5:34pm. I come home from rehearsal. The boys are watching hockey and we have no plans. I have a shower. After my shower we order delicious pizza from Motorino. There is talk beginning to happen of a warehouse party in Brooklyn. Done. 6:34pm I am buying tickets online to Ugly Rhino’s New Year’s extravaganza. We roll out at about 10:15pm after a quick photo shoot with Diana (a vintage hipster camera that came out of Hong Kong in the 1960’s). At first I am a little unsure who is putting on this party. I feel as though I have just entered a high school dance. We have just missed the live entertainment. Luckily, Adam and Eston opted to not wear their gold hot pants because the in house musician was wearing his. This was probably the cheapest New Year’s party in New York. $10 cover and $4 drinks. You really couldn’t go wrong. The entire party came ten minutes after we did. And in no time it was almost midnight. This happens every year, I find. You’re having a great time, everything is good and then “Hey, what time is it?” 11:58pm? Noooo?! The countdown. Where’s the T.V.? Do they have the coverage on? We end up doing a Hard Day’s Night style montage running up and down the stairs trying to get to the projection of the ball drop.
They’re playing it downstairs, I hear it coming on upstairs, no downstairs, we can’t get in downstairs, it’s 12:02, we've missed the countdown and the ball drop, wait they’re giving out free bottles of champagne?! Runnnnn!! This next sequence all happened in slow motion. It felt like it took an hour to get across the dance floor. Finally I made it to the other side where a guy was standing on a rafter with one bottle left. My hand slowly grasped for it. “No. This last bottle is mine. I’m not sharing.” Without even thinking I heard myself shout, “Just pour it in my mouth!” And he did. Actually he missed my mouth the first time and poured champagne all over my chest. But it was awesome. Happy New Year Brooklyn. I look around and people are spraying champagne all over the dance floor. We dance the night away equipped with Mardi Gras masks and the party was treated to a special "Like a G6" dance off with Eston and Adam.
All in all it was one of my favorite new years eve. I've never been one to have big plans for New Year's. This one just fell into our laps. I like options in life. Choices. New York has something for everyone.