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New Year’s with The Hudsucker!

New Year’s Eve in all its glitter and sparkle has a heavy resonance with the romantics, but the day is one where many reflect on their achievements and failures while optimistically looking ahead to bright new beginnings. Many will be singing with loved ones, watching fireworks, sipping champagne, or watching various countdowns on TV but with New Year’s being a time for reflection, we here at The Hudsucker want to share some of our personal favorite memories from over the years.

Happy New Year! Image Credit: Getty Images/Jamie Grill

Happy New Year! Image Credit: Getty Images/Jamie Grill

We’ve all been through a lot to get to where we are today and as a family, we move forward together with you, our readers.

With the new year meaning fresh starts, it brings about the infamous New Year’s resolutions! While many don’t go through with their own and the idea of carrying one out dies in the slush of snow, resolutions help to maintain our personal focus, while making sure we are in control of our life. We make our own choices to change our life because our lives are in our own hands. We all wish to share our resolutions with you too in hopes you’ll share yours with us and move forth with positive tides!


Karen Datangel:

Stylish Karen celebrating New Year’s 2009/2010 with a drink (or two)!

I will always love and will never forget 2010. That was the year I spent the summer in Los Angeles and did my internship with HollywoodLife.com. Even though I wasn’t getting paid, I had my dream job! Every day and every night, I found myself at some kind of star-studded soiree, film premiere, awards show, or private party or press event. I rubbed shoulders with the likes of Quincy Jones, the Jersey Shore cast, Christina Applegate, Anna Kendrick, and a lot more! I also was in the live audience every week to cover So You Think You Can Dance, and interviewed Cat Deeley, the judges, past and present contestants, and special guests after every show. LA also introduced me to so many wonderful everyday folks, and I treasured the opportunities to spend time with my friends living in the area.

2010 was also the year Inception was released, which is one of my favorite films. When the movie and all of the cast was big right after it came out, it was just so much fun to talk about with people. That year was a pretty monster year for movies in general—”Inception” and all of the other big films in 2010 made me realize that I not only wanted to be an entertainment journalist, but specifically focus on writing and reporting about film. Finally, I will never forget that 2010 was the year that my San Francisco Giants became World Series Champions for the first time!

Are you supposed to remember New Year’s Eve after all that drinking?! Again, I’d have to go with ringing in 2010. Since I turned 21 in 2009, it was the first time I was able to go to a club and celebrate. I spent the drive home waving around the big blue foam Vulcan finger that my best friend gave me as a belated Christmas gift outside the window and screaming ‘Live Long and Prosper!’ to people. Then we went back to the BFF’s place for chocolate martinis and watched and quoted The Hangover for about the ten-millionth time.

However, ringing in the year 2000 (I was 11!) was pretty epic too, because when would we live to see another millennial celebration? There was also all that Y2K hysteria going on—instead of that actually happening, I got to watch about 20 drunk adults surrounded in balloons and dancing to loud urban music at my uncle and aunt’s house, and also got to set off firecrackers and see fireworks outside with the other kids.

I don’t do resolutions because either a) I can never keep them or b) circumstances make them impossible for them to realistically pan out! My New Year’s hope for 2013, however, is to save up enough money to really splurge on something useful, like a car, a new computer, or grad school.


Andrew Rogers:

All but one of my New Years’ have been spent with my family. It’s not because I’m a mama’s boy, or because I don’t have offers from my friends. It’s just how it’s worked out and it’s often what I want to do. I don’t see New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day as a time to do crazy things. I see it as a time to do the things you do throughout the year. The first and last days of the year should reflect what you want to do for the rest of the year. So I relax, I spend time with family, I read or have a nap if I want to. But what I’ve noticed about my family New Year’s Eve is that the definition of “family” has changed over the years. At the turn of the new millennium, I spent New Year’s at my Uncle’s restaurant in Vermont. He and my aunt separated a couple years later, but I now live in Halifax with her and her new husband during the school year and I still have many fond memories of him and his restaurant. Just last year, I spent New Years with my family as well as my best friend and my boyfriend for the first time and that was surreal. I never imagined that all of us would be in the same room together and happy and that I’d be able to kiss him at midnight.

And I think that’s what I love about my family New Year’s. It isn’t always the same people, but that’s a reflection of how I’ve changed as the years pass. I’m surrounded by the people whose company I value most rather than a room full of strangers. Sure, it may be slightly anti-climactic for some but, like I said, it’s just another day of the year for me. Sure, it signifies fresh starts and new beginnings, but those can happen any day of the year if you want them too. A new semester or a bit of good advice can have the same effect so what New Year’s really is about for me is the value of family.

As for resolutions, I think just to keep my head in the game at school and hopefully get a job at a law firm!


Stephanie Mau:

Time Of His Life: David Cook winning American Idol back in 2008. Image Credit: American Idol and FOX Broadcasting Inc.

My favorite year was probably 2008 – I was still in ninth grade, and the most important thing in my life was who was going to win American Idol that year. (For the record, it was David Cook. Remember him?)

One particular New Year’s Eve memory I have is from a couple years ago, when my friend hosted a party at her house. One thing you should know about me (and in extension, most of my friends), is that we’re not party people. Long story short, that party basically consisted of my friend’s brother trying to drag us all out onto the dance floor as we hid in a different room, playing Super Mario Brothers on the GameCube.

My New Year’s resolution for 2013 is to start working out more often! Cliché, I know, but after lounging around my house reading textbooks and eating brownies all month, a bit of jogging is definitely called for!


Hogmanay celebrations in Edinburgh, Scotland. Image Credit: Getty Images/Helena Smith

It’s difficult to decide on a favorite New Year’s (or ‘Hogmanay‘ as we say here in Scotland). I guess I’d have to choose between the Millennium (spent at home with family) or 2010 (spent at the Edinburgh street party with some of my best mates).

One thing that both have in common…swimming.

That’s right.

If you want to Hogmanay like a Bryce, here’s how you do it:

  1. Open your front door onto the street
  2. Lay down on the ground
  3. Start to swim (choice of stroke, optional)

No one really remembers how it started. No one really remembers why. But walk past my house on New Years, and that’s what you’ll find.

For 2013, I’m going to vow to be the best husband I can be.

Have a great year folks. Lang may yer lum reek!


Tania Hussain:

Tania on the steps of the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument in Indianapolis August, 2012.

With the idea that everything will be all right in the end and that if it’s not all right, then it’s not yet the end, I would have to say 2012 was a memorable year. For those who know me personally, they’ll know that the year started off very bumpy. I had my heart break in several ways through situations I couldn’t imagine. It was like a ripple effect of bad things: I lost my grandmother in March from a debilitating stroke that paralyzed her on New Year’s Eve 2011; there was a heartbreaking disconnect between my best friend and I that mentally led us down separate paths; my career seemed like it was at a standstill, and it was then that I soon found myself at a crossroads wondering where to go next. I don’t know what it was, but in June I started to work off the love I felt from my friends and family and worked hard at building The Hudsucker. It was then that things felt like they were really turning around. I won a dream trip to Indianapolis this past summer and in some ways that trip showed me life gets better when you really hope and wish for things you want and most importantly, work hard. It’s the Universe’s way of rewarding you, I would think; if you work hard for things, good things come to you. For years I had wanted to visit the city and at one point in my life, was extremely close to attending Indiana University in pursuit of journalism and writing. However life and sacrifices got in the way and I never got to fulfill that dream. Winning that trip made me feel like I was on cloud nine and I’ll always be thankful to the tourism board of the city. They showed me so much love and I felt like more than a visitor to them. I felt like a friend—like, family. Everywhere I turned to was home and I left a big part of my heart there. I’ll always look back fondly at 2012 and remember through a life lesson that with the bad comes a bright light of good; and if you help yourself, that bright light of good can dig you out of a hard place.

One of my favorite New Year’s Eve memories would have to be from 2009. That year was also a hard one, but things started to take a turn during the summer. Through coincidence, kismet, serendipity—whatever you call it, I met someone who is truly one of a kind. Going through similar circumstances of his own, he brought such light and happiness into my life and in some ways became my true hero. He still is to this day and I love him. On the evening of New Year’s Eve, I was feeling a little down that he and I were not able to hang out since we had 800 miles between us, but in the age of social networking and smartphones, if there’s a will, there’s a way. I sat on my couch that night watching “The Thin Man” movie marathon on TCM when he suddenly messaged me. For personal reasons, the timing of that message just seemed special, especially since at that moment they were playing “After The Thin Man” starring someone that connected the both of us that very summer. We ended up speaking briefly on IM, then transitioning to the telephone well into the wee hours of morning, hitting almost seven hours. That was a special New Year’s for me because I never spent an evening with anyone outside my family or even spoke that long to anyone in a single evening. As cheesy as it sounds, it was the first time I felt my heart flutter as much as it did, and it was the first time I ever felt such comfort, contentment, and fulfillment towards someone so dearly. He may or may not remember but so much of my heart opened up for him from that night onward, and it still is to this day. It was a good night for me and definitely a memory I’m always going to cherish no matter what.

I’d like to be able to make a resolution and stick to it, so I’m going to say I’m going to look out for my health and try to travel more! I love traveling, exploring the world, and meeting people and making friends, while eating amazing food from all over. Traveling brings out the best in creativity and since it’s known that the world is a book, traveling is essential to fully understanding the world around us. We can’t just read one page and say we understand everything there is to know, you know?


Stephen King:

My favorite new year was the turn of the millennium. There was so much hype about the Y2K bug and all the crazy end of the world talk, and I just thought that was pretty awesome.

I remember at the turn of the millennium my family from America was visiting, which was always a special occasion, and we got to spend some time together. We filled that particular time by playing table football tournaments. The great part was that everyone got involved, and we even had a World Cup! Add the super crazy weather that destroyed my garden, and completing Zelda: Ocarina of time to the mix and you have yourself a really memorable new year’s!

My new year’s resolution is to be more attentive to my wife. We both work really hard and I am going to try my hardest to make the time we have together count.


Katherine Hernandez:

Ashleigh and Katherine New Year’s 2009/2010

I’ve had a lot of good years, but 2009 holds a special place in my heart. I began the year as a junior at the University of Southern California, and I had wonderful roommates who I’m still friends with to this day. I spent that summer living in Los Angeles and exploring the city, going to concerts, and even auditioning for American Idol with one of my best friends (and fellow Hudsucker writer) Ashleigh. In the fall of 2009, I began my senior year of college rooming with two of my best friends and in September my brother got married. Overall I had a lot of fun experiences and a lot of good things happened for me personally, which is why 2009 is one of my favorite years.

My favorite New Year’s Eve memory is ringing in 2008 with two of my friends down at the Space Needle in Seattle. They always have a big fireworks show and seeing it in person is a really fun experience. Afterwards we went to Beth’s Cafe, another Seattle landmark, and ate breakfast and mingled with the crowd there. It was kind of my first “adult” New Year’s Eve, and it was definitely one of my favorites.

This year I have two New Year’s Resolutions. My first is to start eating better because I’ve become very lazy with my eating habits this past year. My other resolution is to reconnect with friends who I haven’t spoken to in awhile because there is no excuse for me to rarely talk to people whom I care about.


From our launch during the summer to now, The Hudsucker has enjoyed a wonderful 2012! We wouldn’t be here without any of you, so we wish you and all our readers and friends, a very Happy New Year and an outstanding 2013! Here’s to a fabulous new year full of cheer, with a promise of great continuous writing from our staff!

New Year’s is the time to bid farewell to the old and welcome the coming year. It’s a the time to forget and get past memories that are no longer useful or worth pondering upon. Let us forget and forgive as we head into a new year! Wishing you a year of health wealth, happiness luck warmth and loads of love of your dear ones. We hope the New Year showers you with all that is beautiful!

We’ll see you in 2013!

Happy New Year!

 

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