At this time of every year, my family and I gather around a table and fight over a stupid problem like why I can’t celebrate New Year’s Eve with my friends. Yes, that is true, back in the kingdom of my father where the concept of democracy is yet to be introduced, a perfect New Year’s Eve corresponds to a dinner with the loved ones. However, unlike what my father would have expected, that night turns out to be a complete fiasco every year. This is what you would expect right? Most of the time things aren’t, in fact, as funny as your father thinks they are.
On the other hand, now that I’m away from home, I can easily fool my father with a fake midterm of a class like ECON297-Introduction to Apocryphal Freakonomics (I usually prefer phrases that my father wouldn’t have heard before). And, as a crucial part of this class, I’m introduced to a new concept that I’d like to introduce you to, too: the anxious indecisiveness caused by an unplanned New Year’s Eve. Yes, you are supposed to actually plan something for New Year’s Eve, and I got that at the eleventh hour. For all those years all I did was to fight with my father and get nothing just as expected from an average pubescent boy and there seem to be a bunch of things that I better be ready for in advance.
The very first thing I should be prepared for is a nice, say-it-even-if-you-know-you-won’t-do-it type of speech to make occasionally on that night about how different I will be in the New Year, why I’m not going to let people abuse me anymore or why I shouldn’t be writing long sentences like this. Another one is that very night I will be the only sober one so I better begin observing some parents to be able to act like one of them. And as if all that wasn’t enough of a punishment, I am also supposed to buy gifts for those whom my father would refer to as “loved ones” as an indicator of my deep love. And, as most of you will agree with me, the worst part of being human is gift giving. You can’t buy a gift for a man because such a thing isn’t invented yet and a woman would definitely hate what you bought for her anyways. Therefore I thought it would be nice if I could come up with something that none of you could resist. After seconds of tireless research I decided that a mixtape would make a great gift. So here is a mix tape I’ve prepared for you guys, which I would love to hear what you think about:
10. Patrick Wolf -Thickets
9. Bon Iver - Skinny Love
8. Belle and Sebastian - Step Into My Office, Baby
7. Camera Obscura - French Navy
6. The Boy Least Likely To - A Balloon On A Broken String
5. Saturday Looks Good To Me - Hands In Snow
4. Decemberists - O New England
3. Travis - Big Chair
2. The Last Shadow Puppets - The Age Of Understatement
1. Muse - New Born