This year I planned on doing the same thing I do whenever I am single...go to a matinee, order Chinese food, work on a puzzle and go to bed around 10ish...unless I am on a puzzle role. But my roommate's cousin was in town and we invited another friend over so we decided to make a lasagna, drink wine and play board games. I love board games! A nice intimate gathering...I am good in small groups and really enjoyed myself.
Last year I spent new years on mountain time when I was with Mountain Man...but we had a movie on and missed the ball dropping at midnight. This year, I was able to witness a horrible, lame ball dropping from mountain time.
What happens is you have on the local/national station. Starting about 8 or so, local time, they start airing live from New York City. We watch the shows, music, commentating and at around 9:30 local time (I wasn't paying too much attention since we were playing games) they cut out for the news. We don't see the ball drop in NY. Around 10:30 local time, we get back the NY events where they are summarizing the evening and play more songs. And worse, around 11:30 local time, they play back the hour we were missing from that time in NY. Our ball dropping was from TWO hours ago in New York City, pre-recorded, and we hear "New York, New York" at the stroke of midnight. Seems very inappropriate.
I thought that the local/national station would have showed us the NY ball dropping at 10, then some city in Central Time at 11, and then cut out to show us a local event at our midnight. A chain of new years, if you will. I know Denver did a firework display...why not broadcast that? Do other big cities not celebrate New Years with a ball dropping? And if not...why does everyone bother to stay up if they are just staying up to watch the ball drop? I don't know...call me crazy, but I think we can do better.