We've just rolled over into a new decade. We celebrated the end of the last decade in Dubai. Layla was not yet born. It was the holy month of Ramadan and as commercial parties or festivities of any kind were banned, we decided to host the 'Millennium' party at our place. It was a party to remember. The highlights of which were Dubai's mounted Police looking over our gate and asking us to keep it civil, someone waving a can of Fosters to the cops whilst convincing them that we had no booze on the premises, Shane being too shitfaced to DJ, Nali's (our then housekeeper) medicine finding it's way into the punch, the punch turning the color of mud whilst being pronounced the best ever and me driving everyone home only to return back to find Francis sitting in a dark corner still waiting for a drop off.
The end of the last decade also saw us preparing for the Millennium Bug or the Y2K problem that never really happened. DHL even gave Lynda a certificate for her part in preparing towards Y2K. I'm not sure what it was that she did and I'm quite sure if asked, she might not know as well.
The rest of the decade saw humanity becoming more avaricious and living well beyond their means. And then everything went south and soon. While we're still recovering from the recession, I think that the general population has still not got a grip on what exactly it was that we went through. The malls were full for Christmas shopping and we saw lines outside stores for the Boxing Day Sales. We too did succumb, but I only bought a pair of boots out of necessity. Or so I've convinced myself.
Having said that, I just gifted myself a DeWalt Random Orbital Sander and a Porter Cable Compressor with a Brad Nailer and a Finish Nailer, but they are for projects will be undertaken this month.
I've not really made a lot of resolutions and when I do, I normally tend not to see them through. This year however I've resolved not to carry my paunch with me to the end of this year. I've not resolved so much but decided that I will question all of my purchases - Thrice. I will want less and will make do with what I have. I will simplify and I will Reduce, ReUse and Recycle and I will enjoy what I've been gifted.
Happy New Year. Let's not Royally Fuck this one up!!!