This New Year's Eve celebration was my first while living on the eastern seaboard. Naturally, when I imagined how I would ring in the new year the "east coast" way... I imagined big. I saw myself shivering in the cold on the streets of Times Square, shoulder to shoulder with thousands of my fellow party-goers, over-sized glittery 2012 glasses on my face and an obnoxiously loud kazoo in my mouth. Not exactly a dream scenario, but something that I've never done before and would probably be worth experiencing once, right? Well... after much debate, it was decided that no, it in fact was NOT something I needed to experience once. These die-hard New Year's Eve fans huddle in Times Square for a minimum of 7 hours without food, water, or a bathroom. It is usually freezing and unless you are one of the lucky few, you better bring some binoculars for the actual ball drop. In fact, when I looked up "How to Celebrate New Years in Times Square" there were TONS of articles with advice, warnings, and step-by-step instructions. I was not prepared.
I'm still not convinced that I'll never try it. I can see myself, someday, standing amidst the crowd in New York on December 31st thinking back on the montage of training it took for me to feel ready to face the Times Square New Year's Eve challenge. Maybe they'll make a movie about me.
Until then, I will be satisfied to turn on the tube, sit on the couch in my pajamas and toast to the New Year with a glass of champagne... never losing sight of my eventual goal; those glittery glasses are still in my future. After all, 2013 is a year away... and training montages take far less time than that.
Happy New Year Everyone!
P.S. Feel like preparing yourself for a NYC 2013 bash? You can start here: Times Square New Year's Eve How-To List