After driving over to Scarsdale, then across town on the Beltway, we finally made contact. Cars were parked miles away. We made our purchase (a measley $5-$10) and we were off. Stoli thought it was a pretty crappy trip since he never even got out of the car.
Then we rushed home to shower and get ready for dinner. We were met with 4 others trying to do the same... Tommy & Cathy, et al. Except they were due to leave the house about an hour before us. So we yielded. We started with dinner on the Kemah Boardwalk with my parents. Although good, it wasn't anything spectacular. We've had better meals on the boardwalk.
After dinner, it was probably close to 10PM so we headed over to Bakkhus. There, Beth greeted us with party hats, beads and noise makers. What a great planner! Also present were Beth's family from Mississippi. Apparently, my family had already met them in FL when Adam graduated from OTS. So everyone made their rounds, "hello, good to see you again, how are you, etc, etc." No one seemed to remember that Mark and I had not been able to make it out there and so we didn't know anyone. No matter, within minutes people were hugging me like I was a long lost friend. I immediately realized what was going on. They were all confusing me for Cathy. This happened ALL night long. With only a few people willing to admit that they had made the mistake. Cathy couldn't stop laughing when they showed up about an hour later. The best was when I ran off to the bathroom after the ball dropped. Adam put his arm around Cathy's shoulder and said, "Hey, take a picture. This will be my first picture with Mary." Apparently he was dead serious. Mark was dying laughing. In their defense, I saw the pictures from NYE. We did look an awful lot alike.