We’ll be spending New Year’s Eve with an elite and sophisticated crowd, at a small dinner party. Discussing matters of Worldly import, no doubt. Me, as usual—I’ll be trying so hard not to say the wrong thing, that I’ll probably say the wrong thing. But I might say one or two right things, too. So that might help.
Since no one’s drinking, both the cider and conversation should be sparkling. Since no one’s drinking, we’ll have to come up with some things to laugh at that are actually funny. Then again, you’d be surprised how much easier that is when you’re still on Planet Earth.
The evening will be long if we don’t arrange something amusing to do. Even if you’re elite and sophisticated, you can’t just eat and chat forever, can you? Last year I brought Trivial Pursuit, but got all the answers wrong, even though I’d taken out all the cards that had questions on them I didn’t know. I’ll leave that home.
Instead, I’ve been putting together a box of surefire crowd-pleasers, guaranteed to fill the evening with laughter and mirth. Let’s see, okay…so far I’ve got this travel-size Monopoly game, an ocarina, Mr. Potato Head, and a bunch of those metal-ring puzzles where things are all hooked up like coat hangers. Batting clean up up is an old set of lawn darts that’s mostly complete.
We’re all set.