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Happy New Year 2010!

January 3rd, 2010 · 16 Comments

Katarina and Patrick looking at Times Square.
Hey, we’re really at Times Square on New Year’s Eve!

New Year’s Eve in Times Square is a once in a lifetime experience and now I know why. Anyone would be crazy to do it more than once.

Getting to Times Square at 3:00 in the afternoon was already far too late. Times Square was filling up faster than if there was free champagne on the Champs-Elysées. Katarina, Patrick, Rose, Joey, Holly and myself were in a sprint with tens of thousands of other people from around the world to get inside before we were blocked off by New York’s finest.

Unfortunately there were already thousands and thousands of other people ahead of us trying to do the same thing.

All roads blocked!
Uh, excuse me, but we’re trying to get closer…

As one entire block filled up with people, we were told by the police to run up to the next block before that one closed. Running with everyone holding hands so we wouldn’t get separated from one another was a crazy ordeal all its own.

Each time we ran and arrived at the next opening, we arrived a little too late; it was blocked. Over and over we ran, for seven blocks to be exact.

If you’ve ever been to New York, then you know that blocks in NYC are huge. By the 5th block it was every man for himself. We finally made it inside huffing and puffing. The only good thing — with all that running no one was feeling cold. Not yet in any case.

People trying to get to Times Square.
Yeah, you and everybody else, buddy.

Our next goal was to make our way down toward Times Square, but we were packed in like sardines and everyone else had the same objective in mind. The mood was rather festive as we slowly wormed our way down inch by inch meeting people from Italy, France, Spain, Japan, Russia, and Australia along the way.

People were offering chocolate chip cookies to whoever wanted one. We finally got to 50th street where by sheer luck the police were letting people through and we at last had a perfect view of the ball that would drop at midnight. Even more incredible we had room to move. Now all we had to do was stand there another eight hours…Yes(!) 8 hours(!)… and wait for that ball to drop!

Staying warm in the freezing rain!
Patrick, me and Katarina. Cozy, we are not.

Halfway through the evening it began to rain. I looked at my watch, still four hours to go and I began to question our sanity. Do we really stand here another four hours in the freezing rain? Why not go back to the hotel room, order room service and watch it on the big HD TV? Holly and Katarina, even Patrick, would have gladly left, Joey would have gone with the majority.

I was torn.

We had now spent 5 hours waiting with another 4 to go. Four hours seems like a lifetime when your legs are beginning to hurt and the freezing rain is making everyone feel miserable. But…how often does someone spend New Year’s Eve at Times Square?

Rose all decked out for 2010!
Mom, are you sure you want to do this? Heck, yeah, I’m not moving.

I looked at my sister, Rose; she wasn’t about to budge, not until 2010 had put in its appearance in any case!  She was all decked out with four layers of clothing on, hand warmers in her gloves, toe warmers in her shoes, 2010 glasses on her face, and a 2010 crown that changed colors on top of her rain hood.

A nearby pizzaria was delivering pizzas to the crowds. We put in our order and with several pizza boxes we made a dry place for us to sit.

Time moved at a snail’s pace.

Katarina and Patrick fell asleep. I was glad to be off my feet, but still questioning my sanity. Others began putting down pizza boxes on the ground to wait out the final hours.

Finally with one hour to go, the last 59 minutes went rather fast. Everyone was up on their feet and the party atmosphere began.  People were hooting and hollering, laughing and dancing to keep warm.

We were doing well with all our layers of clothing and our toe warmers and hand warmers making us feel like mini built-in heaters.

Happy New Year!

The count down finally began; 10 – 9 – 8… digital cameras began clicking away… 7 – 6 – 5… camcorders recording the final seconds of 2009… 4 – 3 – 2… people gathered around their loved ones… 1 – Happy New Year!!!

Happy New Year 2010!!!
Well that was fast. The count down, I mean.

Maya Muses: The hours of waiting for a moment in time. Was it worth it? I think the answer depends on who you ask. After watching New Year’s Eve at Times Square with Dick Clark on television year after year when I was a child, it was somewhat surreal. Would I do it again? Mostly likely, not.

Time to go home.
That’s all folks. Time to go home.

For me, it was a special moment in time that I won’t ever forget and probably will never repeat again. That in itself made the wait all worthwhile. 

Photo Credits:  Personal Photos

Tags: Special Moments

16 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Deena // Jan 3, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    Happy New Year, Lynn! I don’t think I would have had the stamina to wait all that time, but it’s something I’ve always dreamed of doing.

  • 2 Lynn // Jan 3, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    Hi Deena, Happy New Year! I don’t think I could have lasted if we hadn’t been able to sit down for a few hours and it probably wouldn’t have been so bad if it wasn’t for the freezing rain.

  • 3 meredith aka skylar // Jan 3, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    I`d like to experience it once in my life…

    Bonne Année 2010!

  • 4 Mia // Jan 3, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Well..As You said once in a life-time experience!
    I think I pass this one!
    I hope the pizzas were good!Lol…

    2010 will be a very Interesting Year..For All of Us..lots of new beginnings!
    See You in Paris… or somewhere..

  • 5 Patrick // Jan 3, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    I am so happy 2009 is behind us. It has been an interesting year to say the least.
    When we decided to spend the last hours of the year in Times Square my friend Greg, a New Yorker , told me “Pat don’t do it, it’s a bad idea”
    I believed him and till the last hours I tried (my way) to discourage everybody to do it. Well, I fell miserably. So I followed the crowd not wanting to stay alone by myself on new year’s eve.
    We were lucky to find a spot were we could sit and have a pizza. By the way Mia the first slice was warm and delicious the second very cold and felt greasy.
    Like Lynn said that was really a once life time experience and I am happy I did it but next year I will plan new’s year eve and believe me it’s going to be much warmer around a table full of French delicacies.
    Happy New year to all of you and thank you for your support on Lynn’s blog

  • 6 Jon // Jan 3, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    I was in Times Square in ’91, it was hard like you said and there were times I asked myself “what are you doing here?” but now I’m glad I did it. Happy 2010!

  • 7 Lynn // Jan 3, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Bonne Année, Meredith, et tous mes Meilleurs Voeux pour 2010!

  • 8 Lynn // Jan 3, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    I’m looking forward to seeing you in 2010 Mia….in Paris, Madrid, Sweden, or elsewhere!!!! Time will tell!

  • 9 Lynn // Jan 3, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    Patrick, your New Year’s Eve sounds like a much better plan!!!

  • 10 Lynn // Jan 3, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Jon, I think it’s human nature for us to forget the bad times and just remember the good…..I’m now glad I did it too! LOL! Happy New Year!

  • 11 Harriet // Jan 3, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    Ahhh, the best way to experience New Year’s Eve at Times Square in NY — vicariously through you! Enjoyed the post.

    And I’ll especially look forward to next year’s New Year’s Eve post!!!!

    FYI: It’s really, really cold down here in Charleston!!!! We could use some of those hand warmers…..

  • 12 Lynn // Jan 4, 2010 at 3:35 am

    Happy New Year, Harriet, to you and to Richard. I’m surprised it’s cold down there! By the way, those hand warmers really do work!

  • 13 Cid // Jan 4, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    I went in ’02. The worst part was finding a restroom! LOL!

    All the best in 2010!

  • 14 Lynn // Jan 4, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Happy 2010, Cid! I was going to mention the problems during those 8 hours finding a WC, but I’d rather forget that part of the experience! Lol.

  • 15 Michelle // Jan 17, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Wow, I don’t know that I’d have stuck it out. But then again, if it was to be a once in lifetime opportunity, who knows?

    Happy New Year to you Lynn. I hope you’ll be settled again in your beloved Paris.

    I have been crazy-busy but hope to resume blogging before too long. Not sure if I will pick up where I left off, or begin again.

  • 16 Lynn // Jan 18, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    Happy New Year to you as well, Michelle! Actually, after New York, we were in Las Vegas and now we’re in San Francisco! Rather than returning to Paris, we’re getting further away! Oh well, Patrick and I are letting life take us where it wants and we’re just following destiny wherever it leads. So far, it’s been great and we hope to be back in Paris in the Spring!

    I was wondering if you’ve been blogging…please keep in touch and all the best for 2010!

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