Blake’s mention of a “First Night” celebration in Boston, coupled with memories of many stories about similar celebrations in upstate New York (Albany and Saratoga), have triggered this.
The problem: “First Night” celebrations are held on New Year’s Eve, which is the LAST night of the year. I mean seriously, WTF? After midnight, it’s A.M. — Morning*. The organizers must be the same bunch of differently-abled mathletes that celebrated the new millennium when the calendar rolled over to 2000.
*Don’t believe me? Call someone normally asleep at 2 A.M. and see of the they don’t yell at you for waking them up at two in the morning!