Hello 2009

By Brett Battles

So the easy thing today would be to do a list of resolutions. Yeah, well, I can’t think of any so maybe it’s not that easy.

Since today is New Years Day, I seriously doubting there’s more than a couple people even reading this today. Honestly, I might even forget to go and check. I don’t blame anyone. A lot of us will have hangovers and/or will be spending the day watching football and/or will be doing things with our friends and family. Who wants to spend New Years reading blogs? (That’s no diss on blogs, just, you know, it’s a holiday.) So if you’re not reading this, I forgive you. Of course, you have no way of knowing that.

So I’ll start with a question for those of you who are reading along. A question written in the form of a request:

If you are reading this today, New Years Day 2009, in the comments below please mark yourself present. As a bonus, feel free to add a resolution you have for this year. Seriously, if all you want to do is leave a comment that says only “Present”, that is a-ok with me. Think of it as taking attendance.

And since this is bound to be a bit of a light day, I thought we’d go for some entertainment instead of a lengthy post. Sound good to everyone?

Great. Bring on the music!

First up:
And the Snow Falls by James Wetzel

An old favorite of mine that I first heard while working in Berlin in 2001:
On More Time by Daft Punk

Love this next band, but they’re independent enough to probably hate the fact I love them:
Teddy Picker by Arctic Monkeys

Enjoyed this video and song, some of you probably have to:
I Will Follow You into the Dark by Death Cab for Cutie

Just ran across this and loved the singer’s voice:
Pressure by Paramore

And one of my all time favorite bands and songs:
Beautiful Day by U2


33 thoughts on “Hello 2009

  1. Kathleen

    Present. Does that make me a sad New Year’s monkey in need of a life?

    I like the voice of the lead from Paramore as well. They have two songs on the Twilight soundtrack. Weak lyrics, great voice. (Yes! I own the Twilight soundtrack *hangs head in shame*)

  2. joylene

    I’m old. The only group I recognize was U2. There was a time when I would have known all these artists. Paramore’s vocalist is destined for more. So is James Wetzel. The others aren’t my genre, but their lyrics are great.

  3. PK the Bookeemonster

    Present. No resolutions but New Year’s Day morning means the best parade of the year – The Rose Bowl parade. Sorry, I just don’t get into the Macy’s Parade with the giant balloons, but the things they so with flowers and other organic material is amazing. I’m sure it’s incredible in person but I kinda like having access to coffee and a blanket while watching on HD.

  4. Tammy Cravit

    I’m here. Not sure what New Year’s Resolutions I’m going to make yet, but I know there are a number of things in my life that I think need changing…

    I guess I need to do what an old friend of mine suggests…she likes to say, “eat your elephant one bite at a time, and don’t start with the butt.”

  5. J.D. Rhoades

    Present, kicked back in the easy chair, watching the Tournament of Rose Parade, only slightly hungover.

    I took my one resolution from the unofficial motto of the Obama campaign: NO DRAMA. Hey, it worked for them….

  6. Zoë Sharp

    Hi Brett

    Also present, stone-cold sober, and resolving to try and squeeze more out of 2009 than I managed in 2008.

    I, too, think Paramore’s vocalist has a lot of raw talent and is destined for big things.

    And Tammy, which bit of the elephant DO you start with?

    Health, luck and happiness, folks!

  7. Allison Brennan

    Present, not hung-over (I supervised a bunch of teen-agers at my house last night) and no resolutions (hate them). LOVE U2. Love the fact that Irish artists don’t have to pay taxes. Tried to convince my husband to move to Ireland . . . no dice.

  8. Janet Reid

    Present! Copyediting a novel that, once I sell it (fingers crossed) i’m going to send to you to ask for a blurb! That’s my new year resolution: sell sell sell!

  9. Rae

    Present (barely 😉 and guzzling coffee.

    I don’t really do resolutions, they never last past January 2 – oh, who am I kidding? – January 1. But I do hope that we’re all healthy and solvent at the end of this year.

    Happy New Year, everyone!

  10. J.T. Ellison

    Present, not hung over and gearing up for a long few months of work. But today it’s all about reading and football. I’m on Barry Eisler’s new standalone, and it’s another winner. No resolutions outside of getting more work done more effectively so I can write 4 short stories this year.

    Happy New Year, all!

  11. Tom Bale

    Present. Recovered from the hangover, just about. And my main resolution is to spend less time surfing the internet when I should be working and/or having a life, especially on major family holidays like Christmas and New Year…

    Ah, well. Maybe that’s one for 2010.

  12. Fran

    Present, not hung over, and bracing to go out to the store.

    Resolutions? I’m not good with ’em either, but I really am going to (not try but do!) be positive in my outlook, not just for the year but from now on.

    Which will last until I trip over the cat — again — but it’s still there!

    Happy New Year, everyone!

  13. Robin

    Present and not hung over. Perusing the blogs, then will be taking down christmas tree. Resolution is read War and Peace and actually finish it. Write more and finish first draft of book started during nano. Spend less time on the internet. Teach my son multiplication and actually have him get it.

    Robin of My Two Blessings

  14. pari


    It’s been a perfect day so far. We’re going for linner at a friend’s house and then more mellow mellow.

    BTW: We watched “Singing in the Rain” last night. That movie is 50 years old and it holds up wonderfully. Ab fab.

  15. Marianne Plumridge


    Last night’s party has been resheduled for Saturday when everybody is relaxed and not pressured to watch the ‘ball’ drop. 😀

    Watched ‘That’s Entertainment I & II’ on TCM last night.

    Also celebrating by doing washing.

    Resolution: Finish the damn manuscript!! Network and SELL. Do some more painting… Do some more writing… Get ahead on the book review writing…

    Hey, J.T. – is that Barry’s ‘Fault Line’ due out in February? I reviewed that last month! Great book. Barry makes writing look easy…sigh.

    Tonight: Cook and eat roast dinner, pop corn and settle back to watch King Kong (original) and THEM on TCM. 😀

    Hope you all have a bright and prosperous 2009!!


  16. Fiona

    Present. Happy New Year, everyone.

    We came back from a family trip—our family’s Christmas present. Still jet-lagged, but not hung-over.

    I have a few NY resolutions. Complete WIP is the big one.

  17. Gayle Carline

    Present, more or less. Got a sinus headache (didn’t drink enuf last night to have a hangover). Gonna put an Avengers DVD in and watch an ep or two while I contemplate having to get out of this chair and fix “lucky” New Year’s meal – cabbage and ham, plus black-eyed peas.

  18. Brett Battles

    Glad to see so many people. I’m present, too…went and watched about 500 people run into the ocean at noon for the annual poplar plunge. Maybe I’ll do it next year…maybe…


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