Auckland Rings In 2016 [VIDEO]

The celebrations have begun! “Auckland, New Zealand is the first major city to welcome the new year. The city’s celebrations include a fireworks display, launched from the Sky Tower.” Are you working today? Where will you be tonight?

  • Mark

    Working, yes. Alone, yes.

    • Mark

      But – you got a beautiful best friend right there in your avatar!!!

      • Mark

        Unfortunately not – he’s been gone a year now.

        • barrixines

          Oh no!

          All the best to you.

        • Mark

          I am sorry to hear that.

          Right about midnight, I’ll raise my Pepsi high and wish you a Happy New Year!

    • scorpiomike

      Sorry Mark! I know what that is like. Loneliness can be crushing. May the New Year bring you happiness and friendship!

    • barrixines

      I don’t know whether you are actively choosing to be on your own for the New Year. There are times I have been on my own over the holidays that I have absolutely loved – but always because I decided that I would be on my own. One can feel terribly alone in a group. I guess the key to contentment is being exactly where we want to be through choice.

    • Lars De

      Just think of all of the people who are going out tonight with someone they can’t stand, going to the last place on earth that they want to be. I’ve known many married or coupled people who were much more alone than any single person I’ve ever met.

  • Sam_Handwich

    i have a friggin wedding to play tonight, but should be home by 8, then maybe we will go to a Chinese restaurant

  • Charles in Bloomington

    I’m working in the library now. Have to play for Masses tonight and tomorrow morning. Planning on joining a friend’s party tonight though.

  • Blake Mason

    sleep

  • barrixines

    Spending it at my father in law’s house here on the Côte d’Azur. However dismiss any thoughts of a French idyll as all the guests bar me will be Swiss German speakers. I have no doubt “Happy New Year” in Swiss German will sound, much as everything else does, like someone vigorously trying to dislodge a pube from the back of their throat.

    • Gustav2

      Good thing they have a softer southern German. The northern German can give you whiplash.

      • barrixines

        I speak a little schoolboy German but it’s impossible to follow more than a few words in Swiss German. It’s interesting that the Swiss have no real interest in declaring Schwiizertüütsch a separate language from Hochdeutsch rather than just being a dialect when the differences are way bigger than between say Swedish and Norwegian or for that matter Spanish and Catalan.

        • Gustav2

          Schwiizertüütsch what the Amish speak here in the States. I can’t follow it either. I do love the Austrian German, but always revert back to the Berliner.

          • barrixines

            I’ve heard Germans call it Alpine Yiddish which might not be too far off the mark.

          • Gustav2

            I’ve never heard it called that, lol. It would have brought a small smile to my grandmother’s Teutonic face.

          • barrixines

            I can’t remember exactly but I think it has five or six “ch” sounds alone. My other half, who is a bit of an idiot savant polyglot (four mother tongues, fluent in about eight with a day to day working knowledge of about ten more) says he definitely believes one of the reasons he finds language so easy is vast array of sounds Swiss German gives you. I on the other hand am a working class English monoglot, originally with yer genuine Cockney accent who really has to think about his diphthongs so any day I don’t rhyme “pound” with “sand” is a bonus.

          • Mihangel apYrs

            and “blwyddyn Newydd Dda” from Cymru to all

          • barrixines

            Could you not at least have done that phonetically?

            All the best to you too.

          • Mihangel apYrs

            OK – let’s say
            Blue-ith-in Ne(r)-with Tha

            And shouldn’t you be in bed? x

          • barrixines

            I admit I have some reputation as something of a slut but it’s not even 7pm. He’ll get a dinner out of me first…

          • Mihangel apYrs

            oops – sorry. Made an assumption about your timezone.

            HNY

    • unsavedheathen

      Have a happy new year, barrixines. Truly. But forgive me if I shed no tears for you celebrating on the French Riviera. I suspect that German would sound like the tinkling of tiny bells as I stared at the Mediterranean and sipped Veuve.

      • barrixines

        Oh I have reined in some of their Swiss-ness. Years of patiently, turning up five minutes late to aperitif hour coupled with gentle suggestions that as lovely as raclette is, melted cheese and a potato might not be the last word in celebration have seen to that. Tonight I will be getting them to follow the Spanish tradition of eating twelve grapes on the chimes and ignore their protestations that this might all be a little too frivolous. However, you are right. I am sitting here only a few metres away from the Med and it is absolutely lovely. The Mistral have really held off this year and most days it has been fine to be sitting by harbour in a T-shirt drinking pastis. All the best to you too – where will you be spending the New Year?

        • unsavedheathen

          In Dallas, sadly, having a decidedly Spanish New Year’s celebration ourselves. We’ll be eating the grapes as well. You can see my separate comment to this post for the complete menu! ¡Prospero Año Nuevo!

          • barrixines

            See Dallas sounds hopelessly exotic to me. I know it sounds awfully spoilt to say that spending the holidays on the French Riviera is my idea of “not going anywhere this Christmas” but it isn’t that far from BCN and it is just spending time with the family, something we do several times a year. Bon any!

  • Prion

    Lowest form of humor, but I’m easy…

  • olandp

    I’m off today, I will be cleaning the house today and tonight, washing china, polishing silver till the wee hours, then up at 5:00 tomorrow to start cooking six pounds of bacon for my annual New Years Day Brunch. Mimosas, my secret recipe Belgian Waffles, scrambled eggs, bacon, and my secret recipe pound cake.

    Why do I do this to myself!

  • Prion

    ..,

  • Mark

    Errands to run, and should be back home by 3. And if it’s not too cold, I’ll be outside working on the deck extension. The closest I will get to a ‘party’ is having a Pepsi long about midnight. Somebody will probably shoot off some fireworks in the neighboring acreage -which means my best friend will be pawing at the back door.

  • DaddyRay

    I have never been much of a fan of going out on NYE. I will be going over to some friends house on New Year’s Day for a lovely brunch.

    So count me in for the New Year’s Eve celebration here with my friends on JMG

  • Prion

    .,.

  • BearEyes

    We’ll be home. Friends invited us over to their place, but I had a tooth pulled yesterday (split right in half – from a bagel, no less – LOL) Taking the safe route. It’s a little sore, but not bad.

    • DaddyRay

      Ouch – sorry to hear that Bear Eyes

    • Gustav2

      Owwwwwieeee!

      Tonight is at home watching the ‘Thin Man’ Marathon on TCM,

    • Mark

      Now…look at the bright side. All your pain will be soooo last year…..

      • BearEyes

        LOL

    • Bob Black

      On the 18th of December I had a kidney stone that, through complications, landed me in the hospital for 5 days in kidney failure. Our celebration will be a little muted as well LOL. Doing fine now, but still not ready for a big party.

      • BearEyes

        Glad you’re doing well. One day at a time though. Here’s to a better 2016!

      • Johnny Wyeknot

        I had a kidney stone for the first time in the middle of a severe thunderstorm on Fire Island. Had to be boated over to a mainland hospital. Ugh. Horrible and frightening! And it passed as soon as I got there!

      • TuuxKabin

        Glad you’re doing fine now, hope you stay well.

    • Lars De

      That will teach you to stop buying your bagels from the day old rack. Speedy recovery to you!

    • barrixines

      Ah the passing of time. I’ve said this before but I lament that at one point I had hair that blew in the wind. Now only my teeth do that.

  • scorpiomike

    I am working today and will be spending tonight at home with my fiance.

    • Lars De

      And I’m willing to bet that you’ll have a much nicer time than 90% of those who head out into the night. Enjoy!

  • Lars De

    Dinner with family, board games, hearty laughter from mostly innappropriate humor, in bed by 12:15.

    • scorpiomike

      That sounds fantastic!

      • Lars De

        It’s been a tradition, though it’s changed this year. Usually the dinner was at my sister’s house but both of her daughters are working tonight so we’re going out. However, we’re having dinner at the restaurant where they both work. They will be serving us our dinner, and we will tip them handsomely. Now I just have to decide on either the Monk Fish with Broccoli Rabe, Couscous Fuji Apple & Curried-Sherry Sauce or the Atlantic Salmon with Marinated Fingerling Potatoes & Haricot Vert Lemon Babayon (and I have no clue to what that is).

  • Silver Badger

    Light day today. I’m a property manager and will very probably be called on to quiet down a party or two.

    • Lars De

      This has to be the worst night imaginable for getting a party to cool it.

      • Silver Badger

        I find that it is all in the approach. It also helps if you are actually attending the party.

    • barrixines

      I’ll try to keep the yodelling down to an acceptable level.

      • Silver Badger

        It is amazing how that level changes the drunker you are. Fortunately, I live in Colorado. Legal Marijuana cools parties down considerably.

  • Galvestonian

    Naaaw, I’m retired …me and the hubby of 23 years – he’s a master barber – are debating even whether we’ll even stay up for the ringing in of the New Year. I’ll expect to be awakened anyway (if we go to bed early) as here in Texas they celebrate with fireworks. In any case, I just want to praise Joe and let everybody know that they have my best wishes (really) for the best of New Years, wishing you all much good luck and prosperity in the upcoming year !!! …oh yeah, PLEASE VOTE DEMOCRATIC IN THE UPCOMING ELECTIONS !!! …or we’ll lose a lot of gains that we have accrued since the last Republican Presidency.

  • Bob Black

    Working today, until 1 or so. Spending tonight in with my BF. I put our odds at staying awake until midnight at 50-50.

  • Ninja0980

    Happy New Year to those in New Zealand and elsewhere!

  • JoyZeeBoy

    At the office in Manhattan this morning. Tonight my hubby and I are getting together with five other couples in a private home overlooking the Palisades and each couple will prepare, from scratch and in front of everyone else, one course of a five-course dinner. NO PRESSURE THERE! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!

    • David

      That sounds like a fun night. Hopefully there’s lots of liquor and you’ve got one of the later plates!

    • unsavedheathen

      If you are responsible for the appetizers, may I suggest you take two cans of tuna fish and run it through the grinder with a cup of peanut butter and some clam juice. I found the recipe in the Ladies’ Home Journal.

  • anne marie in philly

    1/2 day at work; at home with spouse and cats and food and booze for tonight.

  • Ninja0980

    Hubby and I will be staying at home and having friends from the neighborhood stop by rather then try and deal with the bad weather and the drunks.
    Have a good New Year’s eve everyone!

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    At work until boss blows the whistle. Tonight dinner at a nice steak restaurant with a man I love and his wife. 🙂

  • TuuxKabin

    Thanks for asking Joe. El husbian and I have no plans. Farmers’ market this morning, look for the tamale, chili relleno vender on the way home, have lunch, dinner, maybe a champagne toast, then visit with those remaining here on JMG. Tomorrow’s plan is dinner out. Quiet retired lives our two, with lots of affection. Wishing one and all, the very best, and please know you are appreciated.

  • delk

    Just chilling at home with the hubby and the dog. Getting the house set up for my recovery. Having my left (dominant) shoulder reconstructed Monday the 4th. Will be immobilized and homebound for 6 to 8 weeks long, possibly longer due to my terrible bone density.

    On the brighter side, it’s nice to meet all my deductibles before January is over!

  • Butch

    I was a victim of “laid off and then rehired” this fall so I have no vacation time and I’m at work. Since we have a mandatory wakeup time of 4 a.m., I doubt we’ll even see 9 o’clock.

    • Bj Lincoln

      The wife is up at 5am and doesn’t get home til 7 pm when she is working. I sit with her as she doses off for the night but I can’t go to sleep that early.

  • unsavedheathen

    The husband is working ’til nine(critical care RN). After that we’re having friends over for tapas and champagne. Making tortilla de patates, croquetas de bacalao, gambas al ajillo, jamon serrano and queso manchego. Maybe a salad if I’m feeling resolution-y.

    Feliz Año Nuevo a todos mis amigos aquí. Salud, dinero y tiempo para gastarles.

    • Butch

      Y tu tambien.

  • David

    Working until noon. Spending tonight at home with my husband, schnauzers, our delightful retired neighbors from across the street, a few bottles of wine and this hot bacon cheddar dip I’m making when I get home.

    • 2guysnamedjoe

      The Schnauzers sound like good neighbors. We have some Chihuahuas down the block. Lovely people, very festive. Happy New Year!

  • Alan43

    Wonder if Gandalf put on as good a display in Aukland as he did for Bilbo’s birthday

    Haven’t done much for New Year’s in a long time. Will get off work early, do the grocery shopping, heat up some glogg, and watch movies. Might see a bunch of Peanuts specials, at least will watch the New Years one

  • Bj Lincoln

    I am cleaning today and helping a friend learn how to use his wood burner to heat the house properly. I will be cuddled up with my wife playing our new video games tonight. She will have a few beers and I will smoke a few bowels. We will stop long enough to ring in the new year if….big IF….we manage to stay up long enough. Tomorrow I will try to do a little of everything I hope to be doing the rest of the year. Cleaning and cooking are NOT on that list.

    • unsavedheathen

      ^^^spellcheck^^^ Though actually, that sounds like a lot of fun!!! HNYBJ!!!

  • jo gerardo

    Sleeping in the closet with my dog. She hates fireworks.

  • 5moreminutes*imtired

    Work, work, work….all day long.

  • Sporkfighter

    Home by the phone, offering free rides home to any friends of our kids who may choose to drink more than they should (which is any, ‘cuz they’re not yet twenty-one).

  • Julian (UK)

    Working today – but finishing soon (4pm in the UK). Quiet night in watching some of the good bits of telly I didn’t get to see over Christmas.

  • Scott Fitler

    My better half had to go overseas to visit his sick mom and I couldn’t get enough time off at work to join him. So I’ve been cleaning all day and found my old ouija board and tarot cards! I’m going to roll a joint and do a new years reading for myself and contact some spirits. I don’t think the dogs are happy about the ouija board they’ve been giving it the stink eye…

    • Leo Tallant

      I do enjoy contacting some spirits now and again….

  • David Walker

    So many options. We used to have a Lollipop Drop (because of candy factory) in our town, which has ended thanks to utter apathy on the part of the citizenry. There’s the Chocolate Drop in Hershey (using a Kiss, of course), Dillsburg offers the Pickle Drop (Dill, Pickle, hohoho), the Goat Drop in Falmouth (there is no explanation except they have a goat race in the summer), the Strawberry Drop in Harrisburg (on the Hilton and named after an alley)(really), I’m not sure but I think Lebanon drops a big baloney, plus biggies in Lancaster and York. Having been involved in an accident caused by a drunk on New Year’s Eve, we don’t go out. I agree with the term for NYE being amateur night. However, Happy New Year to all of you. I truly do look forward to, among other things, another year of JMG, your comments and other postings, and another year of huge advances for our tribe.

    • barrixines

      Happy New Year to you Mr David. You’re a gent and it’s been a pleasure conversating here on JMG with you (see I’ve been around long enough now to pick up all that American lingo). As it’s going to be a mix of French Swiss and Spanish traditions this evening I thought I’d throw a few English customs into the mix too which translates to getting completely blotto before sundown (I must say, I’ve done it rather well.)

      • David Walker

        Bottoms up!

  • Anastasia Beaverhousen

    Husband’s birthday is tomorrow. (He was first baby of that year.). Neighbors will come over for the traditional Polish pork, kolbassi, and sauerkraut. Some perogies… Then we will go to another neighbors to play pool and darts in their pub. Somewhere along the line we will have cake….it’s shaped like a golf bag.

    • Leo Tallant

      OH Honey, You’ll BE drinking? I always thought you ARE drinking. 😉

  • Mihangel apYrs

    “Blwyddyn Newydd Dda” from Cymru

  • TheManicMechanic

    New Year’s in the Shire!

    Hubby is catering a big NYE party today, way too much good food to ring in the new year. Things could be worse, for sure.

  • billbear1961

    Happy New Year, New Zealand, one of the brightest jewels in Liberty’s crown!!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lQ_2Ycep8s

  • NZArtist

    Blargh.. What day is it?
    I hosted a New Years party with around 20 naked guys. We had BBQ (it’s summer down here).
    Music, glow-sticks, lights and balloons. Too much food, just enough drink.
    I’m not sure what went wrong though – 20 naked guys and I didn’t get my cock sucked. Oh well. There’s always next year….

    • billbear1961

      Carpe diem, tiger!

      Happy New Year!

    • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

      There are 366 days this year to get cocky, NZA. Happy New Year!