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we knew the majority of the day would be spent waiting around in times square so we planned a very easy morning. it ended much easier than we planned as we basically spent it shopping! being monique and i, we had to hit the huge macy's -- it was like 5 stories! there was also a huge sale going so there were people everywhere.
by the time we were done with macy's and walking around a bit more, we decided to head over to times square just to check out the situation. we should've known what we were up against when we got on the subway and saw a ton, no a fleet, of police down there. literally more police then people waited around for the day's madness to begin. we got off the subway and took our time stopping at coldstone creamery for ice cream, but then freaked out when we got to times square and found it closed off! there were already four blocks of people crammed in waiting!! we ran down the street with our coldstone trying to find the next empty block only to find that gated off as well.
so there we were -- we got a great spot near a railing -- essential if you don't want to feel clausterphobic or like a sardine shoved in a can. we made friends with folks around us and did the mini countdown on the tower with every hour that passed.
when the sponsor folks from discover started handing out the big new years eve hats, folks started to liven up and get excited again. then when the countdown shows began, it turned out cyndi lauper was performing on the stage directly in front of us! we got our big hats and balloons, busted out our sparkle 2004 sunglasses we bought earlier in the day and rocked out to cyndi and clay aiken.
lessons we learned for future times -- 1. bring stuff to do, 2. bring stuff to eat and drink, 3. bring a blanket to cover with and possibly sit on, 4. mcdonalds delivers! 5. getting drunk is probably not the best idea - if you have to pee you're kind of assed out because once you leave your bullpen i highly doubt they're letting you back in. however if you stay in a hotel in times square, you may come and go as you please with your room key. you can party in your room until 11:45 and then head out to watch the ball drop!
finally the real countdown began.
shortly after the crowd began to disperse and it was mad dashes to every restaurant near by.
it was fantastic. i'd completely do it again!