Wednesday, December 12, 2007


New Year's Eve 1999 we were living in Liverpool, NY. We spent the evening with our friends, Joe & Jean, as we have every December 31st for more than 20 years. This was probably one of the last years that Joe & Jean's younger son, John, came with them. Generally we sit at the table and play games all evening and turn the TV on just before midnight to watch the ball drop in Times Square.

A few of things were different in 1999.
  • CNN had a special that day, showing all of the celebrations across the world as they happened so we watched that off and on all day long. We enjoyed some of the celebrations so much that we bought the tape and rewatch it most years. Sydney and Paris were my favorites.
  • Mike was just over a year old and since we would be at home anyway, I offered to babysit so BJ and Angie could go out. My alcohol consumption was adjusted accordingly.
  • Bean supplied us with party hats and noise makers when she and her boyfriend stopped by on their way to a party. She was that in between age, an adult but not yet 21 and I remember being very worried the entire time she was out. She has always had a good head on her shoulders and arrived home safely.
  • John was on call that year and he was required to be at home and available in case there were Y2K problems and the power grid failed. It didn't.
Despite all the hype and worries about computer problems New Year's 2000 was nothing spectacular, just a great evening spent with family and friends.

CNN's coverage of the Sydney Fireworks 2000

Written for the 38th edition of the Carnival of Genealogy: The New Millennium

1 comment:

Janice said...


I love the Youtube video... brings back memories. Come to think of it, I think I was babysitting my godchild that night.

My grandmother had an Irish saying that whatever you do on January 1st you'll be doing for the rest of the year... I wonder if that is especially significant in a new millenium :D