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January 3rd, 2009

New Year Roundup [Jan. 3rd, 2009|06:21 pm]
Nick Verne
yuriverse and I saw in New Year 2009 at a co-worker's amazing flat in Kirribilli. For those of you not familiar with Sydney, it's from Kirribilli that you get the all time classic view of Harbour Bridge to the right, Opera House to the left framing Circular Quay and the city's skyscrapers in the center, a blue harbour forming an apron in front of the pageant.

It was the perfect location to view the fireworks too - almost too close in some ways, because you needed to turn your head from the barge over Pinchgut to the East back to the bridge to the West to take in all the increasingly extravagant displays emerging from the bridge itself.

The party was a fun event - more for me (knowing more of the work crowd) than for Yuri, and he took some timeouts during the course of the evening (we arrived at 5:30) to make sure he was at full alertness for the midnight display. The drinking continued until much later, but we were ready to leave around 1:30 and I knew there was no hope of getting home by train or taxi before 4 a.m.

So we walked up through the messy crowd toward Milson's Point ran into a crush around the bridge steps on the eastern side. Fewer people were moving over to the western side (more properly the cycling lane, but not in this situation), so we moved with them and climbed the stairs to the walkway, passing one casualty (probably an OD) on the stairs, guarded by police and ambulance officers. The walk across was relatively sedate and well behaved. A few dawdlers stressed some of us out, but keeping our heads and accepting the couple of minutes extra we walked calmly on, up Kent St then to the Queen Victoria Building where thankfully the buses were running to Balmain. The journey home was completed before 3 a.m., which I consider quite a victory. I had a New Year out when I was 18 that ended at sunrise, even though I was ready to return home by 2:30. Too much time wasted looking for vacant taxis. Walking was the only way home and it took hours.

Next new year we will stay local.
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