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LRDave 12-31-2019 03:17 PM

Who has a quiet NYE planned?
 
We side-stepped a couple of party invitations for a quiet evening at home. I bet we are not alone in making this choice.

Dawg52 12-31-2019 03:22 PM

Plan to go have a pizza and cold one with a few friends early. But that's it. Watch a football game or movie tonight.

spirit 12-31-2019 03:27 PM

About 15 years ago we bought a 1 bedroom timeshare in Banff. We are there every year...sometimes our week falls on Christmas but it is mostly New Years.
We have been here since Sunday and the weather has been beautiful. We bought a nice steak, mushrooms and will make baked potatoes and a tossed salad. Shortbread cookies after dinner and a nice log in the fireplace tonight.

I am so glad we bought this place...we used to do a nice dinner out but Banff is packed this time of year and the restaurants are too overcrowded. We have settled into a nice routine of walks, morning swims, simple meals and good companionship to see the new year in.

We leave for home Thurs and our youngest son and his girlfriend are coming up to enjoy 3 days in the mountains to finish up our week. A great purchase then...although I would not recommend anyone buy a timeshare today.

Wishing all my friends here a happy New Year and great plans for a good retirement.

W2R 12-31-2019 03:28 PM

We are staying safely at home.

I will probably watch the ball drop on Times Square, on my TV. I might be multitasking by playing video games on my portable console.

F plans to be operating his ham radio for at least part of the evening. I imagine that he'll probably walk over here (next door) at around midnight. :)

We don't drink, so that simplifies NYE.

Ronstar 12-31-2019 03:29 PM

Quiet here. In my pajamas now at 3:30. BIL and SIL are coming over and we'll order a pizza.

aja8888 12-31-2019 03:31 PM

Staying home......DW will fall asleep watching football game with me by 9:30 PM. The dog and I will try to run out the year together, but, like last year, we failed about 11:00 PM. However, it's midnight back east by 11:00 PM here so no big deal! :laugh:

razztazz 12-31-2019 03:35 PM

I'm on that list

aaronc879 12-31-2019 03:35 PM

I'm just sitting at home by myself. I don't have TV to watch the festivities so I will probably be in bed by 10:00-ish.

pb4uski 12-31-2019 03:39 PM

Currently at IAD on our way back to Florida after visiting Vermont for a week for the holidays. We had a nice visit but glad to get out of the snow... I snowblowed our yard twice over the last 36 hours and helped DS retrieve his car stuck in the snow 150' from the house at 12:30 am this morning. Enough!

We should be settled back into our condo by 10 pm or so and we'll likely have a snack and a drink before bed. Not sure if we'll stay up late enough to watch the ball drop or not. Whatever.

harley 12-31-2019 03:40 PM

Not so quiet early, watching the grandkids until 8. But after that, TV (not New Years stuff) with DW and the pups. May or may not notice when midnight rolls past.

Aerides 12-31-2019 03:41 PM

Quiet in that it's just the two of us, but noisy because it's out.

The Melting Pot near us does a NYE special menu, with "free flowing" champagne. So we'll be tuck into our curtain-drawn booth doing lobster fondue in about 3 hours.

After we Uber home, then it's PJ's on the couch with a movie until I fall asleep around...oh 10:30 probably!

aaronc879 12-31-2019 03:42 PM

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Originally Posted by pb4uski (Post 2346669)
Currently at IAD on our way back to Florida after visiting Vermont for a week for the holidays. We had a nice visit but glad to get out of the snow... I snowblowed our yard twice over the last 36 hours and helped DS retrieve his car stuck in the snow 150' from the house at 12:30 am this morning. Enough!

We should be settled back into our condo by 10 pm or so and we'll likely have a snack and a drink before bed. Not sure if we'll stay up late enough to watch the ball drop or not. Whatever.

Snowblowed your yard? Why would anyone do that. I have lived in snowcountry for 40 years and never seen that.

Pellice 12-31-2019 03:44 PM

Caught a terrible cold from the plane ride returning after visiting family. Definitely very quiet tonight. But New Year's Day is always a bigger thing with me anyway, and hoping to start it again by birding along the Atlantic tomorrow morning.

madsquopper 12-31-2019 03:44 PM

We were planning on going to First Night but I'm running a 102 degree fever so that's out. Will stay in and catch up on the Country Music documentary.

Alan 12-31-2019 03:46 PM

Walked down to the town centre at 4 to meet up with my BIL where we had a 2 or 3 drinks at a couple of pubs chatting with friends before walking to my sisterís place at 6 for snacks and a natter. I walked back home at 8pm and will be in bed by 11 as usual. Clear skies, no breeze, frost forming, lovely way to end the decade.

harley 12-31-2019 03:47 PM

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Originally Posted by aaronc879 (Post 2346675)
Snowblowed your yard? Why would anyone do that. I have lived in snowcountry for 40 years and never seen that.

Too much time in FL. He forgot how it's supposed to work.

Big_Hitter 12-31-2019 03:50 PM

thinking about drinking a diet cola and taking ol blue to watch the potato drop at the state capitol tonight - woo hoo!

MichaelB 12-31-2019 03:53 PM

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Originally Posted by pb4uski (Post 2346669)
I snowblowed our yard twice over the last 36 hours and helped DS retrieve his car stuck in the snow 150' from the house at 12:30 am this morning. Enough!

Iíve never heard of this. When you snowblow the yard where does the snow go?

Walt34 12-31-2019 03:53 PM

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Originally Posted by aaronc879 (Post 2346675)
Snowblowed your yard? Why would anyone do that. I have lived in snowcountry for 40 years and never seen that.

I've heard that some people do that so their dogs will have a place to run and "go". They don't clear the whole yard though.

We'll just stay home. Had our fill of noisy NYE parties. Might even stay up 'til midnight but not counting on it.

LRDave 12-31-2019 04:00 PM

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Originally Posted by Alan (Post 2346679)
Walked down to the town centre at 4 to meet up with my BIL where we had a 2 or 3 drinks at a couple of pubs chatting with friends before walking to my sisterís place at 6 for snacks and a natter. I walked back home at 8pm and will be in bed by 11 as usual. Clear skies, no breeze, frost forming, lovely way to end the decade.

Is that like a Natty light?:laugh::laugh:

I keed, I keed....... I worked for a British MegaCorp for about 7 years and traveled to Blighty quite a bit (see what I did there?...:laugh:), which expanded my vocabulary (especially slang) quite a bit as well. I occasionally use the slang I learnt at that time in our lives in everyday conversation - DW finds it so clever and funny that it causes her eyes to roll back in her head temporarily.

audreyh1 12-31-2019 04:04 PM

It’s finally just the two of us after a very hectic Xmas week. I don’t stay up until midnight anymore. We’ve a very nice bottle of bubbly chilling in the fridge.

braumeister 12-31-2019 04:08 PM

Still getting over a cold, so just a quiet evening with DW.

A beautiful Wagyu A5 steak for a special treat, with twice-baked potato and some wonderful aged Gouda and Brie for dessert. Washed down with good Belgian beer, Chimay for me and Framboise for her. Doubtful we'll make it to midnight.

timbervest 12-31-2019 04:15 PM

New Years Eve afternoon - best time to go see a movie. Come home, read, watch TV, a little bubbly with DW and zzzzzz

Alan 12-31-2019 04:16 PM

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Originally Posted by LRDave (Post 2346696)
Is that like a Natty light?:laugh::laugh:

I keed, I keed....... I worked for a British MegaCorp for about 7 years and traveled to Blighty quite a bit (see what I did there?...:laugh:), which expanded my vocabulary (especially slang) quite a bit as well. I occasionally use the slang I learnt at that time in our lives in everyday conversation - DW finds it so clever and funny that it causes her eyes to roll back in her head temporarily.

It's amazing how quickly the lingo returns. :)

However, I got talking to an old guy in the pub tonight who had spent a lot of time in the small pit town I grew up in. (About 35 miles north of us here). He couldn't believe I was from there because of my accent these days. I was at full stretch trying to understand his accent and had to get translations from time to time from my BIL, who also grew up there. So embarrassing to have to keep turning to him to ask what was being said :)

6miths 12-31-2019 04:18 PM

Yes a quiet evening. Between hockey games and watching Airport (1970) on the Premium channels which are free over the holidays. Turkey leftovers for dinner!

jpeter1093 12-31-2019 04:21 PM

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Originally Posted by aja8888 (Post 2346657)
Staying home......DW will fall asleep watching football game with me by 9:30 PM. The dog and I will try to run out the year together, but, like last year, we failed about 11:00 PM. However, it's midnight back east by 11:00 PM here so no big deal! :laugh:

What football is on tonight?

REWahoo 12-31-2019 04:22 PM

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Originally Posted by jpeter1093 (Post 2346718)
What football is on tonight?

Texas vs Utah in the Alamo Bowl, ESPN 7:30 Eastern

braumeister 12-31-2019 04:25 PM

Alan, as much as I love the part of the world where you live, I am always utterly defeated when trying to converse with the locals. :facepalm:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScELaXMCVis

scrabbler1 12-31-2019 04:29 PM

My ladyfriend and I don't stay up much later than midnight. Her body clock has her getting up early every morning even if she doesn't go to work (as was the case today), so for her staying up that late is a challenge.


We are going to a 10 AM showing of the latest Star Wars movie tomorrow so we'll have to be done with breakfast by 9 AM (theater is walking distance away). Fandango shows me advanced seating for the ~120-seat theater is low, a good sign, probably due to most people expecting to sleep in much later than us.

LRDave 12-31-2019 04:35 PM

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Originally Posted by braumeister (Post 2346720)
Alan, as much as I love the part of the world where you live, I am always utterly defeated when trying to converse with the locals. :facepalm:

I found Yorkshire and Geordie to be equally confounding.

Midpack 12-31-2019 04:38 PM

We used to go out to NYE parties and enjoyed it, but we quit that at least 10 years ago. Now we go out for a very nice dinner, 6:30p tonight, and we’re home long before the professionals take over the roads. We’re not likely to see midnight either...kiss has to wait until morning.

Alan 12-31-2019 04:43 PM

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Originally Posted by braumeister (Post 2346720)
Alan, as much as I love the part of the world where you live, I am always utterly defeated when trying to converse with the locals. :facepalm:

yep, that is just like the locals speak round here. :)

I am from 35 miles north of here in Sunderland and we speak with a Wearside or Mackem accent. I love taking visitors to my home town into our local "Miners' Welfare" pub. They think they have gone to a different country. Even today when my other sister comes down to visit she can't understand the locals and they can't understand her. Fortunately I'm bilingual ;D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwVYoA2NyAU

Jerry1 12-31-2019 04:43 PM

Simple as can be. Going to DD (10 min away) to eat dinner and hang out until the ball drops then home and to bed. Did the wild and crazy in my late teens/early twenties. Had enough of that. Happy New Years everyone.

Alan 12-31-2019 04:45 PM

Off to bed now - HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!! :dance:

CardsFan 12-31-2019 04:48 PM

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Originally Posted by Midpack (Post 2346735)
We used to go out to NYE parties and enjoyed it, but we quit that at least 10 years ago. Now we go out for a very nice dinner, 6:30p tonight, and weíre home long before the professionals amateurs take over the roads. Weíre not likely to see midnight either...kiss has to wait until morning.

FIFY

No big activities tonight. DW is at the movies (only one seat left for a show I did not care if I saw). Simple dinner when she gets back. Might venture to the HOA club house to visit with neighbors for a little while.

CoolRich59 12-31-2019 04:50 PM

I stopped any NYE festivities when I was still in college. For me, I got turned off seeing usually normal people use NYE as an excuse to get roaring drunk and make fools of themselves.

Over time, it just got easier and easier to decline dinner and party invites for NYE and just stay home. So, tonight, as we've done for many a year, the DW and I will have dinner at home, watch a movie and turn in early.

Happy New Year! ;D

Ready-4-ER-at-14 12-31-2019 05:05 PM

We tend to stay at home but invite people here. Most are dancers. Think we have around 17 coming. Three are added because the person we invited asked if others could come. And of course a few had to cancel.

Funny thing is we can throw the party for about what it would cost just for the two of us to go out to a fancy place. The density of people will be less too. Since we control the volume of the music at least it will not be super loud or too soft to hear. For us it's more fun if the crowd is people you mostly already know and like.

Philliefan33 12-31-2019 05:10 PM

Home-cooked dinner will be done soon, then we will settle in for some tv (DH) and reading (me, with occasional looks at the tv).

I sometimes miss the NY Eves of my youth, when our family would meet with about ten other families at one house for an evening/night of board games, card playing, and snacks. We could invite friends over for the same, but they would probably want to stay until midnight. We will likely nod off before then.

Souschef 12-31-2019 05:10 PM

The last time we stayed up to celebrate was on a 2016 December Mexican Riviera cruise.
We might watch the ball drop from NYC

mystang52 12-31-2019 05:23 PM

Early dinner with one of my kids and grandkids. Now at home about to enjoy Twilight Zone marathon n SyFy channel. Since DW was a teacher, we were always on a cruise Xmas week so this is first New Year's at home in a very long time.
As an aside, having 2 older brothers I couldn't wait to be old enough to go out on NYE with girls! I think the novelty of the NYE celebration thing wore out by age 21 or so.

RobbieB 12-31-2019 05:26 PM

Us too. A nice fondue supper followed by sex. Then TV until the big noise at midnite.

jfn111 12-31-2019 05:28 PM

We have steak, crab legs, scallops and shrimp planned for dinner tonight. We will struggle, as always, to make it until 11:00 to watch the east coast ball drop.

athena53 12-31-2019 05:47 PM

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Originally Posted by mystang52 (Post 2346778)
Early dinner with one of my kids and grandkids. Now at home about to enjoy Twilight Zone marathon n SyFy channel.

Ah, if DH were still alive we'd have cable (I dropped it in favor of Netflix) and that's what we'd be watching!

I haven't been to a big, splashy New Year's Eve celebration since' was in my 20s- just don't get very excited about them. Mixing alcohol types, even over a long evening, is a good way for me to get dead drunk followed by a hangover in the morning, and I'm typically asleep between 10 and 10:30 anyway. The guy I'm dating works evenings till 10:30 at the state SHIP line for people with questions about Medicare but we spent Sunday night curled up in bed together against the cold.;D I'm fine with that.

So- this will be a perfectly ordinary night.

MarieIG 12-31-2019 07:42 PM

Visiting DS, DDIL and DGD in Washington, which is three hours behind New York. It is homemade soup for dinner, play with the baby, and an early night.

They don't have cable, so we will not be able to watch the Honeymooners and sip diet ginger ale in bed, which we customarily do on NYE. So, it will not be our normal wild NYE.

Moemg 12-31-2019 07:44 PM

We went to dinner with some friends. Then home to watch a little tv .

Calico 12-31-2019 08:46 PM

Quiet night planned here. Pizza, and a quirky movie on Amazon called A Bird of the Air which I've been meaning to watch for a while now.

My celebration at 12:01 am will be declaring for the first time "I will be retiring this year." ;D

I wish a happy and healthy New Year to one and all.

Gulfbeach 12-31-2019 10:04 PM

Quiet here but one of our favorites. U8 shrimp cocktail, tamales, lemon blueberry cheesecake, and the Alamo Bowl. To bed by ten.
Happy 2020 to all !

Ian S 12-31-2019 10:09 PM

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Originally Posted by W2R (Post 2346649)
F plans to be operating his ham radio for at least part of the evening.

Off topic but has he ever watched the British comedian Tony Hancock's "The Radio Ham" before. It's from the early 60's and is not very PC but still funny nonetheless.
https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5hjol2

davebarnes 12-31-2019 10:09 PM

Grilled scallops appetizer with a French sparkler.
Filet mignon, baked russet potato with a Turley Zinfandel.
Apricots and a very nice grappa.
On the sofa, in front of the electronic hearth.

Souschef 12-31-2019 10:16 PM

Instead of an elaborate dinner, DW just prepared some appetizers. Pate, caviar, brie, Kerry gold cheddar, Italian salami and bratwurst pieces.
It was accompanied by a nice Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand.
We are watching CNN where the ball drop will be at 9PM our time.

Sue J 12-31-2019 10:22 PM

DH and I are home and our older son stopped by. We are not a drinking family at all, but I have some egg nog with brandy in it that is quite enjoyable! We are watching Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen in Times Square.

We tend to stay home on NYE. I donít like crowds or drunks and I donít want to be out on the road when many other people are driving impaired. Yeah, Iím a lot of fun.

Like a few others here (W2R, Iím looking at you) I look forward to wrapping up my 2019 spreadsheets and starting new ones for 2020. Party On!

6miths 12-31-2019 11:49 PM

Happy New Year everyone!

rk911 12-31-2019 11:57 PM

yup. stay home, off the roads, watch the ball drop, fireworks on tv, share a midnight smooch, salute the flag and hit the sack. during my career i worked nearly every NYE, sometimes the day shift but usually the PM or overnight watch.

the quietest NYE we ever had was, oddly enough, Y2K. none of our systems were connected to the net so no worries there and we fixed all of the "00" problems (as a side note i did an interview with NBC news about how vulnerable our 9-1-1 system was to Y2K but the segment never ran presumably because there was zero chance of it failing). what we were worried about was the telco system crashing when everyone decided to lift their handsets at the same time to see if there was a dial tone. thankfully the messages we and the telcos had been sending worked. i arrived at the center around 11:30pm to find a lot of bored 9–1-1 operators sitting idle. between 11:30 and 12:30 when i left we had less than half a dozen calls. normally, especially between 12 and 12:30 we would have fielded dozens of calls (500,000 people in 12-towns, 12 police depts, 15-fire depts and fire protection districts).

to prepare the chief, my boss, had me purchase sleeping bags (to hold over staff), portable generators (in case the grid went down and our backup genny failed to start), food, plastic plates, utensils, bottled water, yadda yadda yadda. i ordered it all put away...open nothing! i was planning to return it all on January 2nd. wally took everything back but the food.

N02L84ER 01-01-2020 12:01 AM

Happy New Year!

EastWest Gal 01-01-2020 12:08 AM

Had planned to go downtown to watch one of Pennsylvaniaís many objects that are dropped on NYE. A headache all day derailed that plan. Felt better in the evening but not well enough to go out in the cold.

Watched DS live stream snowboarding at a local ski resort where they had fireworks at midnight, so that was fun to watch. Also watched the NYE events on TV. Had a tiny glass of Becerin I brought home from Turin last summer, and a smooch with DH at midnight. The Becerin blew the low carb out of the water.

For Y2K we bowled until 3AM. That was ridiculous fun. DS was 7.

Badger 01-01-2020 07:23 AM

I spent New Years Eve playing poker with 3 beautiful ladies Not a bad way for this old buffalo to start of the new year. :biggrin:


Cheers!

harllee 01-01-2020 03:03 PM

DH and I went to a New Years Eve party last night downtown with a live band, dancing etc. We did not get home until 2 AM. We had a great time. We are age 68 but we still know how to party!!

Happy New Year everyone.

Teacher Terry 01-01-2020 03:48 PM

We went out to lunch, movie and then to our favorite cheers bar. We were home by 7. Watched TV in bed until we fell asleep with the dogs. At midnight the fireworks from downtown woke us up even though it is a mile and a half away. Sometimes we go to our backyard to watch them.

aaronc879 01-01-2020 03:53 PM

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Originally Posted by Teacher Terry (Post 2347389)
We went out to lunch, movie and then to our favorite cheers bar. We were home by 7. Watched TV in bed until we fell asleep with the dogs. At midnight the fireworks from downtown woke us up even though it is a mile and a half away. Sometimes we go to our backyard to watch them.

I slept in the basement with earplugs in so the fireworks didn't wake me up.

daylatedollarshort 01-01-2020 04:07 PM

We went out for dinner and dancing with a DJ on NYE with a group of friends.

ziggy29 01-01-2020 04:10 PM

From here on the west coast, I wished the Central Time Zone a happy new year, then hit the hay. Get off my lawn.

vchan2177 01-10-2020 09:04 PM

My wife and I prefer a quiet romantic evening together.

I would tell my wife that "I love her MORE than any man on earth who can ever love his woman".

That is usually enough to get her in the mood...and we have a very happy new year together.


PS: Happy wife, happy life.

meleana 01-12-2020 04:14 PM

We closed on our out of state retirement home That day band were exhausted with the whole process. Just went to sleep in a nearby motel. One more month until we officially move. Hope we make it.


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