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  • 9am M45? bus to Pier 83? to buy Circle line cruise tickets
  • 10am Circle Line 2hr cruise around the city (Metropolis of Superman and Gotham City of Batman were both filmed in different areas of New York)
  • Breakfast on the ship (had a part of Ted’s danish)
  • Bus to Times Square
  • Lunch at Nanking (Hakka style noodles with chicken and pinapple fried rice)
  • Subway to pick up subs for Times Square (since we would be standing around for 6+ hours without food)
  • Avenue Q – picked up tickets and watched the show – fantastic!  Very funny songs! Realized that a bunch of those popular YouTube videos used Avenue Q songs.
  • Group uses Avenue Q bathroom, they converted the men’s bathroom to unisex to ease the women’s line
  • Met up with Simon’s friend SiSi
  • Walked down streets trying to get into Times Square but it kept getting blocked off, police told people to walk down to 59th? (but that’s Central Park!) to get in
  • Nate talked to a policeman about how to get in.  The policeman said Happy New Year and actually let us through! (so we didn’t have to walk all the way to Central Park)!
  • 7+ hours standing in cold at Times Square! 4:30pm to 12:30am!!
  • It was a mega dance party!
  • Freezing cold – put plastic bags over my socks and into my shoes, Sisi put hats on as shoes, so did Nate, Simon and I used a trash bag as a blanket for our legs
  • Sat on pizza boxes and hats
  • Got 2009 and Kanye style shutter shades earlier
  • Free Nivea New Years hats
  • Taylor Swift, Jonas Brothers on screen
  • Saw Bill and Hillary Clinton walk by!
  • On 47th? st good view of the ball (a bunch of LEDs and crystals)
  • Countdowns every hour to ex: “5 hours remaining” :-p
  • 5 4 3 2 1 Happy New Year!
  • Walked back to SiSi’s apartment to “defrost and wait for trains to settle down”
  • Sisi made instant hot and sour soup
  • Watched Jay Leno there
  • Picked up Siciliano panini (prociutto, mozarella, arugula) at deli, ate half for “dinner”
  • Subway back to hotel
  • Journaling now :-p