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A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day....12-28-07 to 1-1-08....New Year's Eve In Times Square
Aquamarine

Posted on 12/27/2007 9:10:06 PM PST by Aquamarine




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Every year as the clock nears midnight on December 31st, the eyes of the world turn once more to the dazzling lights and bustling energy of Times Square. Anticipation runs high. New Year's Eve is in the symbolic center of New York City "The City That Never Sleeps".
New Year's Eve in Times Square is chaotic, crowded, and out of control. People begin arriving late in the afternoon on New Year's Eve. By approximately 6:00 p.m., the Bow Tie of Times Square (42nd to 47th Sts. Between Broadway & 7th Ave.) is fully closed to traffic.
Times Square has achieved the status of an iconic world landmark and has become a symbol of its home city. Times Square is principally defined by its animated, digital advertisements. Known simply as One Times Square, it is famed for the "ball" which "drops" from a tower on its roof every New Year's Eve.



The "New" New Year's Eve Ball

Each year, millions of eyes from all over the world are focused on the sparkling Waterford Crystal Times Square New Year's Eve Ball. At 11:59 p.m., the Ball begins its descent as millions of voices unite to count down the final seconds of the year, and celebrate the beginning of a new year full of hopes, challenges, changes and dreams.
On October 4, 2007, the co-organizers of New Year’s Eve in Times Square (Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment) unveiled the new LED Crystal Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball at a press conference at Hudson Scenic Studio in Yonkers, New York. 2008 year marks the 100th birthday of the New Year’s Eve Ball, a universal symbol of celebration and renewal.


Auld Lang Syne - Traditional

The world holds its breath...and cheers as the clocks strike twelve. As the famous New Year's Eve Ball descends from the flagpole atop One Times Square, an estimated one million people in Times Square, millions nationwide and over a billion watching throughout the world are united in bidding a collective farewell to the departing year, and expressing our joy and hope for the year ahead.
WATERFORD CRYSTAL created an exclusive “Let There Be Light” design for the crystal triangles on the new Ball. Designed and crafted by Waterford artisans in Ireland, “Let There Be Light” features a dramatically stylized, radiating sunburst on each of the 672 crystal triangles. Due to the new design and technical innovations, this represents an increase of 168 crystal triangles from last year’s Ball. And, for the first time, the crystal triangles will feature cutting on both sides. The double cutting maximizes the light refraction within the crystal triangles.
The new Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball is more than twice as bright as the old one, with enhanced color capabilities and state-of-the-art LED lighting effects. Waterford Crystal crafted a beautiful new design for the crystal triangles on the Ball. Philips Lighting provided new solid state lighting technology that substantially increased the brightness, energy efficiency, and color capabilities of the Ball. And Focus Lighting developed a spectacular and unique lighting design for the new Ball on its 100th birthday.

Times Square at 12:00 AM January 1






We will open the book.
Its pages are blank.
We are going to put words on them ourselves.
The book is called "Opportunity" and its first
chapter is New Year's Day.
~ Edith Lovejoy Pierce




History of New Year's Eve In Times Square
About The New Year's Eve Ball
Countdown To 2008 - In Video



Happy New Year 2008!






The Best Is Yet to Come

I've Got The World on a String

That's Life


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1 posted on 12/27/2007 9:10:12 PM PST by Aquamarine
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2 posted on 12/27/2007 9:10:57 PM PST by Aquamarine
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To: Aquamarine; Billie; dutchess; DollyCali; ST.LOUIE1; JustAmy; GodBlessUSA; Mrs.Nooseman; ...
You're stylin' Aqua!!!


Dan Fogelberg~Another Old Lang Syne

I am ready for the party, too!
HAPPY NEW YEAR, FINEST FRIENDS!

5 posted on 12/27/2007 9:20:13 PM PST by LUV W (Friendship is neither a contest nor a race. What matters is the feeling involved. <3)
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To: LUV W

Glad you dressed up LUV. Thanks for the Dan Fogelberg song, it’s one of my favorites.


6 posted on 12/27/2007 9:21:54 PM PST by Aquamarine
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To: All

Sorry for the triple post, it kept saying Proxy Error so I would try again, then they all posted. Never had that problem before, am trying to get it corrected.


7 posted on 12/27/2007 9:23:21 PM PST by Aquamarine
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To: Aquamarine

Interesting info on “The Ball”, Aqua.

Prayers for a Blessed New Year to one and all.


8 posted on 12/27/2007 9:24:08 PM PST by Diver Dave
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To: Aquamarine

Mine too....and he just died about 2 weeks ago. Very sad. Only 56 years old. *sigh*


9 posted on 12/27/2007 9:24:11 PM PST by LUV W (Friendship is neither a contest nor a race. What matters is the feeling involved. <3)
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To: Diver Dave

Happy New Year, Dave! Hope this next one is the greatest
for you and yours!


10 posted on 12/27/2007 9:26:37 PM PST by LUV W (Friendship is neither a contest nor a race. What matters is the feeling involved. <3)
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To: Diver Dave
Thanks Dave. If you follow the links provided at the bottom of the main post just above the fireworks you can learn even more about the New Year "Ball".
11 posted on 12/27/2007 9:27:26 PM PST by Aquamarine
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To: LUV W

I did see the sad news about Dan. He was such a major talent from our generation, the loss hit me hard.


12 posted on 12/27/2007 9:29:05 PM PST by Aquamarine
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To: Aquamarine; The Mayor; DollyCali; ST.LOUIE1; dutchess; Mama_Bear; Billie; Allegra; lonestar; ...
Happy Friday To The Finest


May you be blessed with
warmth in your home,
love in your heart,
peace in your soul
and joy in your life.

13 posted on 12/27/2007 10:46:29 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: Aquamarine

Your thread is just beautiful..I love your tables,interesting history..I’ll come “dressed” later!


14 posted on 12/27/2007 10:49:12 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: Aquamarine

Oh Aqua! what a great thread & LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the patriotic colors!. Will re read all the information tonight (just scanned)

I have never been to Times Square..

EVER..

only once in NYC even & that was when I finished OCS & was dropping off my friend who lived there on the way back from RI to Ohio. BUT, I was very sick with strep & so she drove my car & I was in her bed for 3 days sick instead of being tourist. I HAD to leave on day 4 -still not well -as I resumed college classes again the next day.

I will dig out my pix from last years New Years Eve in your backyard (Asheville - Grove Park Inn & Biltmore).. that was one of the niceest LONG weekend NYE’s I have ever had. My friend spoiled me rotten with body wraps, massages, facials, classy food & being tourist


15 posted on 12/28/2007 2:50:32 AM PST by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your God is!)
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opps... forgot to dress up (for Friday & New Year's Eve). I will be going to Severance Hall in Cleveland this year. There is a couple hour concert first & then in the hall a couple combos will play for dancing & it breaks up about 1. I have participated in this a few times & it is quite nice.. NOT raucous & a great group of people to chat with & meet.

My date is NOT a dancer (although he thinks he is) so that is the only downside of the evening.

Wearing RED on FRIDAY to support the Troops...

and New Years Eve because it is my favorite color!


16 posted on 12/28/2007 3:00:35 AM PST by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your God is!)
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To: Aquamarine; beachn4fun; Billie; Diver Dave; DollyCali; dutchess; GodBlessUSA; jaycee; JustAmy; ...

Happy Friday (and Happy New Year) to Finest Friends!




Wearing red to support our Troops!

17 posted on 12/28/2007 3:53:47 AM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3rd Bn. 5th Marines, RVN 1969. St. Michael the Archangel defend us in battle!)
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To: Aquamarine
Hi Aqua
Your thread is gorgeous! :) You look terrific in your red for the New Year!

I never had the desire to go stand in the middle of the crowd for the ball to drop.(maybe when I was younger ;) Although, it has to be a thrill and very exciting to be there in person. No matter what the weather, thousands of people are still out there. I prefer a smaller party.... I see that beautiful ball room picture on your thread and if I could be there, I would definitely go. ;)

We always watch the ball drop at midnight. I miss Dick Clark as MC for the show though.
18 posted on 12/28/2007 4:36:59 AM PST by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You!. Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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Good morning, y'all.

WOW! Aqua that is a lovely gown.
Wish I had the figure for it. As you can see I have a full skirt to hide all the extra pounds I've accumulated over the holidays. LOL


19 posted on 12/28/2007 4:56:58 AM PST by beachn4fun (Have you mailed your care package, yet?)
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To: beachn4fun

Good morning, Beachie - how are you doing today?


20 posted on 12/28/2007 5:05:23 AM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3rd Bn. 5th Marines, RVN 1969. St. Michael the Archangel defend us in battle!)
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To: ConorMacNessa

Good morning, CMN

All is well. I am at home, drinking coffee, listening to music, FReeping.....what more could a girl want? LOL

Howz things with you?


21 posted on 12/28/2007 5:06:56 AM PST by beachn4fun (Have you mailed your care package, yet?)
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To: beachn4fun

LOL! You look Marvelous Darlin :)


22 posted on 12/28/2007 5:07:51 AM PST by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You!. Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: ConorMacNessa

Good Morning Conor
Is this how early you are at work? You must be up before the birds. :)


23 posted on 12/28/2007 5:08:51 AM PST by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You!. Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: GodBlessUSA

I’ve been here since 6:30. :)


24 posted on 12/28/2007 5:13:28 AM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3rd Bn. 5th Marines, RVN 1969. St. Michael the Archangel defend us in battle!)
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To: MEG33

Very pretty tables MEG, love the animated sparkle. Had an animation I wanted to use but it had way too many bytes and would have locked the thread up.


25 posted on 12/28/2007 5:53:21 AM PST by Aquamarine
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To: DollyCali
So happy you enjoyed the Post Dolly, think this may be the best way to experience Times Square on New Year's Eve. :) Always enjoy watching the event on TV every year.

I have been to Times Square once in the daytime and it was the most lively place I'd ever seen. You should go back sometime, think you would like it.

26 posted on 12/28/2007 6:02:50 AM PST by Aquamarine
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To: GodBlessUSA

Why thank ya, ma’am

LOL

Howdy, GB


27 posted on 12/28/2007 6:10:58 AM PST by beachn4fun (Have you mailed your care package, yet?)
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To: DollyCali
You're lucky to get to spend New Year's Eve in such wonderful places. Read your link and was amazed that a place like Severance Hall was built during the Depression years.

When you say concert do you mean Symphony concert? That's one thing I miss living in the country now is going to hear the Symphony. The best I ever heard was an outdoor concert at the base of Stone Mountain, the acoustics off the massive stone were awesome.

28 posted on 12/28/2007 6:18:04 AM PST by Aquamarine
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To: ConorMacNessa

Good Morning. Thanks for the pic of Ronny and Nancy, it’s always good to see them.


29 posted on 12/28/2007 6:21:37 AM PST by Aquamarine
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December 28, 2007

Dying To Live

READ: Matthew 16:21-28

Whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. —Matthew 16:25

Western Michigan is plagued by snowy winters, requiring that salt be put on road surfaces to make them safer to travel. The problem is that salt eats away at a car’s metal body. So, going to a car wash is a frequent winter ritual.

Recently I was sitting in a car-wash facility near the end of the washing process when the machines began to spray a special liquid all over the car. The sign said it was a “drying agent,” but that struck me as odd. Wetting something down to dry it seems contrary to what you’d expect. Yet that is precisely what those chemicals are designed to do. It is counter-intuitive thinking—a paradox.

Jesus also dealt in counter-intuitive thinking when presenting His kingdom message to His followers. In Matthew 16:25, He said, “Whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” That doesn’t sound right. To save your life, you have to lose it? That seems like saying, “To dry something, you wet it down!” Yet, it is absolutely true. Only as we die to self, entrusting ownership of our lives to Christ, can we learn what it means to really live.

“Dying to live” may seem counter-intuitive, but it is the heart of the Christian experience.

Less of self and more of Jesus,
More and more each day like Thee;
Just to live in full surrender
For my Lord who ransomed me.  —Wonder

To live for Christ, we must learn to die to self.


30 posted on 12/28/2007 6:23:16 AM PST by The Mayor ( A man's heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.—Proverbs 16:9)
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To: Aquamarine

Good morning, Aquamarine - thanks for a great thread and Pledge!


31 posted on 12/28/2007 6:26:35 AM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3rd Bn. 5th Marines, RVN 1969. St. Michael the Archangel defend us in battle!)
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Thanks. Have been enjoying the Michale Buble songs you provided, hope others are doing the same, think he has the best voice out there today. Look forward to listening to him over the years, he's still young around 31.

Used to think I'd like to be in Times Square during New Year's Eve back when I was younger, don't think I'd want to try it now.

32 posted on 12/28/2007 6:29:12 AM PST by Aquamarine
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To: beachn4fun
I like that doll it has everything including sparkles and kisses. :)

Let's not even talk about pounds accumulated over the Holiday's, I just weighed and it ruined my day. lol

33 posted on 12/28/2007 6:33:37 AM PST by Aquamarine
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To: GodBlessUSA

Whoa too big...redo ;)


35 posted on 12/28/2007 6:37:39 AM PST by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You!. Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: GodBlessUSA

Good morning, GeeBee - how’s it going?


36 posted on 12/28/2007 6:38:31 AM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3rd Bn. 5th Marines, RVN 1969. St. Michael the Archangel defend us in battle!)
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To: The Mayor

Good Morning Mayor. Appreciate the Daily message.


37 posted on 12/28/2007 6:41:41 AM PST by Aquamarine
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opps... forgot to dress up

Dress up??? What if you had to wear the same coat for about 12 years!? It gives new meaning to "Wash and wear."

At least I don't have to worry about, "What should I wear?"

I don't have time for this non-sense! I have the "inmates" busy making confetti for the big New Year's Eve bash at the Bridge. None of us has to worry about what to wear! --so we can spent our time celebrating.

I don't allow alcohol because everybody would bring in the New Year fighting like cats and dogs!

Weinie

38 posted on 12/28/2007 6:41:49 AM PST by lonestar
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Nothing but the best for my Friends..
Dom Perignon ;)

Praying we are Blessed
with a Republican President this year.
My Prayers for all my FRiends
May their lives be filled with Blessings!
Auld Lang Syne ~ Glenn Miller
Clink..Hugs! ;)

39 posted on 12/28/2007 6:43:58 AM PST by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You!. Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: lonestar
Very funny Weinie, it must be nice not having to change your outfit everyday.

Hope you have a nice new year up on the Bridge.

40 posted on 12/28/2007 6:45:07 AM PST by Aquamarine
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To: ConorMacNessa
Good Morning Conor :)
I'm fine. How are you today? Any plans for the New Year? We have been staying home New Years for the past decade.LOL We have a nice evening just relaxing.
41 posted on 12/28/2007 6:46:38 AM PST by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You!. Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: GodBlessUSA

That’s a spectacular post, think maybe you should make the New Year’s Eve Post next year. :)


42 posted on 12/28/2007 6:49:34 AM PST by Aquamarine
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To: Aquamarine
Thanks Aqua
Not near as nice as yours but thank you! :) It's so gorgeous!! A lot of work went into your thread. I wish I knew how to make the graphics fade into the background as you do. I'd love to get dressed up and be in that ballroom for dinner New Years!
Hugs!
43 posted on 12/28/2007 6:55:10 AM PST by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You!. Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: lonestar

Good Morning Weine :)


44 posted on 12/28/2007 6:57:09 AM PST by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You!. Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: Aquamarine
I just weighed and it ruined my day. lol

Oh boy do I know about that. I did the same thing this morning. I keep telling myself not to do this until hubby and I have really gotten back into our walking plan. LOL

45 posted on 12/28/2007 7:02:22 AM PST by beachn4fun (Have you mailed your care package, yet?)
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To: Aquamarine; beachn4fun

LOL, I’m not weighing myself again till Jan. 15 ;)


46 posted on 12/28/2007 7:07:58 AM PST by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You!. Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: The Mayor
Good Morning The Mayor
Thanks for the morning scripture :)

I hope you and your family had a most wonderful Christmas!
47 posted on 12/28/2007 7:09:53 AM PST by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You!. Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: GodBlessUSA

LOL

Good idea!


48 posted on 12/28/2007 7:10:51 AM PST by beachn4fun (Have you mailed your care package, yet?)
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To: MEG33
As always, Meg,....Absolutely Beautiful!!!! :)
Hugs!
49 posted on 12/28/2007 7:11:23 AM PST by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You!. Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: DollyCali
Look at you! You are ready to ring in the New Year looking terrific!
Happy New Year Dolly!
50 posted on 12/28/2007 7:12:23 AM PST by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You!. Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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