What are you doing New Year’s Eve?

When the bells all ring and the horns all blow
And the couples we know are fondly kissing
Will I be with you or will I be among the missing?

Maybe it’s much too early in the game
Ah, but I thought I’d ask you just the same
What are you doing New Year’s, New Year’s eve?

Jessie and Jason’s answer to Loewe’s 1940s lyrical question was that they would be home, building a tiki bar. I mean, what could be more romantic and stress-free on the eve of a new year in the midst of a pandemic than sawing bamboo, hanging lauhala, wielding a glue gun, avoiding bodily harm from a power stapler, and having to re-do half of your work because your spouse thinks it didn’t come out just right? Might there have been a lover’s spat that fateful night?

Read the rest of the story in Polynesiacs: Tiki at Home, page 149.

Likelike Lounge, Charlotte, North Carolina

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