Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Happy NOW year

I haven’t blogged since last year! Yes, I’m that guy, the one who says just before New Year’s, “see you next year!” Sometimes I proudly raise naff-itude to whole new levels of naff-ness. And now I’ve just stated my entire blogging plan for the coming year—oops.

New Year’s Eve was quiet, since I was the only one awake. I had a bottle of sparkling pinot gris for the midnight toast, but I decided it would be better to open it beforehand so I could have a couple glasses before going to bed, especially since I wasn’t going to toast myself. It was nice, but I didn’t finish the bottle.

As has been the case for many years, there was nothing special on TV last night—all old-ish American movies and similar throwaway stuff. Which made me wonder: If they’re going to get low ratings, anyway, why not put on something live and local? Cost, of course. Old TV shows (in this case, 1980s/90s) and movies cost very little, whereas a live show would cost a lot more.

If New Zealand had a public broadcaster, maybe it could do something, since profit wouldn’t be its motivator. This year TV3 had a recorded countdown with some young TV hosts, but I switched to see what, if anything, TV One was doing (didn’t appear to be anything), and by the time I switched back, the countdown was over (there’s a delay of a few seconds when changing channels). When I got back, TV3 was showing a commercial for their programmes in 2014 (TV One was sort of doing something similar). So, I missed the countdown(s).

I’d pre-done my New Year’s Facebook status update on my iPad (which is hard to type on) and I then copied and pasted for my Tweet—but I made a typo and typed “It's now 2014 in Auckland - Happy now Year!” Happy now Year?! I was able to fix it on Facebook, but for Twitter I’d have to delete it and re-post a new Tweet—a bit too much work by that time of the night. So, I left it (and got a title for this blog post…). Instead, I wne to my desktop computer, said hello to the world, went to bed and woke up again this morning.

Today has been quiet and a bit rainy. It’s a public holiday in New Zealand, and so is tomorrow, January 2. That means shorter hours for shops, not that that fact matters all that much, really. A large number of people go back to work on Monday, so traffic headed back to Auckland will be heavy this weekend.

And that’s how I saw in the now year.

Some previous New Year's Day Posts
Listed are only years where I actually said something rather than just sending New Year’s wishes
The Year Begins (2007)
New Year briefs (2009)
The New Year arrived (2011)


rogerogreen said...

Happy now year to you! My blog went down on new year's eve, back now

Arthur (AmeriNZ) said...

Thanks to times zones, I never knew your blog was

down. There ARE times that comes in handy!