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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Happy New Year!

a little bit about the NYC celebration -- I've never been crazy stupid brave enough to go.

Countdown to euphoria
Monday, December 29th 2008, 10:45 PM
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time to have a ball on New Year's

This is one celebration you can set
your watch by.
The annual New Year's Eve bash in Times Square peaks
with a worldwide television audience of 1 billion counting down the seconds
until 2009 arrives exactly at midnight.
With no room for error, organizers
spend the other 364 days of the year making sure everything runs like clockwork
when New
rings out the old and rings in the new.
"People think I only work
one day a year," said Countdown Entertainment head Jeff Straus. "Actually,
January is my second-busiest month."
Revelers will enjoy a new twist with
their "Auld Lang Syne" this year: A high-tech, supersize ball will drop down
from One Times Square, replacing the previous incarnation.
Live performances
in Times Square were planned by Ludacris, Taylor Swift, Lionel Richie and the Jonas
The bottom line: These are the numbers that add up to another
memorable New Year's celebration.

1: Ton of confetti dropped

40: Tons of trash collected last year

60: Seconds it
takes the New Year's Eve ball to descend

141: The height in feet
of the new mast holding the ball at One Times Square

1907: The
first year of the Times Square ball drop

1,875: Weight in pounds
of the New Year's Eve ball

2,668: Waterford
triangles on the ball

32,256: LEDs (light-emitting
diodes) on the ball, triple the number from last year.

revelers expected.

$24.5 million: Estimated economic boost in and
around Times Square.

If you want to read more about the Waterford ball, click here.


Suzanne said...

A friend is NYPD and he'd always work the Times Square detail each year. This year, he's enjoying vacation at his new home. Six months until retirement.

You couldn't pay me to be there. The stories he'd tell were most interesting!

songbird's crazy world said...

LOL, I am sure. I used to have a friend, who -- when she had money to burn -- would book a room at the Marriot marquis, one with a view of the street, so that she could "be there" at ball drop, but without all the discomfort of hanging in the street for hours on end.

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