Well 2006 is shaping up nicely so far on account of the zero hangover quotient. I split myself between 2 parties this year so I stayed sober while visiting Rich and Al's bash in Bolton. It was nice to catch up with people I haven't seen for a while (mainly as I haven't been LARPing during the winter). I also caught up again with Daz and Jules before they headed off for their flight back to the states this morning. I now have 2 places to crash at next time I go over, one east-coast and one west coast. I also met a very new people including the enigmatically named Wednesday who was vey nice. I felt a little guilty leaving for the next party but hopefully random pubbage on Monday should assuage the guilt.
I then headed over to Paul's in Swinton (Paul from work not Anne's Paul although they seem quite close to each other). Not quite as big a do but did meet some interesting French guys who informed me that torching cars on New Years Eve is a bit of a tradition in France. I also caught of with some of my work mates SO's which was all good interesting fun. I didn't drink as much as I had planned to but I had drunk enough that I couldn't drive so I crashed out on the Sofa student style. I'm rapidly coming to the conclusion that staying sober on New Years Eve is possibly the best plan as I like simple home comforts like a real bed without snoring background noise. It is a theory I may put into practice next time, after all the rest of Christmas certainly gives my liver enough of a work out. Of course if I host New Years in 2006 all bets are off.