For the Sake of Old Times

Recently I watched the classic, When Harry Met Sally. At the end when Harry, played by Billy Crystal, runs to see Meg Ryan’s Sally at midnight on New Year’s Eve, naturally the background music is “Auld Lang Syne,” and just as naturally Harry launches into humorous speculation about the meaning of the lyrics.

“For the sake of old times” is basically the translation of  the words “For Auld Lang Syne” that appear in Robert Burns‘s poem written in 1788 and set to music (although earlier versions of the ballad exist). The concept of the song is: two friends have shared many times together, been separated by life’s circumstances, meet again, and “for the sake of old times” are going to have a drink together. (By the way, today’s Word of the Day is “Compotation: the act of drinking or tippling together,” if you’d like to throw that one out there later.)

Here’s wishing you a safe and happy New Year’s Eve, whether you indulge in non-alcoholic or adult beverages, whether you spend it with friends new or old, or family, or home alone (not a bad thing, by the way). Preferably you’ll luck out with a generous friend: the last verse of the song says “you’ll pay for your ale and I’ll pay for mine.”

I can’t help wondering what Billy Crystal would have done with that line…

Happy New Year and cheers!

Champagne Start


About Tricia Pimental

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Tricia Pimental's second memoir, A Movable Marriage, has received 5 Star reviews from both Epic Book Quest and Readers' Favorite. It's available on Amazon in both Kindle ( and print ( versions. She is also the author of two Royal Palm Literary Award Competition-honored books: Rabbit Trail: How a Former Playboy Bunny Found Her Way, and Slippery Slopes. Other work has appeared in International Living Magazine; A Janela, the quarterly magazine of International Women in Portugal; and anthologies compiled by the Florida Writers Association and the National League of American Pen Women. A member of the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and a former Toastmaster, Ms. Pimental resides in Portugal. She can be reached at and on Twitter @Tricialafille.
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5 Responses to For the Sake of Old Times

  1. Lynne Buckie Baker says:

    How lovely!

    A Happy and Blessed New Year to you and Keith, too.

    Love from Lynner

  2. Linda McIntyre says:

    Wishing you the happiest 2013! Looking forward to your adventures!

  3. Ninette Bravo says:

    Like the picture!!!! Very excited about 2013!!!!!! Hope to see you in it 🙂


    “Life isn’t about how to survive the storm, but how to DANCE IN THE RAIN!”   


  4. What a great photograph. What does the key unlock? My “Serene Irene, the Bawdy House Queen,” came home from the hospital just in time to watch the ball drop (at 9:PM our time).

    You and Keith have a wonderful, exciting as usual, New Year

  5. The key unlocks compartment 6 in Carriage H on the Venice Simplon Orient Express.
    So happy about Serene Irene, and the same to you both in 2013 and always.

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