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Remember The Keymaster

No, not Rick Moranis from Ghost Busters, but rather Lloyd Dobler, as played by John Cusack in Say Anything.

At the mention of Say Anything, women often exclaim, “Oh! Remember that great scene where John Cusack holds the boom box over his head outside Ione Skye’s room?” Um, yes, everyone remembers that scene. It’s the most famous scene in the movie. Also, it’s on the poster.

For what it’s worth, the boom box thing didn’t work with Redhook’s last two ex-girlfriends. But that’s not what we’re talking about. We’re talking about a less famous, more heroic part of the movie. We’re talking about the Keymaster.

As Keymaster, Lloyd/Cusack was responsible for safeguarding the car keys of all the drivers at the graduation party and ensuring that no one would drive home drunk. In doing so, he helped save the lives of his classmates, protected the good people of Seattle, and established himself as a responsible dude in front of the girl he was wooing.

The point is, if you’re going out this New Year’s Eve, you need some sort of Keymaster. You can be a designated driver yourself, you can appoint one of your friends, or you can call a cab. If you don’t live in a city like New York, Boston, Chicago or San Francisco, where cabs are ubiquitous, check out this link showing taxi companies for most cities in America.

There is one other option. Maybe the best one of all. You can load your fridge with cool Redhook Ales, invite some friends over and stay out of the amateur night fray.

Regardless of what you do, have fun, drink responsibly and get home safely. Redhook wishes you the best of luck in 2010.

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