Don't Say You
Didn't See It Coming!
BG readers make plans for
the most famous night in 1000 years
by Colin Lingle
Well, it had to happen. After all the Y2K hype, all the stockpiling of vacuum-packed
snacks, all the celebrities telling us how hard it is to decide which fabulous
bash to attend, after all that... it really does have to end.
After Friday, checks will have a little "20__" on them and The Artist will
never play his most famous song again. But is this really the Make-or-Break
Date Night for ten centuries in either direction? Is this really going to be
as big a show (for good or ill) as we've been promised?
One unforeseen phenomenon of this deca-centennial rollercoaster has been the
refreshing emergence of Anti-Hype. There is a "Sheesh!" factor now in play that
is almost as palpable as the buzz propagated by the Times Square/Dick Clark/Champagne
Cartel conspiracy. For every glamorous debacle somebody has planned, a whole
lot of other people are actually taking it DOWN a notch.
And we don't need to tell you there's nothing wrong with that. The key to this
whole endeavor -- at least, so thinks the Big To Do -- is the Zen of it. If you're
still waffling on whether to go Bungee
jumping with your posse at the stroke of midnight or just stay home and brush
the cat, consider this: who are you?
If you really live to jump off buildings, then you're good to go. But if you're
just trying to live up to someone else's expectations of what would make a good
New Year's Eve... think again. You might find there's a more enticing option that
you haven't even considered yet.
If you're not enthralled by your current options, round up a friend who's also
ducking the party circuit and teach yourselves how to make
pasta. (This is a great technique for "just friends" or friends upon whom
you may have designs.) Or, call a few more folks and have everyone bring over
their favorite movie... and snackfood... from childhood. You're bound to be surprised.
Big date? There's still time to get your significant other to cancel the big
plans and, um, have a good time, just the two of you.
The most important thing is that -- as much as possible -- you're true to how
you want things to be. Big or small, that's what will make this particular To
Best Laid Plans of BG Readers
As expected, BG readers are taking their fates into their own hands and making
inventive -- and Zenful -- plans for the Mother of All New Years. These are a
few of the innovative answers y'all had to the question of what to do, where,
and with whom.
I'll be going up to Dorset, Vermont, to the home of one of my college roommates.
I'm spending 3 or 4 days up there enjoying a silly, festive reunion of my eight
closest girlfriends from college. Significant others, family and friends will
be around but the LOOP (as we call ourselves) will be sure to take center stage!
On New Year's Eve we're having a dance floor and DJ in the barn and will be
rockin' out with a "characters of the century" costume theme and lots of the
bubbly! I can't wait. Happy Holidays!
Now here's a plan that has all the markings of a memorable night. Nina,
just make sure everyone's "characters" have nice, warm costumes for the midnight
barn-revelry. In VERMONT. Where it's really COLD.
I'll be sailing in the British Virgin Islands for 10 days. About 35 friends
from San Francisco, New York, Boston and Chicago chartered five sailboats. We've
been planning for about a year and a half. I'm sure it's going to be a blast.
I'm taking a digital camera and plan to build a web site after the trip.
Let's see, 35 people divided by five boats for ten days. That's either
going to be a great vacation... or the next Aaron Spelling TV show.
The boyfriend and I are deciding between two options.
1. Some friends of ours are big into Aikido. We could join them for an evening
that consists of a bonfire, lots of sake, 108 slashes of a ceremonial sword
(one for each sin, for those following along at home), and then a plunge into
an icy lake.
2. Dinner and dancing at the swanky Center of the Universe Ball in Seattle.
I say, let's combine them: sake, swordplay, and a swim in strappy sandals. (As
long as someone holds my beaded bag, it sounds like millennium fun to me.)
Gold star for creativity, Leigh. Any combination of both events will earn
you and your squeeze the title of Big To Do Poster Couple of the Millennium.
Let us know what happens.
Ten of us (five men, five women, ages 25 to 30) will be renting a 3-story lakeside
house in Vermont to go skiing.
Here is the "guy plan" taken straight from the "horse's email":
"This home has 3 levels, a wood burning fireplace, and a lake in the back
yard, which could mean....POND HOCKEY! So bring your ice skates, hockey sticks,
etc. When we get there, we are going to go out and buy Y2K necessities: brew,
hard alcohol, pretzels, etc. These supplies will help keep us alive and very
well inebriated in case of millennial meltdown."
My plan: Survive the guys' plan.
C'mon, Moreen! You can do better than that! If you're not a hockey player
there's no reason why you shouldn't be), at least have some fun at their
expense: lock them out of the house while they're playing and make them strip
to get back in. Or something, for heaven's sake. Make it a night to remember.
To get over my ex I planned the following New Years bash: a barn burning in
the boondocks of Vermont, complete with champagne, my six older brothers, and
all their available cute friends. Sneaky huh? Have fun and help thy neighbor.
Yikes! Hope it's not the same barn that Nina's having her costume party
in. Sounds like a good cathartic response to a breakup, cowgirl. Just remember
to be careful and to be
From Kate from the Frozen North:
I couldn't face another New Year being single. This is Northeast Britain where
any woman with a brain greater than a walnut is a bit frightening to the average
northern male, who is ruled by beer and football. Am aiming to spend this millennium
night watching Bruce Hornsby in Virginia. I couldn't get much further away from
Northern England! I have met 2 guys in the town I'm visiting in Virginia via
an Internet dating agency. Could be absolute nutters of course, but they sound
a) sane, b) solvent and c) reasonably intelligent. Vastly different ages and
backgrounds, but worth a try!
Stranger things have happened, Kate. Much
stranger. Cheers to you for thinking outside the Northeastern English
box! Regardless of what happens with your Internet friends, you're going to
take some stories home.
I am spending the last of the 19's at the bottom of the world. Isn't that cool?
No, it's downright FREEZING! Yes, I'm taking a cruise to Antarctica, my first
foray out of the US of A, to see the penguins and the whales... and the scientists
who haven't seen women in months...
Don't let it be said that BG readers don't go to great lengths to "get
out and meet people." Ally, you get the same advice that cowgirl does, only
the opposite (fire and ice, actually): be
careful, and be
I am going to spend New Year's Eve with the two people that mean the most to
me, my parents. We will be on a beach in Hawaii sipping champagne and watching
the fireworks together.
Who says family values are disappearing? All the best to you and the folks,
And What's Breakup Girl Doing?
The word from her Super Self: Turns our BG's concerns about not being personally
Y2K ready were for naught (so to speak). I'll be spending the evening with my
dear Italian friends (here, not there).
Italians, you know, can make a party out of a toothpick and some gum; imagine
what they'll do with a new millennium! Actually, it'll be an elegant but mellow
affair -- pot luck, even (here's
what I'm bringing). And if I am brave enough to cook anything involving pasta
for anyone remotely Italian, then I promise that you are all brave enough to
face whatever festive challenges the new year may bring.
Wherever you find yourself on New Year's Eve, 1999, enjoy!
The Big To Do will be back next week to kick off a new millennium of great
ideas for getting out and getting "out there."
Happy New Year!
is waiting until the last possible second to make his New Year's Eve plans.
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