This post is for the men who read the field's blog (especially you single ones). I am going to play dear Abby for just a minute and hip you to some things that you should know during this time of year.
OK, here is the deal; if you are in a relationship with a female, or if you are married to someone you want to stay married to, you might want to consider the following: Make sure that you are with your significant other when that clock strikes 12:01 AM this New Year. Not 12:05, not 12:10, but 12:01 AM. There is no time of year more important to a woman in terms of having you there with her than New Years Eve, and no time on the clock will be as important as 12:01 AM on January 1st. Not Valentines Day, not Christmas, not even her own birthday. New Years Eve; get it? Christmas is for family, so she won't mind you being away from her with your family, because more than likely she wants to be with hers as well. Valentines? Forget about it, you can always send her flowers. And believe it or not, birthdays are not going to be such a big deal to your significant other either. Birthdays remind her that she is getting older, and after thirty that's not a good thing for any of us.
All you "players" (you know who you are) out there please pay attention, because the field is trying to save you some grief. Back in the day when the field was still single, he lived in a central time zone area, and had a significant other on the East Coast. This was perfect, because the field could call his East Coast par amour at 11:01 central time, spend about a half an hour on the phone and then hook up with his central time zone love interest in time for 12:01 AM her time. The next year my long distance East Coast love interest insisted that we spend New Years Eve together or else. Of course the field couldn't' deliver, and, well, the rest as they say is history. Now fellows I would not recommend you trying this at home. Honesty is always the best policy. And just in case Mrs. Field is reading this post, as Bernie Mac says; this stuff happened "a long long time ago". But I tell this story to make a point. You players out there like to play games during the holiday seasons, but this time of year is different. This time of year timing is important, because this holiday is all about time. The passing of it, and the welcoming of the future and what it has to offer.
I can't explain why New Years Eve is so important to a woman, but believe me, it is. Maybe it's what it represents. The start of something new, and the celebration of things to come. Women are far more optimistic than men, and I think that might have something to do with it. We think the new year will bring more of the same, while the women among us see great possibilities and potential. This might be why they want us there to share this particular moment with them, because of what it represents.
So fellows, if you care about the one you are with, be there for New Years Eve. If you don't care about the one you are with, there is an easy way to end it. Just find yourself somewhere else when that clock strikes 12:01, and I guarantee you that it will be your last New Years Eve together.
Now go on and make your reservations.