:: Wednesday, December 31, 2003 ::
Happy New Year's Eve!!!
Today, I went to work, and I was assigned to do some reporting. I started writing a story about a fascinating man who regained his vision after 40 years of blindness. It was cool to write a story again. I hadn't expected to write any stories this week because I thought I was going to do all copy editing, but I'm quite glad to have the opportunity to write again.
After work, I had dinner and watched some television. Then, it was time to celebrate the new year in New York! They showed the ball drop live in Times Square on CNN, so we counted down as if it was the new year. We also drank sparkling apple cider.
Soon after it was 2004 on the East Coast, my friend called, and we all headed to Los Osos to meet up with some other friends. We got a bunch of firewood and drove to Grover Beach, where we rang in the new year with a bonfire on the beach.
It was quite fun. We each had our own bottle of sparkling apple cider to drink (no alcohol, of course), and we kept warm by the fire. It was a beautiful evening, with the stars visible and the air calm, not freezing and windy, like it often becomes on the beach.
We counted down to midnight with our official cell phone times, and exclaimed the arrival of 2004 with loud cheers. All around us, we could see fireworks. Our location on the beach allowed great views of the surrounding cities, so everywhere we turned, we could see fireworks being set off in Pismo Beach in the north and Santa Maria in the south, as well as in Arroyo Grande and the Five Cities area.
It was so neat to see fireworks this evening. Each year before, I had stayed in Morro Bay, where nobody sets off fireworks and half the population of senior citizens is asleep before midnight on December 31. It was a nice surprise on the beach to see such celebrations everywhere.
We stayed at the bonfire until it was nearly out, and after that, those of us who weren't leaving to go to sleep went to my friend's house in Los Osos, where we chatted into the night. It got so late that we were hungry, so those of us who still hadn't gone to sleep went to Morro Bay in search of food. At my friend's house, we enjoyed snacks and chatted even more until the sky started to become bright again - the first dawn of 2004. I finally went to sleep at about 8 a.m.
Quote of the Day: "My bladder isn't connected to my brain!"
:: SL 8:58 PM [+] ::