New Years Resolutions - The Tale of Two Parties
On New Year's Eve I found myself in the fortunate position of being invited to two parties. One was being held at the swanky Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, well known playground of the rich and famous. The other had an Old Hollywood theme and was thrown at the ancient Vogue Theater, which is no longer a theater but remains an icon (and is rumored to be one of the most haunted places in Hollywood.) The two soirees were four blocks from each other on Hollywood Blvd, but the price of admission cost ten times more at one than the other.
Which got me thinking do people who spend $150 on admission have different New Year's resolutions than people who spent $15? Or are all New Year's resolutions really made of the same fabric? You know the old "I will eat healthier, drink less, smoke less, and exercise more." Or did these people want different things. I was also curious if 2008's financial disasters had any effect on the party-goers. Or really whether any of 2008's mishaps had shaped the party-goer's resolutions for 2009.
For the most part I found people surprisingly optimistic about the financial crisis, but for different reasons. Under the sparkling palm trees at the Roosevelt the words "sub-prime mortgage" invoked looks of disbelief and revulsion. For these attendees 2008 was "awesome" and 2009 was going to get even better. These were the lucky few whose finances increased this year. At the Vogue party there was a sense of relief that 2008 was over and that we could start fresh in 2009. A lot of them said that they were hopeful that new President to lead them out of this crisis.
When I asked about resolutions, I found that people everywhere make them on the same sort of lines. Therefore I have grouped the resolutions into categories in order to give you a better picture of what people wanted. I found that although most of the resolutions in terms of health were the same. Yoga is going to be huge next year if everyone sticks to their resolutions. Also there will be huge lines at the health food stores because eating right was a huge priority. And nothing is less convincing than a person with a lit cigarette in one hand, a martini in another, and a New Year's resolution to quit both. But when it came to love, money, ambition, and let's call this last one mantra there were some serious differences.
At the Roosevelt: A young man with spiky hair informed me that his New Year's resolution was to get married this year. He didn't have a girlfriend at the time, but this didn't seem to worry him. I moved on and five minutes later found a woman in an incredibly sparkly dress who had the new year's resolution of finding a boyfriend. When I pointed out the young romeo to this lady she said, "He's kinda short. Is he rich?" Ah l'amour.
At the Vogue: Adorned with some serious peacock feathers, a young woman confided in me that her New Year's resolution was to be nicer to her boyfriend. This was the third time at this party that I heard this. It begs the question, what kind of relationship are you in where you have to resolve to be nicer to that person?
At the Roosevelt: "I hate making car payments." a small man in a black tuxedo informed me. "My New Year's resolution is to pay for all my cars in cash," which I suppose, if you have that kind of freedom, is the right thing to do.
At the Vogue: "I am going to quit waitressing and start getting paid for my creative endeavors," a young woman in a leather jacket confided in me. "This is the year I quit."
At the Roosevelt: First most memorable ambitious resolution: "I am going to buy more purses." Second memorable ambitious resolution that I heard, "I am going to Bora Bora."
At the Vogue: First most memorable ambitious resolution, "I am going to stop using the word motherfucker. It's insensitive. Instead I will use the gender neutral parentfucker from here on out." Second most memorable ambitious resolution, "I am going to embroider all of my sweaters with an L like Laverne did in Laverne and Shirley."
At the Roosevelt: "I am going to wake up everyday and be happy," the bartender confided in me. When I assured him that no person could be happy everyday he informed me that he could. Maybe he will be in a self-induced coma? But is that happiness? I've been mulling over it ever since.
At the Vogue: " I want a fresh start. I resolve that everything in 2008 will stay in 2008 and 2009 will be brand new," a young lady told me. Which is probably what we all want to some degree. To emerge from the chrysalis of 2008 as a beautiful 2009 butterfly. We'll see.
And remember half the fun of making New Year's resolutions is...breaking them.