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January 04, 2019

Good morning crew,

Super SaleI wish I had some exciting stories to tell you about New Year's Eve, but the wife and I stayed local and did a little bar hopping around the neighborhood by ourselves.

There are advantages and disadvantages to this strategy. One of the advantages is that we know a number of the bartenders in the area so we got several drinks for free. Plus, we know where all of the good food is, so instead of greasy chicken wings and soggy bar pizza we knew just where to find fresh Atlantic oysters, seared Ahi tuna with sriracha avocado aioli, and lobster and mango summer rolls.

Another advantage is that we were never more than ten minutes away from the house. Actually, this last one was more of a disadvantage. Because we were so close to home there was no incentive to pace ourselves. By ten o'clock we were three bars, one restaurant, and one gambling 'cafe' into the night and feeling a little burned out.

So by ten-thirty we were home, had our shoes off, and were determined to ring in the new year with the dog and a bottle of French champagne we had been saving for the occasion.

And by 11 we were all unconscious on the sofa in front of the TV.

So, we missed New Year's Eve, again, but maybe we'll stay up until midnight tonight and finally get around to opening that bottle of bubbly.

Laugh it up,


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