Wednesday, January 04, 2012

New Year's Eve

As someone who is obsessed with time and with timing things, you'd think I would love New Year's Eve. Sure, it's fun to see my watch change over from 12-31 23:59:59 to 1-01 0:00:00, but I think the days of staying up late enough to see that are over. The thrill and suspense are gone. The sleep we would otherwise be missing is more valuable (especially now).

And, besides, we know what happens at midnight. It's always the same. When you think of it that way, it'd make more sense to stay up late to watch the end of a late sporting event in which I don't know what's going to happen, and I haven't been doing that so much lately, either.

So what do people do on New Year's Eve? They either...
- ...go party! If we were invited to a party or something (especially if it celebrated every stroke of midnight around the world), we'd consider going. But the timing of a New Year's Eve party isn't really convenient for us anymore. Midnight is awfully late. We would probably have to leave around the time Brazil gets to midnight.
- ...stay home and watch one of the networks' New Year's Eve shows. Popular musical acts and celebrity appearances aren't our thing, and that's pretty much what these shows boil down to, so...yeah.

By the way, I made an update to this. Samoa (but not American Samoa) skipped a day and moved to the other side of the International Date Line. Instead of being one of the last places in the world to experience each New Year, Samoa is now one of the first. In fact, they now join the Line Islands of Kiribati as the first places in the world that experience the New Year. Hey, that's cheating!

I think people generally have the idea that staying up until midnight is simply "what everyone does", or at least what all the cool people do, on New Year's Eve. Well...we're not cool, so I can't speak on behalf of them, but I can speak on behalf of the many who were in bed by 10 PM last Saturday night. We don't feel like we missed much.

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