Happy 2014

My best friend moved back home to a little suburb just outside of Pittsburgh. (Granted, he did find a sweet new job for himself.) We planned on doing something for New Year’s Eve, so I drove four hours down to hang out with him and his friends. I learned some things over the course of the night. The following are those fun facts.

–          The drive wasn’t as horrendous as everyone made it out to be.

–          Minus when I crossed into Pennsylvania and Erie tried to kill me at every turn.

–          I owned that snow storm.

–          White Line Syndrome is a real thing and basically turned my brain to mush. I stopped for coffee at a gas station and I was so focused on looking down at the floor, I couldn’t see the vibrant blue pole that had the lid for my coffee cup.

–          I forgot about the unforgiving dominatrix that Radio Hell is while driving. For those of you who don’t know what Radio Hell is, it’s when you’re driving in an unfamiliar location and you have to search for local radio stations for music, but you’re forced into genres and stations you can’t stand but everything else comes in with mild static but it’s not getting any better. Eventually, this tapers out, but it’s brutal when it happens.

–          I like to think I was a gracious guest while staying with his family, but I should definitely brush up on my etiquette.

–          My New York State license picture still wins the best awkward 16-year-old driver award in a foreign state.

–          When the first bar is full of parents (and I mean parents who are out without the kids) go to the next bar.

–          I got asked about the DUI laws in Canada. I didn’t know I had to be specific when I told people I was from Niagara Falls. (I think it was the pattern on my hoodie that confused people.)

–          Check to make sure you have your ID in your wallet before leaving or at least have your passport handy.

–          Free hats are always a plus along with free champagne.

–          I’m not really sure if it was really champagne, but I’m not going to complain.

–          Every year needs to start off with the Beatles “All You Need is Love.”

–          I forgot how disgusting smoking in bars. My clothes still reek of cheap smokes.

–          Real conversation I had with a girl I met:

  • “Where are you from?”
  • “Niagara Falls.”
  • *laughter and uncontrollable giggling*
  • “What’s so funny?”
  • “I didn’t know people lived there! I thought it was just a water fall!”
  • *stoic expression with faint sarcasm* “Yeah, we all just live on house boats. It makes it really hard to train for the track team.”

–          I was complimented as looking like the Doctor and Harry Potter. It made me giddy.

–          A smooth head and red beard makes you a hot commodity in Pittsburgh (apparently).

–          Dance parties never get old.

–          My scarf was a bigger hit than my beard.

–          The sweet smell of bacon and pancakes is a splendorous scent on New Year’s Day.

–           “Archer” is much better watched with other people in the room.

–          The drive back was much more tolerable, but I still had to endure Radio Hell.

–          And Erie tried to kill me yet again with its slow roads and terrible drivers.

–          I need to invest in a headset that records my ramblings while I talk to no one in my car.

–          My mom has the best car for winter weather.

–          Nothing beats coming home to a napping family at my grandma’s house after an awesome New Year’s Eve.

I feel like there are more things that I learned over that 18 hour period, but I didn’t write them all down. At least keeping track of my ideas and thoughts is part of resolutions.

Happy New Year, everyone!

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About ryantpoole

Ryan T Poole is a former broadcast public relations specialist and morning show producer. His time is spent updating this blog, watching and analyzing TV and movies, reading, listening to music, taking care of his pets, and refocusing his energy into more productive outlets. He likes cold coffee, hot tea, long conversations, and obscure references.

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