Number of hours standing in the cold: 3 1/2
Number of the temperature: 0*C
Number of performers: 3 (Keith Jack, second place finisher in 'Any Dream Will Do'; Sandi Thom, local pop phenom who won fame through her own webcast; and Amy Macdonald, another pop girl I probably should know but don't)
Number of performers I knew: 2 (um, duh... Keith and Sandi)
Number of layers worn: 3 plus my coat and scarf and gloves and hat
Number of people in attendance: tens of thousands
Number of times my camera nearly died from the extreme cold: um... every time?
Number of fights I personally witnessed: 4
Number of people I saw the police and security escort out (or drag out): 28
Number of creepy old men groping me in the crowds: 2
Number of drunk young men (and women) groping me: I lost count
Number of times bumped into, hit with flying elbows, stepped on, etc: how many minutes was I there?
Number of times I held my ground when rude tall people tried to cut in front of me: at least once every ten minutes
Number of times I was nearly puked on: 1 (thank goodness)
Number of drunks in the crowd: thousands and thousands
Number of rows from the front where I wound up: 3
Number of fingers felt by the end: 0
Number of toes felt by the end: 10 (thank you, fleecy Crocs!)
Number of songs sung along with: 8 and bits here and there (from Keith: Any Dream Will Do, This is the Moment, and You Raise Me Up; from Sandi, Chasing Cars courtesy of Snow Patrol, I Wish I Were a Punk Rocker, and What If I'm Right; after the bells tolled, the big crowd sing of Loch Lomond and 500 Miles; and finally, from Amy, Flower of Scotland)
(a bit of Keith...)
(a song from Sandi...)
Number of ears I can hear out of: WHAT? DID YOU SAY SOMETHING? ;)
Number of songs excpected to sing and didn't: 1 (We never sang Auld Lang Syne. Go figure.)
Number of mugs of mulled wine to warm up with by the fire after: 1 big ole honkin' mug
Admittedly, coming back home to an empty flat is kind of sad... but ringing in the New Year in a big way was fantastic. The last New Year I can remember that much fun was... well... I can't even remember. Now THAT is sad.
But no more! One of my New Years Resolutions I started a wee bit early-- this year, I will just do things. I have gotten pretty good at doing things on my own, but this year I will become GREAT at doing them, with people or without. If I want to do it, if I think it could be fun, I'll do it. Travel, cultural experiences, whatever. I'm there. So if you hear of something that shouldn't be missed, let me know. I'll be there! =D
Happy New Year, everyone!