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Celebrating birthday & New Year

New Years Eve is a special time for Kerri Andrada

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Celebrating birthday & New Year

Chuck’s Place bartender Kerri Andrada pours a glass of Coors Light – her beverage of choice on New Years Eve.

JASON CAMPBELL/The Bulletin


POSTED December 24, 2011 2:11 a.m.

The Chuck’s Place bartender isn’t somebody that’s sentimental about the past year, and she doesn’t make resolutions – declaring only her hope to have a better year than the last. And she doesn’t have plans for how she’s going to ring 2012 yet – claiming that she’s going to keep her options open and see what happens.

But with a birthday on January 1, Andrada makes sure to that whatever she does decide do is something that she’s going to enjoy – opting at times for elaborate trips to places with packed streets and new people to meet and celebrate with.

“One year we went to Las Vegas and got there with two hours left before midnight – the strip was absolutely packed. It was crazy to see that,” Andrada said. “Sometimes you have to go somewhere different rather than just spending all of your time in a town that you’re used to being in. It’s a lot of fun.”

Regardless of where she’s at, however, her friends and family always check in to wish her both good tidings and a happy birthday – a combination that she has grown to love.

“It’s actually kind of funny to see – my phone just starts blowing up at midnight,” she said. “It’s crazy but it’s great at the same time. It’s something that I look forward to – it’s a big party that brings everybody together. Everybody dresses up and everybody just seems a little bit happier that night.

“It’s more than just another night.”

And she keeps it traditional when the ball starts to drop.

While the drink that she sticks with is Coors Light, a champagne toast, she said, is the only way to ring in the New Year.

Some of her customers – like fellow bartender Janna Miller – agreed.

“You’ve gotta go with champagne. That’s just tradition,” she said. “It’s what you drink when the night gets to the point everybody has been waiting for. Everybody is just happier that night – they’re not down like they are when Christmas starts to come. Regardless of how things are, everybody is in a good mood, and that makes the night.”

With a night off at her disposal, Andrada is pretty sure that she’ll find something that’ll be perfect for both a New Years and a birthday celebration – weighing her options in the meantime.

Regardless, she said, the night is always a chance for somewhat of a fresh start.

“I’m just waiting to see what the New Year brings,” she said. “I know I’ll be out with friends, and hopefully we’ll be together at the start of a better year. That’s what it’s all about.”



— Jason Campbell

Bulletin reporter

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