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The BeanScene: Resolve to glitz out for NYE 2011!

Up Front

Yes, I know. New Year’s resolutions are about as cliché as the New Year’s kiss at midnight.

Cliché or not, I like the tradition and sweetness of it all. Even if they typically fail or fall short of their original glory, I think it’s great that people take a look at their lives every year and resolve in some way to be better.

First off, there are the typical external resolutions: I resolve to not be a heifer in the New Year and consume vast quantities of refined sugar and empty carbs with reckless abandon; I resolve to work out three times a week / five times a week / more than I already do now; I resolve to be "gay skinny," because as everyone knows, that is far, far thinner than Joe the Plumber's form of skinny.

Then there are the internal resolutions: I resolve to be kinder to myself and cut myself some slack; I resolve to treat myself with respect as the kind, intelligent, and beautiful person that I am; I resolve to be a better steward to the world in which I live and treat the earth with the care it so desperately needs and deserves.

Personally, after giving this some thought, I think my resolution will be broader than all of that.

I'm going to strive to live by the Three Hs (yeah, I just coined that, so what?): Happiness, Humanity, and Health.

I'm generally a happy person naturally, so when I start getting grouchy, I know something is up. And usually, it stems from the fact I've either started treating my body badly or gone belly up on the health facet, or I've been disregarding some relationships on the humanity side of things.

Yeah, maybe it's one heck of a hippie triangle ideology, but it's what I just came up with and I'm going to see how it works out for me in 2012.

More than anything else, I think the reason we have New Year’s Day as a holiday in the first place, is to give ourselves a chance to regroup and remember who we are as individuals, on the off chance that perhaps some of us strayed from that perspective in the past year.

That being said, I wish you nothing but success and joy in the New Year. I hope all of you ring in the New Year with kisses, giant bear hugs, and ridiculously hard high fives. Here’s to getting more and more awesome with each and every year!

The Weekly To-Do

While this weekend is all about Saturday night, I was able to find a couple of other interesting events to get you primed and ready for New Year’s Eve.

On Friday night, check out 30th on 30th. While the only decent link to this that I could find is a blog about last month’s event, this is a monthly recurring event where restaurants on and near 30th Street put out great deals on their food. Sounds like a good way to carb-load before you party it up on Saturday night!

Friday night also marks the triumphant return of one of my favorite local bands, Get Back Loretta. They don’t play too often anymore, so whenever old fans and locals alike hear about a show, they drop everything! Tonight, Get Back Loretta is playing at The Casbah. Grab tickets quickly as I am fairly certain this will be a sellout.

Ok, now for the fun you’ve all been waiting for, Saturday: Time to talk about the three best lesbian-centered New Year’s Eve parties!

First, there’s the rad NYE party from the lovely ladies of Femme Fatale at Numbers. Alongside the usual ball drop, countdown and champagne toast, they’re throwing a Best Kiss Contest and the winner gets free money to get some ink work at Black Anvil Tattoo!

Another option is the NYE Party being held at Lei Lounge by 607 Productions. Tickets are only $20 and will allow you to witness Lei Lounge’s transformation into a rockin’ nightclub, with performances by the gorgeous Lipstik Inc. Girls.

Yet a third option for all y’all is SoulKiss’ awesome Black and White Yacht Party. Dress up in the colors of the evening and celebrate with fireworks, champagne and 360 views of San Diego’s harbor as you cruise the bay in style!

Then on Sunday, I suggest we all take a hot shower and nurse our hangovers. Happy New Year’s, everybody!

The Venue Menu

Peruse this list at your leisure—These are the hottest lesbian nights around town.

Thursdays - Repent at Rich’s Nightclub.

Fridays – Soul Kiss at The Flame.

Saturdays – Femme Fatale at Numbers.

Sundays – Ladies Night at Bourbon Street.

All Day, Every Day – Check out the action at Gossip Grill.

Sandy is a staff writer and lesbian social columnist for SDGLN. She holds a BA in English from San Diego State University, yet works mainly in the healthcare industry. Sandy previously worked as a staff writer and copy editor for San Diego State's independent and student-lead The Daily Aztec, reviewing concerts and films. She enjoys iced coffee, orangutans, and Balboa Park. But then again, who doesn't? Sandy can be reached at BeanScene92103@gmail.com.