Sunday, January 01, 2006
Happy New Year
All the whining I did about being alone at 12:00 and not seeing The BF until well past midnight basically was tossed back in my face like a dishrag when The BF's boss told him to invite me to BMG so that we could be together.
The BF was working the last show of Blue Man Group, which on its own merits is extremely fun and entertaining. There is a huge amount of audience participation and every show is tweaked just a little bit differently than its predecessor based on the audience and the vibe. I walked into BMG at 11:45 and after a quick hello to a few people I know (and a welcome smooch from The BF), I was handed a box of noisemakers and sent into the audience to distribute them (the nickname of "jack" is added to whatever task you might be performing at BMG. Since I was giving out horns, I was the "blowjack" for the night. Nice!)
The energy was beyond heightened and electric. The band was rocking it out and the packed house was tense with anticipation. The three Blue Men were performing behind a white scrim that displayed a digital clock counting down to midnight. Their shadows traveled back and forth coming up with zanier outlines each time. If you have never seen a BMG show (umm.. go!), it's hard to describe, but they were performing as only the BMG can do.
At 11:59, when the capacity crowd was loaded with hats, noisemakers, blowhorns and champagne (every audience member got a small bottle and a glass), everyone in the building (audience, performers, staff) gathered in the theatre and began the countdown. The BF and I were down near the stage and with his hand in mine, the view of the theatre with everyone psyching up was just dynamic. The countdown began ringing out at 10 seconds. And at midnight, while the theatre exploded with exhilaration, I turned to my right and kissed Kevin.
After a few personal moments we turned back to the crowd. The Blue Men were now shooting streamers into the audience out of hand-held cannons. Tubes descended from the ceiling and were twisting and turning, grabbing the streamers and making mini cyclones. And then the Blue Men began to play "Auld Lang Syne" on the tubes - simple at first and then joined by the band and pounded out.
The theatre emptied out within 20 minutes or so, and The BF and I hung out with a few of the staff. We did our best to drink as much of the champagne as possible (I had 5 or 6 bottles myself). Around 2AM we were given even more champagne and decided to head back to The BF's. He had one bottle in each jeans pocket, one in each coat pocket and I had several in my coat. We stopped and bought some crackers and cheese to help soak up all the hooch and headed home.
This was an exhilarating night. I was where I wanted to be, with the person I wanted to be with - a perfect night. If the rest of 2006 turns out half as nice, I've soooo got it made.