I have never been one for big fanfare on New Year’s Eve. If
one goes out, places are super
crowded and super expensive. Restaurants slightly alter
their menus for NYE and then majorly
jack up the prices. And those giant parties with a huge
cover charge? Ugh don’t get me started.
Therefore, over the years, I have found myself doing many
different things on the last day of
the year. Yes, I have watched the ball drop from the comfort
of my couch and I am proud of it.
But I have done many other things which have been pretty
The Ball Drop: Many years ago I was out to dinner with a
bunch of people in midtown and at the last
minute we decided to go to Times Square to watch the ball
drop. It was spontaneous and chill.
Glad I got to experience that before they started the system of cordoned-off people standing in their
little section wearing diapers for 12 hours. However, I also got to
watch the conch shell drop in Key
West. A much smaller event but nicely reminiscent of home.
New Year’s Abroad: Unintentionally, I have celebrated the
holiday away. In addition to Key
West, I have witnessed the New Year blossom in Las Vegas,
Dallas, Reykjavik, Okemo, and
Antarctica. Of those, Antarctica was literally and
figuratively the coolest – and also a bit surreal.
We were considerably medicated with anti-motion sickness
meds which make a person really
drowsy and sporting a drug-induced haze. But on top of that,
the stroke of midnight is in broad
daylight! The ship captain had the shades drawn to enhance
the vibe, but one could easy pop
them up and witness icebergs in the sunshine. But perhaps
the funnest fun fact about that trip
is our ship held the distinction of being the most southern
ship of any ship at midnight. The
captain made sure of it. Pretty wild!
While all of these adventures are fun and unique and I am
glad that I did them, one of my
favorite ways to ring in the new year continues to be
hanging out with a handful of friends, and
watching the ball drop on the TV.
Happy New Year all!