Thursday, January 1, 2015

1964: A New Year's Eve to Remember

    Now I'm sure that everybody can look back to some memorable New Year's Eve. Any variety of things can happen to make a memorable New Year's Eve compared to all the others.

    The New Year's Eve of 1964 is the most memorable for me. I'd been in the Arctic for a year and a half. There were many community social activities and lots of visiting to houses and individual families. In the 1960's New Years Eve was a big celebration. Fancy dinners and dances were very popular.

    Now it wasn't fun to go to an New Year's Eve party alone. I'd done that once. I wanted to go to the party and I wanted to take someone with me. I had met a girl a couple of times as she had just come in. I liked her and tried to contact her and see if she wanted to go to the New Year's Eve party with me. I phoned the nurses residence an number of times and couldn't contact her. My  friend was in the same boat and we both sort of gave up. 

   An older nurse was a good friend of ours. We visited her one day. Merle was a very with it gal. She soon found out that we had both tried to arrange dates. She said, "I'll look after it." She did look after it. In no time we were given instructions to phone these two girls and they would be waiting for our calls. The fix was in. All arrangements were made. We were going with a large group of friends.

   So 50 years ago last night was the first date I had with my wife. We always joke that we met on a blind date but that's not exactly true.

   We partied until about 2:00 AM and then walked about a mile back to the nurses residence. Many other couples were there and so visiting continued until about 4:00 AM. Some people had to work the next day! So things shut down.

   Anybody else out there with a special New Year's Eve?

32 comments:

  1. Happy anniversary, Red! Looks like you got the right date!

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    1. Yes, and a big number with a zero. Thanks.

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  2. I must be an old grouch. I prefer to work New Years Eve or ignore it.
    Your story just goes to show what I have been missing.

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    1. Well, I must admit that I ignore most New Year's Eves.

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  3. What a wonderful New Years story Red.

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    1. Yes, considering it almost didn't happen.

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  4. Wow, 50 years is amazing to enjoy someone. I have had a few dates arranged and only had one work as yours. We were together for 23.

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  5. Well, congratulations on having such a great New Years Eve party, one that has continued for half a century. I frankly don't remember any of my previous years as standing out particularly. Not like yours anyway! :-)

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    1. I think the rest of my New Year's Eve celebrations have been something to forget.

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    1. We don't think of it very often. When we do think about it we remember all the friends we were with at the time.

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  7. That definitely is a New Years to remember!

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    1. But I've only got one that really sticks out.

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  8. Congratulations Red! It was indeed a New Year that turned out to be very meaningful!

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    1. Funny how most of them we forget.

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  9. That was a very special New Years Eve. I wonder if you realized at the time that this lady was someone special.

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    1. I really didn't have an epiphany that this was the one. I did want to take her out again.

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  10. Happy anniversary and New year Red!! This was a very sweet post!

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    1. Thank you and a Happy New Year to you .

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  11. Happy Anniversary Red. Looks like you have a keeper of a wife.

    This year my keeper and I hit the sack early.
    No stories from I.
    It is your love story my friend red. The floor is all yours.

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    1. Well, we had the lights out about eleven.

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  12. What a wonderful memory to refresh each new year's eve. Your 50th wedding anniversary must be approaching?

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    1. We don't often think about it. After I put the lights out I thought about it. A year and a bit and it's 50.

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  13. Love your story. New years Eve has usually been a dud for us.

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    1. I think most of us are pretty quiet on New Year's Eve.

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  14. What a great way to start the New Year for you and your manager, Red. :) I have none that stand out to me as particularly great.. and a couple that were pretty nasty. I'd rather forget those. Most were just fine.

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  15. I've had 70 New Years and I have to admit that the only really memorable one was perhaps four or five years ago sitting on the beach in Napier, New Zealand, in the warmth watching the midnight firework display with my New Zealand Family and friends. Of course there were many as a youngster with the family and first footing and the same with friends when we first came to live on Lewis 40 years ago but generally speaking the older I get the less important they seem to be.

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  16. You are so much fun! I watched a video you might be interested in. People of a Feather. It was on TV last week.
    Happy New Year from the snowy or rainy or something, east!

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  17. Oh my goodness! I'd forgotten! My husband proposed on New Year's Eve. I'll have to go remind him.

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