January 1, 2008


I forgot how much it sucked to be in the Central Time Zone.

I'm used to turning on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve and seeing the appropriate countdown complete with ball drop and lame celebrity interviews, usually talking about how fucking great New York is at New Years. This annoys me, considering how there are tons of other large cities in the Eastern Time Zone that have their own unique celebrations, but whatever. Detroit and New York have the same New Year no matter what. I take this in stride, because I know that News Years' Eve is sort of a bullshit holiday anyway and I really only want New Years Day to be here so I can watch the Rose Bowl.

(Side note: how the hell did Illinois get into the goddamn Rose Bowl? I didn't even know about that until I saw an ad today. Which was funny in itself, trying to market a USC-Illinois game. I mean, really. Is anyone going to watch this because they expect to see a good game? Michigan-USC this ain't. Oh wait. That game sucked laast year too..

This year, though, was different. Apparently there's an entire half of the country that doesn't celebrate New Year, because this yeah I turned on Dick Clark and some music was droning and they didn't even have a countdown thingy on the bottom. Then I changed to the other two network channels and they were playing...a REPLAY of the ball drop.

What the hell?

Are we to assume that places in between New York and Los Angeles do not celebrate the New Year? Or that everyone stays inside and watches the people of New York party two (or three, if you're in the Mountain Time Zone) times? Considering that two of America's four largest cities fall within this area, that's hard to imagine.

I'm just pissed that they feel the need to recycle the previous countdown. I mean, how in the hell do they syncronize it anyway? How do I know from watching Carson Daily (with special guest Alex Rodriguez!) do the exact same thing he did an hour ago (act like a preening asshole) that I just rang in the new year? Maybe I opened the bottle a few seconds too late? Then where would I be?

I suppose I'd still be sitting on the couch watching the exact same Twilight Zone marathon on the SciFi channel, so it wouldn't be that different, would it?

(PS: I resurrected my blog. I'll probably post more consciously literary and musical things on there. Which is why I posted this here.)

(PPS Clinic has toured with the Flaming Lips and appeared on David Letterman. They use a variety of crazy vintage organ sounds and dress up in doctors uniforms and/ or Sgt. Pepper costumes for live shows and photo shoots. They sound a combination of Wolf Parade and British Sea Power if they were both jamming together inside a well and then jolted the well with a few thoudand volts of electricity. Now someone tell me: why don't know of them already?

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Blogger Chase said...

Just to go along with this sentiment, the BBC's video of "New Years Around the World" stops with New York. However, they do cover both London and Edinburgh.

January 1, 2008 at 2:28 PM 
Blogger Tony Gonzalez said...

Back in Chi-town we had numerous New Year's countdown options, but whenever I had the say, we chose Conan's Central Time Zone countdown. There's mention of Conan at the Wikipedia entry on "broadcasting concerns" for the Central Time Zone: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_American_Central_Time_Zone

Clinic sounds good, but if you're implying electricity = rockingness, then British Sea Power and Wolf Parade blast those masked wonders out of the (electrified) water.

Sugar Bowl (Georgia shellacks Hawai'i) announcers mentioned the Athens, GA music scene tonight, but only got around to the B-52s and R.E.M.

January 2, 2008 at 2:39 AM 
Blogger JHitts said...

Oh yeah. I think I forgot about Conan since the last two NYE's have been on Saturday and Sunday.

And electricity doesn not exactly imply rockingness, only that they're a little more on edge than either of the other two bands. LIke the singer always sings through clenched teeth with what I percieve to be a grimmace, like he's having a rectal exam and paranoid that everything's out to get him at the same time.

I watched the beginning of that Sugar Bowl because I thought that Hawai'i QB was supposed to be some awesome fucker. But then I realized it was on FOX so I watched Hot Fuzz instead.

January 2, 2008 at 3:14 AM 
Blogger Tony Gonzalez said...

You missed some eight sacks, one a devastating fumble-turned-touchdown, on the QB-named-Colt.

January 2, 2008 at 4:57 PM 
Blogger JHitts said...

From the looks of the score, it might have been a bigger waste of time for me than was watching the goddamned Rose Bowl (in which I saw, in sucession, the Illini convert a huge 70+ years touchdown pass, recover a fumble, get some sort of momentum back, then throw the ball right back into the hands of USC, who proceeded to score 2 touchdowns in a row). For some reason I actually cared about this.

January 2, 2008 at 6:53 PM 

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