I mentioned on December 18 that the ball dropping ceremony from Times Square on New Year’s Eve promises that it will occur “visually, virtually, and safely” to end this year from hell. Well, I finally know what this means because The New York Times explained in detail on Sunday.
The crystal ball will drop from One Times Square as usual but without a human audience. There will be confetti and “Auld Lang Syne” but no people. The event starts at 6 pm in the Eastern Time Zone. The broadcast promises to honor those Americans who worked to get us through the 2020 pandemic that will continue to affect lives in 2021. Ruth talked to the medical team headed by our doctor this morning, and we are on a waiting list for the vaccine. They are not committing to time and place yet, which is a good thing. It is recommended that viewers still at home after 10 months of confinement, travel the world via TV on the final evening of 2020 starting in New Zealand at 6 am Eastern Time. Viewers can go on to see year ending events in South Korea, Brazil, and elsewhere. PBS as usual will broadcast the New Year’s Concert from Vienna, Austria, on the first day of 2021 at 9 pm, Eastern Time.
Also on New Years’s Day or before I recommend watching Netflix’s hilarious and droll special appropriately called “Death to 2020”. This original comedy with a stellar cast makes fun of the entire year. No one who made 2020 so grotesque escapes inclusion in the fun that puts an end to the year that virtually no one wants to remember. Ruth & I have already seen this comedy special and will watch it again.
Here’s hoping that 2021 will be a more normal year and that we can all return to beloved activities. For us that will be travel. For some reason I am anxious to return to some destinations that we have enjoyed but have not been to for a long time like Newfoundland, coastal California, and other surprises. I am currently reading an old but curious book about Newfoundland’s singular history and have never been to L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Park or Labrador. Both have been on our must-see list for a long time. That list has been in a drawer unused for 10 months now. I am eager to see Corner Brook, Gander, and St. John’s again and explore the place in North America with so many weird town names like Witless Bay, Placentia, and Robert’s Arm.