I was 23 and married before I ever had a cute date for New Year's Eve. Every year during my prime time as good dating material, New Year's Eve was a consistent disappointment. Today we were hiking down to the beach when two of my nieces began discussing their NYE plans and the unfortunate flashbacks of the lackluster nights of my past, spent watching everyone else lock lips at the stroke of midnight while I spit into a kazoo wearing a party hat, came flooding back to me. Before I knew it I made this offer to the niece who's only ever kissed one other, "Hey, I'll give you fifty bucks if you kiss someone tonight." Her wide eyes questioned my sincerity. "Totally serious," I confirmed.
Word began to spread about my proposition and within a few more minutes my sister-in-law threw in another $20. Then another brother-in-law gained enthusiasm and offered another $20. We attended a family party that night, the girls stopped by before continuing on to the dance, and my sister-in-law's brother jumped on board for another $40.
She's 5'11", blond, gorgeous, and quite shy. But with $130 on the line she was highly motivated. She called this morning to inform me that "Operation: Rockin' New Year's Eve" had been successful. Apparently she had her eye on a few guys she had flirted with through the evening, but with 30 seconds to go on the clock they were nowhere in sight. So she grabbed the nearest gentleman and said, "Excuse me, could you do me a favor? I need someone to kiss at midnight." Can you imagine if you were that guy? He was more than happy to oblige, and with about ten other friends looking on as witnesses, they applauded at the moment of conquest.
My brother-in-law was so impressed that he threw in an extra twenty dollars.
In the end she walked away with $150.
Best New Year's Eve ever.