Looking for an alternative to getting smashed and ringing in the new year around the toilet bowl? Here are some suggestions for partying sans alcohol.
1. Stay in
While most of us are feeling lame for not going to a scintillating party like all our friends, our friends are sitting at home watching the ball drop on TV and feeling lame too. Why not invite neighbors or friends or people you've wanted to get to know better over to your house for a casual New Year's Eve get-together? Make it a potluck, break out the sparkling nonalcoholic cider and contemplate whether Regis is the correct stand-in for Dick Clark.
2. Go out, but not to a bar
Hit a movie, say at Kimball's Twin Peak. Check out Kinsey, the movie drawing all the pre-Oscar buzz that's got Dr. Dobson's panties in a wad with its open and honest depiction of -- gasp! -- a sex researcher. Or try night bowling -- Classic Bowl on Circle parties through the midnight hour, and so does Brunswick Zone. Bear Creek Lanes on 21st Street hosts Cosmic Bowling's Thunder Alley, with DayGlo balls, black lights and music. And skaters who want to roll in the new year around a rink to groovy oldies can go to any Skate City. All ages are welcome, and $8 buys unlimited skate time plus a horn and confetti at midnight.
3. Go to an AA meeting
And finally, if you think you need to party sober but don't know how, go to the fellowship. Alcoholics Anonymous throws a huge sober celebration every year, the AA Alkothon, with food, music, meetings 'round the clock, speakers and dancing. Call the service office any time for help or for details: 573-5020.
-- J.N. Nail