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Watching the NYC ball drop, twice

January 4, 2010 - Ron Deuter
With a two-year old and two-month old, my wife and I decided it best to spend New Year’s Eve at home. My wife and I have been married for five years, together for about eight. I don’t think we’ve ever not gone out or had a bunch of people over on New Year’s Eve. This would be different, but we were looking forward to a nice quiet evening at home.

Sipping frozen margaritas and munching on some homemade snacks, we watched New York ring in the New Year, flipping between Carson Daly on NBC and Ryan Seacrest/Dick Clark on ABC. We watched Daly because he had Green Day performing live in LA. We watched Seacrest mostly because we were curious to see how old Dick Clark looked.

But as the 12 o’clock hour approached here in Iron Mountain, with my super wife/mom barely able to keep her eyes cracked, we realized there was no live countdown on any local station. Along with this being our first New Year’s Eve at home in some time, it was the first we spent at home since relocating from Chicago.

In Chicago, all the local stations provide a live countdown from downtown. No such luck here. I thought surely the Fox or CBS stations out of Green Bay that we receive on cable would have a live local countdown. Nope. Maybe CNN or Fox News would be counting down in each time zone. Nope.

We flipped frantically. No live central time countdown to be found anywhere. Instead we ended up with a replay of the ball drop in New York. Seriously?

I can understand Michigan stations not carrying a central time countdown because the majority of the viewing area for those channels is in the eastern time zone. But Green Bay channels? No live countdown in Titletown?

It wasn’t until the next day I realized I probably could have picked up a central time countdown on AM radio or the Internet, but I think the bigger lesson learned is the next time we stay home, we should just go to bed early.


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