View Full Version : Stupid New Year's question for people outside the Eastern Time Zone.

Vinnie Virginslayer
01-01-2003, 12:11 PM
In see this every year on the Dick Clark Rockin New Years Eve: when the ball drops in New York at midnight, they show a camera shot of people at Disneyland (NOT DISNEYWORLD- I CHECKED) CELEBRATING! I'm sitting in my living room, tapping on the TV screen yelling: PEOPLE! IT'S 9PM THERE!

Is this Disneyland celebration pre-taped or something? It just looks stupid to me. I cannot imagine people celebrating New years at 9, then doing it again at 12.

How do West Coasters celebrate New Years? Do you watch the ball drop at 9, or is it on tape delay?

01-01-2003, 12:15 PM
They have clocks on the West Coast. They have 12s on them even. :)

Seriously though, New Year's Eve is a much more sedate celebration on the West Coast than the East. At least in Southern California, it is, but I believe the Rose Parade, which starts early on New Year's Day, steals some of the thunder.

Johnny L.A.
01-01-2003, 12:33 PM
London has Trafalgar Square. New York has Times Square. L.A. has... Well, Los Hideous has been described as "suburbs in search of a centre".

There was a "block party" downtown, but I didn't hear about it until last night when I went to the local news. And it cost $75 to go. Yeah, right. So some promoters had a "party" in one of the crappiest parts of the city (industrial buildings, warehouses andhomeless people galore, surrounded by gangsta territory -- although I have seen some big, high-end apartment buildings nestled by the skyscrapers), where people have to drive out of their way to get to it, and you have to pay $75 just to get in and probably have to pay a fistful of dollars to buy a drink.

Me? I watched The Twilight Zone marathon, then went to bed.

RM Mentock
01-01-2003, 12:36 PM
Originally posted by Vinnie Virginslayer
How do West Coasters celebrate New Years? Do you watch the ball drop at 9, or is it on tape delay?
You guys drop a ball on the East Coast? Why? Can't anybody tell time?

01-01-2003, 12:39 PM
Dick Clark and the ball is on tape delay. We see that annual drek three hours after it happens.


01-01-2003, 12:44 PM
Actually the Downtown LA Block Party was on Flower Street between 5th and 6th, which is the nice part of Downtown. It was in the Financial District with places like the Bonaventure, Biltmore, Library, and Standard Hotel nearby.

Johnny L.A.
01-01-2003, 12:48 PM
I think even that area is scummy. Not that there's anything wrong with scum; but it's not where I would throw a party.

01-01-2003, 02:25 PM
You must have a paranoid fear of attorneys and CPAs then.

Caesar's Ghost
01-01-2003, 04:58 PM
Arizona here.

I watched the CNN special with Anderson Cooper at 9:30; they showed the ball dropping and all in Times Square. But I really only watched that 'cos of Anderson.

Then I watched the half-hour show at Tempe Town Lake for the actual celebration of New Years in mountain time.

No, when I watched the CNN special, I didn't actually think it was the new year here. I knew it was 10:00 here, *gasp*. That doesn't mean I can't count down then either.

01-01-2003, 05:31 PM
Dick Clark and the ball is on tape delay. We see that annual drek three hours after it happens.

To add insult to injury, it's labeled "LIVE." Unlike Saturday Night Live, they don't run a little disclaimer reading something like "Aired Earlier" at the bottom.

We could have gone to a First Night celebration but watched Close Encounters of the Third Kind on DVD and drank champagne instead.

01-01-2003, 05:43 PM
I'm from CA and never watched that ball thing except one year that I happened to be back east. I think its significance is mainly regional. Besides it's New Year's Eve - If I'm up I'm partying, if I'm watching TV I might as well just go to sleep.

01-01-2003, 08:08 PM
I think NYC should hold off on releasing the results until the polls have closed on the West Coast regarding the results of whether or not we voted in the New Year or not... ;) - Jinx

01-01-2003, 10:28 PM
Tape delay on the channel that shows Dick Clark.

But the channel that shows the Space Needle shows it live!

01-01-2003, 10:55 PM
I watched the Dick Clark special at 11PM central. They cut to Disneyworld, where fireworks were set off above Cinderellas castle. How am i sure that it was disneyworld? When they cut to it, it said 'LIVE from Disneyworld" and I asked my wife "is Florida eastern time zone?" Disneyworld is in Orlando, Florida, and celebrated new years at 11 PM central, just as New York did.

Maybe your version was modified to show Disneyland??

Robot Arm
01-02-2003, 02:00 AM
Originally posted by RM Mentock
You guys drop a ball on the East Coast? Why? Can't anybody tell time?
At a certain fraternity in New Hampshire, apparently not. I set my watch to the U.S. Naval Observatory clock, then I shouted out the time as it was getting close to midnight. Nobody paid any attention. Then somebody started an arbitrary countdown thirty seconds too late. I have a witness who'll back me up on this.

Accuracy be damned; the loudest voice carries the day. Pass the champagne.

01-02-2003, 03:01 AM
Central Time Zone here. I have no idea what they do about Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve; we didn't have the TV on. Which is perfectly OK with me; I never quite grasped the concept of watching other people have fun on TV. Plus I was having plenty of fun myself.

01-02-2003, 03:09 AM
My friends and I were wondering about that last night (we're in California).

We assumed that they must re-stage the ball drop in New York at 3 a.m., since the TV clearly labeled it "LIVE". We also wondered if they show shots of California at midnight on the East Coast.

If what you saw was correct, we surmised that it must in fact be last year's celebration (on tape delay, even though it might be marked 'LIVE'). They digitally replace all the 2002's with 2003's. Probably had to remove all those eyeglasses, too.

01-02-2003, 03:49 AM
Dick Clark's show had cutaways to Walt Disney World (three words) in Florida, not Disneyland (one word) in California.

01-02-2003, 05:11 AM
The most wholly depressing episode of my life was watching the Year 2000 celebrations... beautiful displays from Thailand, New Zealand, China, Australia, Israel, Russia, Germany, Italy, France, New York, DC, and everywhere else... then Jay Leno flipping a lame switch and "lighting up" the already lit up Hollywood sign, but with crappy computer graphics and about 20 people standing around. It made me want to cry.

California isn't big on celebrating things. We don't have many iconic locations (like Times Square and similar squares in every other big city in the world), so unless we want to rally around Disneyland (yea right, we'd rather get drunk), or let San Francisco rally in at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge (Pfft, BART stops running from SF at 12:25), we're not going to do anything.

The Fourth of July is usually spectacular in the Bay Area, though. You can see fireworks from Frisco, Oakland, Berkeley, and the Golden Gate going off all around you (good weather providing).

Back on subject, Dih'neh'lan' does indeed have a New Years' festival that I've attended several times when I was younger, but no one pays attention to it. Most of the time, my parents dumped us with my grandparents and ran off to party. Can't blame 'em. No, we don't do anything at 9 pm, but we mostly watch the Times Square celebrations on tape delay at midnight.

So I guess the answer to your question is "We go to parties and get plastered in comfort and laugh at the silly people standing outside in 30* weather"

01-02-2003, 12:06 PM
You guys drop a ball on the East Coast? Why? Can't anybody tell time?

I think the origin of a ball dropping to mark a specific time is for ships in port that need to set their clocks accurately. I believe the Greenwich Observatory still drops a ball at noon. But I would not think that a ball would be dropped at midnight for this reason, because it's usually dark.

Ships needed to set their clocks as accurately as possible in order to determine their longitude at sea.

01-02-2003, 01:02 PM
Well, the correct answers to what do people on the West Coast do for New Year's Eve are: 1) stay home, 2) go to the house of a friend or family member, or 3) come to Las Vegas, where we actually do have a fairly big celebration.

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