really nice hanging out with the whole bunch of friends from JC, it's been a really long time since we all did that. One of them was James who came back from LA just to visit me, because he really missed me after I left LA. I missed you too buddy. Oh and yeah he came back to see his family whom he hadn't seen in a couple of years as well, but I was probably the primary reason for his return.
The gathering had a very couple-ly feeling to it though, mainly cos everyone came with their better halves except yours truly, I came with a girl friend (notice the space between the two words). They originally wanted to have some romantic NYE thing at some hotel and book rooms for the night. And when I pointed out that I was single and hence didn't have much use for a room, they were nice enough to offer to hire an escort for me for the night. They also offered other useful suggestions like maybe I could bring a friend , and book two single rooms, one for each of us. Yeah you can't really find friends like this nowadays, I almost shed a tear at their efforts to not make me feel out of place. But yeah in the end they scrapped that idea. I think it was something to do with the price of an escort for NYE.
All in all it was a great start to the year, and hopefully a good sign of things to come.