Tomorrow is the ‘big day’ all around the world (at different times, obviously), but woo hoo it’s New Years Eve - the night of massive parties, celebration, lots of drinking and
dancing drinking into the early morning.
Unless you are in America, that is…
One thing I have noticed is that American’s don’t really know how to party. Now, I’ve never been to New York on New Years Eve, so it might be different on the east coast, but here in California it’s a bit of a dud. In the last 20 years, I’ve been to a few New Years’ parties, but what really surprises me is that as soon as midnight strikes people generally say “Happy New Year” and then GO HOME!! Yes, really, midnight is not the start of the party like it is in England. It’s most definitely the end. And that is if most people haven’t gone home well before midnight “to avoid the traffic and all the crazy drunk drivers.” Party poopers!
But there are fireworks if you can get them (although illegal in most parts of California, people still manage to find them). Then there are the guns.... people with guns who like to shoot into the air! You don't really want to be outside at the stroke of midnight for fear of being hit by a bullet falling from the sky.
As we know, in England the whole of the country listens to Big Ben chime midnight to bring in the new year, but at least the whole country is in the same time zone. What amazes me about living on the west coast is that Los Angeles does not have it’s own countdown clock. Just before midnight the telly is turned on so everyone can watch the countdown and the ‘ball drop' in New York - which was recorded Three Hours earlier! I assume this is repeated a few times across the country in all the different time zones! Just weird… and nobody cares!
|It's a ball on a stick!|
These are only my observations - perhaps the party in Vegas is a night long event, but the average Californian party in someone's house is not.
But I must admit, the best bit of living in California is that I get two New Years celebrations. If I can manage to get to an English pub or bar as everyone gets to celebrate (and drink, of course) at 4:00 p.m. Because obviously, we have to celebrate with home ... Absolutely brilliant!
So to everyone who reads the blog I would like to say HAPPY NEW YEAR wherever you are and however you celebrate.
|HAPPY NEW YEAR!|