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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!






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To: MEG33
Think you covered everything except maybe some chocolate mousse for dessert. :)


451 posted on 12/31/2007 3:24:56 PM PST by Aquamarine
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To: LUV W


452 posted on 12/31/2007 3:25:55 PM 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: jaycee

She is so pretty! :)


453 posted on 12/31/2007 3:26:18 PM 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: La Enchiladita

Hi (((Dita)))

I’ll give you a buzz when it happens for certain!


454 posted on 12/31/2007 3:28:59 PM 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

MMMMMmmmmmmm Wonderful!


455 posted on 12/31/2007 3:29:01 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: Aquamarine

YUM! :)


456 posted on 12/31/2007 3:29:24 PM 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; ST.LOUIE1; Billie; dutchess; DollyCali; GodBlessUSA; The Mayor; JustAmy; Mama_Bear; ...

Under the weather for a little while, I wanna slip a little greeting under the table, in the nick of time, to all the Finest, and a wish for a most wonderful and Happy New Year.

2008 ... sounds like the future has arrived ... may it be the best of all possibles, culminating in a resounding defeat for Hillary and the Dark Side of the Force.

May the Good Lord always bless and favor the USA!


457 posted on 12/31/2007 3:32:05 PM PST by jwfiv
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To: MEG33; Aquamarine
Now we are celebrating! Delicious!

458 posted on 12/31/2007 3:33:42 PM 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: jwfiv

I hope you are feeling better, jwfiv

Blessings for Your New Year!


459 posted on 12/31/2007 3:35:26 PM 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

POP the Balloons To Bring On The New Year
Nothing but the best!

460 posted on 12/31/2007 3:37:45 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: DollyCali

LOL!
Thanks Dolly :)

Happy New Year!!


461 posted on 12/31/2007 3:38:08 PM 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: MEG33

This is adorable! Julia and I got a kick out of this.
Thanks (((Meg)))

Neat graphic also!


462 posted on 12/31/2007 3:40:31 PM 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: MEG33; Billie
I think we should have a grand dinner..dancing later.

Me too! (Just as long as I get dibs on the fillet. I see lots of crustacean type things on that plate....yucko. LOL.)

I will probably have to pass on the "dancing later". I got here late and didn't make it to Billie's Boutique before it closed and I have nothing to wear. :-(

Happy New Year, MEG!

463 posted on 12/31/2007 3:42:47 PM PST by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage! God bless our Troops!)
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To: GodBlessUSA

;o) HUGS to Booboo


464 posted on 12/31/2007 3:43:00 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: Mama_Bear

I love it all..There is plenty of filet.

Awwww..I asked for mine!


465 posted on 12/31/2007 3:45:46 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: Aquamarine

Hi, lil’ sistah! Happy New Year to you!


466 posted on 12/31/2007 3:46:42 PM PST by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage! God bless our Troops!)
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To: jwfiv
Glad you stopped by to ring in the New Year with us JW. Hope you feel better soon.


467 posted on 12/31/2007 3:46:50 PM PST by Aquamarine
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To: GodBlessUSA
I guess I'm a social stick-in-the-mud but I'd much rather stay home than go out and be with a bunch of people just because you're "supposed to." Some of the worst NYE's I've spent were in crowds of people trying to have a good time! Now that I'm back in a small town I can stay home and know I'm missing nothing.

I'm going to make a chocolate cheesecake and watch Time's Square on TV, thankful that I'm not in the crowd!

This is what I wear to make cheesecakes! Behind every cook is a bowl-licker in a diamond collar.


468 posted on 12/31/2007 3:48:13 PM PST by lonestar
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To: jwfiv
May the Good Lord always bless and favor the USA!

Amen!

469 posted on 12/31/2007 3:48:15 PM PST by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage! God bless our Troops!)
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To: jwfiv

(((Hugs))) I hope you feel better soon, jw..Amen! Wishing you a blessed NewYear.


470 posted on 12/31/2007 3:48:40 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: GodBlessUSA

That looks so good even has a seat by the fireplace.


471 posted on 12/31/2007 3:49:30 PM PST by Aquamarine
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To: MEG33
Hugs Meg
From Booboo
472 posted on 12/31/2007 3:50:33 PM 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
This is what I wear to make cheesecakes! Behind every cook is a bowl-licker in a diamond collar.

LOL!

473 posted on 12/31/2007 3:51:05 PM PST by Aquamarine
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To: MEG33; Lady Jag; GodBlessUSA; All
As the sun sets and the moon rises...
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474 posted on 12/31/2007 3:51:08 PM PST by La Enchiladita (For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given...)
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To: The Mayor

Did Billie design a new suit for you?


475 posted on 12/31/2007 3:52:17 PM PST by lonestar
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To: jaycee

I understand.. He is a psychologist & a minister so his friends would be normally pretty good as he is an above average judge of things.

. Let me know if you change your mind....

I need to get ready. I tried to sleep but alas had 2 phone calls & both woke me in the “almost asleep” stage

I look very unclassy right now for going to a classy event tonight. Bags under eyes & hair a sight. Might just spike it up with mousse & throw some glitter on it. Lots of fun playing with short hair..


476 posted on 12/31/2007 3:53:13 PM 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: GodBlessUSA

;o)


477 posted on 12/31/2007 3:53:39 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: La Enchiladita

So darling!


478 posted on 12/31/2007 3:54:12 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: jwfiv

good to see you & I hope you are feeling better.. happy new year to you & yours


479 posted on 12/31/2007 3:55:10 PM 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: lonestar
I agree. I remember one year we went to a fancy restaurant. It was nothing like we hoped. I'm wearing this for dinner and a game of Monopoly. :)

480 posted on 12/31/2007 3:58:57 PM 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: Finest FRiends

BBL(Hope my connection is still here) Have Fun

481 posted on 12/31/2007 3:59:06 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: La Enchiladita

Very Pretty Dita!


482 posted on 12/31/2007 4:00:01 PM 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

She really looked good in that dress in the movie.. and it was nice to see a female star that doesn’t have a need for “enhancement”. I think young people anymore dont even recognize natural for what it is the implants are so common.

She has a gorgeous figure.. maybe a bit too slim (if that is possible)... She is long & lean & has wonderful features.

Well, off I go (to get ready)


483 posted on 12/31/2007 4:00:37 PM 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: MEG33

I hope so too! See you later :)


484 posted on 12/31/2007 4:00:43 PM 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
Maybe a tiara would complete your ensemble...

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:-)

485 posted on 12/31/2007 4:05:31 PM PST by La Enchiladita (For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given...)
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To: DollyCali

Have fun Dolly! Full report on your festivities!


486 posted on 12/31/2007 4:05:35 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: MEG33; GodBlessUSA; boo-boo; jaycee; Aquamarine; Billie; jwfiv; lonestar; Mama_Bear; LUV W; ...
Okay, everyone pick a hat or tiara to go with your "gown"...:)

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487 posted on 12/31/2007 4:13:44 PM PST by La Enchiladita (For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given...)
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To: Aquamarine; dutchess; DollyCali; GodBlessUSA; Mama_Bear; JustAmy; MEG33; jaycee; La Enchiladita; ...
I am so sorry I'm this late. Aqua, I LOVED what you did with your opening ping today. I wish I could stay here right now and read through the comments, but it's been a hectic day with lots of interruptions.

I sent some of these in FR mail but didn't finish all of them until just now, so please don't anyone go without grabbing your new outfits!

Lori, the fur is faux of course - don't sic PETA on me. :)

Dolly, I worked on the 'pink' dress some more, so you may enjoy dancing in it better. :)

Jaycee, I got your red dress out of the cleaners for you. :)

Enjoy the ball tonight - we're going out of town tomorrow and won't be back until Wednesday afternoon, so I'll catch up with you later.

HUGS!





        






488 posted on 12/31/2007 4:17:12 PM PST by Billie
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To: lonestar
Behind every cook is a bowl-licker in a diamond collar.

All reports state that you have Journeyman Bowl-Licker status, Weinie. Trust your status hasn't changed over at The Bridge. Happy New Year! (you too, lonestar).

489 posted on 12/31/2007 4:20:44 PM PST by Diver Dave
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To: jwfiv

And a Happy New Year to you, jw.
Hope you’re “over” the weather soon.


490 posted on 12/31/2007 4:23:28 PM PST by Diver Dave
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To: Billie
WOW!!!

I need to go buy lotsa dance tickets.

491 posted on 12/31/2007 4:25:54 PM PST by Diver Dave
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To: Aquamarine; MEG33; jaycee; GodBlessUSA; DollyCali; lonestar; LUV W; Billie
"Dress Rehearsal"
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492 posted on 12/31/2007 4:27:51 PM PST by La Enchiladita (For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given...)
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To: Billie

You go, Billie!! I was 10 minutes late and forgot Kitty anyway.... :-(

That is so awesome what you did..(((HUGS)))


493 posted on 12/31/2007 4:29:54 PM PST by La Enchiladita (For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given...)
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To: Billie; Aquamarine; dutchess; DollyCali; GodBlessUSA; Mama_Bear; JustAmy; MEG33; jaycee; ...
Does Billie's version of you look as much like you as mine does? Well, my hair looks like mine.

LOL!

___________________________________________

Aunt Billie knows exactly what I look like!

Weinie

494 posted on 12/31/2007 4:31:15 PM PST by lonestar
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To: Billie; All; Finest FRiends
(((((((Billie))))))), Everyone's Gowns are So Beautiful!!

May we All have the Most Wonderful New Year!


495 posted on 12/31/2007 4:32:52 PM PST by Kitty Mittens (To God Be All Excellent Praise!!)
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To: Billie; MEG33
Oh, thank you, Billie! This is lovely. NOW I can go dancing. :-)


496 posted on 12/31/2007 4:33:42 PM PST by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage! God bless our Troops!)
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To: La Enchiladita; Diver Dave; All
Thank you, dita - I tried to get finished with all of them and post them before so late in the evening. I'm not sure Kitty's even posted hers yet, because I haven't had time to go through the posts.

Hey Dave, me first. :)

497 posted on 12/31/2007 4:33:46 PM PST by Billie
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To: Billie

These are gorgeous dresses, Billie! Aren’t we all beautiful?!


498 posted on 12/31/2007 4:38:01 PM PST by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage! God bless our Troops!)
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To: La Enchiladita
You're Sweet, ((((('Dita)))))!


499 posted on 12/31/2007 4:39:30 PM PST by Kitty Mittens (To God Be All Excellent Praise!!)
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To: MEG33; All
I am STARVING, Meg... thanks!!!
Love lobstah and steak and more lobstah!!!

And "bubbly"...

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500 posted on 12/31/2007 4:40:17 PM PST by La Enchiladita (For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given...)
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