HAPPY NEW YEAR. We broke with tradition this year, staying away from Eet Cafe the Paddock’s sluggish food and service, and gave our business to the lovely Carpe Diem, instead, New Year’s Eve, in downtown Oranjestad, as we congregated in honor of the Renaissance pagara for lunch, drinks and saca fuku. The old year was escorted out with a big bang, and I got to congratulate Zugheila Lindeborg and Paul Gielen as their company did a good job firing the firecrackers and cleaning them up. Carpe Diem stopped serving at 3pm, though their sign specifically said 4pm, and we were expelled into the street in search of a party. We found one at the square at the head of the main street where I love Aruba FM 106.7 had a tremendous set up with DJs and lights.