NEW YORK – New Year’s Eve is one of the most exciting dates on our calendar year for about seven billion people. It is the week after Christmas, so it is family at home for some or a night to go out and party for others. There is nothing wrong with either of those choices and I have done both. I want to wish you all a very Happy New Year’s Eve! I hope you are able to be with friends or family and if not, that’s ok too. There are so many people walking around in every direction. The city is lit like a festive wonderland and smiles are everywhere. Watch the ball drop on TV, if you can’t be there.
There is simply no better place in the world to be on New Year’s Eve, then New York City. It is the pinnacle celebration of planet earth.
I have been to Times Square for New Year’s Eve three times in my life. Three times I’ve watched that ball drop into a sea of party people and by 1:00 AM EST, the only people left on the street are sanitation workers cleaning up the confetti. It’s a strange sight if you have never experienced it before. You go from being surrounded by a million screaming people, celebrating the biggest block party on the face of the planet to seeing dozens of sanitation workers in less then an hour. If you can recall that, then you were there. Knowing what to expect, the second time I went to see the ball drop, I immediately hit a bar within seconds of the ball dropping. Have you ever seen a place get instantly packed? It’s like a rain delay at a baseball stadium. Boom, heres 500 people shoulder to shoulder looking for a drink. It is quite a sight.
Because I have moved around so much, many of my friends would ask me which time zone I celebrate New Year’s Eve from. My reply was New York City because I was born there. I believe that your inner life clock is predicated on the place where you were born and where your first heartbeat occurred. That is the time zone to your life clock. So, if anyone ever asks you that same question, you will now know how to answer it.
I hope everyone enjoys themselves tonight and drinks responsibly. Remember, there are a lot of kids out there trying to have a good time. Take a cab! At midnight, it’s Goodbye 2011 and Hello 2012. Be Safe!
The Giants will be at home when they play the Cowboys on New Year’s Day at 1:00 PM EST. I predict a Giants win 31-21.
RD – nygreporter.com – Happy New Year’s Eve!
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